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Helped 87 Year Old Father-in-law With Shingles

Author: Gail K.
Skill: Aromatherapist
Date: 04-23-2014
Views: 5,685
Word Count: 209
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 9611-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 1

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My father-in-law got up one morning and thought he had experienced a stroke; his head really hurt. After my assessment, we determined there was no stroke; but the top of his head was tender, and the side of his face was also tender to the touch. He had developed shingles but had no visible vesicles yet.

I decided to use him for a case study since I was in aromatherapy school. I painted his head and face with a new clean blush brush three times per day with the following blend of essential oils:

* Lavender
* Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree)
* Bergamot
* Ravintsara

I mixed these oils in a carrier oil base of Tamanu oil, which is soothing to the skin. My father-in-law got this mixture massaged into his feet three times per day.

Within a minute of application, he was feeling relief from the discomfort. He only got 2 to 3 vesicles, and when they healed he only had an occasional itch or tickle in that area.

My own father developed the same ailment, but my mom would only use "what the medical doctor ordered." He had huge, black scabs on his forehead at my sister's wedding and suffered for years with shooting nerve pains in that area.

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Supporting Scientific Study
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

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