In this article, you will learn how to heal a cold sore naturally using the herb and essential oil lemon balm. This is our favorite recipe for making this healing salve! It works fast at relieving cold sore pain and stops it from growing.
I’ve experienced my share of cold sores for most of my life. If you are one of the lucky ones who has never had a cold sore, yay for you!
Herpes labialis also known as cold sores or fever blisters, are a viral infection. Herpes labialis target the lip. This could mean top, bottom, in the corners of the mouth, practically anywhere on the lip.
What is the Cause of Cold Sores?
According to Karol K. Truman, in the book Feelings Buried Alive Never Die, the cause of cold sore are connected to how one is doing emotionally. Feelings such as being pressured or burdened by responsibilities, feeling resentful for the load you are carrying, or unable to cope with the pressures of life. Furthermore, stress.
Studies have been done to prove this truthfulness. Many people are under a lot of stress in our modern-day society. But initially, cold sores are generally first caught, by someone else who is having an outbreak. Once your body is exposed to the saliva of the infected person, this virus will remain with you throughout your life going in and out of dormancy. Some studies indicate that around 90% of the US population have the Herpes Simplex Virus, so you’re not alone.
Many years ago I was introduced to one of my favorite herbs of all time, lemon balm (aka honey balm, balm mint, or melissa).
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), has been around several thousands of years. It is part of the mint family. Lemon balm has great calming effect on the brain and overall body functions.
Lemon balm oil is capable of exerting a direct antiviral effect on herpesviruses.Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses – ScienceDirect
I was at a seminar with Doctor Patrick Jones several years ago, and he was talking about lemon balm. He said something that was really eye opening to me, “Lemon balm kills the herpes virus on contact”. What?! He went on to teach that lemon balm has strong anti-viral properties. It would stop a cold sore in its tracks.
Yes, lemon balm can naturally heal a cold sore fast! It works, I’ve tried it time and time again.
What Are the Advantages to Using Herbal Medicine
There are many advantages to using herbal medicine. Natural herbal medicine works with the body to achieve balance, allowing the body to repair itself, essentially giving it the right tools. Modern western medicine can leave the body unbalanced, causing more problems in other organs or systems.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned over the years has been this- if I am experiencing pain, my body is trying to speak to me. How else can our bodies talk to us but through pain? There is obviously something out of balance. Herbal medicine helps to restore balance to the body so that it can heal itself.
We drink herbal tea daily, use herbs to prevent sickness, and when one of the the littles catches a bug, we have natural ways to help cure the ear infection or any other secondary infection that comes along after. Herbs are a daily in our life!
Can I Heal from Lemon Balm Internally?
Yes, you can take lemon balm internally! It makes a wonderful soothing tea. Because it is in the mint family, lemon balm can be used to help settle an upset stomach, help relieve moodiness associated with PMS, aid in a better nights sleep, and some studies suggest it helps in protecting the liver. Herbs have many chemical constitutes which allow them to heal our bodies in many ways. It helps to suppress the herpes virus inside of you, that is causing the breakout on your lip.
When I am experiencing a cold sore, I drink lemon balm internally, as well as apply the salve on my lip.
Can I Grow My Own Lemon Balm?
Yes, you can grow your own lemon balm in your yard or a flower pot. It is one of the easiest herbs to grow, and has a perfectly sweet aroma (one of my favorite mint smells!). Lemon balm grows best in zones 4-9 and loves cooler temperatures. It will die down to the roots during the coldest winter months, but emerge again in the spring.
A Simple Rule With Herbs
It doesn’t matter how the herb gets inside of or on you, it knows what to do when it arrives. Herbs have an intelligence all their own. They love to do, what they are here on this beautiful earth to do. Many herbs work better in conjunction with other herbs. However, if you only have say lemon balm for this recipe, just use that!
Lemon balm on it’s own is enough to take out the herpes virus. We love using other herbs when we make this recipe to help sooth the lip and promote healing. but the true superstar here is lemon balm.
Herbs in Cold Sore Lemon Balm Salve:
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – is very calming and sedating on the nervous system and has some anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, specifically for the Herpes Simplex Virus.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – has wonderful soothing effects on the body, has particular viral properties against HSV, and can permanently inactivate the virus.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – promote healing of the skin and is excellent for rashes, abrasions, burns, and bruising. Has anti-viral properties and direct effects against the herpes virus.
Lavender Essential Oil – wonderfully soothing to the skin. Helps reduce pain, itching, and discomfort from the herpes virus.
Vitamin E Oil – an antioxidant that helps extend the shelf life of the salve or any oil based salve (that doesn’t contain water).
Beeswax Pellets – helps the skin to retain moisture, is an emollient, is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and an anti-oxidant, and is the catalyst of holding of the good herbs together on that darn cold sore!
Olive Oil – the base of the salve.
How To Make Lemon Balm Cold Sore Salve
Alright, lets get down to it and make this salve, so we can heal a cold sore naturally using lemon balm and other wonderful medicinal herbs!
In a double broiler, pour one cup of olive oil into the top pan, and fill the bottom pan about 3/4 full of water. Bring to a steady boil.
Add 1 teaspoon dry lemon balm leaves, licorice root, and calendula (all cut and sifted).
Stir and let emulsify in top broiler for 1-2 hours, making sure to not let the bottom pan run out of water.
Remove from heat and strain through a clean handkerchief or similar piece of fabric, with a strainer underneath.
Use a spoon to smash down and strain out the oil. Squeeze out every last drop you can.
Pour back into pan and add 1 Tablespoon of beeswax pellets. Let melt.
Remove from heat, and add 10 drops of melissa essential oil, 6 drops of lavender essential oil, and 3-4 drops of vitamin e oil.
Stir and pour into prepared storage jars.
Let sit at room temperature until firm.
When firm, secure lid. Store in a cool place, dark place, like a cabinet or pantry.
Salve has a shelf life of 1-2 years.
Next time you start to feel that tingling feeling on your lip, it is time to pull out the salve and start applying it liberally to the area. It is always nice to have it made and ready to go for the moment you may need it!
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dry lemon balm
- 1 teaspoon chopped dry licorice root
- 1 teaspoon dry calendula flower
- 1 tablespoon beeswax pellets
- 10 drops of melissa essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 3-4 drops vitamin E oil
First, prepare containers that salve will go in, keeping in mind that this recipe makes about 1 cup.
Next, in a double broiler, add olive oil to the top pan. Fill bottom pan 3/4 full of water and bring to a steady boil.
Add lemon balm, licorice root, and calendula. Let emulsify for 1-2 hours stirring occasionally and making sure the bottom doesn't run out of water.
Remove from heat and strain using a handkerchief, or piece of similar fabric, and in a strainer. Be sure to squeeze out all of the oil herbal infusion.
Pour back into double broiler and add beeswax. Use a spoon to stir occasionally until it is melted.
Remove from heat and add melissa essential oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin e oil.
Pour into prepared containers and let sit until firm.
Put lids on containers and store in a cool dark place until ready to use.