Shingles & Essential Oils

So, you had chicken pox when you were a child, and when it was all healed up you thought you were done.  Right?  Wrong!

Some of you may even be wondering, what are shingles and what do they have to do with chicken pox? 

Read on my friends ... let's learn together about shingles, and more importantly, how to treat them with essential oils.

Shingles are painful rashes due to the herpes zoster virus. Having chicken pox in childhood and experiencing significant stress are risk factors for shingles. The usual medication prescribed is oral acyclovir. However, there is now evidence that some essential oils can help in decreasing pain and reducing the rash more quickly.

Essential oils contain anti-viral properties that can reduce the shingles viral load and subsequent symptoms. The high amount of esters in some essential oils are especially useful for reducing intense skin and muscle burning and the tingling red rash with fluid-filled blisters that ooze and form a crust. Headaches, fevers, chills and flu-like symptoms often can occur. Essential oils may be diluted with a carrier oil and applied directly to the affected area.

Nothing can cure shingles. 

Try some of these essential oils to lessen the pain and burning.  Use them either individually or create a blend using 2 or more.  Remember to always mix them with a carrier oil before applying them topically.
Geranium oil is an effective home remedy if shingles have caused your skin to be sensitive to touch and painful.  The nerve pain that is felt with shingles is due to damage caused by the varicella zoster virus. The result is that the skin is very sensitive to the touch that even dressing, turning in your bed at night or a light breeze and make your skin painful. 

Lemongrass oil is one of the strongest anti-viral oils against the virus, and is, potentially, an effective treatment for shingles.  Be careful, though, lemongrass is an extremely hot oil that may burn your skin, so ensure you mix it properly with a carrier oil such as Jojoba. You can also use lemongrass oil in your bath or diffuser without first diluting it.
Lavender oil is a gentle, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic oil that you can apply to the blisters to combat the virus, the inflammation, and the pain.  It is gentle enough to use without a carrier oil.  This oil will typically relax you and help you sleep, which would be beneficial to you if you are suffering from pain.
Clove oil is a powerful anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic oil which can treat the virus, the infection, and the pain.  This is a hot oil, and accordingly, needs to be properly diluted with a carrier oil, if you want to apply right onto the blisters.

Peppermint oil is a very good essential oil in that it will treat a number of problems.  It is very common to use peppermint oil to treat headaches.  Peppermint oil has useful anti-viral effects against the virus but needs to be diluted significantly before applying it to the blisters, as it can be hot.

If you are thinking of blending the oils, why not try our recipe below, which seems to be effective in treating shingles.

Shingles Essential Oil Blend

Clove, peppermint, and lemongrass oil in approximately equal amounts can be a great anti-viral and analgesic. Mix it well with either coconut or almond oil.

  • 1 tablespoon coconut or almond oil

  • 2 drops clove oil

  • 2 drops peppermint oil

  • 2 drops lemongrass oil

Together with the adoption of a healthy diet and the use of pure essential oils, you may be able to restore your immune system and stop further episodes of shingles from occurring.

There are a lot of essential oil companies out there, but be careful which oils you use.  Make sure your oils are 100% pure and natural and unadulterated.  Rest assured, when you purchase Serenity Aroma essential oils, you are getting only the very best quality and purity.

Be well!

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