skip to Main Content

How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally

Many people don’t know they have herpes, because they don’t show any symptoms, but the herpes simplex virus infects the body just the same. The symptoms are frustrating and often painful, but will usually go away on their own if you give it time. Sometimes, we don’t have time to deal with these inconveniences though.

Thankfully, there are many ways to reduce the chances of a herpes outbreak as well as how long you experience the symptoms that don’t involve taking handfuls of pills with a name you can’t pronounce.

What is Herpes and What Triggers an Outbreak?

How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally- herpes

Herpes simplex is the full, scientific name of both the viral cause of the ailment and the ailment itself. There are technically two main strains, identified simply with a 1 or a 2 at the end of the name. They are very similar for the most part, but HSV-1 typically deals with oral herpes, while HSV-2 involves genital herpes.

Once someone is infected, they are stuck with herpes for life as there is no known cure, natural or otherwise. Does that mean you will suffer your whole life? Thankfully, no. Most of the time the virus is simply dormant in your body’s cells.

From time to time, however, an outbreak can occur which makes areas like your mouth and groin very itchy. Painful white or red blisters and ulcers can also appear in the same areas. When they are present around or in the mouth, they are typically known as cold sores. It’s important to keep the affected area clean and dry, which can help to prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the risk of infection. Avoid touching the blisters and wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of the virus.

These outbreaks can be triggered by a variety of factors. The most common ones include being sick with something else at the same time, during certain stages of a menstrual cycle, exposure to sunlight, stress, and even eating certain foods. This means if you want to control the symptoms as much as possible, you may have to look at some lifestyle changes.

How to Control the Symptoms

Changing Your Diet

So, we know that some foods can trigger a herpes outbreak, but which ones should you be avoiding exactly? And are there other foods that might prevent an outbreak? The key is to boost your body’s natural immune system with useful nutrients while reducing foods without much nutrition.

L-lysine is an amino acid that has been identified as a potential ingredient in preventing the herpes virus from freely replicating and causing outbreaks. Consuming more lean proteins high in this amino acid like fish, chicken, and turkey may help prevent another outbreak, or reduce how long an outbreak lasts. Some vegetables and legumes also contain L-lysine. Good ones to include in your diet are: sundried tomatoes, peppers, lima beans, mushrooms, green peas, cauliflower, snow peas, and cooked leafy greens like spinach and kale.

How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally- vitamin C souces

Vitamin C has always been a major focus in boosting your immune system. Luckily, red and orange vegetables are often high in vitamin C as well as other antioxidants like carotenoids. These may speed up the recovery process or prevent a herpes outbreak altogether.

While you could always take a supplement, eating your nutrients is more natural and often just as good since the body can’t often absorb everything a supplement has to offer. Zinc is another vital nutrient for your overall health. Thankfully, some food sources also have lots of zinc without being too much to handle. Focus on foods like seeds, legumes, leafy greens, red meat, fish, seafood, poultry, organ meats (especially liver), whole grains, dairy, eggs, etc.

At the same time, you should try to avoid anything with added sugar, highly processed items, and alcohol. What you might not think about, though, are acidic foods or ones high in Arginine.  The amino acid Arginine is essential for the replication of herpes simplex virus. Avoiding meals high in this amino acid may help some people experience fewer outbreaks. Foods like chocolate and certain nuts (cashew, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans) contain higher quantities of arginine.  Smoking and excessive caffeine intake are other triggers for many people.

Eat These 10 Foods For 7 Days Straight to Manage Chronic Pain (Video)

Essential Oils

How to Get Rid of Herpes Naturally- clove essential oil

Essential oils have a diverse range of applications that can aid in getting rid of a herpes outbreak, so what’s not to love? Well, you have to be careful with properly diluting these essential oils using a carrier oil, like coconut oil, when applying them topically to a cold sore or blister.

You can also use them for aromatherapy, but be mindful of the potential danger for pets and pregnant women.

Tea Tree oil is possibly one of the best essential oils you can use. It is backed by research that shows it has strong antiviral properties and actively fights cold sores.

While tea tree oil is widely considered the best oil to use, it isn’t the only one. Some other helpful essential oils you should look at are: Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Clove, Myrrh, Neem, Mexican Oregano, Thyme, Eucalyptus. All of these have antiviral properties that can help fight against herpes to reduce the chances of an outbreak.

These oils must be dilluted, otherwise they can be dangerous and lead to more harm than good. Use one drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil for a 1% dilution as a general guideline. Because you cannot measure half of one drop, double the amount of carrier oil used for a 0.5% dilution.

Additionally, using Aloe Vera gel on blisters can help soothe the pain and heal the wound faster.

Herbs With Antiviral Properties

Since herpes is a virus, ingesting foods and herbs that have antiviral properties can be beneficial as well. Some common ones are:

  • Elderberry
  • Calendula
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Astragalus
  • Licorice Root

These plants can be made into teas or added to foods. Elderberries, garlic, and licorice can all be used to enhance the flavor of certain foods. Adding a little extra to your meals, or drinking some tea a couple of times a week can help keep the virus at bay.

