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Manuka Honey

According to US National Library of Medicine, topical honey application on herpes sores was much more effective than the pharmaceutical Acyclovir cream concerning both hsv 1 and hsv 2. There were also no side effects reported with the use of honey. Itching occured in 3 patients using the Acyclovir cream.

Neem Oil

Studies have shown this oil to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. May shorten the duration of outbreaks and relieve discomfort associated with cold sores.

Peppermint Oil

According to PubMed and the Phytomedicine Medical Journal, peppermint oil has shown to have strong antiviral properties and can be absorbed through the skin easily. It was also found to be active against a acyclovir resistant strain of HSV 1. Not to be used on an open sore as it will burn. Wait until the sore scabs over and then soak a cotton ball or Q-tip and dab on sore.

Rhubarb Tincture

Department of Virology at the Shandone University in Japan found that medium to strong tinctures of rhubarb were as effective as Acyclovir cream in the treatment of oral herpes.

Self Heal - Prunella Vulgaris

A Prunella Vulgaris anti-herpes study  showed very promising results using an extract from the plant to treat mice and guinea pigs injected with HSV-1 and HSV-2. There was a significant decrease in skin sores. Although this study has not been done with humans there are creams available using an extract from this plant for treatment of herpe sores. It has also been used internally as a tincture or capsules.

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