Cold sores are also known as Herpes labialis. Diets high in the amino acid lysine can reduce the incidence of herpes, however, the amino acid arginine can worsen herpes outbreaks. EO softgels that have an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activity such as the Inner Defense formula can be beneficial for fighting recurring viral infections from the inside out.
Peppermint and tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) EOs have been studied for positive effects on the pain of herpes. These oils can be used in rotation 5-10 times daily as soon as the cold sore starts forming. Lavender is helpful in healing the skin and reducing scarring when the sore is cracked or in its final stages.
I like to place one drop of oil in the EO bottle cap and soak up the tip of a pure cotton swab then hold the tip directly on the cold sore area for a minute or two.
When applying EOs to an open sore, a 50/50 dilution with a carrier oil will help reduce discomfort or drying the skin.
This tip is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.