Herpes is a virus that comes in different forms. There is herpes simplex virus 1, which causes cold sores or blisters around the mouth. Herpes simplex virus 2 causes sores or lesions around the genitals, anus, and sometimes the mouth. While there is no cure for the herpes virus in either form, there are herbal remedies you can use to help you find relief from the burning, itching and pain caused by the sores of a herpes outbreak.
One key in trying to prevent a herpes outbreak is to boost your immunity. You can do this by taking Echinacea. This is an herb that belongs to the daisy family and is also known as coneflower, most commonly in purple and yellow. You can grow Echinacea in your garden. It is a unique looking perennial that takes full sun and is very hearty. If you choose to do this, you would harvest the plant including the roots, dry it out, and then grind it up. I use a clean coffee bean grinder to do this. I cut the plant into smaller pieces, grind it up then place it into an airtight container. You can use it to make a tea by pouring hot water over a couple tablespoons of the herb, steep it for ten minutes, strain it and flavor with honey and lemon if desired.
You can also find Echinacea at your local health food or whole food market. It comes in a variety of forms, including herbal supplement pills, liquid tincture, dried for making teas, and tea bags. You should choose the organic products when available. Follow directions and suggestions on the labels. The tincture is usually a more concentrated form of the herb, and all you do is add a couple of drops to your juice, tea, coffee, or any beverage.
Some people take Echinacea every day. Others only use it when they feel their immune system is weak. In order to help prevent a herpes outbreak you could do either. It will help strengthen your immune system, and relieve you by leaving you less likely to have an outbreak of sores and blisters.