HERPES

ESSENTIAL OILS

Thyme. Shows excellent promise as a treatment for drug-resistant strains of herpes.119

Manuka. Balances inflammation; soothes irritated skin.

Myrrh. Acts as an antiseptic and is used to clean and heal cuts or wounds.

Lavender. Provides nourishment and hydration to dry or cracked skin.

Research
In a 2014 study, thyme essential
oil demonstrated excellent activity against an antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria, making it a promising alternative treatment for herpes.

Home Remedy
Lavender Mint Lip Balm. Mix 1 tablespoon of beeswax, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of shea butter in a pot over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add 7 drops each of lavender oil and peppermint oil. Whisk well. Pour it quickly into tins or tubes and let it cool.

Background
Herpes is a virus causing sores, typically around the mouth or on the genitals. The most common types of herpes are cold sores (herpes type 1), which appear around the lips, and genital herpes (herpes type 2). Both are highly contagious and both can occur in either area of the body. More than 50 percent of Americans have type 1, and one out of every six people in the U.S. has type 2. Most people do not have apparent symptoms for many months, or even years, after becoming infected. Those who do have symptoms during the initial period will usually notice them about four to
seven days after being infected. Causes include sexual contact, immune system suppression and nutritional deficiencies. Stress can trigger a recurrence of symptoms.

Suggested Supplements

» L-lysine. Can help prevent outbreaks. Take 1,000 milligrams, three times daily.

» Zinc and Vitamin C. Improve immunity, which may provide broad anti-viral support.