Herpes Simplex

Cold soreHerpes Simplex is viral infection and there are two different strains of this virus:

  • Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) is the well-known cold sore or fever blister. Most people have come in contact with this virus during childhood and around 90% of all adults will have antibodies to HSV-1. The eruptions mostly appear around the mouth. They can appear when one has a cold or flu or when one is under a lot of stress. In fact they mostly appear when the body is run down and the immune system is compromised. Although they are uncomfortable they are relatively harmless. It has been suggested that increasing the intake of Vitamin C and B in the diet or in supplements may be helpful in keeping these under control. Strict hygiene is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading. The use of essential oils can certainly be helpful in dealing with cold sores. In fact if you use a little tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) or manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) at the first indication (usually a tingling) you may be able to advert a breakout altogether.
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2) is genital herpes and is sexually transmitted. Symptoms include genital ulcers or sores. It is thought that up to 30% of U.S. adults have antibodies against HSV-2. Cross-infection of type 1 and 2 viruses may occur from oral-genital contact. Essential oils that have been very effective in the control of Herpes simplex include as mentioned above tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), manuka (Leptospermum scoparium),as well as Melissa (Melissa officinalis), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphoract. 1,8 — cineole), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) among others.

For small spot applications I really like to use a roller ball bottle. They generally come in two sizes 5ml and 10ml although I mostly just use the 10ml bottle. They are really easy to take along with you and apply directly to the area that needs the blend and I like to use them for things like headache blends, sinus blends and cold sore blends. They are also great for perfume blends. I like to use jojoba as the base oil in these bottles as it have an indefinite shelf life and so once made up these little bottles can be used again and again. I add between 4 — 10 drops of my essential oil or essential oil synergy to a 10ml bottle.

A bath or sitz bath would be an excellent way to help ease the discomfort of genital herpes. Add 3 — 8 drops of your essential oil or essential oil blend to an equal number of drops of emulsifier, or liquid soap if you don’t have an emulsifier. Do this twice a day if possible.

University of Maryland, Medical Centre https://www.umm.edu/
Chrissie Wildwood, The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy, Bloomsbury, London, England, 1996
Rosemary Caddy, The Essential Blending Guide , Amberwood Publishing Ltd, Guildford, England.
Beverley Hawkins Aromatherapy 201 Course 1999 revised 2000, 2001,2003, 2004

Blends for Herpes Simplex

Blend 1 Blend 2 Blend 3 Blend 4
1 drop of Tea Tree 1 drop of Lavender 2 drops of Melissa 1 drop of Manuka
1 drop of Palmarosa 1 drop of Tea Tree 1 drop of Myrrh 1 drop of Ravintsara

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