Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster) is a viral disease of the skin that erupts only in
people who have once experienced an outbreak of the chicken pox virus. Shingles is the
reactivation of the chicken pox virus and is most commonly induced by stress or extremely
low immune function. Shingles is most significantly characterized by painful blisters that
appear on one side of the body. This is because the virus affects the nervous system and
attaches to the end of a nerve, erupting in blisters on its “branches.” Additional symptoms
include headache, fever, stomach pain, and itching and burning of the blisters.
While there is a vaccine for shingles, there is no cure. When an outbreak occurs, it is
most important to nurse the immune system and make the blisters as comfortable as
possible while they heal. In conjunction with necessary anti-viral medications, eucalyptus
oil (eucalyptus radiata) can provide much-needed relief to the tingling, itching and
pain associated with shingles blisters. Eucalyptus oil is known for its antiviral, anti-
inflammatory, and antiseptic qualities and can provide effective relief to the pain, burning,
and inflammation caused by a shingles outbreak.
Place 1-3 drops on a cotton ball and apply to the affected area for instant relief. Repeat up to
5 times a day as needed.
Place 15-20 drops in 1 cup of cool water. Soak a soft washcloth in the mixture and gently
place to cover the area. Hold it onto the affected area and repeat as necessary.
Add 10-20 drops of eucalyptus oil to a warm bath for a full body treatment that will soothe
the blisters and minimize pain.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.