Cold sores or fever blisters are caused due to herpes simplex virus (type – 1) that appears most commonly on or around the mouth, lips, and nose. When once this HSV enters into the body then it remains throughout the life and the outbreaks can trigger by stress, hormonal changes, trauma to the skin, weak immune system, over exposure to sunlight, etc. it is extremely contagious and appear as a cluster of small and white blisters whenever the virus gets activated.
These small, fluid-filled lesions are painful and quite embarrassing. Usage of natural remedies like tea tree essential oil quickly after you notice initial tingling sensation will help to reduce the duration and severity of an outbreak.
Tea tree oil or Melaleuca alternifolia oil eases the discomfort and helps to diminish the appearance of cold sores on skin. Is tea tree oil really effective in treating cold sores? To get rid of all these doubts, have a look on its amazing properties mentioned below.
- It has antiviral, antibiotic, antifungal and antiseptic properties that fight against the herpes simplex virus.
- It dries out the skin which in turn speeds up the healing process of cold sores and eases its symptoms.
- It has anti-inflammatory property that heals the pain, swelling and inflammation caused due to cold sores.
- It acts as a natural astringent that not only kills the bacteria but also prevents the colonization (spread) of new bacteria into the skin.
Want to know how to use tea tree oil for herpes. Then continue reading these 3 excellent methods that are widely used for treating fever blisters.
Method – 1: (Tea Tree Oil)
It is an easy and best way of using tea tree oil for treating the cold sores along with its symptoms.
Steps to be followed…
- Pour few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton swab or ball.
- Dab it directly on the cold sores infected skin areas.
- Leave it on for few minutes and then wash it off with water.
- Pat the skin dry and continue doing the same process regularly for 2 – 3 times a day until the cold sores has disappeared completely on the skin.
- If you have dry or sensitive skin, then dilute 1 part of tea tree oil with 2 parts of water and apply it with a cotton ball on affected areas.
- Or mix 5 – 7 drops of tea tree oil in 1 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil along with few drops of eucalyptus oil. Apply it on blisters for 2 – 3 times a day.
- For more effective and quick relief, apply tea tree oil on cold sores using cotton swab at night before bed time and leave it on for overnight.
Method – 2: (Tea Tree Oil Lotion with Apple Cider Vinegar)
This is a simple but powerful astringent lotion used to treat cold sores effectively.
Steps to be followed…
- Combine 3 drops of tea tree oil in 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
- Stir well and apply this lotion on the affected skin areas.
- Leave it on like that, without washing or wash it off after 40 – 50 minutes.
- Regular application of this lotion on cold sores will help to diminish them completely on the skin.
- You can use a blended mix of lavender, Melissa and tea tree oil instead of using only tea tree oil and alcohol instead of apple cider vinegar to grab the same results.
- Apply this mix only if the skin has not been broken due to cold sores.
- Or simply mix 3 drops each of tea tree oil and bergamot, 4 drops of lavender oil in 5 teaspoons of calendula infused cream to make fine lotion. Apply this lotion frequently to heal the cold sores quickly.
Method – 3: (Tea Tree Oil Blend with Other Essential Oils)
Essential oils, if used in proper quantities will provide wonderful results in curing the problem, including cold sores.
Steps to be followed…
- Add 8 drops each of tea tree oil and geranium oil, 3 drops of lemon oil, 5 drops of lavender oil and 6 drops of chamomile German oil in a bowl.
- Stir it well and add 2 – 3 drops of this oil blend to a cotton ball (soaked in water).
- Apply it directly on the cold sores affected skin areas.
- Let it stay for few minutes and then wash it off with water.
- Repeat the application for 2 – 3 times daily to get quick relief from the cold sores.
Tips and Precautions:
- Applying tea tree oil at first sign will prevent the spread of infection to other parts.
- Make sure to use 100% pure tea tree oil which is easily available in most grocery or health or drug stores and also in online stores.
- Never ever consume tea tree oil orally, as it is toxic when swallowed and causes some serious unwanted side effects in the body.
- If you’re experiencing any tingling or burning sensation along with dryness upon direct tea tree oil application, then use a cotton ball soaked in water for its application.
- Applying tea tree oil based sore creams, lotions, gels, etc. will provide some soothing relief from cold sores or fever blisters. But be sure to check whether it is prepared from 100% pure tea tree oil or not before using.
- It is mandatory to do some skin patch test to know whether it is allergic on skin or not and then continue its use as a cold sore reducer.
- Regularly remove the crusty material that forms during the ulceration of cold sores by rubbing it with a damp washcloth on the affected area. Applying tea tree oil after removing this material from cold sores will help you in getting faster relief from the problem.
- Avoid applying tea tree oil on the healthy skin, as it dries out and damages the skin cells. Also, avoid sharing straws, lip-care products, tooth brushes, utensils, drinking glasses, etc. to others until you sore is healed completely.
- Avoid any skin – to – skin contact while you’re treating a cold sore to prevent the spread of this infection to others.
Try these tea tree oil methods regularly for few days to clear cold sores on the skin. Or do you know any other tea tree oil methods for cold sores? Then share your experience with us.