All peppers have capsaicin in varying degrees, from bell pepper to black pepper. Capsaicin is the chemical substance that makes peppers hot and therefore chilies have been an intrinsic part of medicine. Capsaicin prohibits or greatly restricts the pain signals from being transmitted by the nerves and thus decreases the pain sensed on account of zona. It is extracted and made to constitute as a major ingredient of topical pain relieving creams. Chilies could be crushed into a paste and applied on the region aching due to zona.
– Cat’s claw
A simple home remedy for treating zona, involves the usage of cat’s claw. This herb has been observed to possess antiviral and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Use of this herb has been associated with a decreased incidence of a weakened or compromised immunity that invites various undesirable infections. The extract of this herb might be consumed as a health supplement in capsules / tablets. However, this herb is not recommended to be consumed during pregnancy and all its derivatives should be avoided as well.
– Echinacea and goldenseal
Another simple home remedy for treating zona, is a mix of echinacea and goldenseal. This combination has been observed to be effective in guarding against viruses and additionally facilitates detoxifying, apart from augmenting the immune systems. It is recommended to stir a quarter tsp of their tincture in juice / tea for consuming thrice every day. Alternatively, it is recommended to mix in equal quantities the tinctures of echinacea / goldenseal / nettle / Siberian ginseng and take half a tsp, three times every day to augment the immunity.
A simple home remedy that guards against the ill-effects of zona, involves unleashing the potential of garlic. The medicinal characteristics of garlic are well acknowledged and it is widely used. Garlic has powerful antiviral agents that minimize the discomfort associated with zona. It is recommended to consume garlic extract in form of health supplements as capsules / tablets twice every day, for about a week or so. Alternatively, a few cloves of minced garlic could be sprinkled on dishes and consumed or crushed garlic could be added to soups or salads.
– Lemon balm
A simple home remedy for treating zona is using the herb, lemon balm. It is also known as Melissa and has various polyphenols that guard against herpes and its associated discomfort. It is recommended to topically apply lemon balm tea, by steeping a few tsp of this herb in boiling water for a few minutes. The liquid, once cooled, could be absorbed in cotton balls and applied on the blisters 3 – 4 times every day, for a few days. In continental Europe, the extract of lemon balm leaves is widely available in an ointment form.
Another simple home remedy that guards against zona advocates the medicinal virtues of licorice. This particular compound possesses various antiviral agents apart from strengthening the immune systems thereby neutralizing the microbes responsible for herpes and keeping infections at bay. It is recommended to topically apply an OTC licorice ointment on the blisters. Alternatively, licorice could be made into a light tea for sipping or could be made into a strong tea for application on the lesions. Either way, licorice is very soothing during an episode of zona.
– St. John’s wort / slippery elm / calendula / myrrh
A home remedy for guarding against zona involves using the tinctures of St. John’s wort, slippery elm, calendula, myrrh and licorice. These tinctures could be diluted for direct application with a cotton pad or dropped on the blisters for quickening the process of healing. Alternatively, any of these tinctures could be used to prepare a strong tea for topical application on the blisters after it cools sufficiently. These herbs have been observed to have a soothing and calming effect on an irritated skin and are particularly of aid against zona.
These are only some home remedies against zona. Other popular home remedies include using,
– Hyssop – Oregano – Rosemary
– Sage – Thyme – Oat straw
– Reishi mushroom – Skullcap