Herpes is a viral infection which is caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2). There are two types of herpes diseases and both are contagious. The first type is oral herpes and the second one is genital herpes. Although HSV1 can cause genital herpes, HSV-1 is associated mainly with oral herpes. Herpes can be itchy and painful or it can affect both men and women. It generally appears in the form of small, red, liquid filled blisters or sores near the mouth, eyes, lips and genitals. Herpes is highly contagious which can cause many severe diseases like cancer, brain infections and chicken pox. The severity of each of this condition can vary to from one person to other. In men, the symptoms occur in buttocks, anus, thighs, penis and scrotum, inside the penis or inside the urethra. For women, it appears on cervix, buttocks, anal, vaginal area, and external genitals. Once a person gets infected with herpes, there are four stages that usually seen, when infection is manifested. These include the primary stage, the latent stage, the shedding stage and recurrences. Some causes of herpes are kissing, unprotected vaginal or anal sex, skin contact with an infected person, surgery on the genitals, and intercourse with multiple partners, weakened immune system, illness or stress. Primary symptoms are fever, pain while urination, red aching blisters around thighs, buttocks, genitals and rectum, virginal discharge (in women), ulcer and cervix (in women) etc. recurrent symptoms are itching and tingling around the genitals, ulcers and blisters on the lower parts of the women’s womb.
Home remedies for herpes
Do you know someone who is suffering herpes infection? Or are you suffering from herpes? One single word of herpes can send people in panic mode. The pain and discomfort that are associated with this condition are definitely not bearable. I know no one want to be in the herpes victim list. There are certain types of remedies which can help you to treat your outbreaks. Would you like to know about them? Let’s take a look on 10 lesser known home remedies to cure herpes outbreaks.
Tea tree oil for herpes
Tea tree oil has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. Tea tree oil comes from the plant that belongs to Australia and it has established itself as one of the best home remedies for herpes and other sores. If you apply tea tree oil at the first sign of outbreak, you may prevent the outbreak altogether.
Method – You need olive oil and tea tree oil. Wash your hand with mild soap or hand wash and then dry out completely. If you are using tea tree oil for the first time, you should use carrier oil or almond oil. With the help of dropper or cotton ball, apply this oil on your affected area but be careful, do not apply this oil in other areas of your body.
Aloe vera gel for herpes
Aloe vera is an ancient remedy that is used to treat various health conditions since thousands of years. You can buy aloe vera gel or grow your own aloe vera plant. Aloe vera is clinically tested to cure herpes outbreaks. Aloe vera is composed of various anti-oxidants and is particularly helpful in reducing inflammation. It also contains salicylates which can give you relief in pain associated with herpes.
Method- Take fresh aloe vera leaf or buy pure aloe vera gel. Wash aloe vera leaf with water and cut a slice of the thick juicy aloe leaf. Apply one of the jelled parts directly on the affected area.
Garlic for herpes
Garlic is very common ingredient in everyone’s home. This has been used to cure numerous of health conditions since thousands of years. Garlic is nature’s best remedy which has anti-microbial properties which can remove bacteria, viruses and parasites. Studies show that garlic contains allicin and ajoene (a compound) which are effective to alleviate viruses.
Method- Take one garlic clove, chop them and add chopped garlic in boiled water. Let the water cool down to room temperature. Take a bath with this water to cure your outbreaks of genitals.
Honey for herpes
Honey has been recognized as a natural antibiotic and healing agent. It has been used for its anti-microbial and wound healing properties since thousands of years. According to studies honey is very effective to cure herpes outbreaks. It helps in quick healing of herpes blisters and sores.
Method- You can directly apply honey on your affected area.
This is very old but effective remedy to cure various health related problems. Like any other natural ingredient, holy basil is also has anti-microbial, anti-oxidants and immunomodulation properties. It is one of the best natural anti-viral herbs for herpes. Due to its anti-microbial properties, holy basil herb is used topically and internally to cure bacterial, viral and fungal infections including genital herpes.
Method- Boil some water and add holy basil leaves in boiling water. Put off the flame and let it steep for another 5 minutes. Strain and drink, if you want you can add one tablespoon of honey in this.
Tea bags have been used to treat inflammation and irritation of the eyes. They can also be used to cure inflammation caused by herpes outbreaks.
Method- You just need to soak the tea bag in warm water for a minute and let it cool. Use the tea bag as compress on the affected area.
Lemon balm has anti-viral properties. It also contains eugenol which contains an anti-bacterial compound. Apply lemon balm herb topically to get instant relief from itching, swelling and pain caused by herpes.
Method- Take 4 sprigs of lemon balm leaves or 2 table spoon of lemon balm leaves. Take 2 cups of water and boil along with lemon balm leaves. Drink the tea. If you want you can wash the affected area with this tea.
Ice is another effective way to cure herpes outbreaks. The cold temperature helps reduce the inflammation and may inhibit the virus.
Method- Crush some ice cubes and place in a plastic bag. Wrap the bag in a thick cloth and place on the affected area of the skin. Let it sit for 15 minutes and continue this method several times in a day. Do not leave the ice too long on your skin.
Oregano grape root
Oregano grape root is generally considered as the substitute of goldenseal herb. It has strong anti- microbial property which contains germ killing component.
Method- Add ½ cup of water to 1 tablespoon of oregano grape tincture and stir. Place this on your affected area and allow it to dry naturally. Repeat this process 4 times in a day.
Peppermint tea reduces herpes outbreak and soothes the pain and inflammation.
Method- Rip peppermint leaves into small pieces. Allow the leaves to dry completely for whole day. Boil one glass of water and add 2 tablespoon of the leaves. Boil this water for 5 minutes then strain. Drink this water with a sweetener if needed.
Herpes symptoms cannot be cured by home remedies because this is an incurable disease. This is a chronic disease and once its virus enters in your body then it will always remain within your immune system. It is a known fact that people can spread this virus to another even if they don’t have visible sores. It is true, but you can control your symptoms by using those remedies which I have mentioned above.