Shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After a person has had chickenpox, the virus lies dormant in the nervous system. Years later, that virus can be reactivated by stress, immune deficiency, or disease and cause shingles. Symptoms of shingles start with tingling, pain, neuralgia, or itching of an area of skin and become visually obvious as red blisters form in that same area along the nerve path, forming a red band on the skin. Blisters most commonly appear wrapping from the middle of the back to the middle of the chest but can form on the neck, face, and scalp as well. Another name for shingles is herpes zoster.


Melaleuca, Eucalyptus
Gently apply oils around areas of redness.

Simple Solutions:

Blend 3 drops lavender, 3 drops melaleuca, and 3 drops thyme with 1 tsp. (5 ml) fractionated coconut oil. Apply on feet and on location.

The information on this page is from the book Modern Essentials: A
Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
, published
by AromaTools®. Please refer to Modern Essentials for additional
information, research, and usage suggestions.

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One Comment on “Shingles”

  1. I had Shingles earlier this year. I used a combination of Melissa, Myrhh and Frankincense directly on the rash. I was really pleased. It never erupted into oozing sores and healed really well.
    The pain associated with it was another story. Would love to hear what oils have helped with the neuralgia pain.

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