Are you struggling to treat herpes naturally?
There are a ton of great natural cures for herpes, but how do you choose the right remedies for you?
In this article, we’ll share some of the best ways to treat herpes naturally.
Let’s get started.
What is Herpes?
Herpes is a disease caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).
It affects the skin surface, mainly on the mouth or genitals of a person.
And it spread easily and quickly from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has the virus.
As of today, the most effective antiviral drug used in treating herpes viruses is acyclovir.
Also, doctors recommend using antiviral acyclovir ointment.
Signs of herpes
Most people with herpes don’t have warning symptoms.
But, even without manifestations of the disease, it can still be spread to love partners.
However, if you experience herpes symptoms, they may include:
- Blisters on or around the mouth area
- Painful sores on the skin around the genital area
- Pain when urinating
- Severe itching or pain in your genital area
- Fatigue followed by a fever
This infection is contagious, i.e., and it can spread from person to person and even from the things of an infected person.
So, be careful if you see the above symptoms in anyone around you.
Read more about the signs of herpes.
Best natural treatments for herpes
1. Warm compress (Apply heat to the area)
To reduce the pain and speeds up your healing process, it’s necessary to compress the area with heat.
So apply a heating pad or any other warm compress to the painful area when you feel aching simultaneously for up to 20 minutes.
NB: Make sure to wash any warm compress after use to avoid the spread of the herpes virus.
2. Use honey
However, the study shows it took nine days to heal the herpes sores.
Also, another study proves that topical honey application is safe and effective in treating sores from labial and Genital herpes.
3. Propolis tincture
Propolis is a substance produced by bees that can be used to fight infections due to its antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
So is propolis good for herpes?
Yes, it is an ancient remedy and has been found useful to treat herpes for centuries.
For instance, In a study, propolis proved to be effective against HSV-1 and HSV-2 replicating.
Besides, according to Medline Plus, applying a 3% propolis ointment four times per day for ten days may treat genital herpes sores.
Pro tip: you should purchase propolis tincture from any pharmacy and apply it gently with a cotton ball or Q-tip to the affected area.
4. Licorice extract
Licorice extract is found to be a possible antiviral agent against Herpes Simplex Virus 1.
It also proved potentially effective in helping to treat and prevent the viruses from replicating.
Pro tip: you can applied licorice extract directly to the cold sore or genital herpes.
5. Petroleum jelly
Applying vaseline (petroleum jelly) to blisters or sores in the genital areas may help reduce your pain when urinating (peeing).
According to some pre-clinical and clinical studies, garlic possesses antiviral properties and organosulfur compounds that help treat herpes.
And can indeed reduce your spread of the herpes virus to another person by enhancing your immune response.
That said, experts recommend crushing a fresh clove of garlic and blending it with few drops of olive oil. Then apply it to the sore a few times a day.
Instead, you can eat garlic every day to treat herpes.
Read more about garlic.
7. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a well-known home herpes remedy because it helps reduces the irritation caused by the blisters and sores on the skin.
In other words, baking soda will dry out the sores and ease your itching.
To do this:
Make a mixture of baking soda with water and apply it to the blisters or sores skin with a cotton pad.
You can read more about the uses of Baking Soda.
8. Cold Compress
Applying cold compresses can help reduce swelling and pain and also slow down the disease’s development.
9. Prunella vulgaris
Prunella vulgaris is an herb that can treat herpes due to its antiviral and immune-supportive properties.
Prunella Vulgaris can reduce the replication of herpes simplex virus-1 and -2 (HSV-1, HSV-2), according to a 2011 study.
Besides, it has been used for centuries to treat infections.
10. Essential oils
Essential oils that can treat herpes naturally due to their antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
The following essential oils may help to treat your herpes outbreaks flare-up:
- Rosemary oil
- Lemon balm oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Hinoki cypress oil
- Thyme oil
- Zataria Multiflora oil
- Wormwood oil
- Hyssop oil
- Tripterygium hypo-glaucum oil
- Anise oil
- Tea tree oil
Pro tip: you must dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil before applying it to the affected area.
Read about essential oils.
Herpes common do and don’ts
- Do exchange your toothbrush
- Do use a separate towel and products
- Do not kiss if your partner’s lips or mouth is itching, tingling, or rashes
- Do not intercourse while HSV-2
- Don’t share your drinking stuff
- Don’t take a bath in hot water
- Washing your hand when touching the infected area
When to see a doctor
You should immediately consult your doctor if,
- You have severe symptoms
- You have sexually contacted the infected person
- If you are pregnant
But it would be best if you discussed the appearance of genital herpes with your doctor and potential partner.
Don’t be shy…
Your health is more important than anything.
I hope you found these tips helpful.