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Cure Shingles: Home Remedies for Shingles Treatment

Last Modified on Apr 21, 2015

What is Shingles?

Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster or the varicella-zoster virus) is a painful, blistering rash caused by the same virus as chickenpox. It is a reactivated form of the chicken pox viral infection, which has remained dormant in the body - usually for quite a long time after the initial infection - in the nerve tissue of the spinal cord and brain. Not life threatening, shingles can nevertheless be very painful. It is more common in older adults with weak immune systems. A vaccine for shingles is available, but due to the nature of the illness there's still a risk of infection.

Shingles symptoms usually occur in a small section of one side of the body as a red rash that appears after a few days of pain, burning, numbness, itching, or tingling. The rash may erupt into fluid-filled or crusty blisters. Some people also experience general aches, fever, and fatigue associated with shingles. Contagious as chickenpox is, you cannot spread shingles outbreaks, but can spread the varicella-zoster virus to those who have never contracted chickenpox.

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Below are some of the best home remedies (sent by our readers) to cure shingles quickly. Our most popular cure is apple cider vinegar, but other users have also reported success using aloe vera, cayenne pepper, coconut oil, and a whole lot of other remedies. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to cure shingles! Know of a remedy not yet listed here? Please don't hesitate to share it with us!

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Most Popular Shingles Remedies:

Apple Cider Vinegar39
Multiple Remedies5
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ACV, Coconut Oil, Cayenne3

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Acupuncture   1  0   

Posted by Chrissy (Adelaide, Australia) on 08/28/2011

[YEA]  I recently had a serious bout of shingles; huge blisters from my clevage under my left arm through to my spine, After taking all the meds the doctor prescribed which did little to help the pain or help me to sleep, I decided to give acupuncture a try. The relief was instant, I have slept like a baby since beginning the treatment and the pain is very much under control. I'm only sorry I didn't get the treatment right from the onset as the acupuncturist says she could have stopped the shingles in it's tracks.

Replied by Aj
Florida, Usa

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   I'm on my second week fighting the Shingles and am on meds now. Used the recipe for putting on the rash and did help some, but switched to Calamine lotion to dry out the pimples and that worked. Now the pain started, but I put a super magnet the size of a penny on it and the pain disappeared. Thanks for the good tips! Magnets work for me.
Replied by Candy
Kansas, US

How long did you leave the magnet on?
Replied by Aj
Florida, Usa

I would tape with scotch tape to my shirt the magnet and leave it there all day and night. The magnets help improve the blood flow and speed up the healing time.

ACV, Coconut Oil, Cayenne   3  0   

Posted by Gary (Claxton, Georgia) on 02/01/2015

[YEA]  The War On Shingles

Sunday, February 1,2015,0408, As I lay sleeping, my position came under attack by, varicella-zoster virus (better known as shingles). I awakened to the "off the charts" pain that comes from a red hot piece of shrapnel being laid across my right hip, back of the right thigh and groin. It is the kind of pain that my sweetheart best describes as a "Take me now, Lord" moment. I have been at war for nearly two weeks with this insane foe. I've counter-attacked daily with copious amounts of organic apple cider vinegar, aloe-vera gel, coconut oil and cayenne pepper from day one.

These weapons have been sufficient for the surge. I have re-taken most of the territory the enemy occupied from the onslaught. This latest attack is shingles' futile last gasp effort to return to the fray with a vengeance. DO NOT concede! Return fire with straight ACV to the infected area 3-4 times per day and a salve composed of 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Stay focused and keep up the fight! You can and will defeat it. I sincerely thank God, Gloria (Salem, MA) who posted on 02/25/2007 and the good folks here at Earth Clinic. God Bless.

Replied by April
Nc, US

Hi, how are you? I understand that the ACV is applied 3-4 times a day, but is the salve with the coconut oil, cayenne, and aloe vera gel, also applied 3-4 times a day, or just once a day? thank you for your information
Replied by Molly
Mississippi, US

Hi Gary! I've recently been diagnosed with shingles and am using the apple cider daily among other things. I was checking to see if you're still doing well and staying clear of shingles?

