Different types of viruses lead to herpes in humans. The Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus (HSV1) is responsible for cold sores while the Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 causes genital herpes. Once you are infected, the virus remains dormant in the body only to arise when your immunity is reduced. Genital herpes is transmitted sexually and can cause eruptions across the thighs, vulva, buttocks, penis and anus. Over the counter medicines for genital herpes include Zovirax (Acyclovir) which can prevent and reduce severity of herpes flare ups. Additionally, use the following remedies to heal herpes sores faster:
1. Oatmeal bath
Colloidal oatmeal can soothe discomfort and pain and heal herpes sores faster. Add some to your bath water and soak in it for 20 minutes to stop pain, itchiness and inflammation.
2. Avoid tight fitting underwear
Tight fitting pants, thongs, etc can aggravate the chaffing and worsen the symptoms of genital herpes. So wear loose clothes and avoid wearing briefs or panties as far as possible.
3. Avoid sexual intercourse
Stay away from sex for as long as you are suffering from genital herpes. Indulging in intercourse could put your partner at risk and even aggravate the flare ups. It is also painful and could invite other infections.
4. Calendula tincture
Apply calendula tincture (not Calendula cream) diluted in water (1:5) ratio to the blisters for relief.
5. Homeopathic remedies
Homeopathic solutions work very well for genital herpes. Nat Mur and Rhus tox work best but you will also need constitutional care in case you suffer frequent attacks. Bach flower remedies also work.
6. Supplements for genital herpes
Taking amino acid L-Lysine supplements (3000 mg per day) helps reduce duration of the attack and gives lasting pain relief. L-lysine cream is also available over-the-counter and you can apply it to the sores when having a genital herpes outbreak. You must also take Zinc and Olive leaf extracts for healing the blisters rapidly. Lecithin soft gel caplets (400 mg per day) also help and you must also take 1000 mg of vitamin C to boost your immune system.
7. Earl Grey/black tea bags
Applying brewed Earl Grey tea bags to the blisters can give long lasting relief from the pain. Many aromatherapists also recommend bergamot oil to apply for genital herpes. Since Earl Grey has bergamot in it, this could be the reason why it helps.
8. Acetone nail polish remover
Applying some acetone to the herpes clusters can break open the blisters and accelerate their healing. This remedy also prevents the blisters from forming painful scabs.
9. Stabilized oxygen drops
Take stabilized oxygen drops as the herpes virus cannot survive in oxygenated environment. Take 30 drops 3 times a day in 8 oz glass of water.
10. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best cures for genital herpes. Apply undiluted, organic apple cider vinegar to the sores. This remedy stings a bit but is beneficial in killing the virus. Also take aple cder vinegar internally to strengthen immunity.
11. Garlic oil
Break open a few caplets of garlic oil and apply them to the sores. Garlic is antiviral and anti-inflammatory and facilitates healing.
12. Tea tree oil or Tea tree soap
Apply tea tree oil on the genital area or wash it with tea tree oil based soap. Dry the region completely and repeat the remedy 2 times a day to heal the painful sores quickly.
13. Sleep, exercise and healthy diet
Genital herpes virus can stay in your system for years. So it is vital to strengthen the body from inside out through proper rest, 8 hours of sleep and regular exercise. Also cut out artificial sweeteners, refined flours, alcohol and unhealthy junk foods from the diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean meat and whole grains. Reduce intake of nuts as they contain arginine which aggravates the virus. Eat plenty of yogurt, as it is a probiotic. Cook your meals in olive oil and add plenty of garlic to your recipes.
14. Hydrogen peroxide and Aloe Vera gel
Use food grade hydrogen peroxide to clean the blisters. This helps create an oxygenated environment that can clear the virus. Next, apply pure Aloe vera gel to the blisters. Repeat this remedy 3 times a day until the sores are healed.
15. Baking soda for herpes
Baking soda for herpes is another effective remedy for genital herpes sores. Make a paste of the soda with little water and apply it to the genital area. This will give relief from pain and stinging sensation. It will also dry up the sores quickly.
16. Lemon balm herpes tea
Lemon balm tea is known to heal genital herpes quickly. Drink plenty of lemon balm tea and also apply concentrated lemon balm oil to the sores for quick relief.
17. Herbal remedies for permanent genital herpes cure
Take Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Astragalus extracts. Also take Moringa powder/pills for strengthening the body and preventing the virus from coming back.
18. Colloidal silver
Apply colloidal silver directly to the sores to get quick relief and facilitate rapid healing. You can also take 2 tbsp of colloidal silver internally for strengthening the body’s natural defense against the virus.
19. Oregano oil
Get pure oregano oil of highest potency and apply it directly on the herpes sores. Repeat application several times a day until the scabs dry and fall off completely.
20. Coconut oil
Applying virgin coconut oil to the herpes blisters can heal them quickly in just 2-3 days. Many genital herpes sufferers have experienced this wonderful effect of virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is proven to have anti-viral properties which dry the blisters quickly and permanently. You can also take coconut oil internally.
There are literally hundreds of natural cures for genital herpes. What works for one may or may not work for another. That said – the above remedies are tried and trusted and can help you.