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Essential Oils For Cold Sore Treatment

Updated on October 5, 2014

What are Cold Sores?

A cold sore is characterized by the presence of fluid-filled, small but painful blisters that occur in various parts of your body, such as the roof of the mouth, lips, or gums. Also known by the term oral herpes, cold sores are contagious. Within the first two or three days since acquiring this infection, you will notice a tingling or painful sensation in the affected areas of the body. Soon after that, you will notice the cold sore becomes visible.

At its normal state, you can expect cold sores to clear up after 7 to 10 days. It is important to realize the difference between canker sores since these two are often confused with each other. There are several factors that could trigger the symptoms of cold sores such as exposure to sun or wind, stress, fever, weakened immune system, menstruation, or other infections. Although not fatal, cold sores can be painful and it is therefore important to find immediate relief to this infection.

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Causes of Cold Sore

Understanding the causes of cold sores will help educate you about ways to prevent this from happening in the future. The most common reason why one person develops cold sore is the herpes simplex virus. Although there are up to 8 types of this virus, only two are recognized to cause cold sores, which is type 1 and type 2. Most of the time, this virus remains dormant but when activated, it could easily replicate until the symptoms are manifested.

Therefore, you need to be cautious about the triggers that will activate the cold sore virus. Here are some of the triggers you need to be wary of:

  • Stress can trigger cold sores, especially the ones caused by injury or illness. Mental stress is another one of the most common triggers.
  • The presence of a cold or flu virus can activate the cold sore virus.
  • Causing injury to the area where the cold sore virus is can awaken it from the state of dormancy.
  • Excessive amount of sunlight exposure is not ideal for cold sores.
  • Accidentally biting or burning your lip can cause cold sore.

How to get rid of cold sores

Using Essential Oils For Natural Treatment

In an effort to curtail the commonality of cold sores, health experts have conduced massive research to learn about natural treatment methods for this condition. One of them is aromatherapy. The use of essential oils during treatment of cold sores is known to speed up the healing process. You can also use the same herbal or aromatic plants in curing cold sore symptoms through herbal therapy.

There are several ways in which essential oils can prove to work against the virus that cause cold sores, while at the same time enabling you to manage symptoms. First off, it provides pain relief against the presence of these blisters that have formed in the affected area of the body. Essential oil is also known to reduce the time it takes for the lesions to heal so you can speed up the overall rate of recovery. Then, the therapeutic properties of the essential oils are absorbed by the body to guard it against the causes of cold sores, particularly the virus that cause it.

Tea Tree Oil

What Oils Can You Use?

Now that you fully understand the role that essential oils and aromatherapy plays in the treatment of the cold sore virus, the next step is for you to determine what oils you are going to use. Experts have identified quite a few essential oils that are proven to be effective against the herpes simplex virus and they are listed below with corresponding discussions on how you can apply them.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains antiviral and antibacterial properties that make it quite effective against cold sores. It helps in two ways: first by enabling you to manage the pain that comes with its symptoms, and second it cuts down the healing time needed to effectively eliminate this problem.

Topical application works best in using tea tree oil to fight cold sores. You will need a clean swab of cotton and add a few drops of the essential oil. Then, dab the cotton infused with essential oil directly on the area of your skin affected by cold sores. Perform this 2-3 times each day for more effective results and faster healing. For it to be highly effective, experts suggest to use this method upon the initial appearance of symptoms. The sooner you are able to address the problem, the quicker it will heal.

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Bergamot Oil

In addition to being an antiviral oil, bergamot essential oil also comes with antibiotic properties that make it effective, not just for cold sores but also with other types of skin disorders. To use bergamot oil for cold sore treatment, you need to use the same method of application as with tea tree oil. Add a few drops of the oil into a cotton and dab it directly on the affected area of the skin.

If possible, perform this during the first sign of skin eruption since you can produce more effective results.

Geranium Oil

Aside from the fighting action on the virus that cause cold sore, geranium essential oil is very effective to use as natural treatment for this skin disorder since it brings back the natural glow of your skin. Due to the balancing properties of geranium oil, it will help restore the natural texture of your skin. Hence, it is neither too dry nor too oily to avoid future breakouts.

A topical method of application works best to ensure that your skin quickly absorbs its healing properties and restore the natural smoothness of your skin.

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Other Essential Oils For Cold Sore

If you want to make your own recipe for healing cold sore using essential oils, there are more of them that you can use, in any case none of the above oils are available within your area. These oils include:

  • Peppermint Oil: This oil is effective in penetrating your skin and producing a virucidal action to kill the herpes simplex virus that is causing the symptoms of cold sore. But be careful in using the proper dosage of peppermint oil and avoid ingesting it at all times.
  • Melissa Oil: This essential oil is one of the active ingredients in preparing commercial cold sore gels due to its antiviral action that effectively kills the bacteria that cause this skin problem.
  • Lemon Balm: Studies have shown that its antiviral and antibacterial properties make it an ideal option for curing cold sores.

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