Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for cold sores April 18 2014
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. Lemon oil (citrus limonium) has natural antiviral and antiseptic properties that make it a great option that 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 lemon essential oil:
Place 1-3 drops on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area at the first sign of tingling and soreness.
Reapply several times a day. Carry Q-tips for easy and sanitary application on the go.
Lemon oil works best in an undiluted state, but use caution as it causes photosensitivity (sensitivity to the sun) when used on the skin. To minimize this, keep out of the sun or dilute the lemon oil 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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