Itching is a common and very annoying problem that may have many different causes such as allergic reactions, insect bites, skin infections, dry weather, or even soaps, detergents and medications.
While scratching may sometimes give a momentary relief, on the other hand it can also lead to injuries and skin infections. Thus, it is not recommended at all. And above all, it is well known that the more you scratch, the more it itches, and the more it itches, the more you scratch!
Listed below are some of the most effective home remedies for itchy skin that can give you immediate relief and prevent you from scratching and suffering.
Baking soda is the most common home remedy for itchy skin that treats all types of itches. It has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and acts as a natural acid neutralizer. There are many different ways to use it, and listed below are the two most effective ones.
Warning: Make sure that you never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.
Colloidal oatmeal can also help relieve itching. It contains antioxidant compounds known as avenanthramides, which have great anti-irritating and soothing effects.
If you don’t have colloidal oatmeal, use unprocessed oat flour or whole oats, which you can grind yourself using a coffee grinder or a food processor. Remember that the less processed the oats are, the more avenanthramides they have.
Cold and itching sensations travel along the same nerve fibers, and for this reason cool water and cold applications may be of great help in relieving itchy skin.
Another great home remedy for itchy skin are lemons. They contain citric and acetic acids, which have great antiseptic, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-irritating properties. Lemons are therefore very useful in giving relief to itchy skin, while destroying irritating bacteria.
Juniper berries have great anti-inflammatory effects and they have long been used by Native Americans to give relief to itchy skin. Cloves instead contain eugenol, a powerful essential oil that has the ability to numb the nerve endings, and in that way reduce itching.
When combined, juniper berries and cloves make an excellent home remedy for itchy skin.
Aloe Vera is a great skin soother with excellent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It contains vitamin E and many other active compounds useful in treating burns, tampering inflammations and reducing itching.
There are many good essential oils with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that have the ability to give relief to itchy skin and alleviate irritations.
You may add them to your bath water or apply directly on your skin. Just make sure to follow the dosage recommendations exactly as directed on the package.
The following are some of the best essential oils that may act as good home remedies for itchy skin:
Hopefully the above mentioned home remedies will help you calm down itchy skin and avoid, or at least reduce scratching! Let us know if we have missed any important tips and please leave a comment below.
If you want to learn more about home remedies for itchy skin, read also: How to Stop Itching Skin in 4 Easy Steps.
Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.