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10 Essential Oils for Cold Sores

1. Bergamot

Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the Seville orange tree and has antibacterial and antibiotic properties, so it can fight the virus that causes the cold sore.  St. John’s Wort, a powerful antiviral herb, is a great carrier for Bergamot.  Mix 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil with about 30 milliters of St. John’s Wort and apply the mixture to a cold sore with a cotton swab.  If you use this oil as soon as you notice the cold sore developing, it can prevent the cold sore from worsening.                                      

Note: Bergamot is aso found in Earl Gray Tea, so if you don’t want to apply it topically, try drinking a couple cups of the tea every day.  Also, applying an Earl Gray teabag to the cold sore could have similar effects to using the essential oil.

In conclusion, Essential oils are widely recommended and used to prevent and treat common cold sores, but please keep in mind that essential oils are not for internal use and can cause irritation when applied externally.  When initially trying an essential oil, apply on one portion of your cold sore first.  Wait 15 minutes and observe your skin for signs of irritation.  If none arise, use it on the remainder of any lesions.  Also, of utmost importance:  always wash your hands before and after applying any essential oils’ product and properly dispose of any applicators.  If used wisely and with care, these essential oils can alleviate the pain and annoyance of those pesky cold sores.

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