Natural Remedies for Oral Herpes

October 6, 2013 Natural remedies

oral herpesHerpes Simplex Virus (HSV) infections usually affect the mouth and lips (oral herpes or HSV-1), causing painful blisters filled with fluid, cold sores, burning around the mouth and sometimes fever. The mouth can swell and the blisters look bad enough to ruin the day and the following few days. Not to mention how uncomfortable a herpes infection could be before a special event like a party or other special occasions.

Besides the antiviral medication used to treat oral herpes, there are also natural remedies that have been effective in limiting its nasty effects. In Oriental medicine herpes is called “heat lesion” or “burning-fire lesion” and treatment focuses on clearing the wind-heat and detoxifying the heat-toxins. Besides oral and topical administration or herbs, acupuncture is used to treat oral herpes.

The best natural remedies

PropolisA study published in Phytomedicine in 2000 showed that propolis can be more effective than acyclovir in treating herpes.

ZincApplying zinc oxide cream helped herpes heal faster than the group who used a placebo cream.

Peppermint oil – According to some tests, peppermint oil was able to stop herpes and other viruses from reproducing but more research is necessary.

Lysine – There are studies which suggest that lysine could help reduce the number of recurring outbreaks of oral herpes and decrease the duration of an outbreak. Higher amounts of lysine are found in bananas, chicken, oysters, spinach, eggs, sweet potatoes, red watermelon, oats flakes, Kale cabbage etc.

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) – Using lemon balm cream reduced the symptoms of cold sores after two days, several studies showed.

Aloe vera – Although aloe vera was only tested for genital herpes in men, where it proved to speed up the healing process, it could also work for oral herpes.

Tea tree oil and Eucalyptus OilResearch shows that both tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil can have an antiherpes effect at the beginning, before the virus penetrates the host cell.

One interesting remedy that actually works – on the condition that it is used before the blisters appear around the mouth – is using one hair onto the affected area. Moving it from right to left and from top to bottom several times during the first day, will stop the formation of  blisters and swelling of the area.

Sources:

University of Maryland

Speciality Clinic

Herb-doc

NCBI