How Effective Is Oregano Oil for Herpes?

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Using oregano oil for herpes may help prevent breakouts and relieve symptoms of skin irritation, blisters, and inflammation. Studies have shown that oregano oil has antimicrobial properties and may reduce inflammation, so it may help eliminate symptoms of cold sores, shingles, and genital herpes. Cold sores, shingles, and chicken pox are conditions caused by viruses in the herpes simplex family.

The use of oregano oil may irritate the mucus membranes, which may cause inflammation and pain. The topical application seems to be more effective in treating herpes than consuming it in oral form. Even though oregano oil is considered natural and safe, it can produce side effects, like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, when consumed in high concentrations, but they are usually mild and temporary. A healthcare provider should be consulted before treating a herpes infection with oregano oil to make sure it's safe prior to beginning treatment.

The herpes virus produces inflammatory symptoms that may be soothed by the application of oregano oil. The oil should be divided into multiple doses throughout the day, rather than taking large amounts of it at one time. The standard dose is approximately three drops every two hours at the start of symptoms.


Oregano oil may burn when it is initially applied, but this sensation usually will subside after a few minutes, as will itching and inflammation of the lesions. Prior to using oregano oil for herpes, a small amount should be applied to a non-affected area of the skin to make sure an allergic reaction does not occur.

Oregano oil should not replace conventional medical treatment. When symptoms such as blisters, tingling, itching, inflammation, and burning of the skin occur, a medical professional needs to be notified. Other treatments, such as ant-viral medications, may need to be prescribed, either in topical forms or orally. When a herpes viral infection occurs, systemic symptoms may also be present. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication will help reduce pain, fever, and inflammation, but getting enough rest, eating healthy diet, and drinking plenty of fluids should also be considered to maintain a health immune system.


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Post 6

Does it work for herpes? Like clearing them completely?

Post 5

I use oil of oregano all the time. It also cannot be patented so doctors don't make any money from it. Pharmaceutical companies give money or products for promoting their stuff.

Post 4

I have been using orange no oil for several months now applying it to my lower spine twice a day. Dilute with olive or coconut oil or you will burn and lose layers of skin as I did. I used to have an outbreak monthly. I have only had a couple of outbreaks in several months and have applied the oil to the legion area (genital) and it clears up in two applications. It's amazing! Why don't doctors tell us these natural ways rather than expensive drugs that are harmful to our bodies?

Post 3

@fBoyle-- I don't think it's a good idea to take oregano oil internally. You never know when it might harm your stomach. You probably prevented harm with that glass of milk, smart thinking on your part. But I wouldn't advise you to take oregano internally again, although some people might argue otherwise.

It's much better to use oregano oil topically. It will attack the virus on contact. A safe alternative to taking oregano oil internally, might be making oregano tea from dried oregano. It's safer because it's less potent.

Post 2

I recently tried oregano for herpes. I actually took two drops of food grade oregano oil orally. It was super bitter so I mixed it with sugar and swallowed it quickly with a glass of milk. It wasn't too bad but the weird part is that I got a herpes blister on my lip a day later. I don't know if that's a coincidence or if it's some kind of detox effect. I think it's detox but I didn't want to try the oregano oil again because of the awful taste. I'm a bit scared of possible side effects.

I did however put a drop of the oil on top of the blister. It burned a lot, but the blister healed faster than usual.

Post 1

I've used oregano oil before but not for herpes. I remember the oregano oil being very strong and irritating my skin. I wonder if it would be best to dilute the oregano oil a little bit, perhaps with olive oil? I know that the oil should remain potent enough to kill the herpes virus, but I don't want to irritate my skin either.

Does anyone here use oregano oil for herpes? Do you use it undiluted or diluted?

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