Shingles also known as herpes zoster or zoster is an extremely painful, blistering skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. People who have had chicken pox are likely to get shingles at some point or the other in their lifetime.
The varicella zoster virus remains dormant or in an inactive state in the body after a chicken pox attack, but it may be re- activated because of some injury, due to weakened immune system, stress or when a person takes certain medications. The shingles rash may appear as a wide strip or band of painful blisters on one side of the body or the face.
Home Remedies for Shingles
There are specific home remedies which are formulated to treat shingles. However, for best results one must embark on these home remedies as soon as the painful shingle rash appears. Some top home remedies to treat shingles are mentioned below.
Use Calamine Lotion
The itching, tingling and burning sensation due to shingles can be soothed by applying calamine lotion. Apply a good amount of calamine lotion all over the shingles blisters. Leave the calamine lotion of the singles rash.
As the calamine lotion starts to evaporate, it will draw moisture from the shingles blisters. This can help to relieve some of the intense itching as well as the burning sensation. Regular application of calamine lotion can also help to dry out the shingle blisters faster.
Apply Baking Powder
To dry out the painful shingles blister you can prepare a thick mixture use baking powder. Take one teaspoon of baking powder and add one and a half teaspoon of water. Mix the ingredients together to form and thick paste. Apply this paste over the shingles rash. Regular application of this mixture on the shingles rash will not only help to dry out the shingles blister but it can also help to cure the shingles outbreak faster.
Apply Epsom Salt
To soothe the inflammation and pain due to shingles rash apply some Epsom salt. Epsom salt like baking powder can dry out the shingle blisters.
Prepare a thick paste from some Epsom salt and water and apply this paste liberally on the shingles rash. The shingles outbreak will heal in less than half the time it would normally take to cure such an outbreak with conventional medicines. You can procure Epsom salt from any pharmaceutical store.
Prepare Lemon Balm Tea
Lemon balm is a lemon scented calming herb which belongs to the mint family. Pluck or procure some fresh lemon balm leaves. Heat some water –approximately two cups – in a saucepan. When the water reaches a rollicking boil, switch off the heat source and add the lemon balm leaves.
Allow the lemon balm leaves to remain in the boiling water for five to ten minutes. Remove the lemon balm leaves and keep the infusion aside. Now dip a cotton ball in the brew and apply it all over the shingles rash.
Alternately, you can use dried lemon balm leaves to prepare the brew. For added benefit apply a few drops of rose hip oil to the lemon balm brew before applying it on the shingles rash.
Apply Vinegar and Honey
Make a thick mixture from equal amounts of honey and vinegar. Apply this paste all over the shingles rash. Allow the mixture to remain on the shingles rash for ten to fifteen minutes. Wipe off the excess mixture using a wet cotton cloth.
The vinegar and honey mixture can help to dry out the shingles rash in an extremely short duration of time. Honey an important component of this mixture can soothe the burning sensation which is a common symptom of shingles outbreak.
Apply Aloe Vera Gel
The extreme burning and itching sensation due to shingles outbreak can be diminished by applying aloe vera gel. Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the shingles rash.
Leave the aloe vera gel on the rash for half an hour. Regular application of aloe vera gel can help to accelerate the healing process.
Take Flaxseed Oil
The nervous system is affected to a large extent by the varicella zoster virus. Flax seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids or EFA. These essential fatty acids support the nervous system and can reduce some of the negative effects the virus may have on the nervous system.
To counter the negative symptoms of shingles take at least one tablespoon of pure flaxseed oil every day for the entire duration of the outbreak.
Apply Cold Compress
To relieve the intense burning sensation and pain apply a cold compress directly on the shingles rash. Place an ice pack on the shingles rash every couple of hours to reduce the discomfort caused by shingles outbreak.