Both the varicella zoster virus (chicken pox and shingles) and herpes simplex type 1 and 2 virus (causes both oral and genital discomfort) belong to the same viral subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae. Melissa was the main ingredient in Carmelite water, distilled in France since 1611 be Carmelite Monks. The antiviral effect of lemon balm oil, the essential oil of Melissa officinalis, on herpes simplex virus was examined. It’s wise to do your research and work with an aromatherapist in order to assure safety. Uses? Test tube studies have found that lemon balm blocks attachment of antibodies to the thyroid cells that cause Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism). Study: Melissa officinalis oil affects infectivity of enveloped herpesviruses.
HSV-1 is the main cause of herpes infections on the mouth and lips, including cold sores and fever blisters. As both chicken pox and shingles are of the same virus family as herpes, it can be used for naturally healing the sores. carrier oil, and apply it to your forehead, temples or neck. Substances with higher frequency will destroy diseases of a lower frequency. The blisters can burst open and cause sores. It is calming and uplifting and may help to balance the emotions. In order to determine the mode of antiviral action of this essential oil, time-on-addition assays were performed.
Some lots may be very thick — in this is the case, gently warm the oil in a warm water bath to make pourable before blending with other oils. These results indicate that Melissa oil affected the virus before adsorption, but not after penetration into the host cell, thus lemon balm oil is capable of exerting a direct antiviral effect on herpesviruses. Anyway, I’ve used raw honey down there and it has worked wonders for me. *The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil.