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Cure Shingles: Home Remedies for Shingles Treatment

Last Modified on Jan 13, 2016

Calamine Lotion  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Michelle (Va) on 10/04/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  It is also nonsense to think you have to be 60+ to get shingles.. I'm in my 40s, and am suffering shingles in my neck and shoulder. The ER didnt think I was old enough for it and gave me a steroid for pain.. needless to say that onset the rash quicker/stronger.. Calamine lotion dried up the rash in 2-3 days but the pain is still terrible.

Posted by Tressa (Mount Pocono, Pa.) on 05/27/2012

[YEA]  I'm in my 80's and got a case of shingles, the perscription my Dr. gave me was too expensive and it was to treat shingles. So I didn't buy it I saw that shingles looked like poison ivy so I treated it with calamine lotion by soking toilet paper with it, placed it around my middrift and wore a white T shirt. My shingles was gone in 2wks.

Calendula Cream  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Joan (Adelaide, South Aus) on 11/25/2011

[YEA]  My husband developed shingles two weeks ago. We have been using Calendula Cream which seems to have been very effective in healing them and easing pain. also taking zinc, vit C.

Capsaicin Cream, Apple Cider Vinegar  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Janbug (Jewett, Texas, USA) on 08/29/2009

My husband came down with shingles after chemo and back surgery. The doctor gave him the regular meds with extra nerve pills but it did not stop the pain. I called the nurse and ask what to use. I was told to use capsaicin which I went to get as quick as I could on a friday afternoon. I put the cream on him and thought he was going to burn up. I think it may work because the pain on the outside of the skin hurts so bad you forget about the pain on the inside for a little bit. I thought I would go crazy trying to find something to help make his pain go away so I got on line and found your site. I have started him on 2 tablespoons of the Apple Cider Vinegar in water and rubbing his neck and scalp. I pray it works and I thank you for being there for me to find. jan in texas

Replied by Diane
Uniontown, Pa
I had read Dr. Morton Walker's book about Olive Leaf extract, so when my son had shingles, he reluctantly took OLE. (He must have been desperate to try one of mama's remedies, haha) I wanted him to take two to four a day (500 mg is what we have on hand) but I can't say for sure how many he did take. All I know is that he improved quickly, (a few days) and hasn't had a problem with shingles after that. You could Google "olive leaf extract" shingles, for more info.
Replied by Lola
[YEA]   CAPSICAIN (from hot peppers) for the best topical relief from shingles. You can get it in creme/lotion in a tube at most pharmacies. No burning whatsoever. REALLY HELPS.

Castor Oil  
2 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Junglegirl (Haiku, Hawaii) on 08/11/2009

[YEA]  Shingles treatment: My mother used a high quality pure castor oil slathered on the worst spots. She applied it most heavily at night and wore old pajamas because it's messy, but it worked immediately for her. We found the remedy somewhere online, years ago, so I can't reference it. But it worked.

Replied by Johnny
Ray City, Ga
Here is a good summary of shingles:

"Shingles and chickenpox were once considered separate disorders. It is now known that they are both caused by a single virus of the herpes family known as varicella-zoster virus (VZV). The word herpes is derived from the Greek word "herpein, " which means "to creep, " a reference to a characteristic pattern of skin eruptions. VZV is still referred to by separate terms

"* Varicella: the primary infection that causes chickenpox.*
Herpes zoster: the reactivation of the virus that causes shingles."

Cayenne Pepper  
4 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Ahmad_h (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) on 12/04/2012

[YEA]  I'm 27 and I recently had a breakout of shingles on my leg. A day after I had the red spots the nerve pain arrived. That's when I realized it was shingles and immediately began seeking remedies. It appeared that cayenne pepper was key to suppressing the virus, according to a number of folks on earthclinic. I began looking for natural pastes around the house to mix with cayenne pepper. All I had at the time was Tahini (sesame butter). I took a tablespoon of tahini and mixed it with a whole lot of cayenne pepper, almost to the point of saturation, and applied it to the red spots. 95% of the nerve pain was gone and the red spots were no where in sight within 24hours. I've been reapplying it almost daily (usually when I feel the pain creeping up). Cayenne pepper is shingles' worst nightmare. I've been ingesting half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper every few days as well, just for good measure. And they said it takes 2-3 weeks to heal!