Posted by Gloria (Salem, MA) on 02/25/2007

[YEA]  My friend came down with a painful case of shingles on her neck,into her hair,down to her chest and shoulders.I check your site and found a cure.First she soaked her feet in 1/4cup ACV and enough hot water to completely cover her feet doing this 2x a day, also dabbing straight ACV on the leasions with a cotton ball, it burns at first, followed by a cream. Made up of 1Tablespoon coconut oil,1 Tablespoon aloe vera gel and 1/4 tesp.cayenne pepper. Mix it up well and gently rub it in with a cotton ball.She also drank the ACV. 1 water 3x day the blister came to a head that same day and the extreme pain decreased. By the third day she was healed. That was 3 weeks ago and she has had no reoccurence.

Replied by Nalatie
Farnham, Surrey

[YEA]   Thank you so much to this site for saving me! I have Shingles so badly on my face/scalp/eye. So bad that my GP sent me to A&E eye clinic. The blistering and swelling has been so intense that I could not sleep from pain. After researching how long shingles could take to settle down I worried about my face and cancelled every appointment for the next 2 weeks. Suffering badly and fearing the worst I researched more about home remedies and came across this site.

I have used just ACV directly on the blisters on my face (Dabbed on cottonwool) and within 12 hours the blisters looked better. After 24 hours they have totally dried up and are completely calming down. I am still dabbing the blisters every 3 hours. Along with Anti Virual, antibiotics and pain killers the blisters are less painful. ACV alone HAS helped and been the cure. ALos taking one cap in water. Take what you can as ACV is the best cure. Don't be afraid just dab it on and keep persisting as it takes the pain away and also the yellowness from the blisters!

Thank you to everyone that has written about this unbelievable aid to an extremely pain and horrid virus.

Replied by Phyllis
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Natural cures for shingles. In your excellent website I found a paste for shingles with an ingredient called DMSO. What is that?
Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg, North West South Africa

Hi Phyllis, The DMSO draws everything that you mix with it into the skin with it, that is probably why the shingles remedy was mixed with the DMSO.
Replied by Psws_12
Tonganoxie, Kansas

That still dosen't explain what DMSO is. What is it?
Replied by Barbara
Keighley, Yorkshire England

What is DMSO the letters mean nothing. In full would be appreciated. THANK YOU
Replied by Cheerios
Denver, Co

From this web site under the SUPPLEMENTS tab:

DMSO, or dimethyl sulfoxide has been used for many years by athletes to treat painful muscles and joints. DMSO builds up the white blood cells and increases immune production of migration inhibitory factors (MIF) of macrophages.

A few of DMSO's Reported Therapeutic Properties:
stimulates the healing of wounds
anti bacterial, fungal and viral
softens collagen
is a scavenger of the hydroxyl free radical
stimulates the immune system
a potent diuretic
increases interferon formation
reduces the # of platelet thrombi

Hope this helps :)

Replied by Desertpoc
El Cajon, California, United States

I came down with shingles, searched the internet and luckily listed was this post. First, I used what Gloria suggested - which I could see some improvement but not enough. Then I combined some of the suggestions from Gloria and David T. Used the ratio of ingredients:

1 T. Coconut Oil

1 t. Alo Vera oil from capsules which is approx. 4-5 capsules

1/2 T. Vitamin E oil

1 T. Cayenne pepper

Plus added corn meal to thicken the mixture. Applied the mix to the shingles, as it was spreading; let the application dry then removed as suggested by David. I followed this treatment for 2 to 3 times a day. Depending on the severity and process of healing. After 2 days, the shingles were starting to heal, then I made another batch of the mix without the corn meal and applied the mix to the shingles area. Thank you to all that contributed to this subject of shingles.

Replied by Kap
Perth, Australia

I successfully used 1 x Cayene, 1x Coconut oil, 1x AloeVera, and 1x grated fresh tumeric. Blending together to a paste, applied it 3 times daily for 2 days, and all but the first (& scratched) blisters completely disappeared.

