Herpes is a widespread and very hated infection. The virus, which slumbers after an infection in the body for a lifetime, can reactivate itself again and again and lead to symptomatic outbreaks among those affected. The sometimes painful blisters not only look ugly, they are also infectious and so increases the risk of infecting others. Therefore, the demand for home remedies for herpes is understandably very large. But are there any home remedies for herpes and if so, how effective are they?

The following article deals with interesting questions and information about "home remedies for herpes".

Which home remedies can be used?

The topic "home remedies for herpes" is a very controversial. While home remedies are sometimes recommended for other conditions from a medical point of view, or at least not advised against them, it is a bit different with herpes. For the most part, household remedies for herpes are strongly discouraged, since from the point of view of experts, the negative consequences over supposedly positive effects predominate. In particular, it is criticized that treatment with home remedies will delay treatment with antiviral drugs. This often prolongs the course of the disease.

Another criticism is that many home remedies - even the supposedly gentle - can cause irritation. But which home remedies can you use now? This question can not be answered so easily. If you do not want to do without home remedies, you should at least refer to those that are as gentle as possible. These are mainly honey, black tea, zinc paste, lemon balm, garlic and ginger. Tea tree oil on the other hand, toothpaste, alcohol, baking soda or other recommendations should be avoided.

Furthermore, the home remedies mentioned are only suitable for a cold sore and not for the treatment of other types of herpes. In addition, you should always apply them with a cotton swab or gloves, otherwise you carry viruses with your hands and promotes the spread of herpes. The home remedies should be applied as possible before the outbreak of cold sores. It is best to consult a doctor or pharmacist beforehand to make sure that the home remedy does not harm you.

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Garlic is often credited with antimicrobial efficacy. However, there is no scientific evidence that garlic is effective against herpes. Nevertheless, many sufferers are convinced of garlic as a home remedy for cold sores. This is done by slicing a clove of garlic and rubbing the affected area with it for a few seconds.

Many sufferers report less itching and less discomfort in general with this home remedy. However, it is very important to use the garlic only before cold sores have formed. As soon as cold sores are there, they should not be manipulated, as they can burst otherwise. In this case, the risk of infection for other people would be greatly increased.


Like the garlic, the ginger root is also said to have a disinfecting and antimicrobial effect. But even as with garlic, there is no scientific evidence for the effectiveness of ginger in a herpes. Some sufferers find ginger as soothing in a cold sore. Cut into thin slices, the ginger is pressed onto the affected area and rubbed. Once it dries it is discarded and replaced with a new slice. The ginger should always be used only before cold sores have developed. Otherwise it provokes that the bubbles burst and the virus spreads further. You should also note in this supposedly beneficial home remedy that it can cause skin irritation and it is not effective against the virus itself. Ginger is also not suitable for use in genital, eye or nasal herpes.


Chamomile is not a classic home remedy for herpes. In fact, chamomile can cause irritation or even allergic reactions, especially on the nose, in the genital area or in the eyes. Therefore, it is not recommended to use chamomile extracts, wrung tea bags or inhalations against the symptoms of active herpes. At worst, further irritation or rashes threaten by the camomile.


Although toothpaste is often touted as a popular home remedy for herpes, you should refrain from this home remedy. Toothpaste contains many ingredients that can irritate the skin. Since the skin is irritated by the herpes anyway, you should avoid further irritation, however. In fact, toothpaste is effective in some cases only because it contains zinc. The disinfecting and drying effect of zinc is much better achieved by the use of a zinc paste. Toothpaste should therefore not be used as a home remedy for herpes.


Zinc paste is often used to treat herpes. Zinc has a disinfecting and drying effect, so many sufferers feel the ointment is very pleasant. However, zinc ointment does not have a direct antiviral effect.

Nevertheless, from the point of view of many people affected, it has a positive effect on the weeping cold sores. The best way to ask in a pharmacy for a suitable paste, which can be applied thinly to the cold sore. To apply, always use a cotton swab and do not touch the bubbles directly to prevent further spread of the virus. However, many dermatologists also advise against the use of a zinc paste, as it acts too dry.

