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Numbness And Tingling Turned Into A Shingles Rash

Author: Christi B.
Date: 03-19-2015
Views: 2,306
Word Count: 207
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10544-OR
Scientific Studies: 5

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On a Saturday night I experienced numbness and tingling around my waist. I thought that my jeans were too tight and had pinched a nerve.

The next day I began to break out in a rash which then began to itch like crazy. After thinking about these symptoms together, I realized that I had shingles.

I began applying Lavender essential oil on the rash, which helped slightly with the itching. Then I felt a worsening of the symptoms of itching, hurting, and an electric shock-type feeling all day long. So I searched on to find what essential oils might help.

I began applying a thin layer of coconut oil, layered with Lavender, Thieves, and Purification, directly on the rash area. I continued to do this three or four times daily, even when the rash was crusty, by just patting instead of rubbing. (The Thieves essential oil blend is a "hot" oil, but layering it helped me to not be so sensitive to the burning, even when applied directly to the rash.)

This protocol helped ease the itching and discomfort, and the worst symptoms were gone within a week and a half. The scars from the rash lingered a little longer -- but without the discomfort or itching, thankfully.

Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: shingle, herpes, zoster, virus, viral, postherpetic, herpetic, antiviral, vesicle, vesicles.

Supporting Scientific Studies
1."Topical high-concentration L-menthol is the only established human experimental pain model to study mechanisms underlying cold hyperalgesia. We aimed at investigating the combinatorial effect of cold stimuli and topical L-menthol on cold pain and secondary mechanical hyperalgesia. Cold detection threshold and cold pain threshold (CPT) increased after L-menthol and remained high after the cold rekindling cycles.... Skin blood flow increased after L-menthol and stayed stable after cold cycles. Repeated application of cold on skin treated by L-menthol facilitated and prolonged L-menthol-induced cold pain and hyperalgesia."Link
2."Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
3."The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link
4."Essential oils from anise, hyssop, thyme, ginger, camomile and sandalwood were screened for their inhibitory effect against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) [genital herpes]. A clearly dose-dependent virucidal activity against HSV-2 could be demonstrated for all essential oils tested. Chamomile oil exhibited a high selectivity index and seems to be a promising candidate for topical therapeutic application as virucidal agents for treatment of herpes genitalis."Link
5."The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link

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