Tea Tree Oil for Cold Sores

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Cold sores, also commonly known as fever blisters, are small sized inflamed open sores which generally occur on the lips. These may also appear on other areas of the skin like on the nose and are most commonly caused due to Herpes Simplex Virus, hereon known as HSV. Once a person contracts cold sore due to HSV, it is there for good. Meaning that it can happen again, caused due to some inflammatory reason like stress or hormonal changes. That is due to the fact that there is no complete cure for the HSV. However, it does not mean that it is the end of the road or anything like that. The symptoms and effects of cold sores can be managed by using some remedies and medications. Moreover, cold sores usually go away by themselves within 10 days of appearing but there are remedies and ingredients which can help you manage the symptoms, inflammation, and any pain or discomfort associated with it. Since, this virus never goes away for good, which means that once you have contracted it, you will have to deal with the issues surrounding it some times or other during your life. That is why it is important that you know about effective ingredient and remedies which can help you manage and control this condition. Tea tree oil is one such remedy. It is a terrific essential oil with significant medicinal and curative properties which have been observed closely for many years. That is why we have prepared this post which reveals details regarding cold sores, how tea tree oil can be used to treat it, and any other remedies which might prove beneficial regarding this situation. So, without further ado, let us dive into this topic.

About Cold Sores

As mentioned, these are most commonly caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus and once contracted, it can never be cured fully. Cold sores appear as small blisters, lesions, or infection which get filled with pus and cause pain and discomfort. These most commonly appear on the lips but that is not a fixed rule as they can also crop up elsewhere on the skin. When it occurs for the first time, it will be present for a longer time, like for up to a couple of weeks. But this recovery time generally goes down with every subsequent outbreak of sores. These may appear singularly or in groups huddled closely. Since these get filled with pus, they are also liable to break open, following which the fluid pus generally spills out and forms a crust after drying. Cold sores are painful and are considered unsightly by people. That is why people who contract it are eager to remedy it quickly, however, it is a little known fact that this condition is very common and about 90% of people will get a cold sore at some point or other over their lifetime. When there is a visible cold sore blister, it is highly contagious and can easily spread to other areas of the skin and to other people from contact. By itself, it is an annoying and discomforting issue but it is nothing too serious as it gets healed by itself. However, in some case, it could lead to severe issues. It could be a major issue in people who have a weak immune system or any immunity related disorders. Cold sore have a distinct look which makes it easier to spot and recognize them. Still, the following are some symptoms of this issue which could confirm the condition for you.

Tea Tree Oil for Cold Sores

Tea Tree oil is an amazing medicinal and curative essential oil which is native to Australia. It is extracted from the native Australian plant called Melaleuca alternifolia. It has been used for centuries by the native indigenous people of Australia as a medicine to treat a variety of health and skin issues, wounds and disorders like any cuts, burns, infections, etc. It possesses significant properties and characteristics which make it an ideal natural remedy to treat cold sores. Let us look at the said characteristics in the following points.

All these characteristics make it a clear strong and effective candidate for remedies to counteract cold sores. Other than all these, there are some other properties within Tea tree oil which can be helpful for treating and preventing the spread of cold sores. These particular benefits and properties of tea tree oil are detailed below.

Home Remedies for Cold Sores

Now, we are aware of the benefits of tea tree oil and the details concerning cold sore. Thus, it is high time that we also learn about the remedies which link these two together. So, in this section, we are going to look at a few different natural based remedies, all of which utilize tea tree oil, which can help one fight and heal their cold sores effectively. Hence, all of these remedies are completely fine and great for the skin and will even help improve its state while also helping you treat your cold sores and the pain and discomfort associated with it.

Straight Tea Tree Oil

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oilas needed
Cotton as needed

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a clean cotton ball or swab and then dro just a few drops of tea tree oil onto it.
  2. After that, take the cotton ball and hold it lightly against the area of your skin affected by the cold sores.
  3. Then, keep it there for a few minutes before removing it.
  4. Lastly, rinse the skin with water and let the skin dry. You are done! You should follow this technique a few time in a day, every day, until you can get rid of the cold sore completely.

Since we now know how terrific this essential oil is, the first remedy had to be just it. So, we are going to use tea tree oil only and directly as a remedy for cold sores for this one. This is a great and simple remedy for treating cold sores, for all the reasons mentioned previously.  There are a couple of points or notes which you can make use of to better this remedy for you particularly.  First one is that you can also leave this remedy on your skin overnight if you wish to do so, for some better effects and longer contact with tea tree oil. The other tip is relevant for people who have dry or sensitive skin. Tea tree oil is potent and can be drying so if you have either of the mentioned skin types, it will be better for you if you dilute the tea tree oil first, before using it as an application. You should dilute 1 part of tea tree oil with 2 parts of normal water before using it on your skin. Also, do a patch test first to suss out the results.

With Apple Cider Vinegar

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oil3 drops
Apple cider vinegar1 tbsp

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a small container and the two ingredients into it in the required quantities.
  2. After that, blend the two ingredients together thoroughly by stirring them well together.
  3. Then, take the blend and apply it onto the cold sore affected portions of the skin using a clean cotton ball or swab.
  4. Lastly, leave the solution on your skin for about an hour before rinsing it off using normal water. You are done! Use this remedy in a regular fashion if you want it to treat your cold sores rapidly and effectively.

