10 Best Essential Oils For Cold Sores
Essential Oils For Cold Sores: Do you know of a skin condition that’s even worse than acne? Ok, while at first thought, it may be hard to think of any skin condition that’s even worse than acne, it does exist.
It is in the form of cold sores. Anyone who has ever gotten one knows just how much of a nuisance there are. They have pined for a quick and safe solution to get rid of them.
Little did they know that this cure lies in essential oils for cold sores! This article will discuss a number of them in detail!
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The Main Essential Oils For Cold Sores
There are literally dozens of essential oils for cold sores that are currently selling on drug store shelves. Some of the more popular and effective ones are:
- Tea tree oil
- Peppermint oil
- Anise oil
- Oregano oil
- Lemon balm oil
- Thyme oil
- GInger oil
- Chamomile oil
- Sandalwood oil
- Eucalyptus oil
1. Tea tree oil
This is the main contender on the list of essential oils for cold sores because of its main ingredients which are antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory in nature. What this means is that they will effectively kill the herpes virus that causes cold sores. They will also starve the cold sores of the vital nutrients they (cold sores) need to grow. Finally, they will help cold sores heal faster by reducing the inflammation and irritation they cause their sufferers.
Keep in mind that tea tree oil is very strong and can cause moderate to severe skin irritation if applied directly to the skin. It is far more effective and gentle when mixed with weaker oils. Good examples are coconut or jojoba oils! When you do mix tea tree oil with carrier oils, make sure to use only a small amount of tea tree oil because ‘a little bit of this stuff goes a long way!’ also remember to use the mixture only twice daily.
2. Peppermint oil
Once again, its main and active ingredients have antiseptic and antiviral properties. This allows them to kill all active viruses (including the herpes simplex virus) quickly and easily. Remember that you must dilute this oil with a weaker oil to avoid skin irritations since peppermint oil is very strong. Also, don’t use it more than twice a day!
3. Anise oil
Anise oil is very effective in treating cold sores and stopping future infections because it starves cold sores of the nutrients that they need to grow.
4. Oregano oil
It’s as strong as the oregano herb which it is distilled from. For best results, mix a small amount in a weaker and gentler oil like almond oil. It has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that are good at making cold sores disappear quickly and reducing the redness, inflammation, and skin irritation associated with them! You’ll get the best results if you apply the mixture directly to the affected area with a clean cotton ball.
5. Lemon Balm oil
This is a lifesaver in terms of healing cold sores and making them disappear quickly. In fact, it has worked in 96% of cases where conventional over-the-counter and prescription medicines have failed! Its magic lies in its ability to penetrate herpes simplex virus’s cells and slow down their growth (and in some instances, even kill them!) Though dermatologists and skin researchers are unsure as to why lemon balm oil is capable of doing this. This essential oil is strong, though not as strong as tea tree oil or even oregano oil. For best results, dermatologists recommend applying this mixture to your cold sore approximately four times a day.
6. Thyme oil
This is a strong oil that is derived from the thyme herb. Its active and main ingredients have antiviral properties. That’s why it helps cold sores disappear quickly – it attacks and kills the herpes simplex virus quickly. Just remember that it is not a permanent cure since the herpes simplex virus will always be in your body after you have an outbreak of cold sores!
7. Ginger oil
This is an extract from ginger root. Its active ingredients are anti-inflammatory agents that have been proven to reduce the irritation, itching, pain, and redness associated with cold sores. Since the ginger root is very strong and pungent, you should dilute it in a carrier oil for the best results. Dermatologists recommend applying this mixture on your cold sores several times a day. If you use ginger oil regularly, you’ll notice that your cold sore will heal very quickly.
8. Chamomile oil
This oil is so effective in treating cold sores because of its main and active ingredients which are antiviral in nature. Like lemon balm oil, it works wonders when other over-the-counter and prescription medicines have failed. This oil has many ingredients with properties similar to that of aloe vera because it does an excellent job at soothing (and therefore healing) irritated skin. Keep in mind that chamomile oil can be strong. Therefore, it works best when applied in a mixture with weaker and gentler oil.
Chamomile oil works its magic by stopping the receptors in the skin cells from accepting and binding to the herpes simplex virus. This stops the virus from growing and spreading from cell to cell.
9. Sandalwood oil
It has many active ingredients that are very effective in terms of inhibiting the growth of the herpes simplex virus in the skin cells. In some cases, lab results have shown that it can even kill the herpes simplex virus. As is the case with almost all essential oils, it is very strong and therefore should be applied as a mixture with a few drops of sandalwood oil mixed in a large amount of a gentler oil.
10. Eucalyptus oil
This essential oil is very effective at fighting the herpes simplex virus and helping cold sores disappear quickly. A diluted mixture applied on the skin regularly for a few days will yield amazing results in terms of the appearance and duration of cold sores and the irritation and redness that is associated with them.
These Oils Work Wonders
You may want to consider using only these essential oils for cold sores the next time you have a cold sore outbreak because clinical trials have proven many of them to be even more effective in terms of treating and healing cold sores than many over-the-counter or prescription medicines.