At JustHerpes we take a close look at every natural remedy for Herpes Simplex Virus (types 1 and 2) so we can share the best information with you. In this post, let’s take a look at the neem oil herpes remedy for HSV-1 and HSV-2.
What is Neem Oil?
Neem is a medicinal herb that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. With its many uses, it has even been nicknamed “Nature’s Drugstore.” It has natural antiviral properties as well as antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Fans of this plant take advantage of its health properties through use of the tree’s various products: neem oil (also neem seed oil), neem tea, or neem cream.
Why use Neem Oil for Herpes?
Outbreak Treatment: Neem oil is used to speed up the healing process for herpes outbreaks by applying it to the sores/blisters. The book “Neem: The Ultimate Herb” by John Conrick details this, saying neem oil can reduce the number and severity of outbreaks. Applied topically, it also can reduce pain and burning from herpes outbreaks.
Other Claims: There are also claims that neem can prevent herpes transmission. Of course, this site’s position is that one should take such claims with a great deal of skepticism, and not base any decisions on them. Neem cream is purported to reduce the likelihood of herpes transmission when used as a sexual lubricant. There was a 1997 study that showed neem provided some protection against vaginal transmission of genital herpes (HSV-2) in mice, but this has not been tested in humans. A 2010 study showed that neem bark extract stops HSV-1 (oral herpes) virus from entering cells in in vitro tests, but this has not been tested in the human body either.
How is it used?
Typically, neem oil is used topically to relieve oral herpes (HSV-1) symptoms. With clean hands, a sufferer can apply it to the infected area with a q-tip or cotton swab at least once a day. People are also using this method to treat genital herpes.
Neem leaf can be used in neem tea to boost the immune system, which can also help with herpes outbreaks. The tea has a bitter taste but the primary reason people use it is for its medicinal qualities.
Neem can also be taken in a capsule form, or applied topically as a paste or an oil.
Does it work?
Anecdotes suggest that neem has worked for some people to reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks, but not get rid of them completely. It is also reported to relieve burning sensations when applied topically.
Neem is not suitable for women who are pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive. Some people may have allergic reactions to neem, although rare, and it may cause itching in some people. Neem oil does not cure herpes but rather treats outbreaks and symptoms. There is no cure for herpes.