10 Essential Oils for Cold Sores

6.  Oregano Oil

The natural oils in oregano are powerfully antimicrobial, and researchers discovered the essential oils from Turkish oregano provided antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties.  Apply a couple of drops of oregano combined with a carrier oil using a cotton swab several times daily.  Application of oregano oil to cold sores can help to reduce swelling and promote faster healing by killing the virus inside the blisters.  Note:  Because oregano oil in its pure form is highly concentrated and may cause skin irritation if applied directly.  For topical, always dilute with a carrier oil.


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