Shingles is a skin disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. It usually appears on one side of the body in the form of a narrow band or strip of rash. It mostly occurs in adults in whom the dormant chicken pox virus suddenly becomes active due to a weakened immune system. The immune system can become weak due to certain medications or diseases or due to undue stress or injuries.
Some medicines too can trigger the waking up of the virus which lies in a latent state in the nerve roots and cause shingles. The first symptoms are a headache, fever and sensitivity to light. Later there is itching and a burning in a particular area. A few days later, a band of rash appears in this area.
The rash develops into clusters of small painful blisters which fill up with fluid and start weeping. They begin to crust over after the fluid has oozed out completely. It takes several weeks for the blisters too heal completely.
Prepare a decoction by boiling licorice root in a glass of water. Hammer the root to small and fine pieces before adding it to the water. Boil for five minutes and allow the mixture to cool. Strain the liquid and dip a cotton ball into it. Put drops of this liquid on the blisters and rashes.
Keep swabbing the extra liquid. Do this three times daily. Licorice has potent antiviral properties which will destroy the virus quickly and effectively.
Grind some cloves of garlic to a fine paste. Mix the paste with a little ghee and apply it to the blisters. Coat the blisters well with this paste and tape it to the area, if you can. Apply this paste three times regularly.
The antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties of garlic will make short work of the virus rapidly and will uproot it completely from the body. Ghee will provide immense relief in the burning and itching.
Cayenne pepper has a multitude of medicinal values. It is full of vitamins A, C and the B group vitamins which are very crucial for the proper functioning of the immune system and for the body to keep free from infections and diseases. Cayenne pepper also contains huge amounts of calcium and potassium which have great healing abilities.
Take a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix it with a little ghee. Smear the paste over the blisters and leave it there, for as long as possible. Apply two or three times daily, to get relief from the itching and burning.
Neem oil is full of antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties that annihilate all kinds of organisms and uproot them completely out of the body. Dab neem oil on the rashes several times during the day. The swelling and pain will go away and the blisters will dry out very quickly.
Tea tree oil is very effective in relieving the symptoms of shingles and in ousting the virus from the body for ever. Apply tea tree oil with a cotton wad on all the blisters. Apply three times daily for faster relief.