Natural Herpes Cures

Natural Herpes Cures

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a highly contagious infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Once contracted, the virus hides in the nerve cells, where it stays for a lifetime and can keep causing active breakouts. Factors triggering the flare-ups include stress, fatigue, sunlight, and a declining immune function.

Two types of herpes viruses cause herpes — HSV type 1 (HSV-1) and HSV type 2 (HSV-2).

1. HSV-1:
Primarily infects above the waist
Causes oral (mouth) herpes, colloquially known as “cold sores” or “fever blisters” but can also cause genital herpes if you have oral sex from an infected person
Contracted through mouth-to-mouth contact such as from kissing

2. HSV-2:
Infects below the belt
Shows up as genital herpes
Contracted through sexual contact
Like several other viral infections, herpes can infect you but not show up in the beginning so you’ll spread the infection to others and still not know that you have herpes. With that said, herpes is mostly contagious when you develop symptoms like painful blisters in the affected area – around the mouth and lips (in oral herpes/cold sores) or the genital and anal areas (in genital herpes).

How do you treat Herpes Naturally?

“I believe that for every illness and ailment known to Man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it.” (Vannoy Gentles Fite)

While antiviral medications may help speed up the recovery from an acute episode, limit the spread of the disease, as well as prevent the virus from flaring up in future, they incur tons of side effects. This is why the use of alternative approaches to get rid of herpes naturally is gaining momentum. Natural remedies are safe yet effective for a variety of ailments including herpes.

Dietary tweaks that can help get rid of Herpes

Not every individual that contracts the herpes virus has an active outbreak of cold sores. Whether you develop an active outbreak or how frequently you breakout, depends on your immune defenses. A vast majority of viral outbreaks, including that caused by herpes, emerge due to a compromised immune system. A strong immune system, on the other hand, can do a remarkable job of fending off the virus as well as helping you get rid of the herpes infection once contracted. Thus, keeping your immune system up to par with a healthy diet is the key to getting rid of herpes.

Steer clear of added sugar

Sugar is the worst enemy of your immune system. It can undermine the immune system, cause serious herpes outbreaks as well as slow down your recovery from the infection.1 Hence, it is best to steer clear of any added sugar such as that present in processed snacks, artificial juices, condiments, white bread, white rice, cereals, pasta, and grains.

Cut back on Alcohol

Binge drinking or excessive alcohol use can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you prone to herpes or other viral infections.2 A research published in a scientific journal showed the increased frequency of herpes in sexually active teenagers who abuse alcohol.3

Consume L-Lysine and avoid Arginine

A naturally-occurring amino acid (building block of protein), l-lysine can put the brakes on viral activity. It competes with another amino acid called arginine, which is present in ample amount in the herpes virus. Arginine is a herpes-friendly amino acid and causes the virus to replicate, grow, and release its toxic products to infect the host (humans). In contrast, supplementing foods high in l-lysine may nip the herpes virus in the bud.1 The evidence supporting the use of lysine against herpes is, however, open to question.4

Try these foods rich in lysine but low in arginine:

Fruits like papaya, mangoes, apples, pears
Vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli
It is possible to preserve the lysine-content in high-protein food by boiling rather than grilling, broiling, or frying. Moreover, although legumes like lentils are a good source of lysine, they are high in arginine too so are best avoided during a herpes breakout.

Avoid these arginine-rich but lysine-poor dietary sources:

Grains, including wheat, barley, and oats
Pile on foods rich in Zinc
Zinc is a potentially useful mineral for herpetic sores (see below). Not only does its local application work wonders for people infected with herpes but also a high-zinc diet can benefit a great deal.1 It also carries immune-boosting properties.

Try to work out the following high-zinc foods into your diet:

Seafood, especially shellfish like oysters, crabs, lobsters, and shrimps
Lean protein (100 grams contains about 1 milligram of zinc)
Mushrooms (1 cup contains about 1.4 milligrams of zinc)
While nuts and chocolates are also packed with zinc, it is best to limit their use during an active flare-up due to high arginine content (as mentioned above).

Grab veggies with a high-vitamin C content

Nutrients like vitamin C can boost your immune system and speed up the healing of wounds and herpetic eruptions. Fruits with high-vitamin C content like oranges, tangerines, and tomatoes are acidic and can further irritate the herpes sores, thus, are best avoided during an active outbreak.

