Herbal Remedies for Chickenpox

Chickenpox, which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus in the herpes family, tends to occur in children more often than adults and are characterized by rashes which will soon turn into a crop of spots that blister and can lead to scabs hence not the prettiest disease around. The rashes are often accompanied by mild fever and spots are commonly found on the scalp, face and body which can be very irritating.  Children have to be controlled and taught never to scratch the scabs as doing so can lead to scars.


In children, chickenpox is often a mild but highly infectious disease.  In adults, the same chickenpox virus can produce shingles, also known as herpes zoster.  In fact, the older the patient is, the worse the chickenpox will be.  It is hardest on adults who had chickenpox for the first time in adulthood as there is a high potential of suffering rare complications such as encephalitis or pneumonia.  For those suffering from ongoing skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema, chickenpox can cause permanent skin damage. Herbal remedies can be effective natural healing remedies to treat the symptoms of chickenpox.




The chickweed herb is often used as a cream to treat various irritant skin conditions including eczema.  Chickweed herb can be combined with borage juice to produce a cooling lotion which is very effective in helping to reduce skin irritation. 

  1. Make a borage and chickweed lotion by placing the 10 grams of dried chickweed or 30 grams of fresh chickweed in a teapot and add 100ml of freshly boiled water.  Set aside to infuse for 15 minutes before straining.

  2. Combine 45ml of the chickweed infusion with 30ml of borage juice and 25ml of distilled witch hazel in a 100ml dark glass bottle then shake until well combined.

  3. Soak a cottonwool pad in the herbal lotion and apply gently onto the chickenpox rash.  Ensure that the scabs are not damage to avoid leaving scars behind.  Repeat as often as required to soothe the skin irritation.


The echinacea herb is an anti-infective hence effective in treating chickenpox.

  1. Take 5 ml of echinacea tincture in a little warm water 3 times daily before meals.

  2. Or take 3 x 200 mg echinacea capsules 3 times daily before meals.

Skullcap, wood betony or chamomile


Use either one of these 3 herbs: skullcap, wood betony or chamomile as a general relaxant to calm the child suffering from chickenpox.

  1. To make a standard infusion, add either 25 grams of dried herbs or 75 grams of fresh herbs to 500 ml water.  This can make about 3 doses.  Take this herbal infusion 2 to 3 times daily.

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