Home Remedies for Herpes
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted illness that, once caught, sticks around for life. However, the majority of the time, it lays dormant.
Outbreaks can be sore and itchy, making it difficult to go through your day-to-day routine during an outbreak.
Natural Remedies for Herpes
These home remedies for herpes can ease your pain and itching. It’s help you enjoy your life more.
A warm bath is one of the easiest home remedies for herpes itching. During an outbreak, you can repeat this every night for relief.
- Run a warm bath.
- Soak for 15-30 minutes or until the water becomes lukewarm.
- Immediately after getting out of the bath, towel dry your genital area thoroughly. Sores may live longer in moist areas.
- Clean the tub well after a bath, as herpes can be spread via bathwater.
Witch hazel is a cooling astringent that is used on many types of genital pains, including post-childbirth pain and urinary tract infections. During an outbreak, it can make your genital area much less itchy.
- You can use pre-soaked witch hazel pads or a bottle of liquid witch hazel for this treatment.
- Every time you urinate, either wipe yourself completely clean with a witch hazel pad or pour witch hazel over your genital area.
- Pat dry with toilet paper to prevent the area from staying moist.
Baking soda, known for its anti-itching properties for sunburn and psoriasis, is also one of the best home remedies for herpes.
- Thoroughly dry your genital area.
- Dab a cotton ball in baking soda.
- Softly pat baking soda onto sores using the cotton ball.
- Use a new cotton ball for each sore.
If possible, spend 1 or 2 hours per day with no clothing on your bottom half. Apply baking soda during this time.
Lysine is one of the body’s essential amino acids. However, it is not produced by the body, so taking it as a supplement is the only way to enjoy its health benefits.
- Purchase lysine supplements from a health or natural food store.
- Take as recommended every day when you do not have an outbreak; this is supported by research as a way to decrease your amount of outbreaks.
- During an outbreak, continue to take lysine to shorten the length of an outbreak.
Tea, though delicious, is not ingested in this remedy. Tea provides cooling relief to sores, making this one of the most relaxing home remedies for herpes.
- Boil 1 cup of water and steep a teabag in it.
- Once the teabag is saturated, immediately put the water into the refrigerator to cool.
- Once the tea is chilled, remove the teabag.
- Apply the tea bag to your sores.
- After the teabag comes to room temperature, throw it away.
- Dry the genital area thoroughly.
Known for its ability to soothe burning, itching patches of skin, aloe vera can also be used topically for herpes.
- Cut 1 aloe vera leaf off of the plant.
- Use a knife to cut a long slit in the plant.
- Squeeze aloe vera gel/juice into a bowl.
- With clean hands, dab the gel onto your sores.
- After the gel dries, make sure that the area is thoroughly dried.
Cornstarch is often used to soak up excess moisture. Therefore, it doesn’t just ease the itching caused by herpes sores, it also keeps the genital area dry. This shortens the life of herpes sores.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of cornstarch onto a disposable plate.
- Dip a cotton ball in the cornstarch.
- Dab the cornstarch onto the genital area. It can be applied directly to sores to help them dry out more quickly.