9 Best Essential Oils for Shingles Pain

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Essential Oil Shingles Pain

You can Find Relief with these Essential Oils for Shingles Pain!

Finding the best essential oils for shingles pain relief can help give you reprieve from this very painful and discomforting disease.

Best Essential Oils for Shingles PainShingles also known as Herpes Zoster is caused by varicella-zoster – the same virus that causes chicken pox.

So if you have had chicken pox in the past, then you already have the shingles virus inside of you. And the virus will live in your nerve tissue for the rest of your life.

The virus normally stays dormant and causes no problem. However, it can become active again if your immune system is weakened due to stress, illness or any other factor. And this can cause you to develop shingles.

I had chicken pox when I was in elementary school and I can still remember how painful it was. So I know that I am susceptible to shingles…. I really pray I don’t!

Even though shingles most often affects those in their 50s and above, younger people are NOT immune from this disease.

My friend wasn’t even up to 40 when she got infected… to make matters worse, she was pregnant. The pain was quite unbearable and very discomforting to say the least!

9 Best Essential Oils for Shingles Pain Relief

#1. Melissa

Melissa EO also known as Lemon Balm fights shingles by inhibiting the spread of the virus. It helps to speed up the healing process and reduces the duration of the infection.

#2. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot has antiviral properties that help to heal the blisters quicker. It also acts as an analgesic, thus helping to relieve the pain associated with the infection.

It is important to note that Bergamot is photosensitive. So, you need to be cautious and ensure you cover any part of your skin you apply the oil very well to prevent direct exposure to the sun.

#3. Lavender

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils and a must have in every home. This is because it really works well for a lot of health issues.

Its soothing and calming properties help to reduce inflammation and redness associated with shingles and at the same time helps alleviate the pain.

It is also good for the skin as it helps to reduce redness and scaring.

Lavender is a relaxing and sleep inducing essential oil. So it helps you sleep better, thus making is possible for you to get the much needed rest as you fight this very painful infection.

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#4. Ravensara

Another anti-viral EO, Ravensara helps to fight inflammation and pain associated with the shingles virus.

Ravensara is one of the best essential oils for shingles because it doesn’t only help reduce pain but it is also very good for the skin especially in clearing skin infections.

#5. Geranium

Geranium EO has anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective for relieving shingles pain. It is also one of the best essential oils for nerve pain.

#6. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)

Melaleuca (Tea tree oil) is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antiseptic. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation and pain associated with shingles. It is also effective for healing and moisturizing the skin.

#7. Helichrysum

Great for healing the skin, helichrysum works well in alleviating itching, inflammation and pain associated with shingles. It has been found to be helpful in repairing nerve damage caused by shingles.

#8. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint’s cooling properties is helpful in soothing inflammation and relieving the itching that occurs as the blisters begin to heal.

#9. Manuka

The anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties of Manuka make it a great essential oil for fighting the varicella-zoster virus and reducing the pain and discomfort associated with shingles.

How to Use Essential Oils for Shingles Pain Relief

The best way to use essential oils for shingles relief is by topical application.

However, I suggest making a spray with the essential oils instead of ointment. This will enable you to apply the oil topically without touching the affected area.

We all know that shingles is very painful and touching the affected area can aggravate the pain even more. Moreover, using the spray option also helps to avoid spreading the virus.

Essential Oil Spray for Shingles

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Symptoms of Shingles

Shingles causes fluid filled blisters that cluster on one part of the body (especially on the face or torso).

The blisters later burst and ooz, then form scabs, which eventually falls off and heal. Shingles pain can actually linger for several weeks after the blisters have healed.

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling or burning pain
  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Fever
  • Headache

Is Shingles Contagious

Shingles is NOT contagious, but the virus is. This means that if you cannot infect another person with shingles. But, you can infect them with chicken pox if they have not had it before.

People that already had chicken in the past have immunity against the virus and cannot contract chicken pox again.

But, the dormant virus living in their nerve tissue can become active again in the future and cause shingles.

Although this disease has no cure, the essential oils for shingles pain mentioned here can at least help relieve the associated pain and discomfort. Moreover some of these essential oils can help reduce the duration of the disease.

This post is for informational and educational purposes only and does not intent to diagnose or treat any disease.

Essential Oil Shingles Pain


  1. Sylvia says:

    Two years ago while staying the week with my son’s Boy Scout troop at the county fair, I broke out with shingles. I woke Wed. night with what felt similar to a Charlie horse, but it was on the right side of my back about bra band height. I was uncomfortable, but I managed to get a little more rest by twisting my right arm behind my back and laying with my bent knuckle pushing into the center of the knot in my back. Later the next day, a rash appeared on the right front and back side of my waist, and blisters appeared. I applied tea tree oil (have with me at all Scouting activities) with a Q-tip. I reapplied 2-3 times a day, after just a couple of days, the rash was nearly gone and I had no more pain. I saw my doctor the following Tues., after the fair was over, who diagnosed shingles. Prescribed a med and a pain pill. I never used the pain med, didn’t need it.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Sylvia,
      Happy to hear that tea tree oil dried up the shingles blisters and that you didn’t need to take the pain med. I personally hate taking pain meds!

  2. Mike says:

    I had a severe bout of shingles this year beginning after a prolonged fever and abdominal pain.got control of the spread in 5 days and healing in 7-12 days with homeopathic medicines.


    Have neuropathic cronic pain due to a herpes zoster issue for more than one year and a half it’s really awful sometimes even unbearable, what do you suggest about eesential oils?

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Manuela,

      I’m sorry about your pain. It’s important to note that I’m not a medical doctor, so can’t give any medical advice, however, you can read this article on the best essential oils for nerve pain. It covers essential oils that may be helpful for neuropathy and neuralgia. I hope you find it helpful.

    • Sharlene Parker says:

      Try cdb, to help with the pain. But be sure to start taking L-lysine, an amio acid that counteracts any herpes virus., so you don’t get them again And be sure to get a supplement that supports your adrenals. I have lived with nerve pain for 5 years resulting from a bout of shingles. These have helped me.

  4. Wendie Hickey says:

    I got shingles in my eye. It damaged my cornia permanently plus my eyelid droops over they. Just letting you know because I could not have used the essential oils for that.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Wendie,
      I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Of course, I wouldn’t expect you to use essential oils in or around your eyes.

  5. Gail says:

    On December 17, 2018 my husband was diagnosed with Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome, a virulent, somewhat rare form of shingles. He has had pain and itching 24/7 since then and his dealing with chronic nerve pain. I’ve made several essential blends for pain and itching. They have helped tremendously until recently…now I’m on the hunt for different blends but have come up with the same recipes over and over. The itching is very intense and we are at a loss as to what to do. Any suggestions would be so much appreciated! He is feeling desperate and very, very discouraged.

    • Carol Dike says:

      Hi Gail,
      I’m really sorry to hear about your husband’s condition. Unfortunately, I don’t really have any solution for him. I would suggest you consult with a doctor or look for a certified naturopath near you. A naturopath may be able to help him. I wish you all the best.

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