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Cold Sore Prevention and Treatment


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The season has transitioned and the summer is long gone. The kids have been back to school for a while, and the germs are out to get us. One of my struggles during this time of year is cold sores. These seem to happen when the season is changing and my immune system is not up to par. It is usually the first sign of a cold coming, perhaps you experience these uncomfortable and painful sores all year! Here is a way to rest and take action at the same time.

Stress and a poor diet are two main reasons cold sores happen. If you are someone who struggles with them often, try making changes to your lifestyle by adding the necessary rest, even when you think you do not have time, you will find yourself more productive while managing your busy schedule.  Fruits, vegetables, and some proteins contain L-lysine, an amino acid needed to inhibit those outbreaks. Some of these foods are dark leafy greens, beets, oranges, lemons and pineapple. If you are already breaking out, put that soda and chocolate away, they will not be helping with the healing process, as they are highly acidic.

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Essential oils can help you create a home remedy for both prevention and breakouts. Their high concentration is perfect to fight off the virus. My favorite recipe is as follows:

Using a 30 ml glass bottle, blend the following ingredients:

  • 1 oz of aloe vera gel
  • 4ml solubol dispersant
  • 10 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 5 drops of Geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
  • 5 drops of Clove bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) essential oil

I use this combination when I feel the tingling sensation on my lips, applying every hour until I am no longer having symptoms. If I am too late and the cold sore has emerged, I apply it at the same frequency.

The reason these essential oils work, is due to their amazing healing properties.

Here is a quick re-cap of each oil to help us understand why they work against cold sores:

Clove bud essential (Eugenia caryophyllata) oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. This essential oil is warming, which can increase the blood flow and cause pain reduction.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is an airborne antimicrobial, and can be active against MRSA. It is also analgesic, reducing pain. Lastly, it is antifungal and anti-inflammatory. You can use this oil to stimulate your immune system, for adults, use one drop in a glass of warm water to gargle, if you have a sore throat.

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Geranium(Pelargonium x asperum) is an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and cicatrisant. Particularly great for chronic inflammatory skin diseases.

Remember, rest and diet are an important part of healing. Essential oils are a wonderful addition to your routine. Using essential oils to help your immune system throughout the year will help you during times when you are most likely to get sick. Keep your new blend with you and you will be able to use it immediately.

You can find more blending ideas through the Aromahead website. We recommend visiting their site for more information regarding the proper use of essential oils.

Queren was inspired to write this blog post during her time enrolled in Aromahead’s Aromatherapy Certification program. She is a photographer and Digital Content Assistant for Mother Earth Living. You can follow her journey @kingfarmhouse



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