Shingles Spray

by Andrea on July 26, 2008

shingles sprayRecently, 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.

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Lynn June 3, 2017 at 4:51 pm

If I don’t have Yarrow hydrosol (I do have helichrysum & calendula) and I have Blue Yarrow EO — would some modification of the recipe above with what I have on hand still get good results?


Andrea Butje June 6, 2017 at 11:24 am

Hi Lynn!
I would suggest to substitute with Helichrysum hydrosol – that would be great!


Marla November 7, 2016 at 6:19 pm

I have shingles. My first thought is pray then what would Andrea do? So I found this recipe now I have to find ingredients and see if it works.


Andrea Butje November 7, 2016 at 11:31 pm

For all the ingredients I can suggest Aromatics International
Let us know how it goes!


Carly March 25, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Hi Andrea, My dad is a heart patient, who is on several medications including blood thinners. Understanding that neither of us are doctors, are there any ingredients in this spray that you are aware of that we should immediately steer clear of? I’d love to bring him some shingles relief, but don’t want any interactions. Thank you!


Andrea Butje March 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

Hi Carly – the ingredients in this blend are all fine to use for someone with blood thinners. If he is on a lot of medications though, you may want to use half the amount of oils.


Susan February 5, 2016 at 9:29 pm

Some time ago you posted a recipe for a shingles spray. Someone commented that they also used Ravintsara. Here was your response on 4/7/09:
“Thanks for your idea. We have found that Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) is more effective with shingles then Ravensara aromatica.
The spray was the most effective blend we have made yet! The pain of the shingles was relieved by the spray, when an oil could not be tolerated.”

When you said that the spray was the most effective, did you mean your original blend or one with the addition of Ravintsara, and if yes, how much? My sister-in-law is miserable and I’m willing to spend the money to buy the Melissa. Thanks.


Andrea Butje February 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

The spray that was so effective on my friend was with Melissa and Sandalwood in 1 oz of Yarrow hydrosol, as shown in the recipe. My comment regarding Ravintsara was a reply to Margie who had used Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) and Tamanu as the carrier oil.

If she is experiencing such sensitive nerve pain, spray would be a better option to try. Hope it helps her!


Kenene Farrington, RN April 21, 2015 at 8:10 pm

My sister-in-law loves this spray. So effective! I use Ravinstara, peppermint. sandalwood and Melissa.


Andrea Butje April 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Love to hear that Kenene! Great combo 🙂


Nancy February 24, 2015 at 1:05 am

Marge, I have two friends who say your mixture can’t be beat! I have told so many people about it…they told me it worked within minutes, for the pain and to begin drying the weepy spots! 🙂


Leah January 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Thank you so much for this post! I had shingles about a year and half ago. Initially the rash was very itchy. Not understanding I had shingles, I hunted through my medicine cabinet for anything that would bring some relieve. In my desperation I reached for my hemorrhoid cream and smoothed it over the rash. Yes, you read that right! I put hemorrhoid cream on my shingles rash! When the itchiness was replaced with pain I went to my doctor, he diagnosed me, and prescribed an antiviral. Needless to say I ceased all use of the hemorrhoid cream. Although I was grateful for the medication I remember wishing I had something to apply directly to the rash. Your spray would have been perfect!
Having shingles was such a painful experience; naturally I am nervous about getting it again. There is a vaccine in Canada; however, it is only available to anyone 50 years of age and older. I am 29. I am hoping not to get sick with this virus again but if I do I am so thankful to be equipped with your shingle spray recipe!

Indebted to you,


Andrea Butje January 26, 2015 at 11:51 am

Excellent! Let’s hope you never have to use the spray! 🙂


eve December 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

Hi Andrea, where may I get Solubul in Asia (Singapore)? I am trying this recipe out for my dad


Andrea Butje December 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

I am sorry I don’t know where to get solubol in Asia.


Admin April 7, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Thanks for your idea. We have found that Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora) is more effective with shingles then Ravensara aromatica.

The spray was the most effective blend we have made yet! The pain of the shingles was relieved by the spray, when an oil could not be tolerated. I do like Tamanu (Calophyllum Inophyllum) for shingles and other skin issues, when the skin is not quite so painful.

We have more information about both Ravintsara essential oil and Tamanu (great carrier oil) on Aromatics International.


Marge Clark April 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm

I love the idea of using a spray for Shingles! But, in total honesty, I think the blend of Ravensara aromatica in a base of Calophyllum Inophyllum (sometimes found as Foraha, or Tamanu) can’t be beat for effectiveness. Sure with it were light enough to spray on, tho!


Maria July 26, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Yay! I remember you mentioning this success story. Very excited to see it on the blog!


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