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How to Use Lavender for Herpes

author image Alena Bowers
Alena Bowers began writing professionally in 2001 and is author of the book, "Alter This!" by Lark Books. She is an educator, yoga instructor and healing arts professional living in Portland, Ore. Bowers holds a Master of Education in visual art from Portland State University.
How to Use Lavender for Herpes
Lavender has regenerative properties. Photo Credit: Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

Herpes is a common infection. Two different, but closely related viruses can cause herpes: herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2, according to Planned Parenthood. Both are easily spread and stay in the body for life; symptoms can come and go. HSV-1, or oral herpes usually occurs as on the lips as a cold sore, but genital herpes will present as genital blisters or warts. According to the National Cancer Institute, some essential oils have antiviral activity against the herpes simplex virus. Shirley Price notes in her book, "Aromatherapy for Common Ailments" that lavender essential oil has antiseptic and regenerative properties. However, if you suspect you have developed the herpes virus, make sure to consult with a physician before attempting any herbal or natural remedies at home.

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Step 1

Open the bottle of jojoba oil and add 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil, followed by 5 drops of myrrh essential oil. Finish off the mixture by adding a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Step 2

Screw the cap back on and roll the jojoba oil bottle on a flat surface for several minutes. Do not shake the bottle.

Step 3

Apply the essential oil mixture with a cotton ball to the affected area as soon as the blisters break out. Amy Rose shares this formula for treating a herpes breakout and relieving its symptoms in her book, "Natural Healing Wisdom & Know How: Useful Practices, Recipes, and Formulas." Rose claims that the formula will also prevent future breakouts. The lavender, tea tree oil and myrrh all have anti-fungal properties and are used to treat the herpes virus itself, while the peppermint provides relief from itching.

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