For starters, if you are prone to cold sores, cut down on nuts. Cold sores (herpes) are sensitive to the amino acid, arginine, which nuts have high amounts of. The opposite of arginine, is the amino acid, Lysine. Look familiar?
Lysine is a really useful preventative and symptomatic tool to fight the sores. Taken on a regular basis, lysine helps to defend your weaker cells against susceptibility to the viruses response.
For immediate relief, apply an ice cube to the sore. This will bring down the swelling and reduce the redness. Repeat as needed.
There are some great essential oils that are able to help both prevent and heal the herpes cold sores.
- Oregano - Studies have show that this powerful plant has been able to at least cause the virus to go dormant. Some argue that the virus has even been eliminated from the body, but we can't be so sure. If you'd like to try this remedy, you'll simply need to get a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and place a few drops of the oil on your lower spine and massage it in. Do this twice per day. The oil is said to penetrate into the vertabrae, where the virus hides, and destroy it. (Oregano is a hot oil, and caution is to be taken, as to not get it in your eyes or on the skin without dilution.)
- Peppermint & Lemon - Used as a treatment, when the cold sore arrives, put a small drop of each oil on the location. Repeat as desired. Cold sores are a hot / wet virus, which means it will be healed by drying and cooling remedies, which lemon and peppermint are. Many people say Tea Tree or Melaleuca are good, but on the contrary, they are hot oils and are more likely to aggravate the condition.
- Eucalyptus - I love this remedy because it feels so good. In the shower, spray eucalyptus oil shower spray into the steam. Eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic and is particularly good at destroying viruses. Another way to do it is to spray it on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the sore. *For genital herpes, use the cotton ball method as well, with a carrier oil applied first*
Herpes is not an easy condition to live with, but can be managed with the above and many other natural tips.
Eurospa is always researching new healing uses for eucalyptus oil and ways to share them with our clients. We strive to create healthier homes and spas with our high quality products and hope that you will contact us today!