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Herpes Treatment: Lemon Balm for Herpes

Lemon balm remedies for herpesHerpes Treatment: Lemon Balm for Herpes
By Contributing Auther: Stephanie

One of my main concerns with herpes treatment is my ability to control the virus naturally without effecting other areas of my body.  Lemon balm is used in herpes treatment as a natural home remedy to reduce the replication of the herpes virus.  Here, you will learn many of the different ways you can use lemon balm for herpes outbreak treatment and prevention, in hopes that you will find the perfect remedy for your lifestyle!

Lemon balm, scientifically known as Melissa officinalis, was shown in a 2004 study to effectively reduce the rate of of replication of both type 1 and 2 of the herpes virus (Allahverdiyev et. al 2004).  One precaution the article gives is using anything over a concentration of 100 micrograms per milliliter.  If the concentration is higher than this threshold there could be potential toxic side effects.  This being said, any lemon balm oil or supplement that you buy in the store should be safe for use, but I would suggest checking the dosage on the product just to be sure. As you can probably imagine, go organic whenever possible. While it is beneficial to discuss how this herb can potentially prevent outbreaks, help heal current outbreaks, and hinder the replication of the virus, we will also discuss some creative uses for the herb.  This herb can be used in many applications and it is my intent that each and every one of you will learn how it can benefit you, no matter what your unique situation with herpes is.

Different uses for lemon balm:

If you would like to grow the herb and use it in its most natural form, there are several ways to accomplish this.  The first, and likely most common, is to make lemon balm tea.  All you need to do is to place some herbs in hot boiling water for a few minutes (tea bag is optional), add some honey (raw is best), sip and relax. This tea also pairs well with black or mint tea. You can drink this hot or you can add ice to drink iced tea. This herb touts its ability to relax you and when you’ve sipped to your hearts content, re use the tea bag to sooth any sores by placing the bag directly on them.  If you do not want to grow the herb yourself, lemon balm tea is readily available for purchase.

Another creative and relaxing remedy is to take a lemon balm bath.  If you have the lemon balm plant you can use the leaves  in the bath by making a lemon balm leaf-filled bag and hanging it under the running water as you fill the bath.  This remedy will create a relaxing and healing environment for your herpes sores to heal. A word of caution though, do not take a bath that is too hot as very hot baths and hot tubs can trigger the herpes virus.

You can even eat fresh lemon balm leaves in a salad or with any other meal you have prepared.  Culinary nerds might want to add mint, anise, fennel or lemon verbena to mix with the lemon balm. Eating the leaves allows you to proactively begin to approach herpes treatment with more of a preventative approach.  Having lemon balm as a part of your regular diet could help to decrease the likelihood of having another outbreak.

Lemon balm salve or ointment is also available over the counter.  The salve can be applied directly to an outbreak site to help sooth and heal any bothersome sores.  This is a great option for those of us who might not have the time to get super creative with the herb.

You can also buy a lemon balm (or Melissa) supplement at your vitamin store to get the herb into your daily intake.  This is a great alternative to eating the leaves with your food, and will also act as a herpes treatment for outbreak prevention.

Lemon balm/Melissa essential oils are also available. You can use the oil in the area that you usually experience outbreaks to potentially prevent them.  You can also use the oil for its relaxing and calming properties in times of stress to help control your immune system’s response to hectic times.

These are just some of the many creative uses I have found while researching the lemon balm herb and its effect on the herpes virus.  I for one am planning to experiment with each of them to find which remedy works best for my mind and body.  I hope you all do the same, and successfully find a healing outlet in the herb!

Resources:
Allahverdiyev, A., Duran, N., Ozguven, M., & Koltas, S. 2004. “Antiviral activity of the volatile oils of Melissa officinalis L. against Herpes simplex virus type-2.” Phytomedicine 11(7):657-661.

 

About Stephanie

Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie.  I was diagnosed with HSV-2 in April of 2014 when I was 22 years old. Right now, almost three years later, I am a doctoral student in the sociology department at Purdue University. I recently completed my MA in sociology at the University of Northern Colorado where I explored the role of stigma in the process of disclosing a genital herpes diagnosis.  With that said, if anyone is interested in reading what I discovered in my project, I am happy to share that with you! I plan to continue advocating for our community, as well as studying the social factors that influence sexual health in order to understand how we can create a world that is easier for people diagnosed with STIs.  I really enjoy writing for the Pink Tent community and am excited to be able to share some of my experiences and thoughts about living with genital herpes with you all.

What Might Your Herpes Outbreak Be Telling You?

 

What Might Your Herpes Outbreak Be Telling You?

