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13 Relieving Home Remedies For Shingles And How To Prevent It In Long Term

13 Relieving Home Remedies For Shingles And How To Prevent It In Long Term

In the road of life, we sometimes encounter sudden bouts of bumps that we have to overcome and get over. One such time is a sudden occurrence of shingles. You try to ask yourself, why me, why now?

Why it happens?

Shingles is a hidden virus lurking onto the body nerve cells from Chicken Pox. This Herpes Zoster virus reappears at some stage in adulthood should you have encountered Chicken Pox in childhood phases. Even just a mild unnoticed case of chicken pox. Herpes Zoster is a French, and Latin originated, term referring to girdle or belt. The blisters on shingles wrap around the trunk of the body.

How and why the virus suddenly spurts out again after years in hiding, no one really knows. Some medical opinion is that it takes course once the immune system is weakened. Shingles are common for those over 50 years old. Anyone with a weakened immune system is prone to develop shingles. Another well-known and likely trigger is injury or stress.

Once the blisters heal, the agony is not over. There is shooting pain in the area of the outbreak and can continue to persist for years thereafter for some. Fortunately, only a small percentage of people experience the after effect. Prompt treatment is key for this bout of shingles. Some experts may emphasize medical treatment but there are home remedies to relieve that itching and pain in early phases of Shingles when blisters are present.

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Home Remedies for Shingles

1. Cool Down!

Cold packs are useful, they relieve blistered skin. Place a cold cloth gently and wrap over the affected area, dabbed in ice water. Repeat for about twenty minutes at a time until the pain eases.

2. Honey Heal Me!

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    Healing with honey. Honey heals blisters and fades away the pain. Place honey on a bandage and apply on the area. Use fresh honey every few hours until there is an improvement. Eating honey daily boosts the immune system as well.

    3. Lay Back and Relax!

    Getting bed rest will assist the body in a head start of defenses. Anti-inflammatory treatment is recommended.

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    4. Do not Burst the Bubble!

    Refrain from self-popping the blisters. The healing time will prolong and further infections and scarring may occur.

    5. Smoothing Out with Oatmeal!

    Oatmeal has soothing and anti-irritant properties that can offer relief from itchiness and pain, that accompanies the bout of shingles. Fill a bathtub and add oatmeal that is finely powdered. Lie in the oatmeal induced bath for about ten to fifteen minutes. Take an oatmeal soak two or three times daily to soothe the symptoms. Otherwise, make an oatmeal paste with powdered oatmeal and spread it over the affected area allowing it to self-dry and then wash off with warm water.

    6. The Apple Cider Vinegar Savior!

    Another effective remedy is apple cider vinegar. It dries out sores and stops the itchiness. It is a neural antiviral disinfectant and will speed up the process of recovery. Make a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar in equal amounts. Apply on the affected area leaving it to self-dry. Repeat until the shingles heal. Drinking apple cider vinegar in warm water will also be effective in the healing process.

     7. Gel away the Aloe Vera route!

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      Aloe viral is an effective home remedy to soothe the skin, reduce itching, and pain. Apply aloe vera gel gently on the affected area two or three times daily. Leave it for at least thirty minutes and then wash it off

      8. Licorice Root to Health!

      Licorice has immune boosting properties that improve the healing process. Powdered licorice made into a paste must be applied onto the affected area. It is also possible to make licorice tea and then dab it on the blisters.

      9. Cloves of Garlic Emancipation!

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        Putting garlic paste on the affected area a few times on a daily basis helps. Or even eat a few cloves.

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        10. Trust in Coconut Oil

        Virgin coconut oil with its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties will definitely be a pathway to heal shingles. Warm some of the coconut oil and spread over the affected skin covering with gauze. Continue with the treatment after a few hours until there is noticed improvement. Including coconut oil in your daily diet is another way to heal.

        11. Global Healing Lemon Balm!

        Lemon Balm helps with the discomfort and pain of blisters. Make a lemon balm tea. After it has cooled, apply the solution, repeating this about four times a day.

        12. Salt of the Sea!

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          Sea Salt is a natural antiseptic. It can dry up blisters. Apply sea salt diluted in water over the area affected at four-hour intervals.

          13. Alleviate Stress

          Stress does not cause singles but it can exacerbate the problem and put you in the  front of the risk queue for shingles to capture as your immune system weakens, bringing your body defenses down. Stress alters the inner perception of pain and symptoms are more acute and intolerable. Here’s how to avoid stress:

          • Express yourself – talking about how you feel is beneficial.
          • Avoid stressful encounters.
          • Follow a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise.
          • Explore stress management, self-healing methods like meditation and other relaxation activities. This will ease stress during the time that you have to deal with the pain of Shingles.

          Featured photo credit: Getty Images via prevention.com

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          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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