Oregano oil can help relieve some symptoms of herpes inflammation, but it should not be a substitute for medical treatments.
Using oregano oil for herpes can help prevent breakouts and relieve symptoms of skin irritation, blisters, and inflammation. Studies have shown that oregano oil has antimicrobial properties and can reduce inflammation, therefore, it can help to eliminate the symptoms of cold sores, shingles, and genital herpes. Cold sores, shingles and chickenpox are diseases caused by viruses of the herpes simplex family.
Oregano oil is one of the most common homeopathic treatments for cold sores caused by herpes simplex 1.
Using oregano oil can irritate the mucous membranes, which can cause inflammation and pain. Topical application appears to be more effective in treating herpes than taking it orally. While oregano oil is considered natural and safe, it can produce side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when consumed in high concentrations, but they are usually mild and temporary. A healthcare professional should be consulted before treating a herpes infection with oregano oil to make sure it is safe before starting treatment.
Oregano oil can relieve itching caused by chickenpox.
The herpes virus produces inflammatory symptoms that can be alleviated with the application of oregano oil. The oil should be divided into several doses throughout the day, rather than taking large amounts all at once. The standard dose is approximately three drops every two hours at the onset of symptoms.
Oregano oil may burn when it is applied initially, but this sensation usually subsides after a few minutes, as does the itching and inflammation of the lesions. Before using oregano oil for herpes, a small amount should be applied to an unaffected area of the skin to ensure that an allergic reaction does not occur.
Oregano oil can be used to eliminate the symptoms of genital herpes, which can spread despite the use of condoms.
Oregano oil should not replace conventional medical treatment. When symptoms such as blisters, tingling, itching, inflammation and burning of the skin occur, a medical professional needs to be notified. Other treatments, such as antiviral medications, may need to be prescribed, both in topical and oral forms. When a herpes viral infection occurs, systemic symptoms may also be present. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication helps reduce pain, fever, and inflammation, but getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and drinking plenty of fluids should also be considered for maintaining a healthy immune system.