I've always suffered from cold sores, but I was wondering if there were any essentials oils to aid the healing process.
Becky, 34 from Hartlepool.
Hi Becky, sorry to hear that. In answer to your question, essential oils can undoubtedly help. A lot of essential oils contain antiviral properties, therefore, can be effective against this viral outbreak. Most sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). As things stand, there is no known cure for HSV. Once you’ve experienced one cold sore, stress, sunlight, or hormonal changes can trigger the virus to activate and give you another one. There is good news for people that get cold sores Becky, essential oils might have a lower risk of harsh side effects than over-the-counter prescription treatments. Some strains of herpes have grown resistance to the drugs that have been used over the years, but essential oils still remain effective against these strains.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are tiny, tender, fluid-filled blisters or sores that appear on the lips, mouth, or nose that are caused by the HSV. The lesions can be painful and usually last up to 10 days. Cold sores differ from most viral infections, as the body defences do not completely eradicate the virus. This is the reason that cold sores often return.
How are they caused? There are two types of herpes simplex virus, type I and type II. The cause for Cold sores is usually type I. Herpes simplex is a contagious oral virus. Therefore the virus can be spread from person to person if they engage in close contact with the sores, e.g. kissing. When a person has active blister-like sores, this is when they are most contagious. The risk of contagion is significantly lessened once the blisters have dried and crusted over.
The following conditions are known to aggravate the virus. A fever/cold, sunlight exposure, stress and hormonal changes. But sometimes there is no apparent cause of the recurrence.
Essential oils that can help.
As these oils are incredibly potent, please dilute in a carrier oil before application. I would recommend either Jojoba, Almond or Coconut Oil. Once weakened apply the blend to the infected areas using a cotton swab. Apply twice a day maximum.
Tea tree oil is packed full of antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. These all come in handy when you need to treat a stubborn cold sore. In one study Tea Tree oil has been deemed as a very promising breakthrough. Tea tree oil naturally accelerates the recovery process and eases the pain. It stops the virus from multiplying, prevents infection, and heals the blister faster.
Peppermint oil contains strong antibacterial and antiviral qualities and can significantly assist in the reduction of both the continuance and discomfort of a cold sore. This makes it a highly effective choice of treatment for an outbreak, and also to prevent an eruption of cold sores when applied early at the very first onset of symptoms. One study comments on peppermint's ability to inhibit the virus.
Lavender oil has been used for many a year to treat a variety of skin issues. Although it may not affect the virus directly, lavender can be helpful in reducing the pain associated with cold sores. Research shows that lavender has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to treat a cold sore.
Becky, try using one of these essential oils and let me know how it goes. It might also be worth mentioning Aloe Vera Gel. It's not an essential oil, but it can certainly help with cold sores. Aloe vera gel is used to treat skin conditions like cold sores. It contains antioxidant vitamins, enzymes, minerals and fatty acids that aid in healing and preventing further infection. Use it on a cold sore during the day to ease the discomfort and speed up the healing process.
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