Who Am I?
I have a disorder of the Immune System called Primary Immunodeficiency. I’ve struggled with Herpes, Shingles, Epstein Barr (it’s a member of the HSV family too) for 5 decades. Treatment for the immune deficiency (CVID) began in 2016 and has helped greatly but I still manage my HSV daily.
I am a Clinical Nutritionist – not a Nutritionist or Dietician – in practice since 1985. We work similarly to naturopaths.
Herpes Diet and Supplements
I’ve had to master the diet for Herpes (for starters, see this blog post and Podcast, and this one), and learn the best supplements for ME to control this chronic infection (5 decades!). You’ll find those in my Online Store. I share what has worked well for me and for Clients.
Going grain-free is #1. Then follow the rest of the low Arginine diet I detail for you. This is Paleo for Herpes. Study my articles and adhere to the diet first thing!
Herpes Antiviral Support Options
After you’ve mastered the diet and then added correct supplements properly dosed, here are things I found useful.
Topical Support for Herpes
Topical oils and salves can be anti-infective as well as soothing. Use at first sign of a pro-dromal, during an outbreak and occasionally in-between.
- Melissa/Lemon Balm tincture is part of my Herpes Control Defense Pack of 7 supplements (always add Vitamin D and a good Probiotic to this). It’s also useful in topical salves. I don’t sell these salves but have used both: Urban ReLeaf Lysine and Lemon Balm Blister Soothing Gel; and Wise Ways Herbals Lemon Balm Salve. Apply with a gloved finger. Urban ReLeaf will sting at first but quickly soothes. (NOTE: I have never used these on my face or lips. That is not my issue).
- Another soothing topical is our Walkabout Emu Oil. This is not ordinary drugstore Emu Oil. Read more about it on any of the three sizes I sell or this Podcast. It comes in gelcaps (to take internally) and in 2 ounce or 4 ounce liquids to take orally on a bit of food or topically as facial moisturizer, vaginal moisturizer or pain salve.
- Topical Ozone oils: Many companies sell ozonated coconut or olive oil for herpes antiviral support. It needs to be stored cold so I buy from a local Ozone supplier I trust to store it that way before shipping. Makes a great deodorant too, although you notice the ozone smell for a bit and the oil can get onto clothing.
Avoid tight clothing and synthetic underwear with Herpes
Friction irritates nerve endings that Herpes or Shingles have infected or inflamed. I wear loose pants and skirts more than jeans.
Properly fitting underwear is essential. Thongs and size-too-small underwear are trouble!
100% cotton or silk underwear helps keep things dry. I’ve never used “moisture-wicking” or “quick-dry” underwear so I can’t comment on those but they aren’t natural fibers.
Avoid Chemical Irritants
I use natural soaps for laundry such as Tru Earth. Same for shower or bath – I rarely use soap “down there” – just light cleansing with water. I don’t use a tub, in part because I won’t submerge myself in chlorinated water, or add bath bombs or other chemicals to the water.
Likewise, I avoid spas – they are heavily chlorinated and also use bromines. Both are unhealthy for the Thyroid. Read more here.
How Stress Affects Herpes and EBV
Anger and Anxiety Suppress the Immune System
We all know Herpes flares with Stress. That includes anger and anxiety. Study some of my many articles and Podcasts on the neurotransmitter GABA, anxiety, sleep and stress and learn to rein in your mental chatter. All your good work can be ruined by a bad argument or anxious day/night. Read how I use Passion Flower for this as well as N3 – Relaxa, both available in the Online Store and my Herpes Defense Pack.
The goal is to stay in the Para-Sympathetic state of the nervous system. Fear and anger are Sympathetic State, known as Fight or Flight. The immune system is “not important” to your survival during fight or flight.
Melissa Lemon Balm Anti-Viral Support
Lemon Balm has a long history of topical and internal use for members of the HSV family – including Epstein Barr, Herpes Type I, Herpes Type II and Shingles. It’s in the Herpes Control Supplement Pack, or found separately in both the Immune Category and the Anxiety/Sleep and Stress Category.
Medical research supports its use.
Melissa is soothing to the nervous system and can be taken for calming support even without HSV. But the combo of anti-infective + calming makes Lemon Balm a go-to for me. Here’s the Tincture we carry in a Glycerin base so you don’t need to drink water after it to get the alcohol taste out of your mouth.
I. V. Ozone Treatments
I had many Ozone IVs before discovering that my genetic immune flaw kept me from managing these viruses. Ozone helped keep HSV in control, but I don’t need it as often now. I find it’s still beneficial to my health however.
The name is MAH – Major Auto Hemotherapy. A fancy name for “we draw some of your blood, add Ozone gas to it, and drip it right back in the same line we took it out of.” Easy….
If you’re lucky enough to have a specialized medical Ozone Clinic near you, check it out. BUT, avoid the new “Ozone Spa” places that basically give IVs for hangovers. There should be a definite medical air about the place…. Cost ~ $200 or so per treatment.
A medical-grade Ozone Center should also offer Glutathione, Silver, and other antiviral support options.
Avoid the Sun or Tanning Salons with Facial Herpes
Until your facial outbreaks are controlled avoid sunning your face and using tanning salons. The UV Radiation can trigger outbreaks.