One of the problems that Dr. Oz discussed was healing cold sores using lemon balm ointment. While he is correct, it is not a new treatment. He was stating what herbalists world wide have been using to treat herpes cold sores and other viral skin infections for centuries.
Lemon Balm, also known by it’s Latin name Melissa Officinalis contains eugenol and other botanical chemical compounds that fight herpes cold sores. Lemon balm ointment heals most herpes cold sores in 2-4 days. It cuts healing time in half , and when used regularly, can even stop cold sore outbreaks.
There are 3 different forms of herpes:
Herpes Simplex Virus-1: The symptoms of HSV-1 herpes simplex infection are cold sores, fever with blisters occurring on the lips, the mouth and even, near the eyes.
Herpes Simplex Virus-2: The herpes simplex HSV-2 causes genital herpes. This type of herpes is characterized by fluid released from herpes blisters and sores near the genitals.
Herpes Varicella Zoster Virus: This type of herpes virus causes shingles and chickenpox. The infection in this case causes blisters on the abdomen,buttocks, face, arms and legs.
Lemon Balm can be used to treat each of the herpes virus family.
Lemon balm is also very useful on chicken pox and shingles. As both chicken pox and shingles are of the same virus family as herpes, it can be used for naturally healing the sores. Lemon Balm used topically, on the sores of chicken pox and shingles will help them heal much quicker than on their own.
Lemon balm is also used for anxiety and stress when taken as a tea, or tincture. Never ingest the oil!