No More... Mr. Cold Sore!

Make your own Lemon Balm herbal lip salve for that winter cold sore. No need to suffer from recurrirng cold sores when making a few simple steps towards better health can minimise your symptoms and possibly rid yourself of this annoyance.  
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) is a wonderful plant containing anti viral essential oils useful in the treatment of cold sores.

Cold sores are the oral version of Herpes simples virus (HSV) This is a viral infection small producing fluid filled blisters on the skin. It is highly contageous, passed by kissing or through other physical contact. There is no cure as the virus disapears is goes latent into nervous tissue. It then may recur when the system is run down, physically or emotionally stressed, undergoes a trauma or the body is experiencing other infections like the comon cold. The sores are usually self limiting, lasting a few weeks. 

Symptoms of pain, itching or tingling can occur before the sore appears. The blister can fill and burst leaving a yellow crust and scab. If not treated correctly or aggravated and not allowed to heal this prolongs the condition. Many people have constant recurring HSV infections.

As well as using your Lemon Balm herbal lip salve other factors must looked at and dealt with for treating this condition. The immune system is usually under pressure and the cause of the outbreak must be considered.

Vitamin C is useful taken at first onset of sypmtoms. It not only supports immune function but can reduce the severity of the sore and the length of time affected. Recommended dose is 1000mg twice a day.

Lysine is an amino acid with anti viral activity shown to inhibit the virus. Taking 1000mg three times a day as well as the vitamin C instantly reduces the symptoms of the cold sore and possible recurrance.  Supplementation with both can be continued till the sore scabs over.

Lemon Balm Lip Salve

1 tbsp Coconut oil
2 tbsp Marigold flower infused oil
1 tsp beeswax
10 drops Melissa essential oil
(This essential oil is bought diluted in a base oil like Jojoba oil)

Place the coconut oil, marigold infused oil and beeswax in a bowl over a pot of simmering water to melt together. Take off the heat and add in the Melissa essential oil. Pour into lip salve containers before it cools. Using a cotton bud for cleanliness apply to lips at least 4 times a day.

About Ivywood

Herbalists Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso have moved their businesses and family to a new piece of land in Co Clare. They are busy creating new spaces on the land to reestablish their clinical practice and medicinal herb nursery. Formerly Bareroot Botanicals and Iona Herbal they have now renamed the woodland and business Ivywood.



* indicates required