Essential Oils for Cold Sores and DIY Recipes

Essential-Oils-for-Cold-Sores-milk-n-honey-lifestyle

THE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR COLD SORES AND EASY HOMEMADE RECIPES

Happy February Honey 💖!

I hope all of you are keeping warm this winter. It’s starting to get really snowy and freezing, especially here, in Montréal!

The winter season can be so cold and so tough on the body. It’s called the cold and flu season for a reason! The number of people who get sick increases tremendously during this period. And unfortunately, the same it’s true for this nasty little friend that pops on your lips, better known as a cold sore.

WHAT IS A COLD SORE?

Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are small clusters of fluid-filled blisters that can grow on the face, around the nose but most usually around the mouth or on the lips.

These awful blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). They can be painful, with a tingling and itchy feeling, and yes, ugly, uncomfortable, and embarrassing to have.

They have such a bad reputation, and most people think they are associate with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It’s not entirely the truth. There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2.

HSV-1 causes oral herpes infection. It’s transmitted in the mouth through saliva and direct contact with sores. HSV-2 causes herpes genitalis, which is an STD that manifests in the area of the genitals. It’s transmitted sexually.

FACTS: 95% of the population carries the herpes simplex virus.

WHAT CAUSE COLD SORES?

Essential-Oils-for-Cold-Sores-milk-n-honey-lifestyle-1

As stated below, the herpes simplex virus causes cold sores. However, if cold sores on the lips aren’t STDs, so how do we get them?

After contact with the virus, the virus cannot be killed and remains in your body. It goes from active to dormant phases.

Cold sores are contagious even when they are not visible. When the cold sore has healed, the virus reverts to its dormant phase.

Some triggers of the virus can be fatigue, lots of stress, hormone changes, low immune system, and the cold season. Weirdly, core sore can also be triggered by too much sun (another stress on the body).

The sores usually last and heal within 4 to 5 days.

Unfortunately, I am a victim of getting cold sores, and I usually get it once every 12-18 months. I’m in a position to give you some tips and tricks to treat this unwelcomed invader.

THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF COLD SORES

  • Clusters of fluid-filled blisters (usually around the mouth and on the lip)
  • Itchy and tingling sensation
  • Pain in the area
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever, headache, and fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Oozing blisters
  • Crusting of the blisters

HOW TO PREVENTING A COLD SORE

Just like many diseases, a robust immune system is essential. Here are some ways to prevent getting a cold sore.

  • Get enough sleep
  • Reduce the stress of life (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional)
  • Eating healthily (get all the Macronutrients and Micronutrients that your body needs with foods that will boost your immune system)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Dress warmly during the cold season

WHAT ARE THE FOODS TO EAT AND WHAT ARE THE FOODS TO AVOID WITH HERPES?

According to Dr. Berg, here are the foods to eat and the foods to avoid when you have herpes simplex virus. The list of foods apply for both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Focus on eating foods high in Lysine:

  • FISH
  • CHICKEN
  • BEEF
  • LAMB
  • CHEESE
  • VEGETABLES
  • SPROUTS

Avoid foods high in Arginine:

  • NUTS
  • SEEDS
  • BERRIES
  • GRAINS
  • BEANS
  • TOFU
  • GELATIN
  • EGGS

L-lysine and arginine are both amino acids. L-lysine can help stop the virus from growing. Arginine in the body block L-lysine.

WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL OILS THAT TREATS COLD SORES?

So when nutrition, exercise, meditation, and your oversized wool scarf failed you, there’s always the natural healing power of essential oils to rescue you.

Essential-Oils-for-Cold-Sores-milk-n-honey-lifestyle-4

10 Essential Oils you can use at home to treat your cold sore.

1. EUCALYPUS ESSENTIAL OIL

Let’s start with eucalyptus essential oil, aka the “spa” essential oil. One sniff, and your body immediately relaxes. This oil is great because, as stated above, a cold sore can happened due to stress from our everyday lives.

Besides its calming effect, eucalyptus essential oil possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties help fight and reduce inflammation from the cold sore.

It also helps reduce pain, headache, and fever, which are common symptoms that sometimes comes with a cold sore.

2. PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL

Peppermint essential oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties. These properties help control the viral growth and any other microbes that can grow around the blisters.

Other properties of this essential oil are that it reduces pain and relieve soreness in the affected area. It reduces headaches and migraines because it’s a natural painkiller. It helps reduce itchiness, which can sometimes happen with a cold sore. It’s impossible to scratch that itch!

