Herbal Remedies for Shingles

By | June 12, 2014

Several herbal remedies for shingles are available if you are suffering from the infection. Shingles, otherwise known as “herpes zoster”, is a disease caused by a viral infection of the nerve roots. This infection is the same one that causes chicken pox in children. Symptoms of the infection include pain and rash on one side of the body. Shingles is more common in people with weak immune systems and older adults. There is not cure for shingles as the infection goes away on its own, but there are several treatments that are aimed at alleviating the associated discomfort.

Red Pepper


Using red pepper to alleviate pain is one of many effective herbal remedies for shingles. Red pepper mixed with lotion and applied to the skin has a pain relieving and soothing effect due to an ingredient called capsaicin. Capsaicin can help by blocking pain signals that go to the nerves below the skin and is commonly used in commercial topical creams. To make the red pepper lotion, you need to sprinkle powdered red pepper into white skin lotion until the mixture turns pink and then dab it on the rash. It is very important to wash your hands after you handle the red pepper powder so that it does not get in your eyes.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is another one of the popular herbal remedies for shingles. Due to the presence of polyphenols, lemon balm is effective in treating the sores that many people get while they have the shingles virus. When used topically, lemon balm is also effective in treating other herpes-related infections such as chicken pox and cold sores. You can usually buy lemon balm from herbal stores or online in the form of an ointment or oil. You can also ingest the lemon balm by drinking it as a tea. This will allow you to get both the anti-herpetic and antiviral effects of lemon balm.


If you are looking for herbal remedies for shingles, Echinacea is another remedy that may be effective. Echinacea can help the body increase its creation of white blood cells, which can help the body fight the infection more quickly. Echinacea is typically ingested in pill form and can be found at most drug stores.


Lysine is also very effective in relieving certain shingles symptoms. Lysine contains amino acids which can lessen the pain and uncomfortable feelings of shingles as well as speeding along your recovery. Lysine can be taken as a tablet or capsule, a cream or a drinkable liquid. You may even be able to eat foods containing lysine such as watercress or soy beans.

Other Herbal Remedies

  • St. John’s Wort can also be used to treat nerve pain
  • Olive leaf extract is another herbal remedy with antiviral properties that can be used to treat shingles

Hydrogen Peroxide

People who suffer from shingles often get painful blisters on their skin. If you get blisters that become infected, hydrogen peroxide is an herbal remedy that will help rid your skin of the infection. To do this, you will need to apply undiluted hydrogen peroxide directly to the blisters. This may sting quite a bit, but this is completely normal.

Nerve Oil

A number of herbal remedies for shingles are aimed at relieving nerve pain. One such remedy is a mixture of herbs called nerve oil. To make nerve oil, you mix 20 drops of lemon balm essential oil, one handful of fresh St. John’s Wort flowers and 100 ml of sunflower oil together in a clear jar. Once the herbs are mixed, put a lid on the jar and put it on a windowsill with access to direct sunlight for approximately two weeks or until it turns a reddish color. Once the mixture is done, you can use your fingers or a soft cloth and cover the affected skin with the nerve oil.