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Thieves Oil For Cold Sores


Author: Wendy P.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 09-08-2005
Views: 53,545
Word Count: 314
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 946-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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It is a nasty problem, but supposedly 50% of the population is plagued with cold sores at some time or another. This is what really convinced me of the antiviral power of the oils. I used to get cold sores at least a couple times a year. I tried the prescription stuff, the abreva, the other over the counter junk. Nothing treats it satisfactorily.

I started putting a drop of Lavender in with my moisturizer lotion at night. I feel this reduced the frequency of breakouts. This is a tough one, but I read that you should avoid peanuts and peanut butter. Did that, and that may be helping as well. Nonetheless, I managed to develop a whopper of a cold sore last Spring on a Thursday. I decided to pull out the big guns, Thieves oil, and put a drop on my very swollen lip. That may have been enough, but I added another drop later, then another, then one before bed. Probably put more on the next day, but the sore had shrunk considerably and by Saturday a.m. I was able to easily flake off the whole thing, revealing pink healthy skin underneath!

Never before had anything dissolved my cold sore in two days. However, I caution anyone to start sparingly and not to overdo it, as I had the sensation of having very chapped lips for two weeks afterward. Thieves oil is very strong and I over-did it. Young Living also recommends Melissa oil (Lemonbalm), but it is very expensive. Another company, Forces of Nature, makes a product with Lemonbalm called "H-balm", and this has stopped the virus in its tracks too. I will never be without it. Now that I am using oils more, I intend to try some Raindrop treatments to see if that might eradicate the virus from my system once and for all.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: virus,cold-sores-/-fever-blisters — "The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link
2.Associated topics: virus — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: virus — "Tea tree oil (TTO) (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used recently as an effective topical application for the treatment of skin infections due to a variety of aetiological microbial agents, including mainly bacterial infections. We detail... the successful treatment with TTO of a paediatric patient with warts on her right middle finger. TTO was applied topically once daily to the lesions for 12 days, with a successful outcome, including complete re-epithelization of the infected areas. The case highlights the potential use of TTO in the treatment of common warts due to human papilloma virus."Link
4.Associated topics: virus — "Essential oils from anise, hyssop, thyme, ginger, camomile and sandalwood were screened for their inhibitory effect against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) [genital herpes]. A clearly dose-dependent virucidal activity against HSV-2 could be demonstrated for all essential oils tested. Chamomile oil exhibited a high selectivity index and seems to be a promising candidate for topical therapeutic application as virucidal agents for treatment of herpes genitalis."Link

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