Every fall I make “supplies” for the cold and flu season, and one of those supplies is a cold sore (or fever blister) remedy. This cold sore remedy is super quick and easy to make; in fact might have each of these essential oils for cold sores in your cabinet already. Yep, they are that common.
We’ve been using this remedy for several years and it works far better than any of the over the counter remedies we’ve used in the past. Like most herbal or essential oil remedies you want to begin using this cold sore remedy early and often.
While we call them “cold sores” or “fever blisters” they are caused by a Herpes virus. It lays dormant in the body and when the body is stressed the virus activates and caused blisters, usually on the lips or in the nose but they can appear on other parts of the body too. One of our children get them on the thumb which is rare but can happen. Regardless of where the outbreak is, they are painful and, somewhat, embarrassing.
Because stress can cause a breakout, many people experience cold sores when they have a cold or flu. Outbreaks can also happen after prolonged sun exposure or heat exposure, both of these things stress the body. And, of course, regular old emotional stress or chaos can cause an outbreak.
Everyone is different and different things will trigger an breakout. For instance, I’m more susceptible to a breakout when I’ve had a fever, a sunburn, or get over heated. But others will break out when they have more emotional stress in their lives. This is good to know because you can use a holistic approach and try to reduce the triggers if you know what they are for you.
Most people will experience tingling or itching before they see blisters. Within a day or so the cold sore blisters will start forming and will continue growing for a couple of days. Slowly they’ll start popping, oozing, and crusting over. Until the blisters crust over they are contagious….very contagious. The whole process usually lasts 10-14 days.
Begin using the cold sore remedy when you feel the tingling, don’t wait until you see blisters. Of course, if you wake up in the morning with blisters go ahead and use the cold sore remedy just know that it might take a few more days to heal than if you started before the blisters erupted.
Essential Oil Cold Sore Remedy
To make this cold sore remedy we’re going to use essential oils that have been shown to be effective against virus and the Herpes virus in particular, these oils are lemon, lavender, and eucalyptus. We’re also going to be using coconut oil as the carrier oils which also has some anti-viral properties.
All of these essential oils have anti-viral properties but make sure you dilute them by using a carrier oil, if you don’t have coconut oil, use sweet almond oil or even just olive oil.
I like to mix it up and put it in a small jar or roll on bottle. This recipe makes three 10ml roll on bottles (1/3 oz).
Since this cold sore remedy is used externally and for a short period of time (just a few days in most cases) it’s okay if it’s a little stronger than a standard 2% dilution.
You can use this cold sore remedy often, we try to put it on every 30 minutes or so. Once the blisters scab over, just keep the sore moist with a salve or balm. We just use our regular healing salve.
There’s a printable recipe at the end of the post.
Over the years I’ve used a lot of different brands of essential oils. I’m now in the process of just using Rocky Mountain Oils. They have quality oils and make each batches GC/MS test results available, they also practice environmental sustainability in harvesting, packaging, and recycling. These are things that are important to me, but know that there are many high quality essential oil companies to choose from.
More Cold and Flu Remedies
Stuffy noses and congestion is a common ailment during the winter. I make a batch of homemade vapor rub to have on hand. It doesn’t take much and one batch is all our family needs for the whole season.
I also made a big batch of a “concoction” that I learned from our Kenyan friends. I freeze it in ice cube trays so we’ll have plenty on hand when we need it. You can get video tutorials of how to make this and the other recipes in the Simple Remedies for Cold and Flu Season ecourse.
In the course you’ll also learn to make smelling salts, cough syrup, fire cider, and a super charged elderberry syrup. You’ll also receive printable recipes and an profile for each ingredient. This is truly all you need to be prepared for the cold and flu season.
A couple of years ago Kathie from Homespun Seasonal Living sent me some elderberry syrup and tincture in exchange for some lemons. I had never had elderberry syrup before and was pretty excited to use it. Esther had a lingering cough that she just could not shake and after a few days of taking elderberry syrup her cough was gone. I was impressed and now elderberry syrup and tincture is part of my cold and flu protocol.
I love to make different scrubs to help with dry skin. It’s super important to get the dry, flaky skin off so that the moisturizers can do their job. I also love this body butter recipe, you can use different infused oils and essential oils depending on your needs.
That’s it. This is how I prep for the cold and flu season. I’ve found that with these few things along with eating lots of citrus, taking Epsom salt baths and limiting sugar we can usually make it through the season without getting sick enough to go to the doctor.
- 6 drops lemon essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 2 tablespoons carrier oil (I use coconut oil)
- 3 10ml roller bottles or other small jar
- Mix ingredients in a small cup (a cup with a pour spout works great for this) and pour into roller balls.
- Use at the first sign of a cold sore
- Use every 30 minutes or so
- Once the blister scabs over use a salve or balm to keep it moist until fully healed.
What are your natural must-haves for the cold and flu season?