Replied by Tabitha
Kennewick, Wa
How long should I leave the cayenne paste on my rash? Please get back to me as soon as u can cuz im in a whole lot of pain.
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Dear Tabitha,

So sorry about the shingles!

I do not know how long the person who wrote the post left the cayenne in place. It sounds as if people apply it and then reapply as needed. I know a man who used cayenne to pack a bleeding wound and left the cayenne in the wound. It did not cause a problem to leave the cayenne in the wound. (And it stopped the bleeding and left the ER wondering how he got the bleeding to stop! )

I once made an apple cider vinegar/cayenne liniment to put on a sore foot and just left it on.

If you haven't tried it yet, the cayenne may burn upon contact, but that usually goes away quickly. If it bothers you beyond that, you could wash it off.

You may want to take the cayenne internally as well. I like 1/2 teaspoon in some grape juice or carrot juice a couple of times a day when I need the cayenne.

Let us know how it goes. I hope you find much relief with the cayenne!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Henry (New Jersey) on 03/02/2006

[YEA]  mix small amt. of cayenne pepper and mostly aloe vera gel. I applied several times daily on infected area relieved the pain and never blistered- found in Herbal Drugstore book.

Cayenne Pepper, Geranium Oil  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Violet (Cerrillos, Nm) on 12/27/2012

[YEA]  I had a mild outbreak of shingles earlier this year. I tried ACV at first and it helped slightly. After a few days of pain I decided to try cayenne even though I was worried it might be even more painful. To my surprise it dried out the blisters and I immediately began to feel better. I simply mixed cayenne powder with water, applied the paste to my skin, and allowed it to flake off as it dried. The nervy pain persisted as the blisters dried. I used undiluted geranium essential oil directly on the skin and the residual nerve pain dissapeared over the next few days.

Cayenne, Vitamin C  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Carla (Rusk, Texas) on 04/10/2012

[YEA]  I've had a terrible re-occuring case of shingles in the back of my throat since I was about 12 years old. After slowly removing and adapting to the stress in my life I only have one or two occurences a year now. This last week I've had a terrible case and did not want to use vicious lidocain, so I checked this site and saw that cayenne pepper helped some people. I bought some vitamin supplements of Cayenne Fruit and took one last night as directed on the bottle and did some meditation before sleeping. I had very little pain when I woke up this morning. I have just taken another pill with some wheat cereal and have had only a little pain. I recommend to try this for anyone that has Shingle of the Mouth.

1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Jathinder (Kent, UK)

[YEA]  I have taken this opportunity to pass on this cure for shingles after my son suffered a severe case of shingles on his face. After trying several creams by the doctor which failed to work I decided to use a powered form of clay which I mixed to a medium paste with distilled water and put in on my sons face where the shingles first appeared, only covering the blistering ares. This enabled the drying clay to absorb the liquid coming from the blisters, as I found it was this liquid from his face when spread which caused further blisters when in contact with his skin. This helped contain the shingles to a small part of his face until the virus had taken its course. I hope this is of help but I know how helpless I felt when the first bout of shingles spread over half of my son's face with the creams doing nothing to help. The clay paste needs to be applied regularly as if too thick it cracks and flakes of, too thin and it will not absorb the weeping blisters therefore a consistency which you can see absorb the weeping blisters is fine.

Clay Poultice  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Danny (Toronto, Canada) on 10/03/2015

[YEA]  I had shingles on my back over thirty years ago.

I have a book Our Earth Our Cure. It suggested to use a clay poultice on the area. I went to the Heath food store and bought regular powdered clay. You take a glass or ceramic bowl, put some clay in the bottom and cover with tap water.Let it sit for a couple of hours. Get a white piece of cotton cloth and put some clay on it with a wooden spoon ( no metal ). Place the cloth on the affected area. Since it was on my back I used one of those elastic bandages and wound it around my body.Keep it on overnight and re-apply in the morning. Within 24 hours the pain disappeared.

I kept it up for a whole month and have never had any recurrences since then.

Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E and Dlpa  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Kat (Orlando, Florida) on 05/07/2007

[YEA]  I have found that a combination of cocoa butter/vitamin e cream, and herbal pain killer DLPA have helped with the pain, though it doesnt take away the tingling feeling. but the really bad burning is tolerable now, and the itching is almost completely gone. I have also read a lot of homeopathic remedies that say urine applied topically can help. but im kinda scared to try that one.

