My Personal Shingles Story

ShinglesSeveral years ago I started getting very painful burn like boils on the back of my neck and chest. It was a strange feeling starting deep in the tissues of my skin with itching. Then feeling like several dozen bees stinging me all at once the closer to the surface of my skin it appeared. Needless to say the sores were painful and very red.

I went to a doctor to see what was going on. He explained to me that I had shingles, a viral infection, caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. He also explained after a person has had chickenpox the virus lies dormant in the nervous system. Years later, that virus can be reactivated by disease, immune deficiency, or stress , and cause shingles.

I was given a prescription without the promise it would heal quickly. When you are told that it could still be several weeks before you are free from shingles, it is very disheartening.

Two years ago a friend told me he had shingles. I said come on over, and I will give you essential oils that will help ease the pain. John was reluctant, but came over anyway. I looked in my Modern Essentials book, and discovered that melaleuca, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, geranium, and bergamot have been studied to help with shingles. I put five drops of each oil in a roller bottle and then mixed them together with fractionated coconut oil. John rubbed the oil on his shingles from the roller bottle. Four days later John’s suffering with shingles was making a dramatic turn.

I never get tired of hearing stories of how essential oils may help ease the pain, and love seeing first hand the influence of essential oils.

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