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Shingles Spray

by Andrea Butje on July 26, 2008

solubolRecently, a friend of mine was diagnosed with shingles.

It was very painful, and she asked me to make her a blend for the pain. I made her a shingles spray that she used five or six times a day. She reported that it really reduced the pain and the relief lasted for many hours.

The recipe includes a product called Solubol. This is an all natural "dispersant" that helps essential oils dissolve in water or hydrosols. As you know, essential oils and water don't mix. When essential oils are added into a water or hydrosol spray, the tiny droplets of oil stay separate from the rest of the liquid. When sprayed on the body, we get tiny droplets of neat essential oil on our skin.

This is no big deal, except when dealing with sensitive or damaged skin. In the case of shingles, I wanted to use the solubol to be sure the essential oils wouldn't disturb her skin.

Solubol is an all natural product. Here are the ingredients:

  • Sucrose stearate -- An emulsifier made from sugar and vegetable oil
  • Helianthus annus -- Annual sunflower oil
  • Cera alba -- Beeswax
  • Sterculia urens -- a medium-sized, deciduous tree that exudes a gum called karaya, used in food as an emulsifier, stabilizer and thickener
  • The gum of the acacia tree
  • Propolis wax from bees

Here is the recipe for the Shingles Spray:

  • 1 oz (30 ml) Spray bottle
  • About 1 oz (30 ml) of Yarrow hydrosol (Achillea millefolium; You could use other hydrosols as well, like Frankincense or Myrrh.)
  • 10 drops Melissa essential oil (Melissa officinalis)
  • 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil (Santalum paniculatum)
  • 3.5 ml Solubol dispersant

I know Melissa and Sandalwood are some of the more expensive oils, but they are so effective when it comes to viruses and pain that I felt they were the best choices. I recommend making this product fresh every few weeks.

I hope you never need this recipe, but if you do I hope you find it as helpful as my friend did.

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: hydrosols, Recipes and Blends, medicinal blending, Sandalwood

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