That herpes cannot be cured is a fact. You, therefore, look for alternative treatments. However, natural remedies for herpes, which you can try at home, do help in containing the herpes infection.

The herpes simplex virus (HSV), which causes the herpes infection, stays lodged in the nerves of the body lifelong even when you are asymptomatic – that is without its symptoms.

HSV type 1 causes oral herpes and HSV type 2 causes genital herpes. In both types, the patient suffers from pain and discomfort during the outbreak.

The virus lodges itself in the sensory nerves of the sacral nerve in case of genital herpes and in the trigeminal nerve in case of oral herpes. There are certain complications that the herpes virus can cause and the aim of any treatment, whether allopathic or natural, is:

  • To keep low the severity of herpes infection outbreaks,
  • Keep recurrences of herpes to the minimum and
  • Increase the immunity of the body, which also will help to prevent recurrent herpes infection.

Natural remedies for herpes

  • Among the herbal remedies, the Echinacea plant helps by strengthening the immune system of the body and helps ward off infection. Its tincture preparation is available and you should take ¼ teaspoon of it thrice a day. Alternately, you can drink 3 cups of its tea thrice a day. Do not exceed 10 days as the safety of taking it long-term is yet to be established.
  • Strengthen your immunity against infections by taking plenty of nutrients, especially Vitamin C through natural sources like Lime, Lemon, Guava, Amla, Oranges.
  • Drink peppermint tea. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
  • After cleaning and drying the affected area, apply Aloe Vera gel on it. This can stay during the whole day.
  • Apply baking soda on the cleaned and dried affected part, using different cotton balls each time you soak in it.
  • Similarly, you can apply cornstarch.
  • Mix equal parts linseed oil and lime juice, and apply on the cleaned and dried affected part.

Since herpes is with you lifelong, you may have to resort to natural treatment for herpes a number of times in life. Treating herpes with allopathic medicines does have its benefits but it also produces side effects. This is where these natural cures have an advantage in that, the side effects are almost nonexistent.