30 Sep MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM and the role of Lemon Myrtle oil..
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection which affects the skin, producing benign skin lesions or bumps on the upper layers of the skin. Spots may appear anywhere on the skin, such as the face, neck, abdomen, arms, underarms, genital area and legs. It commonly occurs in children but can also affect people at any age and is now more frequently being transmitted sexually in young adults.
Molluscum contagiosum is spread by direct contact with the lesions of an infected person or by contact with contaminated items, such as clothing, bed sheets or towels.
The incubation period usually around 2 to 24 weeks. If left untreated, the condition will eventually disappear, but this could take up to 2 years or more.
Allopathic treatments for Molluscum Contagiosum..
Treatments for molluscum contagiosum are performed by a doctor and include the following:
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen) to freeze each bump or your doctor may use a small tool to pierce the bump
and scrape it off the skin.
Laser therapy is another method of removal where your doctor uses a laser to destroy each bump.
A topical cream containing acids or chemicals may also be prescribed by your doctor to induce peeling of
the top layers of the skin.
In some cases, these techniques can be painful and cause scarring.
What role does natural Lemon Myrtle oil play in healing Molluscum Contagiosum?
Because allopathic treatment methods are invasive and may cause tissue damage and accompanying pain, the search has been on for a gentler and more natural remedy…
Enter Pure Lemon Myrtle oil!
A study published in 2004 demonstrated the efficacy of Lemon Myrtle essential oil to treat Molluscum Contagiosum.
Thirty-one children with the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum were treated with once daily topical application of a 10% solution of essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) or vehicle (olive oil). At the end of 21 days, there was greater than 90% reduction in the number of lesions in 9/16 children treated with lemon myrtle oil, while 0/16 children met the same criteria for improvement in the vehicle (olive oil) group. In addition to the positive effects, no adverse reaction was reported by any of the subjects.(1)
This study shows the efficacy of Pure Lemon Myrtle oil for treating molluscum contagiosum as it has naturally powerful antiviral properties.
Washing your skin with Rainforest Remedies Pure lemon myrtle foaming soap and then applying a 10:100 dilution of Pure Lemon myrtle oil in your choice of carrier oil is an effective natural remedy for molluscum contagiosum.
Lemon Myrtle oil can be diluted in oils such as pure olive or coconut oil and I would recommend patch testing first as irritation may occur if 10:100 dilution is too strong for your skin. For children try 2:100 to 5:100 dilution on a small patch test. Using our Lemon Myrtle Skin Cream with Active Jarrah Honey afterwards is also an effective and soothing defense system.
As Molluscum contagiosum tends to affect immuno-compromised people as well as children, it is also important to strengthen the immune system in conjuction with treating the skin directly. When the immune system is strong, a swift recovery is the likely outcome.
Love and light
- Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children.
Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.