This scratched blister had a black scab with slight red ring. As the scab did not dry around the edges to indicate healing after 1 week, we applied a slice of fresh onion (magic for drawing and cleaning any sore) overnight for 2 nights. Amazing - no scar, although that seemed inevitable.

HOWEVER - the pain remains and 2 panadol every 2 hours is necessary. Tiredness is also a problem-maybe the panadol.

I am an 80% raw food lifestyler, but had been having a lot of meat in the two weeks leading up to shingles.

I have no stress (semi retired) or unhappiness. Very fit and happy and only 66yr old. How did I get this????

Any pain help would be appreciated. I already have a fairly high cayenne and ACV level in my diet.

Replied by Sara
The Beach, Canada

My husband got a small case of shingles after the passing of his father. He is in good health and low stress otherwise, a traumatic event can bring on shingles as well as stress. Anyone who had chicken pox can get shingles if all the chess pieces fall into place, like stress or trauma or even old injury. He took a couple of drops of oil of oregano in water everyday for a month and the shingles were gone within two weeks of that month. He carried on with the oil after just to make sure.
Replied by John P.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Get a bottle of licorice extract and apply it to the lesions. Do this for 3 days and they will be gone at the end of the third day. Of course keep the bottle in case it re-surfaces. $8.95 here in the states... Cheap fix.. Don't get a vaccine for shingles.
Replied by Rebecca
Winston-salem Area, North Carolina

Just realized this morning that what I thought was poison ivy/oak, insect/spider bite(s) is shingles - right where I bruised my ribs a few weeks ago (of course)! The ribs are better, but the area was sore for a few weeks. (A few years ago I had a similar rash on my shoulder right over some painful muscles). Fortunately the rash cleared up after muscle massage. That time I had used aloe vera gel and cold gel packs, and switched from conventional bras to seamless sports bras.

Today, reading about ACV, I have been sipping small amounts and chasing it with water, to which I add more vinegar & a few shakes of grocery-store cayenne (ground red pepper) shaken up in a sports bottle.

By the way, I do not have organic ACV. Luckily, I had a bottle of grocery-store ACV in my cupboard, which I had opened a few weeks ago. (I threw away a much older bottle which had gone bad).

Anti-itch cream and aloe vera gel give temporary relief, but do not fix the problem. After reading about cayenne, I made a paste of grocery-store cayenne and aloe vera gel, but that burned too much, so I wiped it off. ACV only burns a tiny bit, just at first. Some people dilute it, but I use mine straight.

I had already used tea tree oil 3 days, which I think kept the rash from progressing faster. However I had developed some hard painful lumps and a few tiny blistery spots, and the area was red. Tea tree Oil helps me with bug bites (which welt up and itch terribly) and also for cuts & scrapes, and it helps somewhat with shingles. How amazing that ACV, which is much cheaper and more readily available, is more effective than tea tree oil!

Hurrah! Although I did not get instant relief from ACV, as others have, it happened within a few hours. After using ACV a few hours I felt able to to go the store for L-Lysine. While I was there I realized the pain was almost gone! The area still feels tender, but the hard lumps are almost gone, and the redness & blistery spots have disappeared!

I am still alternating tea tree & eucalyptus oil with ACV (I soak a gauze pad and leave it on several minutes), and plan to do that for at least a week, to prevent recurrence. I also plan to continue sipping ACV several times a day for at least a week. AND avoid sugar (as much as possible). I can't give up my flavored yogurt!

THANK YOU for this wonderful website, which gives inexpensive, readily available solutions to desperate people! THANK YOU to everyone who has posted their experiences!

This afternoon, instead of sitting very still and applying aloe vera and ice packs to my rash I can actually go outside and do a little yardwork. It is cloudy today; I would not go out if it were sunny (too painful for that tender area).

Replied by Rebecca
Winston-salem Area, North Carolina

Addendum to my post from yesterday (July 11, 2012):

After a few hours the stinging itch was back, but I kept sipping ACV (and water) and dabbing ACV on my rash. Again, relief was not immediate, but I kept it up because even a delayed response is better than getting worse!