CarnivalI have lived with herpes for over 15 years and believe me, I have learned a few things about the causes of my herpes outbreaks. Like many, I had to learn the hard way of what triggered my outbreaks. While many people are triggered by a high arginine content in their food, heat, friction, sunlight, or their menses, my number one cause of herpes outbreaks was emotional stress. Stress is by far the number one cause of herpes outbreaks! So, if you don’t have your stress levels under control, herpes will rear it’s ugly head.

Most people in America have absolutely no idea how stressed they really are until their health fails. I can remember sitting in the office of my chiropractor as I attempted to tell her that my life wasn’t very stressful. She looked at me and smiled as she carefully reflected the stressful events that had occurred in the past several years of my life. She reminded me of how I went to medical school and graduated at the top of my class, relocated to a town where I didn’t know anyone, started my own Wellness Center in a town filled to capacity with other healers and doctors, how I got married and had a very challenging pregnancy, wrote a book, started a non-profit, had 3 miscarriages and an emergency appendectomy in a short period of time. I could go on, but there is no need to.

My whole point is that sometimes we are totally unaware of how stressed out our bodies are. Especially if you are a positive, optimistic person like I am. I was shocked to hear her tell ME what my body, mind and soul had been through. So, what might your herpes outbreak be telling you? You are STRESSED! Maybe you don’t get enough sleep, you have a poor diet, your a workaholic, or your finances and relationships are stressing you out. Frequent herpes outbreaks are a great reminder that you might be more stressed than you realize.

The first step in managing stress is to acknowledge it. It is from this point that you can actually then do something about it. I want you to think about the past year of your life and what you have been through. Be inquisitive, but also very compassionate and loving towards yourself as you review this time in your life. This will give you a feel for what it is like for the herpes virus to be living in your body. When your stressed, herpes thrives! Think back over the past year and determine what major changes or life events have occurred. Here’s some areas to consider:

Health: changes in diet, sleep, exercise, illness, hospitalizations, changes in recreation Work: new job, longer hours, unemployment, transfer, promotion, demotion, troubles with coworkers or boss

Home and Family: new home, loss of loved one, pregnancy, miscarriage, new baby, marriage, divorce, problems with family member, illness in family

Personal or Social: change in personal habits, change in social activities, new relationship, an accident, change in religion, major personal acheivment

Financial: major purchase, loss of property, investment or credit difficulties, increased or decreased income While some of these changes are positive, it might come as a surprise that they can also be stressful.

Once you acknowledge what you have been through, you can begin to integrate the emotions associated with these changes in a positive manner. Spending time in meditation DAILY is extremely powerful. Even 5 minutes a day can alter your mood, relax your body and help your body to dissipate stress. There is not a single person that doesn’t have 5 minutes a day to meditate. You can’t afford NOT to! Journalling is also an excellent tool to help us to process and integrate our emotions. Whether you have frequent herpes outbreaks or not, take the time to be still each and every day. Your body will thank you in the long run.

If you would like to learn to manage your herpes outbreaks holistically and to reclaim you life, check out my new book: Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes: A Holistic Guide for Women  

Home Remedy for Herpes: As Simple As Tea

The Healing Properties and History of Tea

I was diagnosed with herpes many years ago, and as a doctor and woman with herpes, I have learned how to manage and treat herpes all naturally. Tea is at the top of the list for an effective home remedy for herpes. Not just any tea will do. After a brief background on tea, you will discover some great ideas for healing herpes lesions using tea. Did you know that tea is the number one beverage consumed globally?

Tea was first consumed in China around 1500-1046 BC, when a Chinese Emperor was sipping hot water and some tea leaves blew into the water. The emperor was pleasantly surprised by the taste and later he discovered its medicinal properties. I have always been intrigued by the medicinal properties of tea and other all natural substances. Not only does our body know how to better assimilate natural remedies, but one doesn’t have to be as concerned about the side effects.

Since coffee is very high in arginine, an amino acid that is a known trigger for herpes, I have always encouraged people with herpes to switch to herbal tea. The lower caffeine content of tea is preferable to coffee for creating a more conducive environment for healing. Caffeine is very hard on the adrenal glands, which are our glands that respond to stress. Most Americans are stressed out enough and adding caffeine to their bodies places their immune system in a state of overwhelm. Stress depresses one’s immunity and also increases one’s risk for frequent herpes outbreaks.

The active ingredient in tea, specifically Black Tea, is tannins. This is what gives tea its bitterness and its effectiveness for inhibiting the herpes virus. During your next outbreak, follow these easy steps. (Do NOT drink the black tea, for the caffeine content is too high. Instead, choose an herbal tea.)

1. Steep an organic black tea back in water for an hour

2. Allow the tea bag to cool

3. Place warm (not hot) tea bag on herpes lesion for several minutes

4. Pat dry and apply a topical salve or solution that is known to inhibit the virus and heal the lesion

5. Do this several times a day. You can also break the tea bag to expose your sores directly to the tea leaves

6. Dispose of the tea bag once it is used

Sipping Herbal Blends- Please check with your doctor first

There are several herbal teas known to boost immunity, support the liver, and calm the nervous system, all of which help to decrease the severity and intensity of a herpes outbreak.  A herpes outbreak suggests a depressed immune system and a stressed out nervous system. What stresses the immune system? Everyday life, lack of sleep and a poor diet. Sip these supportive teas as a preventative and during outbreaks.

  • Valerian root– has calming properties to de-stress the nervous system
  • Lemon balm, Pau D’arco Dandelion, Licorice root, Goldenseal and Echinacea– antiviral properties to inhibit the herpes virus and boost immunity
  • Burdock root– supports the detoxification of the liver

To prepare the herbs: Take 4-6 Tbs. in 1 quart of cold filtered water. Cover pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Remove from heat for 20 minutes or more. Strain and drink 3-4 cups per day.

Live. Love. Thrive.

Dr. Kelly

Is There A Herpes Vaccine? Is There A Cure For Herpes?

Women are always asking me if I think that there will be a herpes vaccine in the near future. From everything I have read, the clinical trials have not proved to be real promising. With that said, I just came across an article today entitled, “Discovery May One Day Lead to Herpes Vaccine”, based on research featured in Nature. 

 Now they have discovered a specialized skin cell that secrets a protein, which kills the herpes virus. It appears that this skin cell is only found in individuals infected with HSV-2. What I find most fascinating is the fact that we are constantly learning how intricate and intelligent our bodies are at defending foreign invaders, like herpes. This is why your Immune System is the BEST defense against herpes. If you give your body the proper nutrients and environment to thrive, you can keep herpes at bay.

If there isn’t a herpes vaccine yet, is there a CURE for herpes? No, but there are ways to manage and treat it.  Advances in research like the one in this article, hold the keys to developing a better understanding of how herpes interacts with the immune system. Whether you are hoping for a vaccine or not, this is a very interesting read. The human body and all of it’s micro-environments and systems simply amaze me. What are your thoughts on a herpes vaccine?

Live. Love. Thrive.

Dr. Kelly Amazon Best-selling author of Live, Love and Thrive with Herpes: A Holistic Guide For Women www.PinkTent.com    

Herpes Stigma: How Do We Put An End To It?

Herpes Stigma: How Do We Put An End To It?

A few weeks ago I was leading a forum on herpes and how to manage it naturally. Towards the end of the evening, a woman asked if she could share her most recent experience the stigma of  with the group. Of course, I encouraged her to share and this is the story she later emailed me:

 

515tbpjx6gl-_sx351_bo1204203200_I picked up a book at the library called, “Joey Green’s Amazing Kitchen Cures” thinking that it would be an interesting book to read. Well, it certainly was interesting. Every section has a common ailment along with kitchen-product suggestions to cure/heal it and “strange facts” about the ailment.

 

I was surprised when I came upon the section labeled Herpes and curious to read about what this man suggested. I skimmed through his suggestions, then came across the “strange facts” of this section and this is where I was shocked. The bullet-point items listed here were not “strange” at all, they were more common facts about the infection including that there is no cure for genital herpes and facts on how it’s transmitted, etc. But what really made me upset was when I kept reading these so-called “facts” and he then started talking about shingles which is not herpes. Yes, the two are similar but none-the-less different infections. He then wrote about several, if not many historical figures, from centuries ago who were apparently known to be sexually promiscuous. How does that relate to Herpes? There is NO scientific fact that any of these people where Herpes positive, so why is he putting these “facts” in this section? Why aren’t they in the earache or dry skin section?  I could not believe what I was reading. What he wrote is absolutely typical of why our society as a whole has such a stigma surrounding Herpes. And I had to do something about it.

 

I immediately tracked down his email address and began to write him a letter to stand up for everyone out there who like me has been burdened with this “gift”. Here is a copy of what I wrote and his response is following my letter:

 

Hi, Joey!
 
I just picked up your book Amazing Kitchen Cures and was surprised to see that you had a Herpes section. I was diagnosed 6 years ago and was eager to read what you recommend. After going through your recommendations, I started reading your “Strange Facts” section and was a little surprised.
 
The section starts off with not really “strange” facts but just facts about the disease but then the facts transfer over to famous people in history who had Syphilis which is not Herpes. Yes, the two diseases are similar but in the end, they are NOT the same – one is deadly, one is not. Also, these facts tell about famous people in history from centuries ago who seem to have had many lovers and who, according to your facts, had sex all the time. In no way do these facts correlate to Herpes whatsoever. It actually became a little disappointing that you would include these items in this section with no backing at all that these “facts” relate to Herpes. For example, Italian adventure Giovanni Casanova claimed that he seduced thousands of woman. How does that relate to Herpes? Did he have Herpes? Did he contract Herpes through one or several of his lovers? If so, how is that strange – it’s just a part of history. By putting these “facts” in his section, you seem to say that if you have the disease then you MUST be sexually promiscuous or have had dozens of lovers.
 
