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The top three essential oils that will treat herpes simplex virus related infections

essential oils that treat herpes

There are 8 types of herpes viruses that infect only humans, but the most commonly found in herpes related viral infections are: herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2. Type 1 causes sores in the mouth, while most genital herpes cases are caused by type 2. The World Health organization estimates that Over 3 billion people are infected with herpes simplex type 1. However, there are natural ways you can treat yourself against infections caused by herpes simplex virus.


The top three essential oils proven to have strong effects against the Herpes simplex virus type 1 and 2 are: sandalwood, chamomile and tea tree oil.

The reason why essential oils have antiviral properties and help to treat infections caused by the herpes simplex virus, is because monoterpenes are present in their composition. Monoterpenes are a class of terpenes, which are organic compounds that have a broad range of biological properties such as antiviral effects.

sandalwood oil

This essential oil is extracted from a tree called Santalum album L. and its antiviral capabilities were proven against herpes virus type 1 and type 2. Researchers found that the viruses were inhibited in the presence of the oil. This effect was dose-dependent and more pronounced against herpes simplex virus type 1.

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Chamomile essential oil

This essential oil is extracted from daisy-like plants of the family Asteraceae. Its antiviral properties were put to the est on herpes simplex virus type 2, and its extract exhibited a high selectivity index. Therefore it was concluded that Chamomile essential oil can be a promising candidate for topical application as a virucidal agent in the treatment of genital herpes. (Also see this Infographic article about Herpes, discussing home remedies).

Tea tree oil

This essential oil is extracted from a tree called Melaleuca alternifolia and was found, in a Comparative study, to have a ten-fold higher selectivity index and lower toxicity than its isolated single monoterpenes.

Herpes viruses are easily caught via sharing utensils, kissing and sexual contact. People infected with the virus will often not develop any symptoms unless their immunity is compromised and then the most common physical signs of infection will appear, such as: cold sores and warts in the genitalia. Therefore, keeping a good immunity will allow the body to respond effectively against an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. It is important to note that the most effective and risk free way of using essential oils, is to seek advice from a professional aroma therapist.