Even after a restful day I felt unusually tired in the evening, and decided to go to bed early. I hoped the intense stinging itch wouldn't wake me during the night. I don't know why I tried this, but I put a big glop of aloe vera gel on a jumbo-sized band-aid and put it over the most painful spot. Then I went to bed and fell asleep right away.

(This may not work for everyone, but it happened to help me have a restful night's sleep). If band-aids don't work for you, try layering gauze or wrapping strips of cotton around, if you can. Or use aloe vera gel to stick the edges of the gauze to your skin, and wear a close-fitting cotton garment over it. You may need someone to help you if the rash is on your back side.

Although I dreamed about various tense emotional confrontations (unusual for me) I slept about 9 hours straight, and the itch didn't start until I got up. I don't wear a band-aid during the day (except for any quick trips to the local store). Today I've been alternating ACV and aloe vera gel on the upper half of the original spot. The lower half of the rash disappeared last night, but the upper half seems to be trying its worst to make up for it - haha!

Yesterday I broke a L-Lysine tablet in half before taking it, to give my system a head start on it. I also took cayenne capsules with dinner.

Today at breakfast I did the same. Since then I've been sipping ACV in water. Today will be another light-duty day; necessary chores only.

Replied by Rebecca
Winston-salem Area, North Carolina

Again on July 12, 2012: Just realized that straight ACV on the skin might be okay at first but I should've diluted it with water and/or baking soda. (It fizzes up at first but then settles down). After awhile straight ACV burns my skin alot, but aloe vera gel on the rash is very soothing! That's why I was able to sleep so well last night!

Also now I dilute the ACV that I drink. I don't drink straight ACV any more, even chased with water - now I add 2T (2/3 ounce) ACV to a cup of water (or juice). Adding 1/4 tsp. Baking soda reduces the acidity and covers the vinegar taste (but now you taste baking soda). Baking soda doesn't diminish the effectiveness of the ACV though. Although I don't mind the taste of ACV and baking soda, I recommend using juice instead of water for a better taste, especially if that's the only way to get it down.

Replied by Inquiring Mind
Houston, Texas

Instead of colloidal silver, why not use tea tree oil?
Replied by Alt-rocks
Felixstowe, Suffolk, United Kingdom

For the post herpetic pain, I had fantastic success with Maca. I took 1x500mg in the morning and 1x500mg in the early afternoon to boost my energy level, but was ecstatic to find that it completely took away the post herpetic pain. A very welcome side-effect indeed!
Replied by Ester
Glendale, Arizona, Usa

When you have shingles, you want to AVOID chocolate and nuts!! It literally feeds the virus! Also, you want to take a lot of B vitamins (B-12, B-6, etc.) it will seriously help!
Replied by Doug
Milton, Georgia

I'm 63 years old and in pretty good health. My shingles hit me on a trip to Idaho for a meeting. Started as a small pimple near my scalp. Odd. Then I had severe pain under my right eye. I suspected a severe sinus infection. On the plane flight home the rash broke out. I could feel something crawling from my scalp toward the tip of my nose. I thought it was hair, went to brush it and it was liquid under my skin. Pain got worse but no fever. High anxiety - what is this??? Trip to an urgent care after plane landed and the PA said "you've got shingles. " They gave me a prescription for Valtrex, Predisone and Lorban. When I got home we hit the web for knowledge. Came to this site and already into natural health - started self- treating. Hit L-Lysine, Cayenne, Bee Propolus, coconut oil, Echinatia, Colloidal Silver, Vit. C and Vit. B supplements.

On the blisters on my face I had five areas of rash and blisters including three big red blisters on the tip of my nose and three patches near and into my scalp. I used aloe Vera, Vitimin E oil, tea tree oil (product called Miracle Oil) and Listene balm. Immediate improvement to the rash and blisters. Applied several times a day. My work briefcase looked like a medicine cabinet.