For those suffering from muscle ache, peppermint essential oil is excellent at decreasing muscle pain. It also helps fight the symptoms of the common cold and the flu.

3. OREGANO ESSENTIAL OIL

Oregano is such a delicious spice to cook with. It’s also a powerful essential oil pack with a high amount of antioxidants.

This oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal properties and is a natural antibiotic that slows down bacterial infections.

It also helps with viral infections and reduces inflammation.

It’s known for treating and reducing cold sores, and personally, it’s my go to essential oil when I get a cold sore. The minute I feel a little tingle, I whip out my concoction with oregano essential oil!

4. TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

Tea tree essential oil is not just good for acne pimples and scalp dandruff.
It has antimicrobial and has some antiviral benefits, so it helps treat cold sores and also warts. It enhances the natural healing of the skin and reduces skin inflammation.

This is great because after the cold sore is gone and the crust has entirely dried off on the lip, the skin needs to heal fully.

5. CLOVE ESSENTIAL OIL

Clove essential oil does not smell amazing like most essential oils, but it has its share of benefits, especially for cold sores.

This oil has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It boosts the immune system and reduces fever. It also helps reduce muscle pain.

It’s great for the skin too. It removes dead skin and increases blood circulation, so we won’t complain about the smell.

BONUS: Clove essential oil has anti-aging properties, so feel free to integrate it into your skin care regimen; you’re welcome.

6. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Lavender essential oil has a scent that many love.

This oil is mainly known for promoting calmness, enhancing sleep, reducing anxiety and depression.

However, it’s also a great essential oil for relieving pain, which is perfect if you feel stress and have a painful cold sore. Two problems, une oil needed.

Lavender essential is also very good for the skin and can help speed up the damaged skin’s healing process.

7. THYME ESSENTIAL OIL

Thyme essential oil is an oil that I haven’t tried yet. Based on my research, it will be added very soon to my essential oils collection.

This oil has vitamins and antioxidants great for your body. It surprisingly contains a significant amount of the mineral like copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.

It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and helps boost the immune system.

According to this study, thyme essential oil has shown proof that it’s suitable for treating cold sores.

8. LEMON BALM OIL

This oil comes from a lemon-scented herb that belongs to the mint plant family.

Lemon balm oil, also known as Melissa essential oil, is another excellent oil for treating a cold sore because of its antiviral properties.

Studies have shown that lemon balm oil effectively fights cold sore, just like thyme essential oil.

Some ointment for cold sore has lemon balm oil. It helps reduce redness, swelling, and other inflammations due to the cold sore. The oil reduces the pain and discomfort from the scabs and crusting.

It also improves the mood and increases learning ability.

9. CHAMOMILE ESSENTIAL OIL

Chamomile is known for its calming, soothing, and enhancing sleep.

In addition, it has anti-inflammation and can reduce pain. It also helps in sores and ulcers.

It’s good for the skin, which helps in assisting in the heal of the skin cells.

10. ANISE ESSENTIAL OIL

I know some properties are similar in the different essential oils stated before. Don’t be surprised; Essential oils are just amazing! Each of the oils has not one benefit but multiples benefits. 

To conclude, anise essential oil has numerous benefits for the body like assisting digestion, urine flow, and treating the common cold. It’s often used in medication.

This oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It slows down the growth of the virus. It also assists in healing wounds.

SHOP ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Rosemary Oil
Rosemary Oil
Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil
Lemon Oil
Lemon Oil
Lavender Oil
Lavender Oil
Oregano Oil
Oregano Oil
Orange Oil
Orange Oil
Grapefruit Oil
Grapefruit Oil
Geranium Oil
Geranium Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
Frankincense Oil
Frankincense Oil
Clove Oil
Clove Oil

A QUICK RECAP

ESSENTIAL OILS THAT MOSTLY TREAT THE VIRUS

  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Lemon balm oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Anise oil

ESSENTIAL OILS THAT MOSTLY HEAL THE SKIN

  • Tea Tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Anise oil

THE CARRIER OILS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS

It’s crucial to dilute your essential oils properly. Essential oils are very potent and concentrated oils. If your essential oils are organic, a few drops is enough to benefit from their healing power.

Here’s a list of Carrier Oils.

Essential-Oils-for-Cold-Sores-milk-n-honey-lifestyle-2

OTHER INGREDIENTS TO DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS IN

COCONUT OIL

As you already know, coconut oil can be use so many ways. It has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It’s fantastic for the skin and absorbs quickly in the skin. Coconut oil is ideal for diluting your essential oils.

