Herpes zoster, or which is commonly known as shingles is recognized by the appearance of blisters or a rash on your skin. It is the same virus that results in chicken pox or the varicella-zoster virus.
How it shows up on your skin
Shingles manifests first by the feeling of tingling or burning pain, sometimes with numbness and itching as well. It appears usually in a particular location on one side of your body only. The most common part of the body where shingles shows up is called the dermatome. The dermatome will stretch around your waistline on one side of your body. The pain from shingles can range from mild to intense. Some people find that they just have a lot of itching, but some will experience pain that comes from even being touched gently. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC, in the United States, whose main goal is to protect health and safety of the public have stated that almost one out of three people in that country will develop shingles. Every year there are around one million cases; children can also get shingles. But the risk of this disease increases as you get older, with half of the cases occurring in men and women over the age of 60. Scientists are of the opinion that when you had chicken pox, some of the virus-particles move into your nervous system and when the virus gets reactivated, the virus makes its way down the nerve fibers extending from your sensory cell bodies to your skin. When the virus multiplies, you get the rash, which is diagnosed as shingles.
Essential oils and healthy eating can be your doctor
Essential oils have the ability and goal as far as shingles is concerned to reduce the pain as well as to relieve stress. Natural treatments for shingles are intended to boost your immune system seeing as shingles is caused by a virus. Apart from applying and using essential oils for shingles, your body would also benefit from the intake of good healthy fresh foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. The effective aid for shingles would be:
- Use of essential oils
- High vitamin B foods. This is because your nervous system has come under attack from the shingles virus and foods high in vitamin B. Eliminate sugar in your diet as it prevent the natural killer cells from going to war with the shingles virus. With the use of vitamin B, particularly Vitamin B12, relief can come as early as the second or third day.
- Water is highly needed as it will flush out the shingles virus out of your system. You should try and drink a glass of water every 2 hours.
- Onions and garlic, in their raw from, contain allicin. This boots your immune system and function.
- Green vegetables have high doses of beta-carotene and calcium in them which boosts your immune system function.
Foods to avoid are fruit juices, caffeine, sugar, carbonated drinks and fried foods.
Don’t go without Geranium essential oil
The wonderful healing powers of geranium essential oil are known to reduce the pain that comes with post-herpetic neuralgia after an outbreak of shingles. Just by applying a topical application of geranium essential oil, the pain can subside within minutes. It has been known to even out-perform capsaicin, usually recommended for pain from shingles and which pain can take weeks to start improving. Usually capsaicin is available over the counter at your chemist or is prescribed by your doctor. Essential oil of geranium has been shown to relieve painful sensations within mere minutes.
Even though Geranium essential oil is an outstanding essential oil for shingles, there are other natural essential oil solutions and these are:
- Tea tree essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Black cumin seed essential oil
- Peppermint essential oil
All you need do is take 2 drops of any of these essential oils and mix with some coconut oil (about ¼ teaspoon). Rub this on the areas where the shingles pain is. These healing oils can also be diffused to benefit from their antiviral properties.
Many people believe that the geranium essential oil is derived from the flower. But rather, it is steam-distilled from the leaves and stems. The geranium essential oil is very similar to that of the rose oil and is often used in its place.
What does the geranium oil consist of?
The geranium or Pelargonium graveolens essential oil contains excellent, well-studied plant based and natural phytochemicals. Since 2011, 65 of these have been identified. The largest major phytochemical in the geranium essential oil is citronella which comprises around 30% of the oil. Some other phytochemicals include:
The geranium also has plenty of flavonoids. The most known one is quercetin. It is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities, the easing of allergies, improvement of cardiovascular health, and reducing the spread of cancer. Putting it plainly, geranium essential oil for shingles has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, antiviral, anti-hemorrhagic and anti-parasitic properties; also known to contain healthful antioxidants. With all the rejuvenating and healing properties that geranium contains, it is no wonder it has been used for centuries as a top skin tonic and moisturizer – it is your “doctor” for skin conditions such as shingles, eczema, oily skin, dermatitis, psoriasis and best of all, a superb healer for fading scars.
Essential oils is nature’s way of keeping you healthy
Remember to continue to use the essential oils, bathing in them and applying them to the affected area until long after the shingles has disappeared. You cannot ever become cured of shingles, but you sure can keep it at bay with the wonders of essential oils and a healthy lifestyle. Nature assures you of that.