Lots of parents get in touch regularly about Molluscum Contagiosum, which is a common viral infection a member of the poxvirus family, like small pox. It looks horrific, but in truth it isn’t anything to get anxious about, and it is easily treatable with natural remedies and good nutrition
The origins of immunisation are grounded in the history of smallpox. The recognition that cutaneous exposure to the dried material of smallpox lesions caused a milder infection and induced permanent immunity led to the practice of variolization. This is the old practice of inoculating people with material taken from a vesicle, or lesion of a person infected with the smallpox virus.
Unfortunately, this practice frequently induced severe smallpox and death. In the 19th century, Jenner observed that inoculation with cowpox virus, another of the poxvirus family, conferred smallpox immunity. This observation established the practice of vaccination.
Infection with Molluscum Contagiosum causes itchy little lumps or bumps, which look like warts, to appear on the skin, they can commonly cluster around the genitalia.
The virus can be picked up, through close personal contact with anyone who is infected, or from objects such as a shared flannel or a towel. The spots come up after an incubation period of a few weeks. They are more common in children who suffer from atopic eczema.
Anyone, at any age, can get it, but it’s most common in kids under 15, and eight out of ten cases affect children under 5 years.
It is highly infectious and although it isn’t serious it is unsightly and can be embarrassing for the child the condition can last for over a year. Medical Doctors have no treatment for this condition, although they can freeze the spots off like they do with warts, but this can be painful and other spots often spring up.
We have wonderful herbs to treat this virus – My son contracted the virus when he was little, and he is a father himself now! Over the years, I have use the same treatment protocol that I saw successful fast results with him, and also with most patients I have seen.
The first thing to look at is diet; by cutting out all sugar and refined foods it gives innate immunity a chance to shake off the pathogen. Lots of fresh leafy greens, fruit and plenty of water to drink.
Porridge oats for breakfast with a seed mix crushed into it sweetened with fresh berries.
My old faithful is clear broth soups when ever there is infection, immune boosting – lots of onion, carrot, garlic & ginger soups.
Internally a delicious mix of anti-viral and immuno-boosting herbs , syrup of Elder with Hypericum and Echinacea tinctures. The Elderberry syrup or rob is totally yummy, we use mulled wine spices in the recipe so it is always like a taste of Christmas!
A lovely herbal tea. blend of chberries amomile, hypericum, calendula, lemon balm and peppermint – make an infusion and drink 3-5 cups daily.
Externally, a Hypericum balm with essential oils of lemon balm and geranium to apply to lesions 3 times daily.
Hypericum or St.Johns wort is famed for being an anti depressant but it is a fantastic anti- viral, wound healing agent, geranium, tea tree and lemon balm all are potent anti- viral medicines too.
Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil to baths
Burn 8 drops total so 2 of each geranium, tea tree, lemon balm and lavender essential oils in an oil diffuser thought-out the home.