Many people in the world suffer from one of the two types of herpes, and medication and treatment can be not only expensive, but ineffective. Whether you suffer from HSV-I or HSV-II (oral or genital), you do not need to look any further for ways to treat your symptoms and avoid breakouts naturally at home! Here are 5 completely natural ways to help you!
First of all, what is propolis? It is a red or brown substance created by bees that is resinous and waxy. The bees use this substance to fill in the smaller crevices and gaps in their hives. The bees create this substance by mixing a little bit of honey with the resin they collect from trees and other plants. This substance can applied to the herpes sores and has been found to aid in the healing of these sores faster than antiviral ointment.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can found at most health food or herbal stores. Once you get the oil you can mix a few drops into some water and gargle in the mouth to remove sores from the mouth. If you are suffering from genital sores, you can just drop some of the oil directly onto the sore, just make sure to clean the dropper afterward to avoid contamination.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been getting a lot of attention in herbal circles lately, and is said to help with weight loss among many other things. Well, guess what? It has also been found to help treat herpes at-home. This is because it contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial agents that help to kill the virus and decrease itching and irritation. It also helps to balance the body’s natural pH levels, which not only helps you be healthier, it also can make it difficult for the herpes virus to thrive and cause infections! You can use apple cider vinegar as a preventive measure by adding some apple cider vinegar and honey to a glass of warm water and drinking it each morning. This helps to strengthen your immune system and fight off future infections. You can also use apple cider vinegar if you are currently experiencing an outbreak by dipping a cotton swab in an apple cider vinegar mixture that has been diluted with water and applying it directly to the affected area. You can also leave an apple cider vinegar and water soaked cotton ball on the area overnight if needed. Reminder: make sure you buy apple cider vinegar that is unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic.
Lemon balm is another health super-hero that has a variety of awesome uses. Lemon balm tea is available at most health food or herbal stores. You can also buy lemon balm essential oil. Brew the tea and soak cotton balls in it, and then apply the soaked cotton balls directly to the sores. You can also add some lemon balm essential oil to water and drink the mixture to heal sores inside the mouth. Lastly, lemon balm can be found in many ointments and creams and can be directly applied to the sores.
Lysine or L-lysine:
Another thing found at most health food and herbal stores, Lysine or L-lysine is helpful in the natural treatment of herpes. It comes in the form of a supplement or vitamin, and is better for preventive measures than for use during a flare-up, though using it regularly can also help a flare-up heal more quickly.