The urgent care PA told me to go to an eye doctor ASAP. The next day I got into an eye doctor and she indicated it had not entered my eye ball. She prescribed some Bacitracin for my eyelid. Things stabilized but my right eye started to get blurry. This was during a weeks vacation in Florida during which I avoided any water activities for fear of infecting my eye. On a follow-up visit I was referred to a corneal eye doctor. I had clouding of my cornea. He put me on Valcyclovil pills and Predisolone drops and Zirgan drops (though the Zirgan is like a glop and challenging to apply a drop at a time).

During this whole time I have continued the natural supplements and natural topical items. Excellent results. Within three weeks all the scabs have gone away, the rash is all but gone. My face looks normal except a little redness in the original areas. Note: I did forgo having my hair colored and cut while the rash was active in my scalp - didn't think the hair chemicals would be good. I looked like crap but stuck it out.

I also followed the other blog suggestions on this site and avoided chocolate and nuts and using many of the supplements suggested. Shingles sucks! Tell anyone you know who hasn't had it, and is around 55 years old, to get vaccinated. I heard that one of the major chain drug stores will provide the vaccine for free to anyone over 60 years of age.

I still have some residual pain in my head but am slowly getting back to normal. I give high praise and thanks to this website for helping me to get through the hell of shingles. Good luck!

Replied by Been There, Done That
City By The Bay, Md

Replied by Mr. Ree
Somewhere, USA

Somewhere done that, I could not agree more about the shingles vaccine. It is a complete scam just to make $$$ for Big Pharma... At the cost of beating up your immune system and putting poison in your system.. If you get shingles put licorice extract on it for 3 days and it will be GONE!!!
Replied by Geolee
Durham, Nc

Planning to try some of these suggestions. My pill regimen ends tomorrow and my shingles seems to be coming back before they can actually heal. Diagnosed by my eye doctor of all people, and saw my MD the next day. I don't feel like this condition will be over by tomorrow, so will work on it using natural remedies. Don't really want to take any more of these horse sized pills. I'm diabetic and don't need more pills to take. The shot for shingles?... Yes it's out there, but my doc says it has only about a 50% rate of keeping us from getting shingles. That stat is not high enough for me to put a live or dead virus into my body, so I opted not to take the shot. If the odds had been higher, like 90% I might have given it more consideration.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, SC

To answer "Inquiring Minds" who asked if Tea Tree could substitute for Colloidal Silver in my formula listed above; well Tea Tree is an anti viral so in theory yes. I've never tried it and I know colloidal silver does work. Silver is great for taking internally to rid the body of systemic infection. I just don't know it tea tree oil would work as well.
Replied by Anne
Arcata, Ca

Had shingles on head, in hair, but it began with an odd red welt looking like a mosquito or spider bite on my neck (painless, itchless). They say if they diagnose it within a day or two, from this welt, they have a treatment to lessen it. I have my doubts, though. Acupuncture through an acupuncturist/herbalist that knows Chinese herbs would be something I would try right away, also, if living where there was one.

I tried apple cider vinegar on it once, but it did not work. The scalp was soggy already. I used rose water which gave temporary (only) relief. Getting a bonnet for your blow dryer to dry it if usng Apple Cider Vinegar would be a plus. Maybe internally, but I feel if I had not been run down and maybe short on vitamin c and others, but stressed and run-down from the stress, it would not have taken hold in my case. Drying the scalp might have helped, Also, to protect hair follicles, taking remedies and vits. to help hairloss if it occurs later. Then, getting to bed early can do wonders to combat being run down. Hair-skin vitamins.

Vitamins for hair are a must if it is on the head. I made the mistake of getting the new shingles vaccination about 2 years later. That was about the time I started losing hair. The vaccination made me feel a little like I had it again. I cannot blame my hair loss all on one thing. It could have been partly from vit. C deficiency and Fukishima fallout. It has been largely stopped with vitamin and even culinary herb supplements and oil treatments (castor oil). Also, plus various things I can do to increase circulation in the scalp.

The vaccination for it was probably the final straw as far as the alopecia coming on. I would definitely not ever take another.

