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Will this be your new favorite cold sore oil?

by Andrea Butje on April 22, 2019

Blog- April 22- Blog TItle-Will this be your new favorite cold sore oil - 600 x 900- V1Here’s how to make a natural cold sore oil with 2 of my favorite essential oils for cold sores!

Cold sores are unfortunately very common.

Most people who get cold sores have their own favorite ways to manage them. There are plenty of over-the-counter medications. There are also a lot of home techniques that are tried and trusted by people who prefer natural care, and who make their own blends such as cold sore oil or salve.

I want to tell you about two essential oils that, in my experience, can really help prevent cold sores, and shorten the duration of a cold sore if it does come up.

They are Sandalwood and Melissa.

Sandalwood is a beautiful cold sore oil. It’s gentle on skin, calms anxiety (like magic!), supports immunity, and is a wonderful antiviral oil. As for Melissa, you can think of it as “secret weapon” when it comes to cold sores. It is an amazing virus-fighter, especially for the cold sore virus.

This is a blend you can make in a 10 ml glass roller-top bottle, or a 1 oz (30 ml) glass jar.

Sandalissa Cold Sore Oil

  • 10 ml jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) or coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
  • 7 drops Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
  • 2 drops Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
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Melissa essential oil is very potent and has a strong aroma. Just 2 drops are enough for our blend! If you use the jojoba, try the roller-top bottle. If you use the coconut oil, you’ll probably find the glass jar more convenient (just keep in mind the 10 ml of coconut oil won’t fill up the jar).

Side note . . . I don’t often turn to Sandalwood essential oil for my blends, for the simple reason that Sandalwood is not truly environmentally sustainable. I like to reserve it for special occasions when it can really shine. This is one of those times.

A great way to use your cold sore oil is like perfume—just roll some on your neck and wrists to support immunity and prevent a cold sore outbreak. If you start feeling that familiar tingle-tickle on your lip, use a dab of this oil right on the spot. And if you do happen to get a cold sore, you can use a dab of it on the blister, too.

Once the cold sore blister itself has healed up and you want to support the scab to heal, you can use a blend of Lavender and Helichrysum.

  • 1 oz (30 ml) jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 12 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 6 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)

I’m suggesting to make a full ounce of the Lavender and Helichrysum blend, because it’s good for a lot more than cold sores! It’s good for helping to heal bruises, soothing irritation, calming itches, and more. It’s just a very nourishing, supportive blend to have on hand. In the case of your cold sore, it will help the new skin to heal well and prevent scarring.

I suggest keeping your Sandalwood and Melissa cold sore oil on hand and using it to help prevent another cold sore outbreak. It’s especially helpful during times of stress or transition, when your body and emotions are working to maintain a sense of balance.

Take care of yourself!

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Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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