Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are a painful and unsightly infectious blister that’s usually found on the lips or face. They are caused by the virus herpes simplex I (HSV), which can lie dormant in the body, only to flare up when your body is stressed out.
Sometime after being infected with the herpes I virus most people with develop the telltale sign – a large blister. Some people are more prone to developing cold sores than others, especially individuals who are exhausted, sick or exposed to excessively cold winds, sun or heat.
People with chronic immune system imbalances can have cold sores all the time, sometimes many at once.
Essential Oils known to Combat Cold Sores
- Tea tree
- Chamomile (roman and german)
Simple Tea Tree Q-Tip Application
- Place 1-2 drops of tea tree or geranium essential oil on a q-tip, tissue or damp cotton ball.
- Dab on on sore spot. Repeat frequently until condition has cleared.
This method works best if applied as soon as you sense a cold sore coming on. Dab your skin as soon as that tingly feeling appears.
(Good alternative to the tea tree method above)
- 3 drops tea tree oil (or a blend of lavender, melissa and tea tree)
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or alcohol)
- Combine ingredients.
- Apply directly to affected area frequently until condition has cleared.
NOTE: Only use this method if skin has not been broken.
Whole body Massage Lotion for Cold Sores
- 10 drops geranium
- 10 drops lavender
- 8 drops lemon
- 2 drops thyme
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (argan, coconut,sesame, sweet almond, jojoba,grapeseed, macadamia)
- Combine ingredients in a small non-reactive bowl.
- Massage oil onto your whole body, particularly the face and neck areas.
- Apply once daily, or more if desired.
Essential Oil Infused Healing Lotion
Best used to bring about healing once the cold sore has started to show signs of diminishing.
- Combine ingredients.
- Apply frequently, but make sure to give the sore time to dry and air out between applications.
DIY Cold Sore & Protective Lip Gloss
This DIY lip gloss will protect your lips from future outbreaks while also helping you to heal any current cold sores.
Lip gloss base:
- 1 ounce white beeswax
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 10 drops jojoba oil
- 5 drops carrot seed
Essential oil base:
Make a synergy blend of the following ratio:
Combine essential oils together. We’ll later add it to the lip gloss base.
- Melt your beeswax using a double boiler
- Once melted add almond oil, stirring as you combine.
- Now add jojoba & carrot seed oils
- Add 20 drops of your synergistic essential oil blend from above
- Let cool and add mixture to a small circular glass container
- Apply three times daily
Make sure your Cold Sore is allowed Breathing Time
You don’t necessarily want your cold sore to be dry all the time. For one, it would be hard to apply remedies if it was. But in the same vein you don’t want it to be damp, either. The virus thrives in a damp, moist environment.
So between treatment applications be sure to clean up the area and give it some time to air out. This helps the healing process.
Keep the Infection Contained
The liquid that pools inside of a cold sore is incredibly infectious and can increase the likelihood of the infection spreading. If you pop your blister or if it does on it’s own be sure to keep any of the juices from contacting other parts of your skin/face.
Rest and Relax to Recover
Stress is a big trigger for cold sore outbreaks. If you are dealing with a large outbreak right now investigate any stresses in your life. If you can cut them out, good. If you can’t, practice some relaxation techniques and try to see if you can approach events in your life that have been causes for stress a little bit differently.
Check to see if any medications you are taking are known to increase outbreaks
Some medications can increase the probability of experiencing an outbreak. For example, the mood stabilizer Lamictal is known to increase outbreaks as a common side effect. Do an internet search on current meds you are taking to check.