For those who have suffered from chickenpox before, there may be few other conditions more unbearable. If you or someone you know suffers from this condition, follow the steps below to treat chickenpox with peppermint.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Peppermint oil
- Cup warm water
- Elder flowers
- Yarrow tops
- Peppermint lotion
Place the elder flowers and yarrow tops into a cup. Pour in a cup of boiling water and cover. Let steep for 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain out the dried herbs and let the herbal infusion cool down until it is comfortably warm to drink. Yarrow and elderflower help break fevers and cleanse the body from the inside out.
Stir 4 to 6 drops of peppermint oil into the warm herbal infusion, and stir thoroughly. Peppermint helps speed up internal healing by counteracting headaches and bodily pains that are typical when suffering from chickenpox.
Drink a cup of this herbal infusion one to two times a day.
How to Prepare Peppermint Herbal Infusion
Run a cool tub of water. Add 5 drops of the peppermint oil to the water. Measure out 2 cups of oatmeal and pour this into the water. Oatmeal is a natural, soothing remedy that helps heal and dry up sores and lesions.
Soak in the herbal bath for at least 20 minutes. This is a good time to sip on the herbal peppermint tea you made in the section above.
Dry yourself off carefully, using gentle, patting motions so as not to irritate any of the lesions or sores on your skin from the chickenpox.
Gently apply some peppermint lotion to your skin. It will have an immediate cooling effect on your skin and help keep your body temperature down. The peppermint lotion will also ease the irritating itch from your chickenpox sores helping make the itchy stage more bearable.
Treat Chickenpox with Peppermint Herbal Bath
Tips and warnings
- Consult with your physician or other licensed health care professional before you use this or any other herbal treatment, particularly for such a serious conditions as chickenpox.
- Before you apply peppermint to your skin, test a small spot on your body to check whether or not you may have an allergic reaction to peppermint. Leave it on overnight and do not use it if you develop a rash or hives at the test spot.
- Don't use peppermint oil if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. There are no clinical studies determining the toxicity of peppermint and it may have harmful effects.