A child with chicken pox.
Chicken pox is caused by a herpes-related virus and lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks. It is common in children, especially those under 12. Children who contract chicken pox are usually immune to the virus for the rest of their lives, however, in rare cases it can return. Adults sometimes experience more severe cases. Symptoms include a significant breakout of relatively small skin sores, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms. The virus is commonly spread through the air. People with weak immune systems and poor diets are usually highly susceptible. Chicken pox usually runs its course and symptoms gradually disappear. However, it is possible to take preventative dietary measures to prevent it and treating it, once contracted, is highly effective with herbal and natural remedies. Read more for help.
Diet and Supplements
1. Remove all dairy products from your diet upon the onset of chicken pox. Dairy products can heighten uric acid levels in the body and slow down your metabolism. It is important to keep the body free from toxins during a bout with chicken pox so your system can naturally heal itself. Replace dairy calories with fresh fruits, carrot juice, and organic yogurt.
2. Reduce solid foods, such as excessive amounts of meat, during the onset of the virus. If you prefer to keep some meat in your diet, refrain from chemically-induced beef and chicken. Meat including chemicals can contribute many of the body’s imbalances. Replace those calories with cleansing foods such as green salads, sea greens, and raw carrots.
3. Drink a 10 to 12 ounce glass of cranberry juice with a 1/2 lemon squeezed into it with each meal. This mixture will help alkalize your body and allow the antioxidants to begin fighting the virus and healing your skin.
4. Have a two kiwis with each meal. Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, essential minerals and other nutrients which help the respiratory system, skin and blood stay healthy. Kiwi is also rich in digestive enzymes. It is important for your body to digest meals rapidly so it can utilize helpful healing agents that will fight the virus.
5. Drink two cups of caffeine-free chamomile tea an hour before going to bed. Chamomile is a mild but highly-effective relaxant that will help ease itching and allow you to sleep comfortably.
Body and Topical Care
6. Take a hot to warm bath with 2 tbs of sea salt and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar added. Sit in the tub for 20 minutes each day. This will cause itching to subside and keep your sores clean. Avoid using over-the-counter soaps and bubble baths.
7. Apply compresses to sores after your bath. Soak a wash rag in hot water. Wring and drop 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil on the rag. Apply to sores until the rag is room temperature.
8. Drink 2 cups of caffeine-free chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is mild, but effective relaxant that will help the itching and relax your body as the other remedies begin to work. It will also help you sleep more soundly.