Shingles are blisters that erupt on the skin after a few days of intense pain in the same area. Shingles are caused by the herpes-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. Several different homeopathic remedies can help relieve the symptoms such as pain and itching, and shorten the duration of the outbreak. You can make these remedies from everyday household items.
Quick and Simple Remedies
Simple home remedies are cold, wet dressings applied to the affected area to help cool the skin and relieve some of the burning pain. Eating pears or drinking a lot of pear juice is beneficial to help fight the virus because it contains caffeic acid.
To provide relief to the outbreak, a few concoctions may help. Use one at a time to see which one works best, and repeat them as necessary. Make a strong batch of peppermint tea, add vitamin E oil, apple cider vinegar, or cooling goldenseal. Using a sponge, dab the mixture onto the blisters. Try other combinations for a longer lasting effect. For example, if you tried peppermint tea and vitamin E first, and the relief was not significant, use a combination of peppermint tea and goldenseal.
Mix zinc oxide and yogurt together to provide a cooling, healing concoction to the outbreak site. When you apply this homeopathic remedy is before the outbreak of blisters, it helps to curb the outbreak.
Dusting colloidal powder on the blisters to help with itching. Used by itself, apple cider vinegar can help prevent infection and itching. Dilute with water to help with the burning affect on open wounds. Baking soda may also help–make a paste with water and apply it to the sores.
For relief of various symptoms including itching, burning, pain, and soreness, mix raw honey, aloe vera gel, and leek juice until a thick substance is formed. Apply to the affected areas of the body. Repeat as necessary.
Take an oatmeal bath to help with pain and itching associated with shingles. Add vitamin E oil, goldenseal, and peppermint tea bags to the bath water for additional relief from pain, soreness, and itching. Grind up oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder until it is a fine powder. Fill the bathtub with the hottest water possible. While the water is running, pour the oatmeal into the water. While it’s still shallow, wear a pair of rubber gloves and make sure the oatmeal is dissolving in the water properly. Add other ingredients. Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes after the water has cooled. Pat yourself dry.