Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Can I Do For Fever Blisters and Cold Sores?

Q: Every winter, I have a huge problem with fever blisters or cold sores. I even get them inside of my mouth. They are very painful. Any suggestions?

A: Fever blisters, cold sores or canker sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus. Unfortunately, once you get the virus, it remains in your body and is triggered by a cold, flu, fever, the sun or wind, and/or stress. Then you get the breakouts. Taking 500 mg. Of L-lysine, an amino acid, twice daily will help fight the virus. You can also apply a topical lysine cream. A high dose B-Complex is also important, especially when stress is involved. Colloidal silver, or chelated zinc are both very healing. The zinc will also help kill the pain. Try to keep your immune system in good shape so your body can fight off any invaders.

Q: After taking my multivitamin, my urine is bright yellow. Is this normal, or am I just taking cheap vitamins that are doing me no good?

A: Quite the opposite. Whenever your urine is bright yellow in color after taking a multivitamin or a B-Complex, it simply means that you are absorbing your vitamins and that you are taking a high amount of B-2, which is riboflavin. B vitamins are water soluble, so when there is an excess amount, it will spill over into your urine. This is not dangerous, nor does it mean you are “wasting” your vitamins. Also, keep in mind, that vitamins that have small amounts of B-2 in them will not turn your urine bright yellow. I like a multi that contains at least 50 mg. of each of the B’s as this vitamin is depleted quicker than the others.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.