There seems to be an herbal remedy for every malady out there nowadays. Using chamomile for a herpes infection is a popular one circulating the internet. Is Chamomile oil effective against herpes? Yes and no.
Studies Regarding the Application of Chamomile Oil for Herpes
According to a study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2008), chamomile oil showed positive results for directly affecting HSV. It is not, however, a cure for herpes. In another study by C. Koch, J. Reichling, et al (2008), it was recommended that further research be conducted for possible topical application uses with chamomile oil for genital herpes. However, the affected concentration of the essential oil was very small at .003%.
Though there are positive results using essential oils against the HSV virus, these are research results for future additives to potential suppression drugs. They are not a remedy.
Looking up natural alternatives on the internet yields many positive results for using chamomile oil for herpes. These are usually for topical application to existing outbreaks.
There are many dangers for using natural remedies for diagnosed medical conditions. One danger is the lack of regulation for many of these natural remedy producers. There are no government regulations or testing that can guarantee the level of purity of the remedy you purchase. Nor are there extensive trials to find out the true efficacy of the remedy, or the side effects of using it.
It may be tempting to seek help outside of professional medical attention if you have, or suspect you have, an HSV infection. Is chamomile oil effective against herpes? Research into its effectiveness is still in its infancy. Waiting until further studies is safer than trying the remedy on your own.