Tea Tree Oil for Cold Sores
History of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has a history of over 60 years as an natural remedy for all skin issues. It is one of the most effective natural remedies for coldsores in our time. It is steam distilled from the leaves of the tea tree species (Melaleuca alternifolia), which is found in a tiny area called the New South Wales on the eastern front of Australia. Only the highest quality tea tree oil comes from this area, which is often the prime origin of many products based around Tea tree oil.
Healing of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is medically proven to be a naturally powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal medicine, anti-bacterial oil. It is often sold at 10%, 15%, 30% and 100% strength levels. In the particular case of treating cold sores, somewhere between 30% and 100% would work very well as these will be spot treatments.
Tea tree oil can reduce cold sores painful healing time by nearly 50%. Apply a few drops of 30% tea tree oil directly to the break out area with cotton swabs several times a day. This spot treatment will dry out and shrink the coldsores over time, often within a few hours of application. The quicker the cold sore is spotted, the more effective Tea Tree Oil becomes.
Tea tree oil have been scientifically investigated as an anti-bacterial agent only recently, though having been used for hundreds of years by natives of Australia. In addition to cold sores, tea tree oil has been proven more effective for acne than benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid combined, which are popular ingredients in most acne medications including Proactiv. Being an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent, tea tree oil has been proven to work for genital herpes, genital warts, yeast infections, lice, athlete’s feet, bug-bites, and various other skin infections.
With overwhelming evidence as an effective topical treatment for almost all skin disorders, tea tree oil should be the first ingredient to be used on skin infections and disorders. In addition to both cold sores and genital herpes, tea tree oil is just as effective with herpes zoster (shingles), chicken pox and all HSV related skin infections. Also, for those that suffer from dandruff, 5% tea tree oil shampoo has been proven to cure the infection indefinitely. Additionally, one clinical research undertaken found that 100% tea tree oil used topically was twice as strong as clotrimazole, an active ingredient in most medical dandruff and nail disease prescription drugs.