Shingles are the result of the recurrence of Herpes zoster virus (varicella-zoster virus or VZV). At first, the diseased area is usually red and then turns to blisters with an itchy and burning sensation.Shingles can occur anywhere on the body, especially on the lips, chin, forehead, cheeks, and nose. Common causes of this disease include stress, fatigue, immune deficiency, cosmetic surgery or hormonal imbalance. Although there are many medicines to cure shingles in the market, you can apply simple remedies at home.
How to treat shingles at home?
Since ancient times, garlic has been used as an antiseptic. Many experiments showed that the garlic can actually kill some bacterium causing shingles. The smaller sliced or crushed the higher its activity. Cooking will decrease the effect of garlic. Choose fresh garlic cloves, take 2-3 slices to put on top of the shingles area for 15 minutes then rinsing with water.
The cold heat of ice can relieve pain and swelling of the bumps, as well as prevent the spread of shingles. This treatment is applied before appearing rash or when there is a tingling sensation.
The calcium component available in milk helps to fight off the virus causing the disease. Milk helps to heal wounds and acne. You just need a little cotton to absorb into the milk and then dip into the shingles for a few minutes. Repeat this remedy about 2-3 times every day. This is a simple cure for shingles.
4. Aloe vera
Aloe Vera reduces itching and discomfort caused by swelling. You can make aloe water to drink or apply directly on the skin.
Use in drinking: cut a branch of aloe vera (about 65 g), remove all spines on both sides of this branch because they contain many toxins. Then slicing into a small slice and adding the boiling water. Remove the residue and drink it once a day.
Used to cover the outside: Crush a branch of aloe to get juice and put it into a bowl, mix this juice with mashed green beans. Apply to painful swelling. When your diseased skin is dry, you continue to apply this mixture. Do it regularly for 4-5 days shingles will heal without scarring.
Onions have the effect of relieving shingles. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties, onions help to heal blisters effectively. Apply a slice of onion to the shingles area and rinse with water after some minutes.
Honey has the effect of killing bacteria, virus resistance, so it works well with shingles. Apply directly on the infected skin area then clean with water. Repeat every day, your shingles will be no longer itchy and heal soon.
7. Essential oils for the treatment of shingles:
Lemon grass essential oil
Studies have shown that lemon grass oil can remove effectively the herpes simplex, virus – which causes ulcers. It is also one of the best oils to treat shingles.
Rose essential oil
Rose essential oil is capable of destroying acne on the skin, making the skin cleaner. With powerful bactericidal properties, you only need to dilute the pure rose essential oils with a ratio of 0.25% and apply on shingles area or acne. Besides, you can use a cotton swab to a drop of oil on the shingles three times a day.
This is an essential oil extracted from leaves and branches of Melaleuca, known for its antibacterial and skin care benefits. To cure shingles at home, dilute cajeput oil with cold water, apply to injured skin 3 times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the most effective essential oils for treatment of many skin ailments like shingles. Furthermore, Tea Tree oil has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain.Thanks to its antibacterial property, tea tree oil help to prevent further infection and scarring.
How to use tea tree oil for shingles?
You can use tea tree oil in different ways to cure shingles. Below are some of best-known ways of using tea tree oil:
-Mix tea tree oil with lavender oil and cover it lightly with your shingles area. Lavender oil is considered as an analgesic and antiviral agent, and you will get a surprising result by combining of these two oils to remove shingles. Apply this mixture several times per day, your shingles area will be improved quickly.
-Combine lavender and tea tree oil to make a cold or hot compress. Add 10-20 drops of each of these oils in a pan of hot or cold water. Then, soak a cloth in this mixture of essential oils and wring it out. Apply it on the shingles rash for about 15 minutes or until it is cool for a hot compress.
-Apply the blend of 7 ml of olive oil with 3 ml of tree tea oil to make a massage lotion and then gently using a thin layer of the mixture over the shingles area for 15-20 minute as many times as possible per day. This will help you to not feel itchy and painful. Do this treatment at least 4 times in a day and repeat it for at least 15 days to speed up the healing.
Lavender is one of the most used essential oils with significant benefits including curing shingles.
Some ways to take advantage of lavender essential oil in the treatment of shingles:
-Apply directly lavender oil on the area where rashes or shingles appear.
-Take 20-30 drops of Lavender oil with Ravensara or Bergamot or Roman
-Chamomile or Lemon or Tea Tree oil to apply on shingles area for best results.
-Add 20-30 drops of Lavender oil to your bath, your shingles pain is relieved.