Is Oil of Oregano an Effective Herpes Treatment?
Many herbalists are already using oil of oregano as an alternative treatment for many types of diseases. This
essential oil gained popularity as an effective treatment for many ailments because of its success in killing
Many studies done in several universities in the United States have proven this fact. It can kill many types of
bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. The laboratory studies also showed that it was able to kill microbes that
were resistant to pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics. Since oil of oregano can kill viruses, it can be used as an
effective treatment for Herpes.
Herpes is a sexually transmitted disease and is caused by Herpes simplex virus (HSV).
It affects the genitals, cervix and also the skin on other parts of the body. There are two types of HSV: a)
Herpes Type 1 (HSVp1 and b) Herpes Type 2 (HSVp2). Many people who are infected by this virus never show any
symptoms. But herpes is a chronic condition. People who are infected usually have recurring genital herpes. At
the early stages of the infection, the recurrences tend to be more often. However, the remission period
becomes longer and the condition becomes less severe over time.
HSV is transmitted from person to person, by direct contact. It is commonly transmitted by sexual contact
through vaginal, oral or anal sex. Typically, when one gets infected with the virus, it will be dormant. Thus, most
people who are infected are not aware because the symptoms are very slight and not easily discernible.
In this context, it is very important to understand the symptoms of this disease. The disease commonly shows
itself as blisters on the genitals and sores around the mouth. Symptoms usually appear about 4 to 7 days after
infection. Medical practitioners classify these symptoms as primary and recurring symptoms. The recurring symptoms
include burning and tingling sensations around the genitals before the appearance of blisters, cold sores around
the mouth, blisters on the thighs, buttocks and rectum, and ulcerations on women’s cervix.
The Nature of Oil of Oregano
The wild plant Origanum vulgare is the source of oil of
oregano. This wild plant has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of common ailments. It grows
in the Mediterranean mountain regions in Greece, Turkey and Portugal. These days, the oregano oil that is used is
the essential oil extracted from the leaves of this plant. The studies done on this oil show that its antimicrobial
abilities are due to the significant amounts of phenols and phytochemicals. It contains carvacrol and thymol,
phenols that act synergistically to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
Treating Herpes Infection with Oregano Oil
Oil of oregano when used to treat herpes will prevent skin breakouts and relieve symptoms of skin irritation,
blisters, cold sores and inflammation. In addition, the anti-inflammatory properties of oreganol will stop the
inflammation. The dose for herpes should be distributed throughout the day and not just one large dose at one time.
When used topically, it may initially produce a burning sensation, but this will subside after a few minutes.
The usual mode of treatment for herpes infection is topical application of oil of oregano to the cold sore even
before it erupts. A tingling sensation is often felt before the eruption; therefore this is the best time to apply
the oil. It is also advisable to dilute the concentrated oil with virgin olive oil to soften its effects on the
skin. The usual mix is 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil to 1 tablespoon of olive oil. This is usually enough
to stop the eruption. Taking the oil internally will help facilitate the healing. Two to three drops of
oregano oil under the tongue repeated 2 to 3 times during the day is the usual dose.