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How To Get Shingles To Stop Itching


Author: Miriam P.
Date: 02-14-2005
Views: 10,459
Word Count: 81
Questions Received: 6
Testimonial ID: 623-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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My friend suffered with shingles for about a month. She was itching horribly and therefore not sleeping.

I applied the oils listed in the essential oils reference book. Her spinal area and neck got quite hot. She didn't sleep much the night that the oils were applied.

She experienced no more itchiness and slept all night. The areas that have scabs are the ones where she still is itching.

Shingles are a painful mess and the oils soothed the skin and brought relief.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness — "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
2.Associated topics: sleep — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
3.Associated topics: 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
4.Associated topics: sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness — "[T]he lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students."Link
5.Associated topics: sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness — "Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."Link
6.Associated topics: sleep,insomnia-/-sleeplessness — "Women [with insomnia] receiving aromatherapy experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality after intervention."Link
7.Associated topics: itching-(Pruritus) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
8.Associated topics: sleep — "This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation."Link

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