Treatment of Herpes – Natural Ways and Home Remedies

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It can be bothersome, painful, and embarrassing to wake up with such a wound on the lips,
especially when it comes to the day when we have a very important meeting or event.
Discover the natural ways and home remedies for the treatment of herpes.

The Causes of Herpes

The herpes virus tends to attack the body in situations where the immune system is weakened.
Therefore, a wound can be seen shortly after a disease outbreak accompanied by fever.
It can also occur during menopausal periods, stressful periods, and periods of extreme hormonal changes.

The common solution for this problem is an ointment that can be obtained at the pharmacies.
However, if a herpes sore appears on your lips and you wish to treat the problem in a more natural way,
Here are a few natural methods for the treatment of herpes wounds.

Note that this post focuses only on remedies for herpes sores on the lips.

Basic Rules to Avoid Herpes

Home remedies for herpes can be very effective,
However, it is equally important to know what to avoid at a time when herpes appears and which habits worth adopting.

Processed Foods Weaken the Immune System

Herpes indicates a weakness of the body and at this time it is important to nourish it with a good diet.
Processed, fatty, and fried foods can harm the body and also weaken the immune system.
Therefore, if you wish to get rid of herpes, you should avoid these foods.


When your body needs rest, you should let it rest,
However, you need to avoid prolonged sitting or staying in front of the TV for hours.

It is always worthwhile to adopt healthy habits of exercise.
Even a ten-minute walk a day can benefit the body and calm it down.
It might also motivate the body and help it deal with the weakness that led to the herpes outbreak.

Don’t Use Makeup 

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Makeup on the wound may aggravate it and complicate the healing process.

In addition, makeup may cause secondary development or allergy.
Therefore, don’t use makeup if you wish to get rid of herpes.

Nutrition and Supplements – with Doctor Consult

Zinc Prolongs the Gaps Between the Herpes Outbreaks

Zinc is an essential mineral to our body as it participates in many of our body’s processes.
Such processes are the way we grow, how our skin cells build, and the protection of our body and skin from pests.

Studies confirm that zinc helps keep the skin clean, shiny, and free of sores or herpes.
It is also evident from studies that it prolongs the gaps between one herpes outbreak and another.

In order for us to enjoy the benefits of zinc, we should enrich our diet with grains, nuts, and green vegetables like spinach.

Grapefruit Seed Extract to Strengthen the Immune System

Grapefruit seed extract, also called GSE, can be purchased at health food stores is also a solution for herpes.

This extract is powerful in its activity and also in taste.
It contains antioxidants, it assists the immune system and can help to deal with the virus.

Note that you should mix the extract according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Vitamin B6 and B complex

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Vitamin B complex regulates the activity of the nervous system and strengthens the immune system.
This group of vitamins is essential for the metabolism of all nutrients.
It is found mainly in whole grains and legumes, brewer’s yeast, nuts, and various seeds.

The Antioxidants Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids

Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids are antioxidants.
As such, they protect the body’s cells from free radicals.
They Increase the production of white blood cells and the production of interferon,
which contributes to the neutralization of viruses in the body.

These antioxidants also contribute to the proper production of antibodies and help to destroy viruses and bacteria in the body.

Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are found in large quantities in fresh fruits and vegetables like pepper, gamba, kiwi, apple, lemon, and guava.

Lysine Leaves the Herpes Virus Dormant

Lysine is an amino acid, an important protein for the body.
Legumes and vegetables are the source for lysine.
Lysine helps prevent the spread of the herpes virus in the body.

Moreover, lysine prevents herpes outbreaks and leaves the virus dormant and harmless in our body.
If you suffer from herpes outbreaks frequently, you should consider taking this supplement.
It will help eradicate the effect of the virus.

Foods from the Cruciferous Family

Eat vegetables from the cruciferous family such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Among other benefits, these foods also inhibit the development of the herpes virus.

Home Remedies for the Treatment of Herpes  

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Ice to Relieve Itching

Ice does not cure herpes but it can relieve the itching sensation and therefore prevent its development.
You can put an ice cube on herpes whenever there is a feeling of itching or discomfort.

Licorice Root Can Stop the Development of the Herpes Virus

Licorice can be used as an effective treatment for herpes sores.
It contains an acid called glycerin, which helps stop the development of the virus.
Glycerin also “equips” the body with what it needs to fight the wound.

When facing an outbreak of herpes, you can consume the licorice root as it is.
However, the best way to use it is by mixing licorice powder (available at health food stores) with a little water to create an ointment.
Apply this ointment directly to the wound 3 times a day.

Garlic as a Treatment for Herpes

One of the benefits of garlic is its antiviral property and therefore has the ability to prevent the spread of the virus.

The garlic should be crushed, smeared on the wound and after a few minutes, the area can be rinsed with water.

Vanilla Extract 

Vanilla extract is mainly used for baking, but it is also known for its various therapeutic abilities.
Since it contains high levels of alcohol it makes it difficult for various viruses to survive.
Apply it with an ear cleaning stick directly on the wound 4-5 times a day to heal it.

Black Coffee

Black coffee can also be used as a treatment for herpes.
Simply make a cup of coffee, no sugar added, and soak a cotton ball in it.
Attach the cotton ball to the affected area.

Repeat this treatment twice a day to feel relief and improvement with the appearance of herpes.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Among the many benefits of Apple cider vinegar, it also has antiseptic properties.
Therefore, it helps reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks.

Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected area.
Repeat this treatment for 3 to 4 times a day for two days.

You can also mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and drink twice a day during herpes.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has an antiviral and antibacterial effect.
In addition, this acid and the caprylic acid in coconut oil help eliminate the herpes virus.

Mint Tea to Relieve Pain and Inflammation

Mint tea reduces the severity of herpes attacks.
It also helps relieve pain and inflammation.

Drink a mint tea at least twice a day during a herpes outbreak.

Essential Oils for the Treatment of Herpes 

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Some essential oils can be used as a treatment for herpes.
Before using them, dilute the essential oils with a base oil such as almonds or sesame seeds oil.
Use a ratio of 1: 2.
For example, to 30 ml of sweet almond cold-pressed oil add 15 drops of the essential oil.
Mix well and soak an ear cleaner in it.
Press slightly the soaked ear cleaner to the wound 3 times a day.

As with herbs also in essential oils, it is advisable to adjust the oils to each person individually.
This way you can make sure that there are no contraindications.

Therefore, it is recommended to purchase a ready-made mixture from an aromatherapist.
The therapist knows how to adjust the oils to the patient.
Sometimes buying an oil mixture from a healer will be cheaper than preparing it at home.

In any case, it is recommended to continue applying the oil for about 6 months to prevent a recurrence of the eruption.

Some of the essential oils that can be used for the treatment of herpes are:

  • Mint essential oil which has antiviral properties. 
  • Melissa essential oil that is good for healing skin wounds. 
  • Tea Tree essential oil which has many and effective uses and is also known as a natural remedy that helps relieve wounds of all kinds.
    It has Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. 
  • Bergamot essential oil can inhibit the development of the virus, is beneficial for the healing of skin wounds, and can also strengthen the immune system.
  • Tagetes (Marigold) essential oil has antiviral property.
    It is a strong disinfectant, it prevents scarring, and is also effective in healing wounds.

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