Shingles is an infection that appears as a consequence of chickenpox. So, if you have a chickenpox history you are prone in developing shingles.
Well, shingles is caused by a varicella virus which can give painful rashes all over the body. The same virus is responsible for chickenpox. However, even if chickenpox is treated the virus remains dormant in the body and may get reactivated after a few years in the form of shingles.
How I got rid of shingles?
As a matter of fact, I just got rid of shingles. They pop up on my body out of nowhere and it hurt like hell. This itchy grown-up version of chickenpox comes along with an awful burning sensation.
But, the surprise was given by my doctor: it will take 8 weeks to recover from this disease. I say, what? Eight weeks to recover from something that itches like hell? No way!
So, I took the doctor prescription, but I didn’t stop there. Combined with those antiviral and topical ointments I used natural remedies. I remember how grandma got me rid of chickenpox faster than the doctor said, and I said to give it a try.
Oh! I forgot to mention that this painful rash was accompanied with some harsh headaches. Wow! It was the worst 2 weeks ever and the most painful illness I ever experienced.
Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil for Shingles
Lavender oil is one of the most used essential oils in offering relief to pain caused by shingles. The effect of all-natural lavender can be compared to any painkiller or a prescription drug.
- Tea tree oil
- Lavender oil
- Mix 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil with 10 to 20 drops of lavender oil in a pan of water.
- Soak a cloth in this mixture and wring it out.
- Put it on the shingles rash for about 15 minutes.
How it works: Lavender is an analgesic and anti viral agent that combines with tea tree oil to soothe shingles.
Repetitions: Apply the mix 4 to 5 times a day to get maximum relief.
Best time to apply: It is best to apply them on rashes 15 minutes before bath or during night.