These natural herpes remedies will help you decrease the number of outbreaks and how long those outbreaks last. You can use herbs and vitamins as a natural herpes treatment. These natural remedies work best when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.
Herpes is a viral infection that hangs around in your body at the nerve
endings. No cure for the condition has been discovered and outbreaks are
very contagious. Let's look at each type of herpes and their symptoms.
HSV-1 is the oral strain of herpes. 50 to 80 percent of the population have HSV-1. Some people who carry the herpes virus have no symptoms making it difficult to know the true rate of infection.
When you are going to have an outbreak, it's proceeded by a tingling
feeling in the area. Soon after this initial sign small blisters will
break out in the area. The blisters can be quite painful and are
sometimes accompanied by fever and/or swollen lymph nodes.
HSV-2 is the genital strain of the herpes virus and is sexually transmitted. It's estimated that 20 percent of the population have this form of herpes.
Prior to a breakout you feel burning in the area. Then blisters form that soon erupt into sores that can easily get infected. The sores are quite painful.
This form of herpes can be passed from mother to child during the baby's delivery. It can give the child brain damage and is quite serious.
Both forms of the virus can be controlled by boosting your immune system and lowering your stress levels.
Vitamins and Supplement
There are many immune boosting vitamins that can be used in natural herpes remedies.
Vitamin C is well known as an immune booster. It contains antioxidants and antiviral and antifungal properties.
Zinc is another immune booster that should be taken daily to control outbreaks. You can take 15 to 30 mg three times daily with food. You should only take highs doses of zinc for a few months. After that you should reduce your dose to 30 mg daily.
Lysine has been proven in studies to prevent the virus from spreading into the cells. Lysine is an amino acid and as with other amino acids the intake of one can cause an imbalance in other amino acids that's why it's important to have a healthy balanced diet. Taking a lysine supplement can also increase your cholesterol levels. If you take this supplement you should make sure that you're closely monitored by your doctor. You can get lysine naturally from meat, poultry, dairy products, fish and eggs.
Other vitamins that help are vitamin A, E, and B complex vitamins.
These herbs are well know for boosting the immune system and cleansing the liver.
Other herbs can be used to reduce inflammation, pain and fevers.
Herbs can be taken in pill form, tinctures or can be used in infusions or teas.
Essential oils can also be used as natural herpes remedies. Lavender and tea tree oil both have antiviral properties. Use a cotton swab to apply a few drops of either essential oil to the sores twice daily. This will cut the healing time in half.
Other Natural Herpes Remedies
Steep a normal black tea bag in hot water. Remove it from the water and let it cool then place the tea bag on your sores.
Place an ice pack on the area.
Set a hair dryer onto the cool setting and use it to dry out your sores.
Keep the area dry and clean. You can put cornstarch on the area to help dry it out.
Avoid touching the area. You don't want to get an infection. If you do touch it make sure your hands are clean. Always wash your hands well after you touch it.
Stress factors into the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Use meditation, yoga and breathing exercises to reduce stress in your life.
Changing your lifestyle will help these natural herpes remedies work even better. The foods you eat influence your immune health. Stay away from white flour and processed sugar. Both of these foods suppress the immune system. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cook whole foods in your home and avoid highly processed foods or pre-made meals. The herpes virus grows 3 times faster in an acidic environment than an alkaline environment. Keeping your system alkaline by eating lots of fresh vegetables will help reduce outbreaks.
Exercise on a regular basis to keep your body healthy and strong.