Finding the best essential oils for shingles pain relief can help give you reprieve from this very painful and discomforting disease.
Shingles also known as Herpes Zoster is caused by varicella-zoster – the same virus that causes chickenpox.
So if you have had chickenpox 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 chickenpox 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 to 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!
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.
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.
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 it possible for you to get the much needed rest as you fight this very painful infection.
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.
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.
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.
Peppermint’s cooling properties are helpful in soothing inflammation and relieving the itching that occurs as the blisters begin to heal.
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.
If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:
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.
This recipe is a 10% dilution. Essential oil recipes can be between 10% to 25% for severe pain.
You may find this dilution too strong for you. The essential oils can be decreased by cutting the amount of each in half and using the same amount of carrier oil listed in recipe. (5% dilution)
Or, you can mix the essential oils together and put a few drops (such as 10 or 15 drops – 2% or 3% dilution) in the 1 ounce (30 ml) bottle and top with the carrier oil.
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:
Shingles is NOT contagious, but the virus is. This means that you cannot infect another person with shingles. But, you can infect them with chickenpox if they have not had it before.
People that already had chicken in the past have immunity against the virus and cannot contract chickenpox 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.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.