9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which converts into a monoglyceride called monolaurin that has antiviral and antibacterial effects. Moreover, the lauric acid and capric acid in coconut oil help kill the herpes virus.
- Drink 10 to 30 ounces, or about a quart, of organic virgin coconut oil daily.
- Alternatively, you can take lauric acid in supplement form after consulting your doctor.
10. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is useful in dealing with herpes outbreaks, especially in the case of genital herpes as it helps heal the lesions. It will heal the sores and relieve pain and inflammation.
- Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it on the affected area. Allow it to dry on its own and then wipe it off with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Do this several times daily for three to four days.
- You can also apply an aloe vera cream or extract topically.
In addition to following these remedies, eat more lysine-rich foods like dairy products, eggs, nuts (avoid peanuts though because they are rich in arginine), soybeans, mangos, and apricots to help prevent herpes outbreaks. You can take L-lysine supplements (500 to 1,000 mg daily) too.
Plus, eat more cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower, which are believed to inhibit growth of the herpes viruses.
If your sores and symptoms do not get better within seven to 10 days, or if you have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor.