Herpes has existed for thousands of years, but only more recently (the past 100 years or so) understood. I was first formally recognized by Hippocrates (460 to 370 BCE), who wrote about the symptoms of herpes, particularly the lesions.
The name herpes is taken from an old, Greek term, herpein, which stands for 'creeping or latent', as in creeping across the skin. Tiberius, emperor from AD 14 to 37, outlawed kissing as a means to put an end to this unsightly creeping across the flesh. Absolutely no one was to kiss at public gatherings.
Aulus Celsus, who wrote on matters pertaining to health in approximately this same time period advised herpes blisters be cauterized with a red hot iron.
Shakespeare refers to cold sores in scene IV of Romeo & Juliet when he describes blisters 'o'er ladies lips'. it was believed sweet meats (confections) could give you herpes. But then, it was also believed a fairy, Queen Mab, could do the same by spelling a person.
In the 18th century, the French categorized this 'creeping or latent' atrocity as a disease associated with the work of prostitutes.
Herpes is actually a family of DNA viruses called Herpesviridae. The family consists of Alphaherpesviridae, Betaherpesviridae, and Gammaherpesviridae, which cause HSV-1 (cold sores) and HSV-2 (genital herpes), genital warts, chicken pox, shingles, and the Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis).
According to Don Ward Hackett, when a herpes virus initially enters a skin, or epithelial, cell, it begins shedding its outer layers, releasing viral proteins to perform their functions, but a small subset of viral proteins remains bound to the DNA-filled capsid, a protein shell that holds the DNA that will turn the cell into a herpes virus factory.
Herpes viruses tend not to leave their hosts and often cause recurring infections. When the herpes virus is inactive they reside dormant in their host (you). To remain dormant is considered ‘in remission’. There is no cure for Herpes Simplex Virus, but you can put herpes in remission. I don't know about you, but that thought makes me smile.
In the 9th century the emperor, Charlemagne, order Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) planted in all monastery apothecary gardens. In medieval times Lemon Balm was used for digestion, sleeplessness, wounds and anxiety. Wine infused with Lemon Balm was used to treat fevers. It was also used to flavor foods and crushed leaves treated wounds and bites. The Arabs used it as a remedy for heart conditions, depression and to clear the mind.
In the early 17th century Carmelite nuns (France) produced a water using Lemon Balm, which was called Eau de Melissa de Carmes, which was known to have curative powers. The herb helps to relieve insomnia, anxiety, depression, hysteria, migraines, ADD, viruses, including HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus). Lemon Balm contains antiviral properties.
In a research study conducted in Germany, Lemon Balm promoted healing in half the time for cold sores.
Lemon balm essential oil may be diluted in carrier oil and applied directly to HSV-1 and HSV-2 sores and blisters.