SHINGLES

ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea Tree. Strengthens the immune system and helps fight against viruses.

Peppermint. Has cooling and soothing effects on the skin.

Helichrysum. Fights infections and supports healthy immune response.192

Oregano. Contains anti-viral properties; acts as a natural anti-bacterial agent.

Research
Research shows that oregano and its major component, carvacrol, are highly effective against various human and animal viruses.

Home Remedy
Shingles Salve. Mix 2 to 4 drops each of tea tree, peppermint and helichrysum oils and mix with 1⁄4 teaspoon of coconut oil; rub the mixture on the affected areas at least three times daily. Repeat until your symptoms improve and the rash fades.

Background
Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Once you contract chickenpox, the virus “sleeps” in your nerve roots. In some people, it stays dormant forever; in others, the virus “wakes up” when disease, stress or aging weakens the immune system, which is why shingles (closely associated with chickenpox) is most common in older adults and in people who have compromised immune systems. Shingles symptoms happen in stages: At first, you may have a headache, light sensitivity and flu symptoms. Next, you may feel itching, tingling or pain in an area before a rash appears in a band or strip on one side of the face or body. The rash later turns into clusters of blisters that fill with fluid and crust over, taking up to four weeks to heal. About one out of every three people will develop shingles in their lifetime—so boost your immune system with natural remedies, including essential oils.

Suggested Supplements

» Vitamin B12 and Zinc. Support immune function and may improve shingles symptoms.

» Echinacea and Elderberry. Can help your body fight off infections, including viruses. Take 500 milligrams, three times daily.