Essential oils for Cold Sores

Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are a painful and unsightly infectious blister that’s usually found on the lips or face. They are caused by the virus herpes simplex I (HSV), which can lie dormant in the body, only to flare up when your body is stressed out.

Cold sores are caused by a virus called Herpes simplex virus type 1, or HSV-1. A virus is a very small organism that multiplies fast after invading cells.

HSV-1 is from the same family of viruses that causes genital herpes. Genital herpes is usually caused by Herpes simplex type 2 virus, or HSV-2. These viruses are highly contagious.

People get cold sores from other people, usually from parents and family members. About 8 out of every 10 people have the cold sore virus, HSV-1. The cold sore virus affects each person differently. Some people have outbreaks very often and others don’t. For some they are painful while others only notice tingling or itching.

Cold sores are contagious at all stages. However, they are the most contagious when they break open and fluid comes out.

Cold sores can spread to other people through kissing. They can also spread through sharing things that touch the lips and skin around them, such as towels or utensils.

Even though HSV-1 mainly affects the mouth area, it can be transmitted to other parts of the body. When it infects the fingers it is called herpetic whitlow. HSV-1 can cause blindness if it infects the eyes. It can also infect the genital area, just as HSV-2 can infect the face.

The first time a person is infected with HSV-1, he or she may have a fever but no cold sores. The body creates antibodies to fight the virus. Antibodies are special chemicals that control the virus by killing most of its cells.

Unfortunately, the cold sore virus usually hides in nerve cells. This makes it impossible for antibodies to totally kill the virus.

The virus “sleeps” in the nerve cells. While “asleep,” the virus is called dormant. When it “wakes up,” it travels through the nerve to the skin’s surface. About â…“ of all people who get cold sores usually have them in the same spot each time.

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what are essential oils?

Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years, we can enjoy the direct benefits of using essential oils today; through healing properties occurring naturally through the extracted plant substance.

What Are Essential OilsEssential oils have been recorded throughout history to be used to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. The Egyptians were referenced as using cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood, and frankincense as early as 4500 BC. Scholars in India developed the science of Ayurveda around 3000 BC. These people relied on essential oils in potions using some of today’s favorites, such as ginger and cinnamon.

The use of essential oils for remedies of ailments was recorded by Chinese scholars between 2067 and 2597 BC. However, probably the most common place we read about essential oils is in the Bible. Essential oils are mentioned over two hundred times in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible.

how do essential oils work?

If you are a beginner to essential oils, there are three primary ways essential oils enter the body: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. When choosing the right method to use essential oils, always keep in mind the desired result you are wanting and then determine the best application for use. Essential oils can enter the body by being applied to the skin. This method can vary from using a compress, gargling, bath or even massage. It requires several drops of essential oils to be used topically in some manner. It is important to note that most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

While people inhale and diffuse essential oils for a variety of reasons, it has been shown that inhalation is most effective and best suited to treat a variety of respiratory complaints. Ingestion of essential oils has had much controversy, I suggest you do the proper research yourself and use safe practices. Cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils.

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benefits of essential oils

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without side effects. In fact, Clove essential oil is so useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that it has been approved for use as a dental anesthetic by the American Dental Association. It is excellent when included in mouthwash recipes, particularly if you suffer from sore, inflamed gums.

While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and get a prescription drug, many others have awoken to the fact that essential oils can be used in a powerful way, when it comes to healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being. The biggest question is what oil will work for my body the best. Because we are not all the same, essential oils do not function the same for each of us. If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of chemicals you use in your home, making your own products with essential oils is an excellent choice.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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