When applied topically, an herbal salve utilizing Lemon balm and St. Johnswort can help heal the painful blisters and sores caused by the herpes virus.
Lemon balm, Melissa officinalis, has been used for centuries in tea form as a tonic for multiple ailments including insomnia, depression, headaches, anxiety, stress and fevers. Topically, it's anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties are very useful for cold sores, shingles, herpes lesions and eczema flairs.
A member of the mint family, our bee loving, sweet melissa is not only a balm for the soul but a leader in the virus-fighting herbal world. Lemon balm oils contain tannins, known as polyphenols, which have powerful antiviral properties; eugenol, a powerful antibacterial known to relax nerves and muscles; and terpenes, which soothe sore nerve tissue.
This combination makes one wonder if lemon balm was created with the purpose of dealing with the misery caused by the herpes-family viruses which include, herpes simplex 1 (cold sores), herpes simplex 2 (genital herpes), and herpes zoster (chicken pox and shingles). The herpes virus family name is derived from the latin word herpein, meaning "to creep". The virus tends to hide out in nerve tissue and reappear when we are under stress. By acting to reduce stress by soothing the nerves, lemon balm helps to reduce the reactivation of these viral infections.
The following was taken from James A. Duke, The Green Pharmacy.
"The body's cells have receptors that viruses latch onto when they're tying to take over the cells. The polyphenol compounds have the ability to latch onto the cells' viral receptor sites. They take up those spaces and prevent the viruses from attaching to the cell, thus preventing the spread of infection."
Named after John the Baptist, St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) is a beloved herb much anticipated when it begins to bloom around the summer solstice in June. The yellow flowers contain hypericin, a compound containing anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial benefits. This red juice is what gives the oil its wonderful red color. St. Johnswort helps you recover when your nerves are inflamed or damaged because this herb is a nervous system relaxant.
Having herbs that also have antibacterial properties is very beneficial, because the open sores are always at risk for secondary bacterial infections. Infections of any kind stress the immune system, which can then further aggravate a herpes outbreak.
Both the Lemon balm and the St. Johnswort flowers are picked fresh during their growing season and infused in olive oil for a six to eight week period. During this time frame the oil is exposed to the warmth of the sun to help draw out the herbal properties. Once strained the salve is made by solidifying the oil with skin soothing beeswax.
Essential oils tea tree, lavender and geranium are added for their beneficial properties in combating infection and their help with healing damaged tissues.
If you don't want the essential oils add, just let me know.
Sun exposure is a known trigger of cold sores, therefore be sure to protect your skin and lips before a day you know you'll be out in the sun for extended periods of time.
St. John's Wort may cause an increase in skin sensitivity so be sure to wear a sun hat to shield your face.
Lemon Balm & St. Johnswort Salve comes in a 2 oz. plastic jar.
Apply salve as needed to the painful, itchy, blistered areas needing relief.
Try to add lemon balm tea to your life to help with those anxiety and stress filled days.
Lemon balm should be avoided by those on thyroid medication, as it may hinder the absorption of the medication.
Please be aware that I am making no claims that any of these products are a cure for any medical condition. They are a result of information gathered on the benefits of various plants and home remedies. They have not been tested by the FDA therefore have no studies attached to their use, only feedback from people who have tried them. I have no way of predicting how individual cases will react to use of a particular product, so please apply to a test spot before regular use. Please read the ingredient list and be aware of known allergies.
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