Black tea

Black tea is a popular and simple home remedy for the prevention of cold sores. However, it should only be used before bubbles are visible. Those affected usually already feel symptoms in advance and therefore know when another outbreak is imminent. The tea bag should first be boiled in water and then wrung out. When the tea bag has cooled down a bit, it can be pressed for a few minutes on the affected area. However, this home remedy is not suitable for the treatment of nasal, eye or genital herpes.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is often mentioned in the context of herpes as a home remedy. But what exactly is tea tree oil used for and how effective is it really? Tea tree oil is an essential oil, which is very often recommended as a home remedy for many diseases.

It has an antimicrobial effect. Many sufferers drip, especially at a beginning herpes outbreak tea tree oil on the affected area in order to prevent symptoms.

However, it should be kept in mind that tea tree oil is considered a risk substance for contact dermatitis, so it can cause a rash. Tea tree oil is not suitable for use in the genital area, the eyes or the nose. In addition, it should not be applied undiluted.

Before tea tree oil is used as a home remedy for herpes, one should consult with a doctor or pharmacist.

baking powder

Some sufferers find baking soda very beneficial for a cold sore. With a cotton ball you can apply little of the baking soda to the cold sore. Especially the itching and the tingling sensation in the blisters is alleviated a bit. The procedure can be repeated several times a day with a fresh cotton ball. Of course, baking soda is not effective against the viruses. It also can not prevent you from infecting more people through the bubbles.

Home remedies for cold sores

The demand for home remedies for a cold sore is very large. Therefore, the question often arises which home remedy is actually suitable for the treatment of cold sores. Although many sufferers enjoy using home remedies frequently, the general opinion of experts - especially dermatologists - on this topic is rather negative.

Most home remedies are not only ineffective, but can also have a negative impact on the patient. Prolonged disease, skin irritation, allergic reactions or even spread of the virus can be the consequences.

Therefore, you should be critical of home remedies for herpes. In the case of a cold sore, there are some home remedies that you should definitely not use.

These include toothpaste, alcohol and chamomile tea. Home remedies, such as zinc ointment and Mellissentinktur, have at best a soothing effect. Even garlic, ginger or black tea seems to be a little soothing for the itching and irritation of the skin, against the virus itself, these home remedies are also not effective.

Another commonly used home remedy is the tea tree oil. However, this can lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions.

For all home remedies also applies the following rule: You should always be used only before an outbreak of cold sores and never afterwards! Otherwise you could favor a burst of bubbles and thus a spread of viruses. Ultimately, there is another popular home remedy that can be applied to a cold sore, namely the manuka honey. This special honey contains a metabolite called methylglyoxal, which has an antibacterial effect. However, honey does not seem to work against viruses. Nevertheless, many sufferers like to use the honey as a home remedy and wear it with a cotton swab thinly on the affected area. The best honey should be applied before the outbreak of cold sores. The application can be repeated every 2 hours. The effectiveness can not be proven in studies, although this is often claimed on various websites.

Home remedy for genital herpes

Genital herpes is also like the cold sore a recurrent disease. This means that after asymptomatic phases recurrent outbreaks with painful cold sores can occur. Especially in stressful phases of life, with a flu or cold or after increased sun exposure breaks the disease heaped again. In a genital herpes, however, one should do without home remedies. The genital area and the genital mucous membranes are very sensitive and therefore prone to irritation from home remedies. Although one often finds recommendations on home remedies such as tea tree oil, ginger, garlic or lemon balm, it can only be discouraged at this point. The risk of irritation and thus a delay in the course of the disease is simply too great.

Home remedies for ocular herpes

The eyes are very sensitive and therefore you should definitely refrain from home remedies for an ocular herpes. Irritation and mild allergic reactions are still the most harmless side effects that home remedies can bring. At worst you endanger your vision. Therefore, herpes on the eyes should necessarily be treated only by a doctor.

Home remedy for herpes on the nose

Even on the nose can only be advised against the use of home remedies. Especially the proximity to the sensitive eyes makes potential irritation by home remedies very dangerous. Also, the manipulation of nasal herpes can lead to a spread of herpes on the eyes and should therefore be strictly avoided.

Above all, essential oils, sharp substances such as ginger and garlic, toothpaste, tea tree oil and the like are not suitable to be applied inside the nose. Irritation is very likely in this case and may even hinder nasal breathing.

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