This is another one of the great and powerful remedies which hold astringent characteristics and is a great healer of the cold sores. ACV is actually great for the skin too, as it helps balance its acidity levels, kills off harmful microbes on there, and also stimulate skin call healing and regeneration. Moreover, it has potent anti-inflammatory properties which help treat the cold sores quickly and it can even help heal up the skin effectively to prevent any mark or blemish and the like.

With Peppermint Oil

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oil1 tbsp
Peppermint oil1 tbsp

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a small bowl or something and add 1 tbsp each of tea tree and peppermint oil to it.
  2. After that, blend the two oils together uniformly by stirring them together thoroughly.
  3. Then, apply the oil blend onto the cold sore affected area of your skin by using a clean cotton swab or ball.
  4. Lastly, leave it be overnight and then wash it off in the morning and you are done! Repeat this procedure regularly to heal the cold sores rapidly.

Peppermint has clear cooling and soothing properties for the skin which comes in quite handy when trying to curb inflammation of the skin, like from cold sores. Peppermint oil actually has been proven to be effective in soothing the effects and symptoms caused due to the herpes virus, and this has been factually demonstrated in a scientific study. It was shown in that study that use of peppermint is effective in curbing the recurrence of herpes symptoms such as cold sores. That is why you can even use diluted peppermint oil by itself as a remedy for treating cold sores.

With Olive Oil

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oil1 tsp
Olive oil1 tsp
Eucalyptus oilas needed

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a small bowl or container and add 1 teaspoon each of tea tree and olive oil to it.
  2. After that, add in a couple of drops of eucalyptus oil and then blend the three oils together thoroughly by stirring them well together.
  3. Then, apply the oil blend onto the cold sore affected areas of your skin using a cotton swab or ball.
  4. Lastly, leave it on your skin for a bit before rinsing it off with just normal water. You are done! You should be using this remedy up to 3 times in a single day if you wish to be free from your cold sores as soon as possible.

Olive oil is one of the most fantastic and all-rounder oil for the body. It works wonders for the skin, hair and inner health. So it is no surprise really that it can also be effective in treating cold sores. It has potent anti-inflammatory properties which make it pretty ideal for soothing the irritation and inflammation caused by the cold sores. Overall, it is one of the best carrier oil which you can utilize to use a great essential oil due to its fantastic properties and gentle nature on the skin.

With other Essential Oils Blend

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oil8 drops
Geranium oil8 drops
Lavender oil5 drops
Lemon oil3 drops
German chamomile oil6 drops

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a small bowl or container and then place all the oils in it in the required quantities.
  2. After that, combine all the ingredients together well to form a consistent blend of the oils, do this by stirring them around together thoroughly.
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained solution of oils onto your skin affected by the cold sores using a clean cotton ball or swab.
  4. Lastly, leave the solution on your skin for a bit before washing it off with normal water. You are done! You should be using this remedy a few times in a day if you want to heal your cold sores rapidly.

Not much to detail about here. All the essential oils used here are terrific for the skin. United, this oil blend has all sorts of beneficial properties for the skin, including being anti-microbial, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. This triple threat makes for a practical and effectual remedy for cold sores which will knock the sores off your face to reurn your original smooth and clear skin to you. However, it is important to create a balanced blend and understanding the relationship between the different essential oils. But you do not need to fret, just follow the recipe given above and you will be good to go.

With Vitamin E Oil

Ingredients Needed:

Tea tree oil1 tsp
Vitamin E oil1 tsp

What to do?:

  1. First of all, take a small container and add 1 teaspoon each of tea tree and vitamin E oil to it.
  2. After that, combine the two oils together well to form a blend. Stir them together thoroughly to achieve this.
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained oil blend onto the cold sore affected areas of your skin using a clean cotton ball or swab.
  4. Lastly, let it stay on your skin for a bit before rinsing it off with normal water. You are done! Use this remedy up to 3 times in a day to rapidly get rid of your cold sores.

Vitamin E oil is one of the best oils for stimulating the healing of the skin by promoting the regeneration of skin cells and tissues. Together with tea tree oil, this makes for a terrific remedy for cold sores as the potent and beneficial properties of tea tree oil will help heal and prevent the cold sores, while vitamin E will help heal to prevent any after effects of left behind signs of blemishes from the cold sores. All in all, a terrific remedy for the skin and not just for healing cold sores.

Tips and Tricks

Now, by this point in the article, you should be well versed in the remedies for cold sores involving tea tree oil. Thus, if you can peruse and heed the following tips and tricks too, you can take your home holistic treatment of cold sores to the next level by making it more efficient and safe and secure. Without further ado, let us get right into it then.

That is about it from us regarding the usage of tea tree oil in the treatment of herpes and cold sores caused by it. Hope you have found some useful facts and information here which has helped you remedy your issues. All the best with your issues, and remember always consult your doctor or physician first regarding your issues first and learning about the best way to treat them.

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