Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for cold sores June 30 2014
Anyone who has experienced a cold sore can appreciate the desperation for fast and effective relief. A majority 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, though they can also be found inside the nose and even on the eye. 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 exposure.
Peppermint oil (mentha arvensis) has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties and can significantly help in the reduction of 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 peppermint 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.
Peppermint 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.
Peppermint Essential Oil - 15mL bottle
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