10 Essential Oils That Have Been Scientifically Proven to Suppress the Herpes Virus

Essential oils are powerful. That’s all I can say. I recently did some research on the essential oils that can be used to treat the herpes virus. Please do note, that I am neither a doctor nor a scientist and these statements have not been verified by the FDA. With that said, I found some very interesting studies that have been performed with essential oils in the laboratory in regards to treating the herpes virus. Treating herpes with essential oils needs to be further studied before it can be marketed as a treatment.

But for right now, these essential oils have shown potential to become a natural treatment for both herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). As you keep reading, you might be surprised just how little is needed of each essential oil to achieve a 50% suppression of the virus. I’ll be presenting the information study by study. Each study focuses on different essential oils.  Again, please do note, that these are laboratory results. These are not clinical trials where real people are involved. So your real world results may vary.

10 Essential Oils for Herpes

Study #1

This first study used only the Melissa essential oil (lemon balm oil). Melissa essential oil was shown to reduce the herpes simplex virus 1 by 98.8% at a dilution ratio of 0.0004% and the herpes simplex virus 2 by 97.2% at a dilution ratio of  0.00008%.

The study made this statement:

Melissa officinalis might be suitable for topical treatment of herpetic infections.

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18693101

Study #2

The second study I read used the essential oils of Anise, Dwarf Pine, and Chamomile. It tested these essential oils against thymidine-kinase-positve and thymidine-kinase-negative herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1).

It found that these oils reduced plague formation by 96.6% to 99.9%. This particular study didn’t mention the dilution that was used. All it said was that it used the maximum noncytotoxic dilution ratio for the essential oils.

Chamomile was found to be the most effective against aciclovir-resistant HSV-1 strains. (I didn’t know what this meant so I researched some more and found that some HSV-1 strains are becoming resistant to the prescription drug aciclovir that is often prescribed to treat the herpes virus.)

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18957177

Study #3

In this study, it found that all the essential oils used in this study suppressed the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) by more than 90%. Here’s a table showing the essential oils used in this study and what dilution ratios that worked for each.

Essential OilDilution Ratio
Anise0.016%
Hyssop0.0075%
Thyme0.007%
Ginger0.004%
Chamomile0..003%
Sandalwood0.0015%





The thing that caught my attention the most about this study is that it found chamomile to be the most effective and the most selective meaning it targeted the herpes virus the most versus other cells such as your skin cells.

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17976968

Study #4

The fourth study I read used Lemongrass.

This study found that a 1% dilution ratio of Lemongrass was enough to suppress the herpes virus. It also mentioned a dilution ratio of only 0.1% also worked with similar results.

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14584615

Study #5

The fifith and last study that I read involved Peppermint essential oil. It studied Peppermint essential oil’s effect on HSV-1 and HSV-2. It used a dilution ratio of 0.002% for HSV-1 and 0.0008% for HSV-2. At these dilution ratios, it found that it suppressed the HSV-1 by 82% and the HSV-2 by 92%. At higher concentrations of the essential oil, the herpes virus was suppressed by more than 90%.

The study made this notable statement:

Peppermint oil might be suitable for topical therapeutic use as virucidal agent in recurrent herpes infection.

Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13678235

How Do I Use These Essential Oils to Treat Herpes?

From the studies, it seems that the best treatment comes from topical application of these oils.

Notice how all the dilution ratios used are very low. A 1% dilution ratio is way more than is necessary to produce results. Because essential oils are very powerful, it’s best to start with a low as possible dilution ratio to see if you get results. If not, then move to a higher dilution as needed, but remember, always dilute!

To use these essential oils to treat herpes, pick one and try at a very low dilution ratio mixed with a carrier oil. Choose an oil that is sensitive enough for the area of concern. (Genital herpes, for example, requires an oil that won’t irritate that very sensitive part of your body.) Each person’s sensitivity will vary, so you may have to try different carrier oils until you find one that your body likes. Carrier oils you can try are coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, jojoba oil, etc. Refer to the dilution chart below to dilute your oils accordingly.

If you noticed, I did not link to the dwarf pine essential oil. This is because the dwarf pine essential oil can irritate the skin and is not recommended for topical use. Instead, I linked to the Jack Pine essential oil which has similar properties.





Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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