After trying just about every natural remedy on this website for the past year, I finally found something that makes my outbreaks heal up faster. Applying a cotton ball soaked with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) at first sign of outbreak as often as you can for 2 days will accelerate the healing process. I used a band aid to secure the cotton ball to myself while I slept. It usually takes me 6 days from the start of an outbreak before my sores start to scab up. It only took 3 days before they scabbed up using ACV. I expect to be completely healed in 5 days vs. 10 days. This is probably comparable to the result you'd get taking acyclovir for episodic threrapy but without the side effects. I'd like to hear if others have had similar success.