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How I Cope With Shingles

Author: Karen B.
Skill: Herbalist
Date: 01-24-2011
Views: 7,182
Word Count: 372
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 5276-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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It is July 22, over one month from the onset of shingles and I still have some discomfort on the neural pathway from my breast to my back. It is itchy, creepy/crawly and achey at times. I have increased my OmegaGize to 3 times a day for the inflammation and I have added 10 drops of a nervine tonic blend of herbs to promote healthy nerve function and I feel greater relief.

I still take my capsule of Ravensara, Copaiba and Frankincense several times a day, just for the "health of it". I also use LavaDerm spray on the site for skin itchiness and discomfort.

This testimonial is from Gail Kapke, RN, who worked with the shingles experience with her father and father-in-law, one used the oils and one not. Read on.

I used a topical application of: (first 3 are highly anti viral)
Tea Tree
Lavender- for inflammation and pain, tissue regeneration
mixed in tanamu, a very anti inflammatory carrier oil (thick greenish yellow) applied with a clean, used blush brush to lessen application pain 4x per day

I put the same oils in Genesis lotion and did a foot massage.

We started this on my 84 y/o father in law before he broke out with vesicles, but his head and face around eye and nose were in terrible pain. Duration 5 days. His pain relief was very fast. He only developed a very mild case, so we feel we "nipped it in the bud". He only had 2 close to his nose. Any residual pain is just a tickle. He was on acyclavor from the VA as well.

My dad had it the year before, just in time for my sisters wedding.Duration 3-4 weeks
same place, same acyclavor but he had about 20 vesicles across forhead and near his eye (not good to get it in your eye, can affect vision) My mom "only wanted to do what the doctor recommended", no oils.

To this day he has residual nerve zings, pain following the nerve root. In all the wedding pix he has huge black scabs on his face.

So it was a good study. Same location, same med, oils vs non oils, 2 men in their 80's.


Gail Kapke RNC CCAP
Northwoods Essential Wellness

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: 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: neuralgia,herpes,shingles — "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
3.Associated topics: herpes — "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

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