Herpes is a painful viral infection that appears on the genitals or around the mouth in the form of fever blisters. The herpes virus can lay dormant in the nervous system, appearing only now and then. Current conventional medicine has little to offer to treat herpes and does not know how to eliminate the virus. The virus reactivates when the immune system is weakened, such as when you are under emotional or physical stress. In addition to treating herpes, consider using aromatherapy and other methods to build up your immune system and to relax.
Research shows that creams made from capsaicin, a compound found in cayenne, deadens the pain of herpes and also shingles, which is caused by a related virus. Capsaicin creams are sold in drugstores and many natural food stores. The essential oils of cayenne will work if added to a cream or oil base, but go easy with it because too much can burn the skin. Small amounts of peppermint sometimes also diminish the nerve-tingling pain of herpes and shingles.
Tea tree, especially the type known as niaouli, is the favorite essential oil to treat herpes. Although much more expensive, an essential oil of myrrh is also very effective. Dilute the essential oil of your choice in an equal amount of vegetable oil or alcohol, and apply it directly to the herpes blisters. If applied as soon as the blisters begin to appear, any of these oils may prevent the virus from breaking out. This formula can be used on another virus related to herpes, called herpes zoster, which causes chicken pox and shingles.
Essential oils for herpes and shingles: bergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, myrrh, peppermint (relieves itching), tea tree (especially niaouli)