Consider adding these vitamin C-rich sources into your diet:

Broccoli, Brussel sprouts
Spinach and other leafy greens
Natural local Applications that can help fight Herpes
Spread a Zinc ointment over the blisters
Both zinc oxide and sulfate have a knack for providing symptomatic relief from an active herpes outbreak (in particular genital herpes). Zinc can also keep future flare-ups at bay. Whether used as a paste or cream, zinc can dry up the weeping blisters and facilitate wound/sore healing. Pain, tingling, and burning can fade away within the first 24 hours of zinc sulfate treatment with absolute healing occurring as early 6 to 12 days.5

Apply Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (scientifically known as Melissa officinalis) is a lemon-scented herb that belongs to the mint family. While lemons are rich in vitamin C, their acidic properties may hinder their use as an effective herpes treatment. Thanks to lemon balm, which is not only enriched with vitamin C but other helpful ingredients like flavonoids and rosmarinic acid can also help combat a herpes flare-up.

Lemon balm is available as creams or ointments for use in herpes. Moreover, at higher concentrations, the essential oil of lemon balm can attack the virus before it penetrates the host cell due to its direct antiviral activity.6

In a trial of 116 people infected with HSV, 96% reported complete clearing of blisters after using 1% balm extract cream five times daily for 7 days.7

You can also mix some water with the lemon balm tincture and apply this to the affected area with cotton balls.

Bonus tip: You can also try indulging yourself with a cup of lemon balm tea. It’s soothing for your mind and nerves plus you can also reap its added antiviral benefits at the same time.

Apply Vitamin E

Just like several other infections, herpes infection also generates free radicals within your body, which cause extensive damage, inflammation, and pain. Being a strong antioxidant, vitamin E can help counter the effects of free radicals along with the accompanying pain and inflammation caused by herpes sores. Topical application of vitamin E on cold sores can accelerate their healing. Pain relief can take place anywhere within 15 minutes to 8 hours.8

In mild cases, you may notice an improvement after a single application. For severe eruptions, apply vitamin E oil three times daily at least for three days.

Apply Honey

This sweet, syrupy fluid collected by the bees from the nectar-rich flowers carries a wide array of antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Honey also holds promise as an effective strategy to treat both cold sores and genital herpes. In fact, research reveals that honey can beat the popular antiviral cream, acyclovir for tackling active and recurrent herpes eruptions. It also shortens the duration of flare-ups, reduces crusting, and speeds up the healing.9,10

Apply Licorice root powder

An herb called licorice root can also help minimize the annoying herpes sores. Glycyrrhiza glabra, the active component of licorice root can get in the way of herpes virus so that it cannot attach itself to the host cells. The water extract of this herb can hinder the virus from growing and damaging the host cells. More important, it also has the potential to disable the virus particles forever.11

To get the most benefits, use licorice root powder by mixing it with water to form a paste. Then, apply this paste on the affected area and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes. Finally, rinse with water.

Consider using these herbs too

Additional herbs that are found to be beneficial against herpes are echinacea, astragalus, and calendula. Astragalus is a traditional Chinese herb used as an immune booster. It can also help block the activity of the herpes virus.12 Most notable is its role in protecting the star-shaped cells of the brain against HSV-1 (the virus can also target these brain cells, causing widespread brain inflammation).13

Consider applying these essential oils

In addition to the lemon balm oil, a variety of essential oils can be soothing for the itchy skin of herpes. These include:

Tea tree oil
Sandalwood oil
Ginger oil
Thyme oil
Hyssop oil
Melaleuca armillaris (or Bracelet honey myrtle)
Peppermint oil
Sage oil
The constituents of these oils can help combat herpes before it penetrates the host cells. You can also use these essential oils to ward off the free herpes virus from getting into your cells in cases where it keeps cropping up.14

Sprinkle these essential oils two to three times daily to the affected areas, paying heed to use only one to three drops. You can also mix carrier oil like coconut oil to dilute the essential oil.

Additional measures to get rid of Herpes

Try not to touch, scratch, or rub the affected area. Wash your hands thoroughly if you do.
Avoid kissing anyone or sharing your personal items like cups, towels, cosmetics, and toothbrushes with others during the herpetic flare-up to prevent passing on the infection to others.
Do not use the same towel on your mouth as you use on your genitals. Doing this otherwise can facilitate the spread of the virus from one site to another.
Soak the affected area in warm water but dry it afterward. If toweling is painful, try to dry the area with a hairdryer.
Use a mild soap on sores to avoid irritating them further.
Following healing of an outbreak, throw away the items you used during the active infection. Your secretions may stay on these objects for some time, causing recontamination if you keep using them.

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