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Two Men With Shingles And Two Different Outcomes


Author: Gail K.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 07-18-2012
Views: 5,850
Word Count: 279
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 7625-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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My 86 year old father-in-law woke up one morning, walked up to me and said he was "having a stroke". I asked him why he thought that, he could shake equal handclasps, his face was not drooping on one side, could talk well and did not complain of weakness on one side.

Since he is a shorter balding man I tried to pat him on the head anyways, but this time when I did he yelped in pain.

I told him that I knew what he had, it wasn't a stroke, it was shingles. It is very painful to the touch. He did not have any blisters yet, so we caught it early. I applied with a gentle "blush brush" a mixture of Bergamot, Tea Tree, Lavender and Ravensara in Tanamu carrier oil.

We repeated this several times per day, and I put the same oils in Genesis lotion and applied to his feet massaging it in. Within minutes his pain lessened, due to Lavender's anti-inflammatory properties. He only got 2 blisters along side his nose, they only "tickle" upon occasion.

My dad, when he had shingles on his face was not so fortunate. My mother at the time, did not want to do "anything but what the doctor said to do". My dad had huge black scabs on his forehead from the blisters in my sister's wedding photos. To this day he gets residual shooting pains through the same nerve roots affected by the shingles.

However, my father-in-law with the oils does not have and, due to oils, only had a VERY mild case. He also enjoyed all the massage and attention!

But the oils did the work!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: viruses — "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: viruses — "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 — "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 — "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: stress — "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
6.Associated topics: stress — "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
7.Associated topics: stress — "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
8.Associated topics: stress — "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

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