Replied by Karen
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm

I have been suffering with shingles for a couple of weeks now, using various treatments from this website, such as dabbing ACV with a cotton ball, which stings, but also soothes. I've also tried mixing baking powder and cayenne with a little ACV to make a paste and rubbing that on and letting it dry. That really gave me the most relief until a friend suggested colloidal silver. I was not familiar with it, but was desperate for some relief, so, after reading up on it on this site, I have been taking 1 tsp. 3 to 5 times a day, as well as dabbing it on the areas with a cotton ball. I'm also drinking ACV in filtered water, and taking goldenseal, lysine, B vitamins and Vit. C. I am finally getting some relief and some much needed sleep! The patches are no longer thick and hard, but are much softer and not as raised. Some areas have almost completely disappeared, no more lumps, just reddened skin. I'm not sure which of the treatments are making the difference, but I will continue to do all of them until this is gone! I hope this helps anyone else who is suffering from shingles!

Alcohol, Distilled Water and Fastum Gel   1  0   

Posted by Michael (South Africa) on 09/12/2006

[YEA]  Half each 90% Alcohol and distilled water. And Fastum Gel a non steroidal anti inflammatory. Fixed my shingles in a week. Blisters all dried and healing. Pain still there in the nerve. Good news!

Aloe Vera   2  1   

Posted by Susan (Sulphur, LA) on 04/28/2008

[YEA]  April 24th, 2008 I came down with shingles again. This is something I have dealt with for the last 13 years. In the past I have tried antibiotics, cortisone, etc. anything that I thought would bring relief. I was at my mothers and she told me to try the gel from an aloe leaf. To my surprise it brought great relief. I have done this 2 or 3 times a day. She also told me that once the blisters burst to apply honey to complete the healing process. I fully intend to try this at that time. It has been wonderful to have relief from this awful disease.

Replied by Awagner3216
Albuquerque, Nm

[NAY]   I tried some aloe from the plant that I have and it made the itching and pain worse! I'm going to go to the store and get some Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree and Eucalyptus oil.... Hopefully it will work, I'm only 22 and this is the first time that I have ever dealt with this. I hope that this is not a life long thing that keeps coming back!

Posted by Mafri (Zurich, Switzerland) on 10/04/2007

[YEA]  Another wonder of the world to be added-YOUR SITE! For 20 years my Fiance has been suffering with horrific Shingles, he has been to every skin Specialist there is, tried every cream, every oil and every natural product on the market. His feet are so bad, and so painful, causing more pain with certain foods- We have noticed that the worst are garlic, onions and spicy foods. 3 days ago, I was looking on the internet for a certain cream, very expensive especially after you have bought and tried almost everything. I came to your site and read all the posts, while doing so I looked what ingredients I had in the house, Aloe vera Gel - YES! Cayenne pepper- YES! Corn flour -YES! I went to the kitchen mixed it all up in bowl , got my fiance's feet and pasted it with the above, Now what? How does he go to sleep with all this on his feet? I took plastic wrap and wrapped his feet up, looking like a Astronaut he went to sleep with the paste and plastic.......... In the morning............. there was such a huge difference,are those really his feet. WOW! We are now on the 3rd day of nightly pasting and wrapping, the blisters are gone, the hard scaling skin is almost away, the only thing left is the redness. This is amazing!!! My only concern is with the plastic wrapping----- the feet don't get fresh air during this time, Thank you so much, I will keep you posted of the complete results in the future.

Replied by Martibee
Milwaukee, Wi., U.s.a.

Mafri, you said you combined Aloe vera Gel, Cayenne pepper, Corn flour, got my fiance's feet and pasted it with the above. How does he go to sleep with all this on his feet? I took plastic wrap and wrapped his feet up. What if you wrapped his feet in old cotton dish towels or some flannel fabric, and perhaps he put a pair of cotton sox on over that?
If that's possible. Sounds like it might work very well. L-Lysine is an amino acid that helps to prevent outbreaks of shingles, ass well as cold sores. If some folks have too much L-Arginine (another amino acid) in their system, it creates an imbalance of L-Lysine and may cause the immune system to produce a flare-up of shingles or cold sores (also known as herpes simplex). Those 2 amino acids are naturally occuring in protein foods (esp. Meat). However other foods have them also. Does he still have problems with shingles?

