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Guide to Using Tea Tree Oil on Herpes
Can you use tea tree oil on herpes and how effective is it? While there’s no cure for herpes, you can use alternative natural treatments that may lessen the frequency and severity of your herpes breakouts. And not only that, some of these alternative treatments may not come with the side effects that some people may experience with using certain antiviral medications.
Research shows that tea tree oil contains an antimicrobial called terpinen-4-ol. This substance has been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. But the big question is can this tree oil actually fight the virus that causes herpes?
It turns out that researchers at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, asked the very same question. They looked at the antiviral effects of Australian tea tree oil against the herpes simplex virus and found the following:
- Their tests showed that tea tree oil had significant antiviral activity against herpes simplex 1 and 2.
- Another study from Cairo University showed terpinen-4-ol was effective up to 99% against the herpes simplex virus 1 in animal studies.
While this research proves the antiviral effects of tea tree oil, there’s unfortunately no human studies to determine the optimal dosage and strength that’s effective for treating herpes naturally with tea tree oil.
However, in spite of the lack of human research, there are some visitors at these popular herpes support forums, such as Herpes-Coldsores.com and The Original Herpes Home Page, who’ve claimed to have experienced some success with using tea tree oil on herpes.
A Possible Method to Use Tea Tree Oil on Herpes
Here is a summary of the information I was able to collect from the above herpes forums. The majority of people used 100% tea tree oil:
1. How some people used this oil to treat their herpes:
- Tea tree oil was always applied topically and never ingested or swallowed.
- Some people would apply the oil on sores near the genital region and others avoided this area due to concerns of possible irritation.
- People with sensitive skin frequently used a diluted solution of tea tree oil. They would dab a Q-tip in water and then add a drop of the oil before applying.
2. What did people experience from using tea tree oils on herpes?
- A few people found the tea tree oil lessened the severity of the outbreak.
- Some people experienced reduced redness and drying up of the lesions.
- In other cases, the oils did help prevent some lesions from breaking through the skin or reduced the severity of the sores.
- There were reports of a tingling heat sensation when they used 100% pure undiluted tea tree oil. This effect was reduced when they diluted the oil with water.
It’s important to note that not all users achieved these results and some users didn’t experience any benefit at all.
Other Natural Treatments for Herpes
Using tea tree oil on herpes is only one type of natural treatment. Depending on your particular type of herpes infection, it may or may not work for you. So here are some other natural treatments that you may find effective:
- Supplement with the Amino Acid Lysine
- Studies show that supplementing the diet with lysine supplements may help reduce the severity and number of herpes breakouts.
Some researchers believe that a dose of 500 mg. of lysine per day may keep some people from getting breakouts. For active herpes infections the suggested daily dose was 1 – 6 grams between meals to promote healing.
- Peppermint Oil and other Essential Oils
- I found this kind of interesting….A study in Germany showed that peppermint oil had a virucidal effect on the herpes simplex virus. Other essential oils that were found to have anti-viral effects on the herpes virus are anise, hyssop, thyme, ginger, chamomile and sandalwood – with chamomile being the strongest antiviral.
Products like H-Balm contain a blend of essential oils for herpes relief. I saw that the reviews are mixed with this one as some people got results from it and others didn’t.
- Red Marine Algae Supplements
Algae to fight herpes? Interestingly enough, there are studies showing that red marine algae has antiviral effects, particularly against Herpes Simplex. However, the only problem is there are hundreds of different strains of red marine algae and only a few dozen are reported to actually have antiviral properties.
From what I’ve read, the best kind to get is either Dumontiaceae or Gigartina red marine algaes. Red Marine Algae Plus by Pure Planet contains both strains of this potent antiviral algae.
- Virgin Coconut Oil
Another healthy oil you may be interested in is virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil contains a powerful antiviral called lauric acid. When you eat coconut oil your body converts some of the lauric acid into monolaurin. Scientists found that monolaurin can break down the cell membrane of viruses like HIV, herpes and Cytomegalovirus.
Visit my webpage Using Coconut Oil on Herpes for more information.
Remember that these are not natural cures for herpes – only natural treatments. You can also try keeping your immune system healthy to suppress future herpes outbreaks.
Getting plenty of rest, eating healthy and exercising to reduce stress can help boost your immune system. Please consult with your Doctor before you try using tea tree oil on herpes or any other type of natural treatment.
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