Chickenpox is caused by a herpes-related virus and lasts for about 1 to 2 weeks. It is common in children, especially those under 12. Children who contract chickenpox are usually immune to the virus for the rest of their lives, however, in rare cases it can return. Adults sometimes experience more severe cases. Symptoms include a significant breakout of relatively small skin sores, headache, fever, and other flu-like symptoms. The virus is commonly spread through the air. People with weak immune systems and poor diets are usually highly susceptible. Chickenpox usually runs its course and symptoms gradually disappear. However, it is possible to take preventive dietary measures to prevent it and treating it, once contracted, is highly effective with herbal and natural remedies. Read more for help.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Herb guide
- Book of food counts
- Food items (See Steps)
- Dietary supplements (See Steps)
Remove all dairy products from your diet upon the onset of chickenpox. Dairy products can heighten uric acid levels in the body and slow down your metabolism. It is important to keep the body free from toxins during a bout with chickenpox so your system can naturally heal itself. Replace dairy calories with fresh fruits, carrot juice, and organic yoghurt.
Reduce solid foods, such as excessive amounts of meat, during the onset of the virus. If you prefer to keep some meat in your diet, refrain from chemically-induced beef and chicken. Meat including chemicals can contribute many of the body's imbalances. Replace those calories with cleansing foods such as green salads, sea greens, and raw carrots.
Drink a 295 to 354ml glass of cranberry juice with a 1/2 lemon squeezed into it with each meal. This mixture will help alkalise your body and allow the antioxidants to begin fighting the virus and healing your skin.
Have a two kiwis with each meal. Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, essential minerals and other nutrients which help the respiratory system, skin and blood stay healthy. Kiwi is also rich in digestive enzymes. It is important for your body to digest meals rapidly so it can utilise helpful healing agents that will fight the virus.
Drink two cups of caffeine-free chamomile tea an hour before going to bed. Chamomile is a mild but highly-effective relaxant that will help ease itching and allow you to sleep comfortably.
Diet and Supplements
Take a hot to warm bath with 2 tbs of sea salt and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar added. Sit in the tub for 20 minutes each day. This will cause itching to subside and keep your sores clean. Avoid using over-the-counter soaps and bubble baths.
Apply compresses to sores after your bath. Soak a wash rag in hot water. Wring and drop 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil on the rag. Apply to sores until the rag is room temperature.
Drink 2 cups of caffeine-free chamomile tea before going to bed. Chamomile is mild, but effective relaxant that will help the itching and relax your body as the other remedies begin to work. It will also help you sleep more soundly.
Body and Topical Care
Tips and warnings
- Avoid caffeine during bouts with chickenpox.
- Avoid smoking. Smoking robs the body of oxygen.
- Do not use aspirin during bouts with chickenpox. Aspirin thins the blood and can promote uric acid build up during times of sickness. Children should not take aspirin.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.
- Eat a balanced diet and get enough rest (Preventative measure)
- Use cocoa butter and pleurisy root extract for treating scars.
- Take at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C each day. For children, 1 tsp of vitamin C crystals every 4 to 6 hour is recommended.
- This information is, in no way, to be considered medical advice. If you have questions about alternative therapies, dietary supplements or changes in eating habits, contact your doctor, nutritionist, herbalist or other health care professional.
- If you have any adverse reactions to any herbal supplements or your symptoms are severe, stop taking the supplements and call your doctor.
- Read warning labels carefully or contact your nutritionist before giving herbal supplements to children.