I just discovered this site as I developed shingles 4 days ago and am now on meds to treat it. I need help with alleviating the pain and horrible sensations from it. The blisters are like water blisters, but the pain feels like someone used a red hot branding iron on me. On me the blisters popped out on my lower left belly and back. I never knew anyone could develop such a painful rash. Now I understand.

Replied by Shingles
Colorado Springs, Colorado

I just turned 60 in Oct. They told me in ER you are more suseptible after 60! I'm reading this site & learning about your remedies, I do have vit E I think Cayenne pepper on the shelf, but no corn flour so wondering if I can just mix up what I have & try it, mine is on upper left side, ribs hurt I kept going to chiropractor until I got so sick had to go to ER.

This is miserable! Any answers if I can mix up what I have?

Aloe Vera, Cayenne, Oatmeal Flour   2  0   

Posted by Scott (La Quinta, Ca) on 08/17/2012

[YEA]  I used aloe vera gel, cayenne and oatmeal flour I ground up in my vita-mix to make a paste. Worked like a charm- place aloe vera gel in a bowl sprinkle to cover with cayenne, mix then sprinkle to cover with oatmeal and mix again. Clean site with Apple Cider Vinegar and apply it every 6 hrs.

Replied by Findacure
Oregon, US

[YEA]   Hi soon did you get relief?..since it has been over 2 yrs since this post, have you had any more shingles outbreaks and if so did you use the remedy above and if so what were the results. THANK YOU!

Aloe Vera, Eucalyptus Oil   2  0   

Posted by Jo (Southampton, Hampshire, Uk) on 01/31/2012

[YEA]  Last night my whole leg was covered in painful red rash and blisters. I was at my wits end until I discovered this site. After purchasing aloe vera gel today and liberally applying it with eucalyptus oil I simply cannot believe the difference. The blisters have dried, the redness has significantly decreased and the pain has all but gone. I did try the ACV but found that it stung a lot and irritated the blisters. I did take it internally though. Last night I was writhing in pain unable to speak, today the pain is manageable and significantly better.

Replied by Bondibox
Rockville, Md

I found complete relief from shingles with peppermint oil. My impression was that the peppermint overwhelms the nerve endings, that's probably how the eucalyptus oil works. I first prepped the area with cider vinegar, but it works without that. Also, to help with my energy I found that a massive dose (8x) of Lysine daily works.

Posted by Pmstar (San Diego, CA) on 06/29/2009

[YEA]  Australian Euculyptus Oil and Aloe Vera gel for Shingles

I've struggled with painful shingles for years now and used Calamine Lotion, Betadine, Alchol (ouch ) and everything imagineable. I discovered Aloe Vera gel to soothe and it works great but it only helps the pain and does nothing to cure. I often use pure ___ Eucylyptus Oil (___) for aches and pains. It works wonders by the way, just rub it in and joint and muscle pain is gone. Anyway I had a backache so hubby rubbed some on my back and I begged him please, please dont get it on the Shingles thinking it would hurt. Well, as he got in the areas near them and not even touching I could feel the pain go away. Could it be ? So I very carefully put it on a tiny spot. NO PAIN. AND I SWEAR IT ERASED THEM. We tried just one area the first night and really massaged it in because it didnt hurt at all to touch them once the AEO was on there. They simply disappeared in that spot. I couldn't wait to put it everywhere the next day. All thats left is a couple very small stubborn spots but with the oil they dont hurt at all ! It does smell strong - like Vicks so during the day I use the Aloe Vera gel to soothe any new breakouts but as soon as I get home from work I rub the ____ on it and massage it in and you can watch them disappear. It's amazing ! I hope there's no side effects. Been doing it for a week now. I'll post if there is any downside.

Replied by Martibee
Milwaukee, Wi., U S A

Pmstar from San Diego, CA , I'm going to try the Eucalyptus oil. I broke out with shingles on my belly and back 4 days ago and the pain is horrendous. Feels like hot metal stabbing me where the blisters are. Not good at all. I put minced ginger on mine and that helped. But it sounds like the Eu oil may work even better. Thanks for your input.
Replied by Isabel
C, California

Do you use the eucalyptus oil straight on the area or do you mix it with something?

