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Elderly Woman Finds Shingles & Neuropathy Relief

Author: Martha D.
Date: 07-18-2013
Views: 8,691
Word Count: 276
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 8737-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 5

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When I heard that a friend who is in her 90's had come down with shingles, and she wasn't getting better. I researched to find out if there was an essential oil that could help her. The condition was so painful that it hurt her to wear clothing. When I was in town, I gave her a bottle of the Exodus II oil blend thinking it might help her.

She wasn't sure how or how often to use it, but I gave her some suggestions, one of which was to apply it to her feet. She and I were pleasantly surprised that it had an unexpected benefit, and had improved the neuropathy in her feet!

Later, I gave her a bottle of the Thieves oil blend, and she started applying a few drops of it directly on the shingles. When I heard from her several weeks later, she expressed her delight, saying that it had helped her so much that she was finally able to get dressed in the morning and go out for several hours without that awful pain.

It did not eliminate it completely, but helped her a lot, for which she was very thankful. I am not sure how long she continued the treatment. Being in another state, it is difficult to follow-up with more oils, which may have helped her even more.

Later, a friend in her 70's had a small, painful rash which she was concerned might have been shingles, and asked me if I knew of anything that might help. So I gave her some Thieves oil blend.

She later told me that it helped, and whatever it was went away.

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

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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,nerve-pain,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: nerve-pain — "Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
4.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
5.Associated topics: nerve-pain — "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

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