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Bergamot Oil For Shingles & Nerve Discomfort


Author: Dianna W.
Skill: Energy Worker
Date: 10-14-2007
Views: 17,089
Word Count: 251
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 2475-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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For those of you who suffer with shingles and the associated pain try Bergamot.

I have suffered with shingles off and on for years and have tried many remedies. Some effective, some not so great.

My sister-in-law suggested the use of Bergamot. I have found that when I apply Bergamot to the general area at the first signs of pain, it seems to stop an outbreak in its tracks. If the outbreak has already advanced to the blister stage, application of Bergamot can still speed the process.

Italian research indicates Bergamot has therapeutic applications for many conditions attributed to a weakened immune system due to stress and/or depression.

If a person has had chicken pox the virus can lie dormant for years in the nervous system, so with a depleted system or stress as mentioned, shingles can erupt, usually around the waist, back or face.

Bergamot does increase photo-sensitivity so protect the application area from direct sun light. Also dilute your Bergamot before use with V-6 or Olive Oil.

More info on Shingles:

Shingles is a sign of a weakened immune system. Causes can be physical stress due to improper nutrition, insufficient elimination, lack of sleep, emotional stress, exposure to toxic chemicals, molds and other factors.

It has been documented that in many episodes of shingles and herpes there appears to be a direct link to a deficit of the amino acid lysine. Lysine is deficit in grains but abundant in meat. Lysine supplements and bulk powder can be found in most health food and drug stores.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: virus,herpes — "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
2.Associated topics: virus — "Taken together, we found an essential oil blend [Orange, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary] notably attenuates influenza virus PR8 infection in vitro via inhibition of viral protein synthesis at the post-transcription level. The lack of toxicity and potent specific inhibition ability make the essential oil a possible antiviral drug for influenza virus proliferation control and treatment."Link
3.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
4.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
5.Associated topics: immune-system — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link
6.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
7.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
8.Associated topics: stress-/-tension-/-burnout — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link

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