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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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          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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          • (1) Research
          • (2) Deciding the topic
          • (3) Creating the outline
          • (4) Drafting the content
          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
          • (6) Revision
          • (7) etc.

          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

          2. Change Your Environment

          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

          6. Get a Buddy

          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

          Reality check:

          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

          Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

          More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

          Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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