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February 21, 2014
If you've been using essential oils for awhile you've likely discovered that some topical applications can be tricky especially where wounds or sensitive, painful ailments like Shingles are concerned. Consider a spray bottle for the path of least resistance and careful coverage for healing.
Lets start with wound care. Road rash hurts and can be very sensitive to touch especially if it's been scrubbed of road rubble! Road rash calls for a gentle lecture and careful application of a Healing Spray. In this case, I would reach for the CW All Purpose Healing Stick blend, replacing the roller bottle with a spray bottle and alcohol-free Witch Hazel with fractionated coconut oil. Rather than disturb the tender raw skin with touch, make this easy blend in a glass spray bottle.
This is typical for the little one, a scraped knee or cheek what have you. A healing blend of Frankincense, Melaleuca and Lavender blended in rosehip seed oil and sprayed on is a much more comfortable than actually touching the wound. By the way, this is a blend you'll want to write down for future use. I do love this blend in a spray, it comes in handy for all kinds of antics and can double as deodorant, or hand sanitizer in a pinch!
Next up we have the horribly sensitive and painful Shingles, touching Shingles isn't wise, they're just so painful and sensitive! Shingles, also know as herpes zoster, is a viral infection of the nerve roots. The initial viral infection occurs with childhood chickenpox then lays dormant in the body for years and may resurface as shingles when the body is weakened from another disease or aging. Just sounds painful doesn't it? Once again, a spray bottle is going to be your best friend for essential oil application.
Keep Spray Bottle Protocols in mind for those times when touch is painful, it really is the perfect solution for topical application in these instances.
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August 09, 2017
I had shingles last year and I refused the prescription drugs due to possible side effects. But one thing I found out last year that helped the most with the nerve pain was apple cider vinegar. I would dab or spray it on and also put some in cider and drink it. (much easier in cider than in water) By doing that fairly regular, it kept the pain at bay. Since then I found the Camp Wander site. Late last week I had a pain start in my back that did not respond like typical muscle pain and then I remembered that is how my shingles first started too, with a stabbing pain in my back about 5 days prior to the blisters appearing. So I’ve been treating it like shingles even though there is no rash. I just got the nerve pain block salve today. I am eager to use the salve to see if it will prevent it from progressing to the blisters since it has healing and anti-viral properties too. If not, I’m sure it will help with the pain after.
May 10, 2017
I love the idea of putting the healing power of your salve recipe in a spray bottle. My husband just had ankle surgery to repair a broken bone with screws and a plate. Last night I told him I would apply a salve when the dressing is removed after the post surgical doctor appointment. When I read your post about sensitive skin I realized my husband ’s surgical wound would be too sensitive for a salve application. What protocol would you recommend to heal the surgical wound, broken bone and stretched tendons?
Poor guy looks like he healed well, I have problems with spray bottles not working though, all kinds, am I doing something wrong with them is there a difference, although I find the ones with the trigger easier, maybe cause my hands don’t work well a lot of the time,(stiffness, pain and not enough feeling.
Spray applications are great for pets too. Our dog will not let anyone touch her ears when they are infected. As per our Vet, mix 1 oz each; organic apple cider vinegar, distilled water & rubbing alcohol. To that add 6 drops of melaleuca and swirl before spraying inside her ear(s) 2-3 times /day. This she tolerates. Once the infection tames some and her ears are less sensitive I saturate a cotton ball and squeeze to allow it to run into the ear. Once the infection is gone I do a weekly spraying to keep it at bay.
I would suggest this for both feet: Massage 3 drops each Zen, Cypress, Basil, Marjoram and Peppermint to calves and feet with a carrier oil (or affected area). You can combine or layer them, I prefer layering the oils. End the massage with Peppermint. After applying to the affected area cover the area with a hot moist towel and then wrap a dry towel around that…let the towels cool before removing them. You should apply at least once a day and repeat as needed. The massage is very important in the protocol to stimulate blood blow, be prepared to spend some time massaging the oils in.
what will work for neuropathy?
The trigger type would be my suggestion for you too Lori :)
Karen, I love this protocol for broken bone and sprain: equal parts Cypress (circulation) Helichrysum (nerve damage, pain) and White Fir or Frankincense for inflammation and pain with a carrier oil.
Can I use the witch hazel instead of the coconut oil in the healing spray? I don’t have the coconut oil in hand. Thanks!
I was just diagnosed with shingles a few days ago, and the rash spray and antibiotic blend were just what I was looking for!! EOs are just the bomb!!
Yes it will!
So, i fyou were to use this for kids, would the dilution stay the same?
My mother-in-law is suffering from shingles. I have everything except wintergreen eo. Is there something to substitute for wintergreen?
You sure can!
Yes, it’s helped many with pain relief!
did the spray work for your shingles pain.? I have a friend who is suffering with that now.TIA
Yes, you can. I would recommend alcohol free though!
Gail do you have any coconut oil or better yet, Naked Salve? I would apply coconut oil or something else that’s chemical free, emollient with no EOs other than perhaps a pure Frankincense which is very gentle.
I got melaleuca on the skin between my upper lip and nose two days ago. Yesterday I had a rash there that is weeping. The area is red, like when you have a bad cold. My upper lip was swollen this morning. It’s still weeping, drying to a yellow crust. Is there any way I can hurry the healing?
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