15 Effective Ways To Treat Herpes Outbreaks (#8 Is Kinda Cool!)

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4.  Lemons

This is a common remedy for cold sores that most people find is quite effective. Cut an organic lemon into halves and place the open part of the lemon directly on the sore. It might burn for a minute, but it will soon subside. Using lemon will help to relieve the itching and pain. You can use this method as often as you like throughout the day.  Lemon is most effective when used at the start of an outbreak.


5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another useful remedy when fighting herpes outbreaks. Many people find that this oil is a bit strong for use directly on the genitals, so mix it with a bit of olive oil or coconut oil first. You can apply this same solution to sores on the lips. For sores inside the mouth, add three drops of tea tree oil to a glass of water and gargle three times each day for quick healing. Do not swallow tea tree oil!


6. Black Tea Bags

Black tea can be quite effective in helping to heal sores on the mouth and lips. Soak a black tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Remove the bag and cool until it is slightly warm. You can apply the tea bag to the affected area, or dip a cotton ball or cotton cloth in the tea and apply that to the affected areas. Black tea has powerful anti-viral compounds that can help fight back against the herpes virus.

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