Herpes simplex comes in two main forms known as type 1 and 2. Type 1 (HSV-1) is oral herpes, more commonly referred to as cold sores. These often painful and unsightly skin blemishes form around the lips and mouth. Cold sores tend to clear up on their own after around a week. They are highly contagious and can be easily passed from person to person so care must be taken to avoid spreading the infection while suffering from the visible signs. Once you contract the herpes virus, there is no known cure. The virus will stay dormant in your body, waiting for certain triggers. These include fatigue, an injury to the affected area and, in women, their period.
Herpes simplex type 2 (HSV-2) is the name given to genital herpes. With symptoms similar to cold sores, these unsightly genital blisters can not only be extremely painful, but also impact on a person's ability to participate in sexual activities. HSV-2 in passed through unprotected sex, with around 25% of the UK population suffering from the condition at some stage by the age of 30. Like HSV-1 there is no way to completely remove the virus from the body, but there are a number of natural remedies that can be used to encourage the virus to remain inactive as well as reduce the severity of flare ups when they occur.
How can apple cider vinegar help?
Although there is a huge shortage of scientific research into this sort of natural treatment for herpes, there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence suggesting ACV is one of the most powerful and effective treatments for this often embarrassing viral infection. Apple cider vinegar contains natural acids that bestow it with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, all of which are beneficial in the treatment of herpes. Additionally, apple cider vinegar also contains a myriad of minerals, vitamins and enzymes that help to promote general health and reduce the likelihood of future outbreaks. When treating herpes with apple cider vinegar, be sure to only use the raw, unfiltered varieties.
This treatment is topical. Simply soak a cotton pad in raw apple cider vinegar and apply to the problem area. For genital herpes we recommend diluting the mixture with water beforehand. The acids in the vinegar quickly get to work removing excess oil from our skin and drying out the boils and skin lesions. Repeat this remedy 3 times a day and you should see signs of improvement within just a couple of days.
Treatment two is all about prevention. Add some honey to a glass of warm water and stir until it has dissolved. Next, add two or three tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar to the mixture and drink while still warm, ideally first thing in the morning before breakfast. This regular health tonic can help your body in a multitude of ways and will also help to strengthen your gut flora and immune system, both of which help to keep the herpes virus in its dormant state.
Other Natural Remedies
- Olive Oil - Olive oil is amazing at moisturising the skin. It is a plentiful source of powerful antioxidants and works as a great home treatment for herpes. Take a small cup full of olive oil. Heat it in a pot and add some lavender oil and beeswax. After cooling, apply the mixture to the infected area.
- Echinacea - Echinacea is a powerful medicinal plant that possesses a multitude of anti-viral properties. It is probably best known for its ability to help strengthen our immune system. All parts of Echinacea plant can be used and included in healing remedies. It can be consumed in the form of tea, juices or pills.
- Ice Pack - The simplest method at home to treat the symptoms of herpes is ice. Ice provides immense relief for herpes pain. Crush some ice and add this to a plastic bag. Wrap the plastic bag in a sheet-like thick cloth. Hold this over the affected area for around 10-15 minutes to get rid of swelling and itching. Repeat the method as required.
- Baking Soda - Baking soda is another effective treatment for herpes. It provides relief for the itchy and painful sores. Take a small cotton ball and damp it in baking soda. Apply it directly to the infected area. The baking soda will help to dry out the oozing blisters.
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