‘Pruritus’ also commonly known as itchy skin is a very common problem. Though the problem is very irritating and uncomfortable, it is easily curable.
Itchy skin may have many underlying causes that are sometimes difficult to understand. Skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis may cause your skin to itch. Other reasons include stress, allergies, insect bites, rashes, and swelling.
Most people prefer treating this condition at home and avoid going to a doctor for a diagnosis.
Since itchy skin is highly treatable at home, you may try many herbal remedies to get rid of this problem. However, if the problem worsens, you should consult a doctor at the earliest.
Let us have a look at a few herbal home remedies to treat itchy skin.
1. Wrap a wet cloth
Wrapping a wet cloth is a WET WRAP THERAPY that involves hydrating the skin to heal the patchy surfaces causing the itch.
You can use a gauze (medical netted) cloth or a cotton cloth. Soak the cloth in the water for a minute and then wrap it around the itchy skin.
This helps the itch calm down and also boosts the rapid absorption of the medicines that you consume for this condition.
2. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera consists of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamin A and C, and has some amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
Aloe Vera gel is used for many skin remedies such as burns, rashes, itching, boils, acne and pigmentation.
You may obtain it freshly by cutting a piece of aloe vera and slicing it from the middle. Scoop its gel using a spoon and mix it well to obtain a smooth texture.
Apply a smooth and thin coat on the itchy skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse it with water.
Doing this twice or thrice a day can help get rid of itchy skin within a few days.
Like Aloe Vera, Peppermint plant has a wide range of benefits too. It contains some wonderful anti-itch properties that can give you instant relief from itchy skin.
You can buy a menthol gel or rub from any local drug store. Ensure that you dilute the menthol before its application or it may cause more irritation. Use menthol twice a day for a week for best results.
The anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties of Neem can help treat multiple skin, scalp and hair infections.
Neem can be used in many ways for itchy skin.
In a vessel add some water and neem leaves, bring the neem leaves water to a boil at least 5 times. Have a bath with that water to heal all skin problems.
You may also massage the itchy skin with neem oil. Or simply mix some neem powder with water to obtain a fine paste and apply it on the skin. Wash it after 10 minutes.
No, this isn’t about consuming oatmeal orally. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of oatmeal make it very perfect to treat itchy skin.
If you have an allergic reaction to something, then oatmeals can work best. Simply add about 2-3 cups of oatmeals to your bath water and let it soak for 20-30 minutes.
Bathing with this water relieves you of the symptoms caused by an allergy. Scrubbing your skin with oatmeal while bathing is another way of using oatmeal for itchy skin.
6. Sesame Seed Oil
Sesame Seed Oil is considered to be the safest for your skin. It has been used traditionally to massage the skin and improve its condition.
The anti-inflammatory properties of Sesame Seed Oil can reduce the redness, swelling and appearance of the scratch mark caused due to itching.
The antioxidants in this oil can reduce the itching within a week. Massaging your skin with oil is an excellent way of naturally curing the itch, improving your skin texture and preventing ageing.
7. Holy Basil
Tulsi or Holy Basil is famous for its healing and medicinal properties. You may use it topically and orally for best results.
Prepare a paste of a few Holy Basil leaves and add a few drops of water to get a fine and smooth paste. Apply it evenly on affected areas and leave it for two hours. Rinse it with water. Repeat it twice a day for a few days.
You may also chew two-three Tulsi leaves every day or add them in your green tea. Consuming Tulsi syrup or juice is also a great way to get rid of allergy-related skin itching.
8. Baking Soda
Baking Soda has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly subside the swelling, redness and itching.
Take 4 spoons of baking soda and mix it in 12 spoons of water. Prepare a fine paste and apply it on your skin. Rinse with water very gently after 10 minutes.
You may also add a cup of baking soda to your bathwater. Prepare a tub full of lukewarm water and mix a cup of baking soda until it is dissolved.
Soak your body for about 15 minutes and rinse with a lukewarm shower again. This gives you instant relief from itching.
Chamomile oil, toner and creams are a great way to protect, hydrate and treat your skin from allergies.
Studies prove how chamomile’s oil can be used to massage the itchy patch of your skin. It protects the patch from sunrays, irritation, scarring or swelling.
Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties will protect the itchy skin from further damage and help in the process of treatment.
It can calm the red swellings caused by the itchy patch flare-ups as it is easily ingested by our skin.
Ice’s cooling effect can reduce the itching and relax the skin for a bit. When you’re on medication, your skin may become itchy.
Since ice doesn’t have any side-effects you may directly but gently rub some ice on the itchy patch of your skin. Repeat it 3-4 times a day to notice better results.
11. Wear Lose Clothes
Tight-fitting clothes may be the reason for your itchy skin. You should avoid wearing tight clothes or some materials that may worsen the situation.
It is advisable to wear loose and cotton clothes when your skin is in trouble.
Itchy skin may appear anywhere. Most people have itchy skin on their scalp, genitals, hands or feet. Itching on the back is another common problem.
No matter what causes itching, these herbal and home remedies can surely help you treat your skin condition.
While you’re practising these, make sure you avoid oily, junk or allergens that can worsen the situation. You must eat light and digestible foods for a while and perform these massages and remedies timely.
If the itching doesn’t stop, please consult your doctor immediately. It may be a sign of an underlying skin condition. Before it worsens, you should get treated.
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