Even though coconut oil is in the list above, coconut oil hardens at a temperature lower than 76°F (or 24°C). Its hardened texture creates great and consistent textures for DIY concoctions.

WITCH HAZEL

I love witch hazel. I use it often for my skin, and it’s one of the ingredient in my DIY Face Toner.

Witch hazel is good for the skin. It fights acne, reduces inflammation and skin irritation. It’s ideal when combined with an antiviral oil to treat a cold sore.

Ok, another benefit, it heals chapped lips!

ALOE VERA (GEL)

Aloe vera gel also is part of my DIY Face Toner.

It’s moisturizing the skin. It’s great for burns and soothes irritated skin.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Who knew apple cider vinegar would be great for cold sore too?

Apple cider vinegar has many benefits: Check them out here!

The benefits of ACV for a cold sore are from its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also helps reduce the scab as the blister dries up.

TOOTHPASTE

This one is not an ingredient but more of a bonus item. It might be an unexpected item, but it’s a good one.

I like to tab a small amount on the blisters and leave it overnight. It helps dry out the blisters.

This is the toothpaste I use.

DIY COLD SORE RECIPES/HOME REMEDIES WITH ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential-Oils-for-Cold-Sores-milk-n-honey-lifestyle-3

Here are 3 Homemade Recipes/Home Remedies to treat a Cold Sore

ELIMINATE THE COLD SORE VIRUS RECIPE

Day 1-2

  • 15 ml of coconut oil
  • 5 ml of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 drops of oregano oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint oil
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil
  • 1 drop of clove oil
  • 1 drop of lavender oil

Directions & Application

Mix the coconut oil with apple cider vinegar until it becomes a uniform paste. Then, add all the essential oils and mix again. Transfer the mixture to a clean and disinfected glass container.

With a clean cotton swab, apply the mixture to the blisters and all around. Apply it 5-6 times per day.

DEALING WITH BLISTER & PAIN RECIPE

Day 3-4

  • 15 ml of coconut oil
  • 5 ml witch hazel
  • 2 drops of lemon balm oil
  • 2 drops of thyme oil
  • 1 drop of clove oil
  • 1 drop of eucalyptus

Directions & Application

Mix the coconut oil with witch hazel. Then, add all the essential oils and mix it again. Transfer the mixture to a clean and disinfected glass container.

With a clean cotton swab, apply the mixture. Apply it 4-5 times per day.

MOISTURIZING LIPS & HEALING THE SKIN RECIPE

Day 5-6

  • 15 ml of aloe vera gel
  • 3 drops of almond oil
  • 3 drops of jojoba oil
  • 2 drops of lavender oil
  • 2 drops of chamomile oil
  • 1 drop of peppermint oil
  • 1 drop of anise oil

Directions & Application

Mix the aloe vera gel with almond oil and jojoba oil. Then, add all the essential oils and mix it again. Transfer the mixture to a clean and disinfected glass container.

Apply the mixture with a clean cotton swab or clean fingers, whenever you feel like you need it.


For all your DIY products, make sure that all your ingredients are certified organic. Store them in dark glass containers and preferably keep in the fridge.

Treat your cold sore at home and ditch the over-the-counter medication!

SHOP ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea Tree Oil
Rosemary Oil
Peppermint Oil
Lemon Oil
Lavender Oil
Oregano Oil
Orange Oil
Grapefruit Oil
Geranium Oil
Eucalyptus Oil
Frankincense Oil
Clove Oil

Talk to you soon honey,

HAVE A BLESSED MONTH OF FEBRUARY!

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO MY BEAUTIFUL BLACK PEOPLE ❤️🖤💚

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed below are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission

Share and Enjoy !

Shares

4 Comments

  1. Ashley Bianca Jones
    February 12, 2021 / 3:24 AM

    This was a great and VERY resourceful read!!

    • MilknHoneyLifeStyle
      February 12, 2021 / 9:59 PM

      Thank you Ashley, I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Christine
    July 18, 2021 / 4:02 PM

    Have you used some of these essential oils as a mouth wash for HSV? My son has stubborn HSV sores in his mouth (he is fighting cancer) that is resistant to the anti-viral meds and therefore needs to be treated with IV meds as an inpatient, which we want to avoid. I’m hoping to boost his defences with essential oils and plant remedies.

    • MilknHoneyLifeStyle
      July 28, 2021 / 10:47 PM

      I’ve sent you an email to properly answer your question. Thank you so much for reading!

Shares