Make Natural Home Remedy to Stop Itching
Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Anonymous, Lynn, Eng and 3 others
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Why do we itch?
- 3 Home remedies
- 4 Herbs
- 5 Other considerations
- 6 Tips, tricks, and warning
- 7 Questions and Answers
- 8 Comments
Let's do an experiment: Itch. (That made you scratch a part of your body just now, right?)
Bug bites, small wounds, irritants, allergy, dirt and an endless list of other things make us itch. Some itches are random and harmless, but others are more serious and complicated. If you itch enough to have stumbled on this website, then you may have a serious case of itching.
An itch is an irritation of the skin that elicits an urge to scratch or pinch the area. Everyone experiences itches - they may be limited to one area of the body or generalized, which means occurring all over the body or in several different areas. Itching may also be worse at night in some cases.
Thankfully, you don't have to visit the pharmacy every time you run out of itch cream; just turn to the corner and go to your kitchen - you'll find some of the most effective anti-itch products there.
Why do we itch?
We itch for so many reasons, known and unknown. Our itches can range from mild nuisances to a very disturbing, irritating, and sleep-depriving. Itches happen for various reasons, including allergic reactions, sunburns, insect bites, irritating plants such as poison ivy, reactions to certain chemicals, any soap and some detergents, medications (any illness), dry season, skin infection, and aging. There is more serious causes of itch, such as those caused by psoriasis and other diseases, although we won't cover that here. Luckily, scratching is not the only solution to an itch.
Oatmeal baths and baking soda
Baking soda is very effective in battling itches of all kinds. If you have hard-to-reach or widespread itches, simply soak in a warm baking soda bath.
Instructions:Put 1 cup baking soda to a tub with warm water. Soak in it for at least 30-60 minutes and just air dry. Localized itches can also be remedied with baking soda paste. For this, combine three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply liberally to the itch; however do not use this if the skin you're applying to is broken.
Alternatively, you can just add 1-2 cups of fresh and finely ground oatmeal to your warm bath (not too hot or you might make breakfast instead in your tub. This will ease your pain.
Many people already know that the citrus in lemon can instantly ease itch. The aromatic and citric substances in lemon contain both anesthetic and anti-inflammatory affinities. This effectively helps reduce and even eliminate most types of skin itching. And you'll smell good afterwards!
Instructions: Squeeze undiluted lemon juice onto your itchy skin, rub gently and allow to dry. Do not place and leave lemon on your skin as it can irritate and make the skin red and patchy.
Juniper berries are one of nature's wonders in stopping itch. You can find these berries in most grocery stores. The berry itself contains volatile substances of anti-inflammatory characteristics. Combining it with cloves (which contain eugenol that numbs nerves) will make the itch go away in no time.
Instructions:To create a salve using both spices, simply melt 3 ounces unsalted butter in a saucepan. In another pan, melt a small lump of beeswax (about the amount of 2 tablespoons). When the beeswax melted completely, mix with butter and stir continuously until mixture is viscous. Add 5 tablespoons of ground juniper berries and 3 teaspoons of ground cloves to the paste and stir well. Allow it to cool and apply thinly to itchy skin. Note: It is better to grind the spices at home due to the volatile substances; it will be preserved better in whole cloves and berries.
Teas aren't just good for afternoon treats; you can also use them to remedy your itch! You can use thyme, mint and basil for your skin itches. Try the tips below!
Instructions: To make a thyme rinse, simply place 1/2 ounce of dried thyme leaves in a pint jar of warm/boiling water. Cover and allow it to cool. Now strain and dip a clean cloth to the tea and then apply to itching areas. Note: Chinese folk medicine utilizes dandelion root, that they easily pluck from their yards. It is added to the rinse. If you manage to get some, simply place 1 ounce of dried dandelion root and about 1/2 ounce dried thyme leaves into a quart of boiling water and proceed as directed.Advertisement
Instructions: For an anti-itch mint rinse, simply place 1 ounce of dried mint leaves in a pint of boiling water. Cover it tightly and allow cooling. Strain and dip a clean cloth into the tea and apply to your itchy skin as necessary. You can use this gentle itch remedy whenever you want; that's how mild it is.Advertisement
Aloe vera, as you probably know, is a very effective burn treatment. However it is also a very potent itch-remedy. The same chemical effectively reduces itching. To use Aloe Vera, just snap off a leaf, then slice down its middle and rub the gel on your itchy skin. Remember to apply the gel only to itchy areas.
