Natural Home Remedies for Herpes Simplex II (Genital Herpes)

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that may or may not produce symptoms

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Burning genital sores
  • Fever
  • Outbreaks that last from one to several weeks
  • Pain with urination
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Weakness

IS IT CONTAGIOUS?

With or without symptoms, it is contagious. It is spread by sexual contact of any kind.

PREVALENCE

According to the CDC, one in six people in the US between the ages of 14 to 49 is infected with Simplex II.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Allopathic medicine offers no cure for genital herpes but can treat it with medicines that may reduce the likelihood that a partner will get it.

SELF TREATMENT

It is important to boost your immune system to put this virus into remission.  If you choose to treat this naturally, suggestions follow.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. This is no exception. A strong immune system will also minimize the severity and length of outbreaks. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Antioxidant-rich foods for immunity and tissue repair
  • Bone broth
  • Lean protein
  • Lysine-rich foods like legumes, fish, chicken and vegetables
  • Orange and red vegetables
  • Wild fish from cold waters

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Acidic foods
  • Alcohol
  • Arginine-containing foods (grapes, chocolate, peanuts, seeds)
  • Processed foods
  • Starchy foods
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Wheat

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Burdock root
  • Dandelion
  • Echniacea tea or juice
  • Lemon Balm
  • Licorice root
  • Pau D’arco
  • Tea tree
  • Valerian root

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Astragalus
  • Calendula
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Garlic
  • Goldenseal
  • Licorice root

ESSENTIAL OILS

There are some claims that using essential oil can eradicate the virus. Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Some oils may be used internally, like a drop under the tongue or in your tea, but research carefully first.

  • Bergamot
  • Clove
  • Geranium
  • Melissa
  • Myrrh
  • Niaouli
  • Ravensara
  • Rose Otto
  • Tea tree oil applied with a dropper

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Castor oil packs on abdomen to strengthen immune system
  • Domeboro powder
  • Echinacea
  • Electrolytes (i.e. sodium and potassium) to promote alkalinity
  • Licorice root capsules (caution for high blood pressure or low potassium)
  • Lysine
  • Omega 3 for inflammation and tissue repair
  • Vitamin B-complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc ointment or capsules

HYDRATION

We must stay hydrated to fight off viruses. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

When you are fatigued or your immunity is low or when you are full of anxiety—those are the times you are most likely to suffer an outbreak. Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apply ice packs to the area for 10-15 minutes at a time to reduce pain, itching and swelling.  Put crushed ice in a plastic bag and wrap with a cloth.
  • Avoid spreading by not sharing towels, toothbrushes, or anything that touches your skin.
  • Baking soda applied with a dampened cotton ball may help to dry oozing sores.
  • Black coffee for blisters in the mouth
  • Black tea bag cooled down and applied to the affected area for several minutes
  • Castor oil packs fortify your immune system
  • Cornstarch sprinkled over the area may reduce chafing and itching.  You also can apply gently with a cotton ball.
  • Cover sores with gauze while sleeping to reduce scratching.
  • Frequent warm baths during an outbreak, blowing the affected area dry rather than rubbing which may break sores.  You can add epsom salt to the bath water which may further help to dry the sores.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Lemon balm tea applied with a cotton ball.  You can also drink water with a bit of lemon balm tincture added.
  • Manuka Honey applied topically
  • Oils applied topically (olive oil vitamin E, calendula, jojoba, oregano, clove myrrh)
  • To soothe the itching and redness, apply aloe vera gel.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Wear loose-fitting, cotton underwear.
  • With sores, there is the possibility of developing a bacterial infection, but you can use soap and water to keep the affected area clean.
  • Black tea compress on affected area
  • Viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment so help your body manage pH levels.
  • WaterCures.org for a water cure protocol

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

While eruptions from herpes are similar to eruptions from syphilis, the herpes sore is usually more painful.   Syphilis, however, is more dangerous, so be sure to consult a doctor if you are in any doubt.

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Do not have sex with infected partners!

NOTES

Herpes Simplex I can also cause genital outbreaks although it is more rare.

 

 

 

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