Anyone who has experienced a cold sore can appreciate the desperation for effective relief.
Over 80 percent of the population is said to carry HSV-1, the oral herpes simplex virus
that causes cold sores. Also called fever blisters, cold sores are characterized by clusters
of small blisters on the lips and around the mouth. The sores are highly contagious, and
most commonly spread from person-to-person by kissing and sharing utensils. An outbreak
of HSV-1 can be caused by a number of things, including stress, a virus, fatigue, and sun
Tea tree oil (melaleuca alternifolia) is antiviral and antibacterial, and can significantly
reduce both the duration and discomfort of a cold sore. This makes it an effective choice of
treatment for an outbreak, and also to prevent full eruption of cold sores when applied early
enough at the very first onset of symptoms.
How to treat cold sores with tea tree essential oil:
Place 1-3 drops on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area at the first sign of tingling and
Reapply several times a day. Carry Q-tips for easy and sanitary application on the go.
Tea tree oil works best in an undiluted state, but if you experience sensitivity, it can be
diluted in a 1:1 ratio with carrier oil (such as olive, almond, or coconut). Use a cotton ball or
Q-tip to apply to the sore more frequently throughout the day.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.
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