Antifungal Cream for Ringworm   2  0   

Posted by Lizzy (Asheville, Nc) on 10/16/2014

[YEA]  Thank you so much for posting about the antifungal cream for shingles. I bought some ringworm cream at the pharmacy yesterday and applied to my shingles patch. It was the 6th day of my shingles outbreak and even though Dave's wonderful remedies were helping, the blistering area was still painful and red. I can't believe it, in just over 24 hours and 2 applications, the area has almost completely dried up and is no longer painful. Remarkable!

Posted by Izma (Hollywood, California) on 03/19/2007

[YEA]  From what I see of your numerous cures. It appears that Shingles may just dissappear. Personally I used the antifungal cream clotrimazole, followed the next day by Clorox disinfectant spray applied with a Q tip to each spot, and the shingles and the pain left.and havn't returned in more than five years. I had used the clorox spray before to no avail but when first used the anti fungal cream apparently that did the trick. Another thought viruses seem to be resistant to nearly everything but they may have a protective coating that takes a wetting agent to crack. and the anti fungal creme may have that ingredient. I know that it takes a wetting agent to break down ordinary mold, before clorox can disolve it. A chemist probably could explain this better than I can.

Antifungal Ringworm Cream   1  0   

Posted by Jody (Idaho, US) on 10/13/2014

[YEA]  I have also used an antifungal cream on my shingles and it seems to accelerated the shingles to blister then completely go away with no scarring in only a few days.

I had thought that I had ringworm on my hip and used the antifungal cream which cleared it up, but 6 months later it came back and my Dr said it was shingles. So I used the antifungal cream the second time and again within a few hours the itching was gone and healed within a few days. I don't know why it worked but I thank goodness it did. I can't imagine having to deal with the pain for weeks!

Apple Cider Vinegar   39  3   

Posted by Snptime (Ardmore, Al. ) on 02/10/2015

Please help me I have a very painful rash on my left inner butt cheek. It seems to be spreading. I have had chicken pox. and have gotten cold sores in the past. This feels like a rash of cold sores and it really hurts. I am using vinegar, and it does help some. What else can I do?

Replied by Mr. Ree

Get a bottle of licorice extract ($8.95 in any health food store)and put it over the rash...In one day it will heal 50%..The second day it will heal 75%...On the third day it will heal 100%..

If you get it when it first surfaces you will heal yourself the same day...Put licorice all over you rash and wrap it in saran wrap and take a nap...It will dissappear the first day...However if you have this for a while it will take 3 days...

Posted by Oneoffmom (Appalachia, NC) on 01/15/2015

[YEA]  My teenaged son showed me a spot on his back, within 3 days it had spread from shoulder blade, under his arm, through to his chest, became so painful internally and to touch that he couldn't sleep. Checked shingles symptoms, fit the bill - and by this time it was blistering because OTC rash cream was not working. So I checked this site (of course) for remedies.

We applied cotton ball dipped in Apple Cider Vinegar 3-4 times per day, especially before bed. For the first two days we used the coconut oil/cayenne/turmeric salve also. I had him take Echinacea immune boosters, and turmeric supplement (because we had on-hand). After the first day/night, the blisters were beginning to dry up, no more spreading. Area was still painful on second day, so I massaged with arnica gel (which worked, pain mostly gone next day, and he slept that night). By day three, we were overjoyed because the area was thoroughly dried out and obviously shrinking, only slightly painful, thanks to the arnica I think. Within a week, the rash was gone. WOW!

Note: My son said the ACV burned and tingled, but not unbearably. He was desperate to find relief, and said this was far less painful than the rash. He is fine now - that was 3 weeks ago.

Posted by Sharon (St. Charles, Mo) on 10/18/2014

I have shingles around the eye. I was wondering if Apple Cider Vinegar is safe to dab around the eye?

Replied by Eva

I don't know about the ACV, but homeopathic Rhus Tox C30 is amazingly effective and almost immediately helps.

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