If you suffer from cold sores, you know that the harsh winter months can trigger their onset more frequently. Cold dry temperatures combined with the warm dry air in our homes can make for the perfect environment to bring out those dreaded “heat blisters”. Not to mention the added stress of the holiday season.

It’s estimated that 80% of the adult population carries the virus that causes cold sores. So even if you have never had one before you can suddenly find yourself with this not so nice surprise. This is typically the result of stressful situations or a lower immune system.  Often times people being treated with chemo therapy will suddenly have cold sores for the first time in their life.

Can You Really Treat Them Naturally?

The short answer is yes!  There have been multiple scientific studies done confirming the antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects of certain essential oils.

Kurt Schnaubelt PH. D. sites a number of these in his book “Advanced Aromatherapy The Science of Essential Oil Therapy”.

A study of over 100 plants in the lamiaceae family demonstrated the vast majority have anti-viral effects which lead to the development of a successful cold sore treatment largely sold in Europe.

In other studies, over 15 components of essential oils were studied for their antiviral effects including:

  • Limonene
  • B-Caryophyllene
  • Eugenol
  • Anthol
  • Linalol
  • Linalyl actate
  • Citral
  • Citronellol

As always, we believe that the synergies of the whole plant (which is what is contained in the essential oil) and the combination of multiple oils that have been studied for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial effects is best.  We have included oils that contain all 15 of the study components in our lip balm and serum that will not only treat, but prevent and nourish at the same time.

Don’t wait for the next cold sore. Start nourishing and conditioning your lips now. 

Give our Calli Essentials Cold Sore Lip balm a try to treat and prevent cold sores naturally. And read the reviews to see what people have to say!

Treat – Prevent – Nourish – Naturally



Advanced Aromatherapy – The science of essential oil Therapy, Kurt Schnaubelt, PH.D.

Clinical use of Aromatherapy – Essential oils in Practice – Jane Buckle

  1. May, G. Whilhelm “antivirale Wirkung, waBriger Pflanzenextrakte in Gewebekulturen, Arzneimittel-Forschung 2//1978 pp.1-7
  2. Lembke, R.Deininger. “Wirking von Terpenen auf mikroskopische Pilze, Bakterien unViren,” in Pytotherapie, Grundlagen – klinik-Praxis, Stuttgart 1987


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