10 Home Remedies for Genital Herpes


Tea Bags

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The tannins in black tea may have antiviral properties, which are good for promoting healing. Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Getty Images

There's nothing like a hot cup of tea on a cold winter day or an ice-cold glass of tea in summer's heat. But there's also a little-known use for these tea bags that can help you when you're suffering from an outbreak of genital herpes. But not just any tea will do. It must be black tea. Black tea contains tannic acid, which may have antiviral properties.

Here's how it works: Steep the tea in hot water for about an hour. Allow the tea bag to cool. Then apply the warm tea bag directly to the infected lesions for several minutes and then pat dry. Repeat as needed. Trash tea bag immediately [source: PinkTent.com].