The Bottom Line

While there is no cure for herpes, there are several ways to manage the symptoms and reduce the frequency and severity of outbreaks. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest to support your immune system. Certain triggers such as stress, illness, and exposure to sunlight can cause herpes outbreaks, so avoiding these triggers is a good idea.

What Happens If You Put Garlic In Honey?

What Happens If You Put Garlic In Honey?

Notify of

18 The Lost Herbs Comments
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

MMS will completely remove HSV from your body. I used to get cold sores and blisters when my body was run down, but after using MMS I have no more symptoms.

What is MMS?

What is mms please?

I just did a google search for “MMS supplement” and found multiple posts warning against this. Here’s a snippet from one search result:

Swissmedic advises against taking the so-called wonder cure “Miracle Mineral Supplement”, abbreviated to MMS, and other similar products such as chlorine dioxide, CDL, CDS or Master Mineral Solution. Generators for the manufacture of chlorine dioxide at home, or “frequency generators” also belong to the sphere of illegal offers.
MMS is not a wonder cure. The main ingredient of the “Miracle Mineral Supplement” is the chemical compound sodium chlorite, which should not be confused with table salt (sodium chloride). Taking sodium chlorite is dangerous. The addition of an acid (often supplied at the same time) as an “activator” produces the gas chlorine dioxide, which is caustic and hazardous to health.
Experts worldwide warn against taking MMS. In many cases the product has caused severe poisoning. The advertised effects on serious conditions such as autism, malaria, cancer, AIDS or recently infections with coronavirus are neither plausible nor have there been any reputable studies to investigate its efficacy and safety. Products advertised for the treatment of diseases are medicinal products and may not be placed on the market without official authorisation.
Other critical aspects include the wide range of books, brochures, how-to guides and videos on the subject of MMS and chlorine dioxide, often accompanied with glowing customer reviews, as well as the advertising of products on the Internet and at seminars.

Thank you Katy

Hhhhmmmm…. Not sure what to believe anymore….. ivermectin cured the covid virus immediately BUT the government said NO and took it off the shelf for sale saying it was dangerous ! Lol lol lol …… the lies for many good products are out there…….and we the people just keep suffering …..
Just sayin ‘

If you keep searching you will find that MMS has been used for decades to cure malaria. The reason you will find articles that state that it is dangerous is that it works and is cheap to produce and the Pharmacies can not make any money from it. Just to back up how safe it is many municipal water purification systems use it to cleanse the water for drinking. It is also used by people hiking and camping to cleanse the water they drink.

Lemon balm Tincture is spectacular on the outbreak site and internally, no more cold sores for me. Lemon Balm is also fabulous for Chicken Pox and Shingles. The Mint family has all the herpes virus covered, our local apothecary has discovered this.
Lemon Balm so easy to grow, delicious and benefits a number of systems, cheap, safe and easy. Fresh, tea or tinctured or all three, don’t suffer any longer!

Last edited 1 year ago by Steve Irby

I agree with you. I have personally used lemon balm for this condition and it helps greatly.

I have found that just one drop of geranium essential oil on a cold sore will dry it up immediately. Tastes nasty but it works. Sometimes it takes a second application depending on how soon I start using it after a sore starts.

Pickle juice stops the itching and swelling right away.

There is a natural supplement made from Chaparral leaves (Latin name Larrea Tridentata). The product is called Larrea Clear, and the company owner is a veteran who is also my friend. It is a natural treatment for all retroviruses, including all Herpes family and HIV family. These include Herpes, chicken pox, shingles, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein Barr virus (EBV) which are Mono. Powerful stuff. Give it a try to see if it might help as well.

Seriously? Who gets on a natural remedies site & pushes taking chemicals? Maybe Bruno works for a chemical co. I wouldn’t be surprised

Seriously Suz, I wasn’t pushing anything, I was just expressing what has worked for me. It also helps to recover from the flu quickly. We should all know by now that Pharma is going to post fear porn about anything that is inexpensive and safe to use. If people don’t want to use it I don’t give a damn. Suz do you work for Big Pharma?

Carissa Edulis (root) is scientifically proven to work against HSV.

 I do my best to avoid processed foods.  
Every time I would eat a can of New England Clam Chowder soup, I would have an outbreak. I think it is the potassium chloride, but other chemicals may contribute also. I save the labels and look for patterns and repeat offenders.

Ginger has stopped an outbreak in the past and Sulforaphane is even better. I was told to avoid eggs { arginine } by an ancient Chinese Herbalist. Wine or alcohol isn’t a problem in my experience. Sugar is also bad for the immune system.  

Take Care

How to get rid of herpes naturally is the title of this article.
So in the end it states that there is no way of getting rid of herpes just manage it, bad title.

I haven’t tried any herbal remedies for cold sores, but aspirin & ibuprofen has stopped an oncoming cold sore from getting any worse. When I feel one coming, the sooner I take it, the better.

Back To Top