Cold sores and fever blisters, both also known as herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), or oral herpes, tend to pop up around the time of other viral infections, like a fever, or when the immune system is suppressed.
Essential oils for cold sores and fever blisters can provide relief and help speed up the healing process.*
Stress and anxiety can also trigger cold sores. The first symptoms of a cold sore coming on are tingling, burning, or itching sensations around your lip/mouth and nose areas.
You may be able to fend off the nasty sores, or lessen the time they stick around when they finally show up, by also taking a supplement containing lysine, as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on. Furthermore, you can use essential oils.
Remember that almost everyone responds differently to aromatherapy. Therefore, experiment with a variety of these essential oils for cold sores and fever blisters to see which works best for you!*
Use essential oils to help cold sores or fever blisters immediately after an outbreak.* At the first sign, use a Q-tip to apply tea tree or melissa (also known as lemon balm), diluted with a carrier oil, on the blisters several times throughout the day. For pain and discomfort, use lavender essential oil.* All of these essentials oils support mouth health.*
Finally, prevent a cold sore from worsening by diluting any of the following with a carrier oil. Then apply to the blister using a Q-tip (up to 6 drops of essential oil in 5ml of carrier oil):*
It’s important to monitor the healing of any sore around the mouth, so if yours doesn’t go away within 10 days, consult your dentist.
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*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease.