Treating herpes can be challenging but luckily, there are some natural treatments that can make living with herpes a lot easier. In this post I’m going to look at an especially popular remedy, olive leaf extract for herpes outbreaks. It’s fairly easy to find and even easier to use. A lot of people are taking advantage of this product’s natural healing qualities to prevent and stop herpes zoster (shingles), oral and genital herpes outbreaks.
Please note that these remedies are for general informational purposes, what works for one person will not work for all people, and are not intended to replace professional medical advice or attention.
What is Olive Leaf Extract?
Olive leaf extract has been used to treat numerous diseases in the past. It has the ability to kill and inhibit the multiplication of viruses in the body, a benefit that has been tested in labs and in people. It is known to have antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-aging, anti-fungal, anti-protozoan, anti-parasitic, and most of all strong anti-VIRAL properties. It’s also an immunity-booster.
Olive Leaf Extract for Herpes
Olive leaf extract contains elenolic acid, which has the ability to inhibit viruses. In the case of herpes (all types), taking olive leaf extract tablets can relieve outbreak sores, increase healing time, and restore energy levels that may have been depleted by the virus’ active phase. One private study showed that olive leaf extract tablets treated an outbreak more effectively than prescription acyclovir.
How to Use Olive Leaf Extract for Herpes
Proper dosage requires 500mg tablets of the extract. You’ll take one tablet every six hours, up to four per day. You can take these between meals for better absorption, though some sources say to take them with a meal. Do not exceed four tablets per day, unless you are experiencing a particularly bad breakout, in which case you can double the dosage.
After a brief period of this treatment you should experience a reduction of the related sores. At times, this treatment can cause a small amount of discomfort related to “die-off” symptoms from bacteria being detoxed from the body.
One it’s working you can reduce your dosage until you are off the tablets to see if the herpes symptoms reappear. If it does, you can continue to use the olive leaf extract as long as you moderate the dosage, however if this is the case, olive leaf extract most likely is not going to be a solution in your individual case, at least not by itself. One option is to visit a holistic medical expert who knows about olive leaf extract, or consult a physician that understands the advantages of using herbal remedies. These medical professionals should be able to identify why the treatment isn’t working for you and may have alternatives for you to try.
Herpes can be uncomfortable if you have recurring outbreaks. Fortunately, alternative treatments such as olive leaf extract for herpes can offer relief, minimizing outbreaks and shorten the length of time they typically last. More popular home remedies for herpes are available under the Remedies tab of this site.