For anyone diagnosed with herpes, dealing with the condition can become one long struggle, given that a cure for this condition hasn’t been found yet. Relief for people who suffer from herpes, though, does come from various quarters, and one such relief providing measure can come in the form of tea tree oil and tea tree oil based products.
What it Tea Tree Oil?
Not to be confused with the regular tea plant, tea tree oil comes from the leaves of a plant which is found in Australia (commonly referred to as Narrow Leaved Tea-Tree, Narrow Leaved Paperbark, etc). Tea tree oil, as a natural solution, has been used for long in combating various viruses, bacteria, and fungi; and it is also known to fight infections which can become resistant to certain antibiotics.
The topical use of tea tree oil is suggested to address a variety of ailments caused because of viruses, bacteria, and fungal infections. Some of these include acne, athlete’s foot, blisters, cold sores, congestion in the throat, cough, dandruff, ear infections, fungal infections, insect bites, lice, yeast infections, and warts.
Tea Tree Oil for Herpes:
The use of tea tree oil in people who suffer from herpes has shown to provide relief in different ways. While some people who suffer from this condition find that tea tree oil helps lessens the outbreak’s severity, some others find relief through reduced redness and drying up of the lesions. Using tea tree oil can help in preventing lesions from rupturing, and can also reduce the severity of the sores. What you should also know, though, is that some sufferers find absolutely no relief in using tea tree oil.
Two studies in particular have studied the effects of tea tree oil on the herpes virus. One, carried out at the University of Heidelberg (Germany), went to show that the herpes simplex 1 & 2 viruses experienced considerable antiviral activity when exposed to tea tree oil. The second, carried out at the Cairo University (Egypt), relied on animal studies to show that terpinen-4-ol (the primary ingredient in tea tree oil), was up to 99% effective in combating the herpes simplex 1 virus.
Remember at all times that tea tree oil should not be used undiluted, and should never be ingested (taken internally). When used around the genital area, the mouth, or the eyes, special care is required, and this is why you should exercise some caution in using it for herpes. As long as you know what you’re doing through, the process is quite simple.
Make sure your hands are clean before you go through with the application, and a cotton swab or a cotton ball can be used to apply the diluted tea tree oil onto the sores. If you’ve never used tea tree oil in the past, use it on one sore, wait for some time, and if you do not experience any kind of irritation or itching, continue applying to the remainder of the sores. This process can be repeated 3 – 4 times each day.
Some people are known to experience a tingling sensation, redness, irritation, and/or itchiness, in using undiluted tea tree oil, and upon dilution, this problem could be fixed. If ingested, it can result in impairing one’s immune system, poor coordination, confusion, drowsiness/sleepiness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even coma. The use of tea tree oil is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Importantly, you cannot expect using tea tree oil to replace your conventional herpes treatment, although it can work in providing you with much sought after relief. In addition, if you do use tea tree oil to get through your outbreaks, it is important that this information be shared with your doctor.