Why Coconut Oil Helps with Cold Sores

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Revered for millennia, coconut oil is a helpful ingredient to have around. In addition to its many other uses, many are wondering is coconut oil good for cold sores? The quick answer is yes! Let’s take a look at why coconut oil and cold sores make for a good pair. 

What are Cold and Mouth Sores?

Also referred to as “fever blisters,” cold sores are small blisters that are filled with fluid. They often appear in clustered groups directly on or surrounding lips. After the blisters break, a crusty scab might form, resulting in discomfort and embarrassment. 

These fever blisters are a result of the herpes simplex virus, which is also known as HSV. HSV is an infection that produces herpes on the genitals or mouth. HSV-1 is the type of herpes simplex virus associated with oral herpes, those that are found on the mouth and face, while HSV-2 causes genital herpes outbreaks. 

Cold sores are very common and can be spread from person to person. In the case of HSV-1, it can be contracted most notably from kissing, but also from sharing lip balm, drinks, or even eating with the same utensils. An individual cold sore will typically last between one or two weeks before it heals. Fortunately, we can speed up that healing process by using a natural, sustainable ingredient. 

Why Coconut Oil Can Help

Coconut oil has natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, making it an essential tool to support oral, hair, and whole-body health. Between healing cavities and supporting gum health, coconut oil is undoubtedly beneficial for our mouths. But what about cold sores, can coconut oil help cold sores? Given all we know about coconut oil, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the best things we can use to target cold sores, too. 

Although it hasn’t received as much hype as its many other uses, using coconut oil for cold sores has shown tremendous potential. Why? Well, coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which is where its antifungal, antibiotic, and antiviral potentials are contained. So, not only can it promote healing, but it can also help fight off the potential of any secondary infections caused by viral infections. 

Pair that with moisturizing and antiseptic properties to reduce discomfort and it’s really no wonder that coconut oil can help to soothe cold sores and reduce its symptoms. 

How to Use Coconut Oil for Cold Sores

When it comes to using coconut oil to help heal cold sores, you can go about it in a few different ways. Coconut oil can be applied topically, ingested by being consumed in coffee or used as a cooking oil, or used as a carrier oil for other essential oils. In fact, research suggests that several different essential oils—like lavender, peppermint, clove, and tea tree oils—may help to reduce the symptoms of cold sores

When it comes to using oils for cold sores, it’s generally recommended to dilute the essential oil by combining it with coconut oil or sweet almond oil before applying topically to the skin. The main exception is lavender oil, which can be used undiluted and applied directly to the sore. Also, it’s recommended to use caution when working with an essential oil for the first time, as some experience reactions. We’d suggest trying a small amount of the diluted essential oil elsewhere before applying it to the cold sore. 

To apply coconut oil by itself on the other hand, the process is simple. Just use a small amount of melted coconut oil and apply it directly to the cold sore. Either a cotton ball or cotton swab can be used. After applying, gently rub the coconut oil into the blisters before washing hands thoroughly to avoid the risk of spread. 

With oil pulling cold sores won’t be treated as the swishing of the coconut oil takes place within the mouth. However, oil pulling with coconut oil has shown some benefit when it comes to canker sores. Not only that, but by supporting your oral health by incorporating oil pulling into your routine, you’ll be holistically helping your mouth rid itself of bacteria, particles, and debris

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Ultimately, by incorporating products like our Brilliant Black Oil Pulling into your routine, and ensuring that you brush and floss regularly, you’re enabling your mouth with what it needs to ward off problems. In fact, oil pulling alone has been linked to the prevention or cure of more than thirty systemic diseases! 

So, while it’s good to know how you can treat cold sores as they arise, it’s perhaps better to know how to support your oral health so that it can beneficially impact your overall health. Your mouth is considered to be the mirror of your general health after all, so it’s good to remember to treat it as such.

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