We would suggest the following herbs:
Garlic: Has strong antimicrobial properties. It can be eaten or taken in capsule form. Or a tea: Place 3 cloves of garlic into boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, cool and drink.
Echinacea: It has antimicrobial properties. It boosts the immune system and reduces symptoms of fever, colds and infections. It can be found in capsule form, tincture form for fast absorption and one can make a tea: Place some leaves into boiling water, steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink.
Liquorice root Has antiviral properties and is used to treat various viral infections. It boosts the immune system and forms a thin layer of mucous on the insides of the throat and oesophagus, which helps to soothe the painful blisters. Place the liquorice roots into boiling water, for 10 minutes, strain it and drink. You can add honey for taste. Do not overuse.
Elderberry: Its antioxidant properties help to boost the immune system and improve resistance to dis-ease. It helps the body produce mucous which fights the virus. It raises the body temperature slightly, which makes it difficult for the virus to multiply and grow. An elderberry and honey syrup will work wonders.
Indian gooseberry: Amla: Rich in Vit C and excellent for the immune system. It helps purify the blood and aids digestion. It can be consumed in the form of juice. Make a powder from dried gooseberries and add it to some water.
Pomegranate: Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Helps soothe the symptoms. Drink pomegranate juice. Eat the fleshy seeds for faster healing.
Ginger: This contains several antiviral properties. Ginger root tea: Crush and chop some ginger, place it into a saucepan with some water. Simmer until the water is concentrated with ginger juice. Cool and have some with honey.
Calendula: Antibacterial and antiviral properties. Helps with inflammation and healing. Tea: Place calendula petals into boiling water, steep for 5-10 minutes, strain, add honey and drink. Calendula cream can be applied topically to the sores, blisters.
Holy Basil: Tulsi: With several medicinal properties, it fights harmful microbes, reduces inflammation and provides pain relief. Chew on Tulsi leaves. Juice the leaves, dilute it with water and drink it a few times throughout the day.
Aloe Vera: Has antimicrobial properties which boost the immune system. And it contains minerals, vitamins and several other compounds that are good for the skin. Apply the gel from the leaf to rashes and blister for relief. Drink aloe juice for faster healing.
Astragalus: An excellent immune-boosting herb. Its antiviral properties are effective for stopping the Coxsackie virus from spreading as well as protect the heart from damage caused by the virus. Astragalus ointment can be applied to the sores. Astragalus tea: Grate some astragalus root, place 1tsp into some water, and simmer. Strain, add some honey and drink.
Sophora root: Ku Shen: Used in Chinese medicine as an antiviral and is also used for arrhythmia. It helps treat viral myocarditis as well as Coxsackie virus.
Rhodiola: An adaptogen with antiviral properties against a few viruses, one being coxsackie. A combination of Astragalus, Sophia and Rhodiola can be 4x more effective than the drug ribavirin in treating the virus.
Ginseng: Korean red ginseng: That specific strain, is an adaptogen that supports the heart and has antiviral properties against the Coxsackie virus.
Japanese knotweed: Known for treating Lyme myocarditis as it supports the heart and microcirculation. It stimulates the production of new blood vessels where needed and inhibits their production to places where it’s not needed (i.e.: tumours). It is also antiviral against the Coxsackie virus, along with the Chinese skullcap, Turkey rhubarb and Liquorice.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Coconut water: Contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals, electrolytes and antioxidants. It also contains lauric acid which fights viruses. Coconut water can keep the body hydrated and help relieve the pain. You can freeze the coconut water and suck the ice cubes to relieve the mouth sores. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Coconut oil: With its antiviral properties, it can be applied directly to the sores, blisters or rashes and they will soon disappear. (Add the aromatherapy, Lavender and Lemon, for a winning combination). – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Oil pulling: Great ayurvedic treatment for oral hygiene. Put 1-2 tsp unrefined coconut oil into the mouth. Swish it around very gently for 5-10 min (adults 10-20 minutes). Spit it out into the bin. Rinse the mouth out with warm saltwater. Brush teeth. This will help soothe the mouth sores. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Cod Liver Oil: Contains vitamins A, D and E. It has immune-boosting and antimicrobial properties. It can be taken in capsule form or mixing the oil into some juice or yoghurt. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Saltwater: Rinse the mouth out with warm salt water 4-5 times per day. Himalayan pink salt is best as it will balance the pH levels in the mouth. This process will provide relief from painful blisters and mouth sores. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Apple cider vinegar: High in Vit B and C. It raises the White Blood Cell Count, which are the cells that help fight viruses in our body. Add 2tsp Apple cider vinegar into water and gargle with it. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Epsom salts into the bathwater: This will help soothe the rashes. And adding Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils will help. See aromatherapy. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. Half that again for children, making it 5 drops. In this case, you will add 4 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Tea Tree and 3 drops of Lemon. Rub the mixture over the body, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 2 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Tea Tree and 1 drop of Lemon. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Oral Oil Pulling – Oil pull with 1 drop of Lemon and 1 drop of Tea Tree Oil. Use a spoon of coconut oil, just less than 1 tbsp. Add the aromatherapy. Swish it around in your mouth for as long as you can 10-20 minutes if you can. Take paper tissue and spit the oil from your mouth. You can use a gentle tongue scraper after this.
** Oil pulling is not good for small children, but great for older kids and adults **
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Lemon – Avoid if pregnant/lactating, Avoid sun exposure after application for 12 hours. Avoid if on prescription medication. Avoid use on children below 5 **
** Tea Tree – Avoid up to the age of 5. Can irritate the skin and be very drying on its own **