The herpes virus very commonly shows itself in the form of cold sores around the mouth. These can be uncomfortable and at times painful but more than anything, cold sores are unsightly and can make the person with the infection self-conscious and uncomfortable. While there is no known cure for HSV1 (herpes simplex virus) or herpes at all, it is possible to monitor the condition and essential oils are a magnificent way to keep symptoms under control.
As always when using essential oils directly on the skin it is important to dilute them with a non-abrasive carrier oil. Jojoba oil is not only an excellent carrier oil but is very good for the skin as a whole. One of the other best methods of using essential oil is to use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a very effective method of treating the symptoms of herpes, especially when mixed with the right essential oils. Here are a few to consider when looking for home remedies.
Lemon Balm Oil
Lemon balm oil is proven to be effective against fighting the herpes virus. An amazing way to fight the least comfortable symptoms of cold sores and the herpes virus you can use this very easily by applying it directly onto the cold sore.
Oregano oil has been used for decades as one of the most effective ways to treat cold sores and the effects are substantial. Oregano oil will help to diminish both the size and aggressive inflammation of the virus as well as healing the cold sore more quickly. Using a clean cotton bud or a piece of cotton gauze can be applied directly to the cold sore.
Ginger oil has been shown to significantly reduce the impacts of the symptoms of cold sores as a result of the herpes virus and is one of the best ways to soothe your discomfort when they pop up. Due to the warm feeling associated with ginger oil when it is applied to your skin, it can soothe discomfort that comes with cold sores. It can be applied numerous times a day and works most effectively when mixed with other oil in a carrier oil.
Tea Tree Oil
Due to the antiseptic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is an essential component of fighting the herpes virus. So long as it has been diluted with a suitable carrier tea tree oil is an effective means of fighting the symptoms of HSV and can be used twice a day for the best results.
Although sandalwood oil has been shown to be an effective way to fight the symptoms of the herpes virus it has a potent smell that isn’t appealing to a lot of people. Due to the strong smell of this oil, it is best to mix it with other oils that have a more pleasant smell along with a carrier oil when applying it to your cold sore for the best results.
Using natural remedies to fight your herpes symptoms can not only be highly effective but incredibly soothing. While it is better to learn your triggers which will help you to avoid cold sore breakouts at all, essential oils can help relieve the symptoms of cold sores in the meantime. So long as you are using essential oils from a reputable source then you can test them out to see which works most effectively for you.