Shingles: Natural Methods That Work

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This viral disease of shingles causes a rash in bands or plaques along the affected nerves. The itching, tingling or burning sensations can range from simple discomfort to intolerable pain.

The sooner we treat it, the faster the shingles disappears, and the more likely we are not to suffer from recurring pain (because sometimes the shingles continues to cause pain long after it has disappeared!).

The first sign is usually a burning or tingling sensation and sometimes numbness on or under the skin. The person feels sick, has fever, from chills, from headache or some stomach ache. After a few days, a rash of fluid-filled blisters, similar to chickenpox, appears on the skin; the associated pain may be severe.

When a person gets chickenpox, the virus that causes it remains inactive in the body inside certain cells of the nervous system. As you get older, or if your immune system weakens, the virus can reactivate and multiply, causing the shingles rash.

What shingles looks like

How to cure shingles naturally?

Luckily, there are several great grandma’s remedies to treat shingles safely and effectively, here are a few:

Association of boxwood and clay

Alternate the compresses of decoction of boxwood leaves and clay poultices: Boxwood in compresses several times a day and clay in thick layers to leave for 1 to 2 hours.

Tiger balm to relieve shingles pain

If your shingles is painful, Tiger Balm red sometimes gives very good results for relieve residual pain from shingles. You will find it in pharmacies or organic stores.


The properties of dandelion have long been known. In America, the natives used the root to treat inflammation, skin problems and upset stomach. The dry leaves can be placed in hot water to prepare an infusion and compress the affected area to help dry blisters, relieve burning, itching and inflammation.


Garlic is a powerful natural antibacterial and antiviral, ideal for combating blisters, just cut the garlic in half and rub for a few seconds on the affected part to dry rashes. What’s more, regular consumption of garlic, can help strengthen the immune system, increase your defenses and protect you from viruses and bacteria.

The cabbage

Apply as a poultice of several layers of cabbage leaves. Change leaves 3 times a day.

shingles (detail)
Shingles is easy to recognize

Bi-daily anti-shingles massage

  • Mix 200 ml of vegetable oil with 40 drops of each of the following essential oils: cypress, tea tree, niaouli, ravintsara, lavender and vetiver.
  • Use this oil in massage along the nervous path reached, at least twice a day, insisting well to make penetrate.
  • Be careful not to get this mixture in the eyes or on the mucous membranes.

Soothing bath for shingles

  • In your bath, add 4 drops of each of the following essential oils: tea tree, niaouli, rosat geranium, ravintsara and cypress,
  • All diluted in 2 tablespoons of bath base.
  • Stay 10 minutes to 1/4 of an hour in the bath, then dry yourself and immediately apply the massage oil described above.

How can you prevent shingles?

The elderly should be vaccinated. In February 2018, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement urging people over the age of 50 to get the shingles vaccine. It is the best defense against a painful condition that is most common in older people. The vaccine was previously recommended from the age of 60.

What about oral shingles? What natural remedy?

For oral shingles, (herpes) make mouthwashes with a dilution of Tégarome or the preparation with the following essential oils:

  • Lavender 2.5 g, thyme 1.2 g, geranium 1.2 g, eucalyptus 0.5 g, rosemary 0.5 g, cypress 0.5 g, Solutyl qsp 15 cc.
  • At the rate of one or more drops in a little water.

The Tegarome

Tegarome is a mixture based on essential oils, very effective for multiple skin problems. For shingles, when it is used early, it takes a week or less for healing.

The painful place is massaged by impregnating it with the preparation. A little longer if the problem is already well established. And it also works for “old” pains, sequelae of shingles which otherwise can last for years. Dr. Valnet, who created the formula for this product, experimented with it successfully throughout his life.