Chicken Pox:
Natural Treatments Using
Herbs and Essential Oils

by Jeanne Rose

"Dear Jeanne Rose,

   I was searching for the best healing ointment to put on my 11 year old daughter. She has just recovered from chicken pox (scabs have fallen off but now treating what's under scabs). I read where someone treated her own daughter recovering from chicken pox with your formula of 1 oz rosehip seed oil + 1 drop Rose and May Chang and 2 drops of Helichrysum. What do you recommend now?
Thank you."
Re: Ask Jeanne Rose - Shingles and Chicken Pox scabs  

Chicken Pox Scabs

     That is a good recipe but here are some other ideas for you. Calophyllum, is a healing vegetable oil that is cold-pressed from the fruit and seed together. Calophyllum inophyllum, (for more information please see 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols) is also called Kamani tree or Alexandria laurel. The tree is native to India and has naturalized to Hawaii. The vegetable oil that is obtained is grayish black in color and very thick. It contains stigmasterol and about 7% wax. Calophyllum is used as a treatment for various problems of the hair and scalp, for eczema, psoriasis and facial neuralgia as well.

     The essential oil of Ravensara and the vegetable oil of Calophyllum have been studied together by Dr. D. Penol and mentioned in Phytomedicine, 1981 as a treatment for shingles (zona) and chicken pox scabs and has been shown to have pronounced amelioration of the problem. We have also discussed them at length in my book, The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations and in many of my Certification courses and aromatherapy classes as well.

Skin or Scalp Formula:

     A good mixture would be:
    *25% Calophyllum vegetable oil
     25% Walnut oil
     40% Jojoba unrefined oil
    *10% Ravensara essential oil.
     Mix these together, label your container, and apply to the
     scalp (or skin problem) night and morning. 
*You could also use 50% Calophyllum, 40% olive oil and 10% Ravensara.


     A Topical Remedy for shingles or scabs is this excellent topical formula in an ointment form that you can make at home:

**An Herbal/Aromatic Formula

     About 12% essential oil to carrier
     1/2 oz or 15 ml (Calophyllum, Bruise Juice, Calendula
     infused oil
     5 drops Helichrysum anti-hematomic/analgesic and
     Anti-fungal oils to include
     5 drops Frankincense
     5 drops Rosemary Verbenone
     5 drops Palmarosa
     5 drops Spikenard

    **It may be wise to solidify this with beeswax or floral wax for easier carrying.

Marigold (Calendula)

     These oils are available from Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy and other sources that are listed in Chapter VI of The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations. The formulas are available as a special order just mention this article.

     There are several hydrosols that are very helpful in the treatment of scabs and chicken pox; they are Owyhee hydrosol, Helichrysum hydrosol, Linden Blossom hydrosol and others. They can be used as a misting spray on the itchy lesions or as a compress. Owyhee is available now from Jeanne Rose Aromatherapy. and other sources.


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