Cold Sores and Essential Oils
There is nothing worse than the tingly, burning, itchy feeling you get right before a cold sore rears its ugly head. While there are a few fairly effective drugs that your doctor can prescribe to potentially limit the duration of a cold sore there is no way to actually stop them from coming. There have been countless medical research studies on the effects of essential oils on cold sores that have shown that they can be medically effective in slowing the growth and duration of the cold sore symptoms.The following is a list of the six best essential oils for cold sores according to medical research studies.
Recommended Essential Oils for Cold Sore Relief
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Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree in Australia. It is found in 100’s of topical medical skin products around the world. It is no wonder it is the most popular essential oil to treat cold sores. Tea tree oil contains antiviral properties capable of breaking down the viral culprit of cold sores and fever blisters. Multiple medical studies have shown the effectiveness of using Tea tree essential oil for cold sore treatment. Clinical research papers in support of tea tree oil for the treatment of cold sores and fever blisters: 2001 - 2010 - 2011
Lemon Balm aka Melissa Oil
Lemon balm, or more commonly known as Melissa oil, is one of the gentlest essential oils and can be applied directly to the cold sore. The lemon balm works to soothe and reduce inflammation from the area. There are many medical studies supporting that its use can reduce the length of time the cold sore is visible and continued use may keep them from coming back as often. Clinical research papers in support of lemon balm (Melissa oil) for the treatment of cold sores and fever blisters: 2003 - 2008 - 2012
Anise oil is in the family of essential oils that flavors black licorice. While it is more commonly used as a cough suppressant and expectorant. The Chinese Star Anise molecule Oseltamivir has been proven in labs to destroy the cold sore virus. Due to its more gentle properties, it can be applied directly to the cold sore or fever blister to help soothe and breakdown the infection with its antiviral properties. The following clinical medical research studies have found that anise oil is an effective treatment of cold sores and fever blisters: 2008 - 2011
Peppermint essential oil comes from an herb in the mint family, Mentha x piperita. While most people know it of it as a popular Christmas candy and breath freshener it also has documented skin soothing properties. The use of peppermint oil for cold sores makes a lot of sense to help with the inflammation and pain. But in multiple clinical studies in 2003 and 2011 peppermint essential oil was found to decrease cold sore and fever blisters active exposure life.
Chamomile essential oil is derived from the low growing chamomile plants leaves. A 2008 clinical study showed that chamomile essential oil contains antiviral properties and was effective against drug-resistant cold sore and fever blister strains. Chamomile essential oil to treat cold sores can cause reactions with the skin if not properly diluted.
Eucalyptus essential oil for cold sores and fever blisters have been found to reduce the duration and the severity of cold sores in a 2010 and 2001 medical study. A medical journal study titled, ‘Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of essential oils of Eucalyptus’ found that Eucalyptus oils anti-inflammatory properties reduced cold sore swelling which quickened the healing process. Eucalyptus oil in its pure form is a known skin irritant and should be diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, before applying to the skin.