Cold sores are viral. Use one (preferably both) of these anti-viral essential oils to help speed the healing process of cold sores:
Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
Sandalwood Santalum album or Santalum paniculatum species only
Apply 1 drop of each on a Q-tip*. Dab on cold sore several times a day from first sighting. If you can catch it when it's early enough you aren't sure it's even there, it will go away in no time.
Replace the Q-tip with fresh essential oils daily.
*For children, dilute to 50%. Read: Diluting Essential Oils Safely – safe dilution guidelines for all ages.
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Q: Okay, I am soooo confused. You preach about safety and using proper dilutions, and then you have this recipe which isn't even diluted. Please explain yourself!
A: Cold sores are viral and require the big guns to nip them in the bud. This recipe uses a fraction of a drop when you add to the Q-tip, and lasts all day for multiple applications. If you feel better diluting to 50%, by all means do! I recommend a 50% dilution if using on children. Read: Diluting Essential Oils Safely – safe dilution guidelines for all ages.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?
A: Yes, the ingredients used are safe for using during pregnancy. This dilution is also fine when used on an “as needed” basis. For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?
A: Yes, the ingredients in this recipe are safe to use if you are breastfeeding. For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.
Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?
A: The essential oils used in this recipe are safe to use on children, but I would dilute to 50% before applying to a child. For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.
Q: Can I put this recipe in a roller bottle and apply that way?
A: Due to the fact that cold sores are viral, it is not a good idea to use a roller bottle, as this could cause the virus to transfer to the roller bottle and lengthen healing time.
Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?
A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion in this BRANDS file, which can be accessed only from Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group members). You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂
Lea Harris is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website, and its sister website, LearningAboutEOs, is home to educational advice and information about using essential oils safely. Lea founded and runs the Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group, with hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the creator of Safe Essential Oil Labels and the UEOS App. You can find FREE classes here: Free Essential Oil Classes.
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