Replied by Earthstylist
Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hi. I had one wart on my vagina so I started using the ACV and cotton ball to cure it. I slept with the cotton ball over night, and when I woke up, the wart was gone. But now, my vagina looks white and bumpy and I just found a different wart. I tried using the cotton ball with ACV but this time it hurt so badly that I only used it for 5 minutes. Is my vagina turning white and bumpy because of the ACV or are more warts coming out? The newer bumps look kinda like irritated skin but I'm not sure.
Replied by Earthstylist
Santa Barbara, Ca, Usa
Hi. I had one wart on my vagina so I started using the ACV and cotton ball to cure it. I slept with the cotton ball over night, and when I woke up, the wart was gone. But now, my vagina looks white and bumpy and I just found a different wart. I tried using the cotton ball with ACV but this time it hurt so badly that I only used it for 5 minutes. Is my vagina turning white and bumpy because of the ACV or are more warts comming out? The newer bumps look kinda like irritated skin but Im not sure.

Coconut Oil  
4 User Reviews | 2 YEA

Posted by Debbie (Ny) on 05/28/2013

[YEA]  My boyfriend was diagnosed with Shingles. It was the left side of his face, from his eyelid up to his hairline. It was very painful. He was prescribed steroids and an anti viral medication. I immediately went to your site to see what else he could use to help the affected area. He uses coconut oil. It soothed the area, and it is helping the area heal faster. Thank you for all the great info you provide, it was extremely helpful. Sincerely, Debbie

Replied by Meghan
At 21, I was diagnosed with shingles yesterday for the 1st time ever and am devastated. I want it gone ASAP. I read almost all of these remedies. I just drank a shot of orange juice mixed with 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Followed by a mixture of green tea, with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and 2 tablespoons ACV. I threw up in the trash can before I even finished the cup. It was so disgusting and all that mixed did not settle well at all. I would not recommend drinking any of that and I doubt it helps much, if any. I think I'm just going to stick with applying it to the blistered area from now on!
Replied by Tara
Cambridge, Boston
Meghan, the coconut oil caused you to vomit. You should never take such a high amount to start of anything, and especially not when you are feeling so desperate. Many people start with 1/8th teaspoon and work their way up. Don't give up on the other remedies, I have tried them all and they are awesome!!

Posted by Carol (Los Angeles, CA) on 07/22/2006

[YEA]  My sister had an attack of shingles with pain so bad she could barely walk. She was misdiagnosed at first and told she would need back surgery. The 3rd doctor diagnosed shingles, and warned her that the terrible pain could possibly be permanent and that the ugly blisters on her back might cause scarring. She told me this on a Sunday morning and I said, "Try coconut oil. Keep it in your system (3 tablespoons a day)." She did, plus rubbed it on her back. The very next day, Monday, she went back to work (she had been out over 2 weeks), and worked ALL day. She told me that her pain had stopped and that the blisters were going away. It has been a week now and she is feeling "better and better." Because of her success, I began using Coconut oil for myself and noticed overnight improvement for my rosacea. May I also say that I think coconut oil tastes delicious!

Coconut oil and ACV paste  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Sadie (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/13/2014

[YEA]  I recently noticed a spot on my right eye brow. I thought it was a spider bite that had become infected, so I got some antibiotics. 2 Days later I notice small bumps and began to feel a tingling sensation. Then I knew it was shingles. I got the antiviral medicine from the Dr, but I actually started to feel worse after taking it. I did a google search and thankfully found this site. From everyone's recommendations I made a paste and the pain and sores started going away almost instantly.

Paste: 1 Tbs coconut oil

1 Tbs ACV

10 drops colloidal silver

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp DMSO

I put the paste on and let it sit for 10-15min. It burns, but it's a good burn. I think adding in aloe would help, but I didn't have any. Then rinse.

Then I mixed ACV with 10 drops eucalyptus oil and dabbed that on the sores. Again it burns, but it's more like a cooling burn.

Within 2 hours the pain was almost gone and the sores had gone down by almost half. It's been 36 hour now and some of the sores are completely gone and the others are on their way out. This really saved me some anguish. Good luck to everyone!