NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR HERPES

Natural Home Remedies for Herpes- How beneficial they are!

Herpes outbreaks can be managed by various OTC medicines like Acyclovir, Valaciclovir and Famciclovir. But these medicines and drugs comes with adverse side effects given below,

• Lower abdominal pain
• Stomach ache
• Cramping
• Diarrhea
• Constipation
• Fatigue
• Headache
• Nausea
Natural home remedies for herpes outbreaks are also available for curing herpes infections and they have been proven to be as effective as the OTC medicines. These remedies include simple and inexpensive ingredients that are available easily and the usage is less complex than the other herpes treatments. The main advantage of using these natural home remedies for herpes sores is that they do not have any side effects unlike their substitute, OTC drugs.

Let’s go through some of the best known home remedies:

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 Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an excellent alternative to the ointments and medicines prescribed by the doctor. It has cooling effects on the open sores and helps in healing faster. It works the best when used in the form of processed gel or pure form. It is rich in vitamin E which is an important nutrient for skin health. The aloe gel helps in reducing the severity of the outbreaks and helps in healing the broken skin at a faster pace. Apart from external application, aloe vera can be consumed in the juice form to expel the toxins from the body. It acts as an excellent laxative and detoxifies the body easily. Out of all the natural home remedies for herpes breakout, it is in the list of most effective remedies.
How to Use
• Slit open a fresh aloe vera leaf and apply the gel directly on the open area of the skin where there are outbreaks
• Aloe vera based creams and gels are available commercially which can be applied on the sores.
• Drinking 1-2 teaspoons of aloe vera juice mixed with other fruit juices or water, helps in flushing out the toxins

 

 

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Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is one of the best natural home remedies for  herpes treatment as it helps getting faster relief from the pain and inflammation in the herpes outbreaks. It helps in getting rid of the infection and prevents it from spreading further.
How to Use
• Dissolve a handful of Epsom salt in half a bucket of warm water. Soak the affected areas in the water
• The area should be then allowed to dry before washing it off or bathing

 

Echinacea
Echinacea is a potent herb that helps in treatment of herpes outbreaks. It is a medicinal plant that has anti-viral properties. It strengthens the immune system and helps in alleviating the pain of the blisters.
How to Use
• Echinacea herb can be brewed and consumed as tea
• It can be applied directly to the lesions using a cotton ball. Care should be taken that the contaminated cotton ball should not be re-immersed in the tea
• Echinacea juice and pills are also available in the market and can be taken along with other medications

 

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Cornstarch
Cornstarch has excellent absorbing properties and thus helps in drying up of the blisters. It also prevents the transfer of bacteria from the mucous membrane of the sores by reducing chafing and itching.
How to Use
• Cornstarch can be applied on the sores directly using cotton balls by dabbing it gently.
• It should be allowed to dry before it is washed off.

 

Domeboro Powder
Domeboro powder helps in soothing irritated and itchy skin. It is found useful in curing the symptoms of herpes and providing relief from the painful sores.
How to Use
• It can be used on the sores in the form of compress or wet dressing
• Mix a pack of domeboro powder in water as per the instructions given in the pack
• Dip a piece of clean cloth or cotton ball in the solution and apply directly on the infected areas

 

Black Coffee
Cold black coffee is extremely helpful in curing the sores in the case of oral herpes. It is reduces the fever blisters and heals the sores at a faster rate. It is one of the most effective natural home remedies for herpes sores, if used in limit.
How to Use
• Prepares some black coffee and allow it to cool
• Sip the black coffee and move it over the lips so that it feels cool on the oral sores
• The process can be repeated twice a day for few days until the symptoms subside itself

 

Lemon
Lemon balm or fresh lemons are extremely beneficial for curing the herpes sores. It has flavonoids, phenolic acid and rosmarnic acis that helps in curing the sores.
How to Use
• Cut a lemon into half and place it directly on the oozing lesions.
• Lemon balm tea should be allowed to steep for sometime and then applied on the sores directly using a cotton ball
• 2-3 ml of lemon balm tincture mixed with water can be consumed 2-3 times a day for better results. This alcohol based liquid extract is helpful in curing the sores.
• Lemon based creams and ointments available in the market can also be applied on the outbreaks

 

Licorice Roots
Licorice roots have great therapeutic properties for the treatment of various diseases. It is rich in glycyrrhizic acid, which fights against the Herpes Simplex Virus. It suppresses the progression and recurrence of cold sores of the virus.
How to Use
• Licorice root extracts are available in the form of tablets that can be consumed 1-2 times a day
• It is also available in the powdered form which can be applied directly on the infected area
Caution: Licorice should be taken only after doctor’s advice because it causes hypertension and lowers the potassium levels in the body. Pregnant women and heart patients must avoid its usage.

 

Olive Oil
Olive oil consists of the compound oleopeurin that repairs the damages in the skin and helps in treating herpes outbreaks.
How to Use
• Apply warm olive oil directly on the genital lesions or oral sores and leave it for few minutes
• Clean it well with warm water and soap
• For effectiveness, olive oil can be used along with sage or other herbs

 

These natural home remedies for herpes treatment will help in relieving the pain and swelling due to herpes infections. It is however recommended to consult the physician and learn about the allergies and reactions on using these remedies. These will be more effective in treating herpes outbreak than the over the counter medications and also without leading to any side-effect for our health as well as pocket.

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