Home Remedies for Herpes – Get Natural Relief

Having a few home remedies for herpes may be an important part of your health, especially since it is estimated that 80 percent of the US population has oral herpes, while 25 percent has genital herpes. The worst part is that you may have the virus and be totally unaware of it.

Herpes can lay dormant for prolonged periods of time after your exposure to the virus. Then something stressful happens in your life and it rears its ugly head. Oral herpes can be spread to the genitals, just as genital herpes can spread to the mouth area.




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Because herpes spreads so rapidly and freely, you need to be careful of the partners you have physical contact with. During the shedding/breakout phase of herpes, bumps or sores may not be present yet but the herpes virus is highly contagious and active! That's what makes it so hard to predict!

It's good advice to control the triggers that contribute to herpes. Stress is one of the biggest triggers which is extremely hard to avoid. You might try using deep breathing methods when you're under extreme duress. Deep breathing methods can help calm you down when the world around you has gone crazy.

There are also some food triggers that can cause an outbreak. Keeping a journal can help you identify which foods may be responsible for your eruptions.

The bottom line is that you do have some control over the virus. Don't become a victim. Learn all you can about the virus to help prevent its frequency and duration!

Its important to also understand the difference between HSV1 and HSV2, even though both are part of the same virus family.

Here is a compilation of remedies for herpes that are helpful to many folks. Its important to remember that these are merely suggestions and shouldn’t interfere with a good one on one relationship with your own health care provider.

If you have a suggestion that’s not listed, please submit it in the comment box below.


Home Remedies for Herpes



  • When you break out with herpes, it also means your immunity has been compromised. The fastest way to remedy herpes is to take optimum amounts of vitamin D3.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar - For some people, applying apple cider vinegar directly to herpes lesions, helps dry and heal them quickly. It should be noted that not all vinegars are created equal. Buy natural apple cider vinegar that includes 'the mother'. The mother is a foggy like liquid that runs through the vinegar and is an important part of real apple cider vinegar. If the vinegar you buy contains it, you will see the cloudy solution at the bottom of the bottle. If you don't see it, you're not getting the 'real thing'!

  • Avoid Sugar - To keep your immunity strong during an outbreak, you should avoid sugar and products that contain sugar completely. This includes alcoholic drinks, sodas, shakes, candies, cookies, cakes, and ice cream. These are the some of the largest sources of sugar, which fuels viral growth and shuts down your immunity. Of all of these 'sugary substances', alcohol can be the most difficult to cut back on because of it's addictive qualities, so help should be sought if necessary, especially in the case of alcohol abuse.

  • Take Two Aspirins Daily - For some people, aspirin works wonders for their herpes outbreaks. Remember though, that aspirin thins the blood. Anyone taking blood thinners shouldn't try taking aspirin daily.

  • Zinc Supplements - Some people have used zinc supplements successfully in their remedies for herpes. Zinc acetate and zinc gluconate both work well because they have antiviral qualities.

  • Acetone Nail Polish Remover - For some people, acetone nail polish remover works extremely quickly if applied directly on the lesion(s), several times a day.

  • Olive Leaf Extract - The extract from the leaf of olive trees has strong antiviral qualities and can get rid of viruses and even parasites. To use as a remedies for herpes, take several capsules every three to six hours.

  • BHT or Butylated Hydroxytoluene - BHT dissolved in olive oil is a good topical treatment or you can use BHT powder or take BHT capsules.

    Note: BHT is an antioxidant widely used to protect food from oxidative damage and frequently used as an anti-aging supplement. Since it is not a natural product, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has prohibited its sale as a supplement (although approving its use in food as a preservative). BHT is therefore only sold as a food preservative.

    It is nevertheless true that free-radicals affects all living tissues in your body. Free radical damage affects nerve cells, muscle cells, internal organs, and more. Those who use BHT in an unapproved manner (as a supplement) believe that consuming 500-1000 mg per day, with a fatty or oily food, helps protect the body from damage caused by aging, metabolism of sugars, and certain contaminants.

    Various applications for BHT are either in use or suggested by recent studies.


    • Increasing the bioavailability of Vitamin E
    • treating herpes
    • lowering the risk of blood clots for diabetics
    • preventing liver cancer induced by certain carcinogens
    • preventing atherosclerosis induction on arterial walls.


    To use BHT in a government-approved manner, add BHT to cooking oils or salad dressings 'to retain their freshness'. For example, add 1/4 teaspoon (600 mg) of bulk BHT, or 1-2 capsules of BHT, to 1 gallon (approx. 4 liters) of cooking oil. Shake well. The crystals require several hours to dissolve.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide - For some people, simple hydrogen peroxide can help if applied directly to the sores. This makes sense because hydrogen peroxide helps draw out infection/bacteria and helps dry up and heal many types of sores or cuts.

  • Diluted Rubbing Alcohol - One of my friends swears by using diluted rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, and applying it directly to any sores. He told me it stings (sometimes a LOT) but that it helps to dry up his sores sometimes overnight.

  • Colostrum - Raw milk contains colostrum, which is perhaps the most effective way to squelch herpes. It contains beneficial immunoglobulins used to fight infections. This is especially important if you break out with herpes after a round of antibiotics.

  • Try OTC cold sore remedies - Some people swear by Carmex and say its one of the best simple remedies for herpes!

    Carmex is a salve for chapped lips and cold sores invented in 1936. The ingredients in Carmex are menthol, camphor, alum and wax. Other cold sore remedies include Abreva or it's generic equivalent.

  • Coconut Oil - Monolaurin (coconut oil) helps to dissolve and destroy the lipid coating on the herpes virus. Monolaurin is a natural remedy so your body does not build immunity to coconut oil like it can with Valtrex. Many people who use Valtrex report that it stops working for them over time. This is because your body can build up an immunity to it, which can make the virus stronger and harder to get rid of. Use organic coconut oil for the best results.

  • See this page for more help!

    These are some of the absolute best home remedies for herpes that are known today. While some of them only address the symptoms of the virus, they can help increase your recovery time, so you can get back to living!


    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.





    Related Pages on This Site

    HSV – The Herpes Virus

    HSV – The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2

    Preventative Shingles Treatment

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