Itching, medically known as Pruritus, is an irritation of the skin that makes a person wants to scratch the affected area. Itching can be generalized which means that it occurs all over the body or it can be localized, affecting a part of the body. A major and common cause of itching is stress and anxiety. Dry skin, fungal infections, hypothyroidism, insect or mosquito bites, allergic reactions, allopathic medicines, pregnancy and some diseases also result in itching.
Natural Remedies for Itching Skin
Natural remedies rely on Mother Nature for curing whatever ailments that affects us humans. They work on the principle that nature has the cure for everything and we need not stuff our body with chemicals. Fruits, herbs and plants if used judiciously provide relief from diseases without causing any side effects.
Do’s and Don’ts of Itching Home Remedies
- Itching can also be relieved by changing the diet, like including fresh fruits, yoghurt, green leafy vegetables and foods rich in vitamin B and E.
- Maintain personal hygiene.
- Take a bath everyday using a herbal soap, chemicals irritate the skin.
- Keep the skin dry, as moisture aggravates itching.
- Wear clean, loose and cotton clothes.
- Keep your personal items of use such as combs, towels, napkins separate.
- Keep regular hours for sleeping and eating.
- Use a sunscreen when going out in the sun.
- Use lotions or moisturizers for dry skin.
- Trim fingernails.
- Drink eight to ten glasses of water everyday.
- Avoid red meat, chicken and fish.
- Avoid too oily and spicy food.
- Do not stay in the sun more than what is necessary.
- Avoid smoking, excessive beverages and alcohol.
- Reduce salt in your diet.
Home Remedies for Itching Skin
- Make a mixture of equal parts of lemon juice, aloe vera and vitamin E oil. Apply to affected area, it soothes itching.
- Add peppermint oil to your bath. Alternatively you can add vinegar made from apples or baking soda to your bath.
- Make a solution of baking soda or a weak carbolic acid lotion and apply to the affected areas.
- A cold compress to the itching skin provides relief.
- Burdock oil also relieves rashes and itching.
- Soak two large handfuls of fresh chickweed in water, when plants soften form a poultice and apply to affected area.
- Apply neem oil to the itchy parts to gain relief. Or use water in which neem leaves have been boiled for your bath.
- Form a light paste of coconut oil and lime juice and apply to the affected area for effective relief from itching.
Mix equal amounts of honey and cinnamon powder to form a paste and apply to the itching skin. It provides immediate relief.
- An equal quantity of linseed oil and lemon juice mixed to form a lotion provides relief from severe itching.
- In localized itching apply a thick layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly to the affected area and then dust with baby powder.
- Add cornstarch to your bath or dust finely over the affected part. Alternatively you can use oatmeal in your bath to gain relief from itching.