• Herpes

    Herpes, the mere mention of it can send shivers up anyone’s spine. It’s one of the most dreaded diseases out there and yet so many have it and live a completely normal life that you wouldn’t know unless they told you, most often anyway.

    While most people think of herpes as a sexually transmitted disease or STD, the term actually refers to a group of highly contagious viruses that can cause a range of illnesses, from the more common cold sores, genital herpes, and chicken pox to less common brain infections (encephalitis) and even certain cancers, depending on what type of herpes virus is present.

    It is sometimes referred to as herpes simplex and also as simplex herpes. The meaning is the same. There are a number of herpes viruses which can cause disease. Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1) generally causes mild outbreaks of cold sores on the mouth or lips. Herpes simplex 2 (HPV-2) is more severe and causes genital herpes, although the mouth can also be affected.

    The blisters that either herpes hsv1 or hsv2 herpes cause are very painful and highly infectious. The blisters are contagious until completely healed which can take as long as 2-4 weeks.

    Herpes Simplex Virus is transmitted through direct skin contact with an infected person. The first outbreak is usually the worst and it is believed that this is due to your body building up immunities naturally to the disease over time.

    In-between outbreaks the virus is dormant so you are not as highly contagious as when the symptoms are prevalent. For this reason you should always take care not to spread the disease even when you are not showing any symptoms.



    Let’s look at some of the more common herpes symptoms; (the symptoms of herpes occur during an outbreak only)

    1. HSV-1 produces burning & tingling around your lip area, usually followed by small red pimples which turn into blisters.
    2. Mild fever
    3. Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck area.
    4. HPV-2 (symptoms usually occur 4-8 days after exposure) – burning and/or itching in the genital area, followed by blisters that turn to painful sores.
    5. Flu-like symptoms
    6. Painful urination.
    7. Headache
    8. Muscle aches
    9. Vaginal discharge
    10. Swollen glands in the groin area

    Outbreaks of herpes usually occur when the body’s defenses are weak such as when you’re under a lot of stress, your immune system is weakened, you have been ill or perhaps had surgery or you are suffering from exhaustion or fatigue.

    Herpes can be a serious condition as it can lead to cervical cancer. It can also cause liver damage which can lead to a whole bunch more health problems. HSV-2 can be passed on from a mother to her newborn child which can lead to brain damage or blindness in the baby. So, yes, in my humble opinion, this can be a very serious condition.

    At the time of writing this there is no known cure for herpes, however there are many natural remedies that can be used to lessen the symptoms of the outbreaks as well as to lessen the time it takes to recover from an outbreak as well as lessen the number of outbreaks you have to suffer through.

    Let’s have a look then at what you can do as far as natural remedies for coping with herpes;

    1. Naturally boosting the immune system is the most essential preventative measure.

    2. Reduce Stress

    3. Get adequate rest

    4. Echinacea – this herb helps to support the immune system

    5. Aloe vera gel soothes, dries, and effectively helps to heal herpes sores. Apply the aloe vera gel directly to the sores. You can use the gel pressed fresh from the leaf of a plant, or you can buy aloe gel.

    6. Warm herbal baths are soothing and healing.

    7. Lemon balm – has been shown to reduce the time it takes for blisters and sores to heal by 1/2, and to substantially reduce recurrences.

    8. Healthy Diet – eat lost of fresh fruits and vegetables

    9. Exercise – helps your body to defend against the virus

    10. Tea Tree Oil – applied to the affected area, can rapidly dry up the blisters associated with a herpes outbreak and significantly reduce recovery time and future outbreaks.

    11. Herpes Treatment

    See below for additional resources for you.

    Be sure to post a comment about what worked for you or if you know of any other natural remedies not listed here please feel free to share them here with others who are part of our community. Thanks for sharing.

    Take the time to find the help and the natural treatment you need, and you’ll be able to get on with your life and enjoy it to the fullest. You deserve to be happy and healthy and pain-free.

    Pick up your natural remedy today!

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    2 comments on “Herpes

    1. Hello Phyllis,

      From my research, sunflower seed are actually on the list of things to avoid with this condition. Here are some others to avoid: chocolate, peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, coconut, and gelatin. Seems like a lot of nuts are on the list as well as sunflower and sesame seeds.

      Sunflower seeds are actually known to be a trigger for herpes flare ups so I would suggest staying away from them.

      Hope this helps you,

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