Get Back to Full Health With These Essential Oils for Shingles
Lets start with some quick facts.
- About 1 in every 3 Americans will develop shingles at some point in their life.
- Between 1 and 4% of that population will be hospitalized for a shingles-related complication.
- Approximately 10-15% of reported cases of complications are postherpetic neuralgia (or PHN for short).
What does that mean?
Not a big fan of numbers and stats? Well, here’s the simple breakdown.
- First, shingles is a widespread health issue.
- Secondly, while it is not a major health problem, it can develop into a more pressing issue if not dealt with quickly and effectively.
Although it’s more common in adults, children too can develop shingles. That goes to show that everybody can be at risk. The good news is that treating and preventing it is quite easy. As a matter of fact, it can be as simple as using essential oils.
Some essential oils are rich in shingles-treating compounds. That’s what we’ll be looking at today, so buckle up and let’s learn how to keep you and your loved ones safe from shingles and its related complications.
What are shingles?
Shingles are also known as herpes zoster and are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, varicella-zoster virus. Sharp pain or numbness, usually on one side of the body, are its first signs. It’s only after a few days that blisters filled with fluid form on the body.
Numerous of these blisters usually form a ring called dermatome spanning from one side of the trunk to the other. There may be intense pain, or only mild pain and itching and in some cases, even a breeze or a gentle touch is painful.
People who have had chickenpox before are at a risk of developing shingles, including children. The risk tends to increase as you grow older. This is why more than half of the cases are men and women aged 60 years or older.
Essential oils for shingles
Shingles are rarely fatal but can cause lots of discomfort. There are vaccines and medical treatments that help reduce its symptoms. However there are also some natural remedies that help reduce the pain and increase your body’s healing abilities.
This includes the use of these essential oils to provide relief in different ways.
Peppermint oil is famous for its anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. Applying the oil after mixing with carrier oil prevents you from scratching blisters and worsening the condition
. The oil is also effective at improving your concentration levels and reducing stress. As stress aggravates the rashes, this property of peppermint oil helps treat shingles.
Black cumin seed oil
This is an anti-inflammatory and antiviral essential oil that reduces shingles symptoms. It’s crystalline nigellone and thymoquinone offers various health benefits when ingested or topically applied.
As poor immune systems worsen a shingles outbreak, the oil’s B vitamins, minerals, and acids help by improving your body immunity.
Lavender essential oil
Lavender essential oil does not only have a pleasant aroma but is full of useful medicinal properties. The oil helps treat skin conditions and inflammations, reduces stress and anxiety and also stimulates your body’s healing abilities.
It’s soothing and calming properties also reduce the pain and improve your sleep. This helps because rest is essential to fight the painful infection.
Lemon essential oil
The antiseptic qualities make this a great oil for treating shingles. It also reduces inflammation by reducing excess skin oil and improving the look of your skin. Its high vitamin levels also help boost body immunity levels and improve circulation.
How to use essential oils for shingles
Essential oils are generally very concentrated and can be potent if used undiluted. The best way to use the oils on your rashes is by mixing a few drops with ¼ cup of coconut oil. BTW- Coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory healing benefits which improves your skin.
While topical application is the best way to use essential oils to treat shingles, you can also make a spray. A spray lets you apply the oil without touching the affected areas. This helps because sometimes touching the rashes only aggravates the pain.
Spraying also prevents the spread of the virus.
Mixture: You can make an essential oil spray by mixing 20 drops of lavender oil with 10 drops each of peppermint, geranium, and helichrysum essential oils with coconut oil in a glass spray bottle.
Adopt a healthy diet full of vitamins rich food to improve your body immunity and fight the infection.
Consume more of foods containing vitamins A, B-12, C and E like leafy greens, eggs, red meat, fish, legumes, whole grains, and tomatoes.
Avoiding foods high in saturated fat and sugar, refined carbs, and foods with high arginine content also help. These foods only lower your body immunity wherein it takes longer to treat the shingles.
Like chicken pox, it’s recommended to avoid touching rashes unnecessarily because scratching or picking blisters only worsens the condition.
The best thing to do is apply essential oils, leave the rashes alone and wait for the infection to heal. Just make sure that if you have never used essential oils on your body before, first test the oil on an unaffected part of your body. This is to ensure you are not allergic. You wouldn’t want to worsen your condition for increase the healing time.