The reason why I say this is because when I was a teenager and in my early 20’s I remained a virgin because I did not want to get pregnant or contract a STD. However when I was 25 I fell in love with a man and decided to enter in a sexual relationship. He decided to cheat on me and in turn contracted Herpes from his affair and then gave it to me.  You see, I am not “seducing thousands of men” or “advocating having sex six times a day” like your facts say – however, I still contracted the STD without being sexually promiscuous, a prostitute or whore.
 
If you do release an updated copy of your book, I HIGHLY recommend taking out these “strange facts” as they seem to have nothing to do with the Herpes virus unless you have evidence that these famous people had the virus. I recommend taking out ANY sex related “fact” because that is not the only way a person can contract the STD. You can contract it from birth.
 
Please consider this and I do thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 

Dear Beth,
Thank you for your email, and I’m deeply sorry that you found the “Strange Facts” in the “Herpes” section of Amazing Kitchen Cures insulting. Rest assured that I did not mean for that collection of random facts to imply that herpes or any sexually transmitted disease can only be contracted if a person is promiscuous. I was simply stringing together unusual information.
The good news is that I have a new book coming out next year called “Joey Green’s Health Remedy Secrets” which contains all new information about herpes and accompanying facts that are about the disease itself (rather than interesting trivia).
Best,
Joey
herpes-stigmaMy response: I am so proud of Mary for her efforts in destigmatizing herpes. This infection has become so common and yet no one is exposing the truth about it. If everyone who had it was correctly diagnosed, we would have no stigma. Thank you, Beth, for speaking up for the millions of people who have herpes and are battling the everyday stigmas associated with it.
How do you think we could end herpes stigma?
Live. Love. Thrive.
Dr. Kelly

Dr. Kelly Discusses The Underground World of STD’s on Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Radio

Last night I was a guest on Jamie Fox’s Sirius radio show with Zo Williams, http://zowilliams.blogspot.com/, known as the “Hip Hop Dr. Phil”.  He is an author, relationship specialist and tv personality. I truly appreciate his authenticity and his ability to connect with his audience. Zo and I took live calls on the Underground World of STD’s.

Take a listen here!

“Dr. Kelly Live on Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole Radio”

An Inspirational Poem- The Gathering

An Inspirational Poem- The Gathering

Finding support and community is so important when you are diagnosed with genital herpes. Watch the video below as Dr. Kelly shares an inspirational poem called, The Gathering by Terah Cox. View the entirety of the poem below the video and get inspired!

 

 

“The Gathering”
Terah Cox

It is not just the passing of years
but the ripening wisdom of living
It is not just a toll taken
but a well of receiving and giving
It’s not just the people come and gone
but the heart’s many faces and forms
It’s not just a weathering of skin and bone
but a weathering of stalls and storms
It is not just the luck of survival
but the brave conquering of strife
It is not just the passing of so many years
but a gathering of love and life

Healing Herpes- “Women and Herpes” on KGNU 88.5 FM

Healing Herpes- “Women and Herpes” on KGNU 88.5 FM

During an interview on radio show KGNU 88.5 FM and 1390 AM , “Women and Herpes”, I explain how I learned to live and heal from herpes naturally. Take a listen, and comment your thoughts below!

 

Frequent Herpes Outbreaks? Omit These Nightshade Veggies

Frequent Herpes Outbreaks? Omit These Nightshade Veggies

If you suffer from herpes, not all vegetables are good for you. There are a class of vegetables called nightshades, which lead to inflammation and chronic muscle, joint and nerve pain. During outbreaks, it is important to omit night shade plants. Unfortunately, these vegetables tend to increase the inflammatory process making symptoms worse. When we have herpes lesions, the skin is already irritated and inflamed. The last thing you want to do is fuel the burning fire from within.

Are you feeling hot, hot, hot?

If you are in outbreak mode or you are getting outbreaks frequently, I would avoid nightshade vegetables, fruits and spices.

Veggies  

Tomatoes
Peppers
Eggplant
Potatoes

Berries

Goji berries

Tomato based condiments

Ketchup
Cholula
Hot sauce- I know. That’s a hard one to swallow. You must believe me when I say, you are better off without them.

Processed foods 

These hide nightshades in terms like “starch” and “natural flavoring”

Spices

Chili powder
Curry
Cayenne
Paprika

 

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