I’m a woman over 60 and as you can imagine I’ve had my share of cold sores (or fever blisters as my mom called them). A few years ago I added tea tree oil to my medicine cabinet but I never thought to use it for my cold sores. I’ve been using Abreva for years.
A few weeks ago I had that tingling sensation on my lip. If you’ve ever gotten cold sores you know what I’m talking about. From experience I knew the key to getting rid of them is treat them the second you feel the tingling …but I was out of the Abreva. It was late at night and I couldn’t run to the drugstore. I knew Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic so I pulled it from my cabinet and put it on (and reapplied frequently). To my surprise it stopped the sore in its tracks! It still had to scab but it was gone in a few days.I don’t know why I never tried it before. It has become my ‘go to’ treatment the next time I get that tingling sensation.
So all hail to the oils. I’ve been starting to use them, checking out what works and what doesn’t. If you have experience with essential oils let me know your favorites. I’ve been doing some research and planning to use a few drops in my skin cream. Essential oils aren’t by any means inexpensive, but when you read how the oil is derived from the plants you can understand. I am trying to move more and more to ‘natural’ remedies and creams.