Oral itch treatments
If your prefer oral remedies instead of making your own pastes and whatnot, you can try diphenhydramine aka benadryl, hydroxyzine or atarax, and chlorpheniramine, chlor-trimeton and other antihistamine products. Be wary as these medicines are known to cause drowsiness in most people and should be used with utmost care when driving a car or using heavy machinery.
Antihistamines may help reduce itchiness by making people fall asleep to avoid scratching at night. If you don't have a problem with falling asleep, then try one of several generic antihistamines.
A secondary bacterial infection of your skin is the most common complication of haphazard itching and scratching. This occurs not because of the itch, but as a result of incessant scratching associated skin damage. Antibiotics might be required to treat bacterial infections of the skin. Itching itself is very unlikely to lead to other health complications, although several underlying diseases that cause itching are associated with further complications pertaining to the sickness itself.
When to consult a doctor
If the home remedies above aren't helping, you notice that your scratching is affecting the skin being scratched, or the itch is disturbing your natural sleep, you should immediately consult a doctor to look into it and see why you're itching. A doctor may also prescribe effective cortisone-based creams for allergies and eczema and some prescription-grade antihistamines, if necessary, or even treat the underlying root condition that causes the itch.
Tips, tricks, and warning
- Only use high-quality moisturizing creams on your skin. Apply creams at least once or even twice daily, focusing on the areas where the itch is most severe.
- Use and apply anti-itch creams or lotions to affected areas. A nonprescription hydrocortisone cream can temporarily relieve your itch. A nonprescription oral antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can be helpful if your itching is severe.
- Avoid scratching whenever you can. Cover the itchy area if you can't keep yourself from scratching it. Trim your nails and wear gloves at night.
- Apply cool and wet compresses. Cover the affected area with bandages and dressings. This can help alleviate and protect the skin whilst preventing scratching.
- Try to take comfortable cool baths. Sprinkle bath water with baking soda, ground uncooked oatmeal or colloidal oatmeal.
- Always wear smooth-textured, natural cotton clothing. This helps you avoid irritation.
- Choose mild soaps over ones with dyes or perfumes. Ensure that you rinse the soap completely off your body after bathing. After washing, put on a moisturizer to protect your skin from dryness.
- Use a mild, unscented laundry detergent when washing towels, clothes and bedding. Try using the extra-rinse cycle on your washing machine.
- Refrain from using substances that can irritate your skin or that cause allergic reactions. These include nickels, jewelry, perfumes, cleaning products and even cosmetics.
Questions and Answers
What can you do to help with severe eczema?
What will help with severe itching, redness, almost blisters, all over the body. Skin is breaking, skin is very thin, constant itching.
Rooibos tea can help with the eczema reaction. Make the tea and cool it down. You can put it in a spray bottle and mist your skin or apply directly. This tea is red in color and can stain clothing so cover the area if you are wearing clothing or spray yourself down in the shower and wait for it to dry before putting clothes on. You can even add the tea to coconut oil as a lotion. I have done this for several years with my children who also have eczema and now we have gone two years with no significant flare ups. Benadryl or another over the counter antihistamine could be taken to help relieve the itching. Do not itch the area even though that is tempting because it can cause scars and other secondary infections.
Rooibos tea can be found plain or added with other tea or fruit flavors. It has a slightly sweet taste and you can also drink it in addition to applying directly. I save the tea leaves when I make it and add that to my daughter's bath.
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Categories : Skin Care & Diseases
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