Published on August 26th, 2013 | by Tom0
How To Stop Itching
Can’t help to scratch your skin? The irritating and uncomfortable sensation on your skin is really annoying. It is hard to identify the underlying causes, because hundreds of contributors can lead to itchy skin. It sounds very simple, you scratch when you itch, but scratching is definitely not the only solution. Try those home remedies presented in the following article to make you feel better.
Home remedies for itching
- Apply cold compress. Put an ice pack to the affected area for 20 minutes and it will give you an instant relief.
- Baking soda. Baking soda can be a natural remedy for all kinds of itches. If your itches are widespread or hard to reach, try a baking soda bath. Dissolve I cup of baking soda in a tub of warm water. Soak in the tub for 30-60 minutes and allow your body to dry naturally. for small area of itches, a baking soda paste is enough. Make a paste out of 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water. Apply it to the itch, but do not use this remedy if your skin is broken.
- Oatmeal bath. Add 2 cups of oatmeal to a tub of warm water to ease your irritated skin.
- Lemon. In many American folk remedy recipes, Lemon is highly recommended for the treatment of itchy skin. The anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties found in lemon can reduce itchiness effectively. Squeeze a fresh lemon and apply the juice on the itchy skin and air dry. In addition to the effectiveness, this remedy will make you smell good.
- Aloe vera. Aloe vera works wonderful for burns, but it is also a good natural remedy for the itchy skin. The anti-inflammation quality can help to reduce itching. Just apply the gel directly to the affected skin, and you will feel better.
- Juniper berries. Another natural remedy for itchy skin is Juniper berries, which is available in some local grocery stores. Anti-inflammatory and volatile substances contained in these berries can numb nerve endings, resulting no more scratching. The combination of juniper berries and cloves works more effectively.
- Basil. Basils is rich in eugenol, a topical anesthetic to battle itchiness. Boil a tea pot of water with 1/2 ounce of dried basil leaves. Dip the clean cloth into the basil tea and rub your itchy skin as many times as possible.
- Mint. If basil is not available, mint is another choice. Significant amounts of menthol in mint have anti-inflammatory qualities which can help reduce the itchiness. Similar to the basil tea remedy, boil a tea pot of tea with 1 ounce dried mint leaves. Cool down the tea, and dip a clean cloth in it and then apply to the affected skin.
- Apply anti-itch cream or lotion. A hydrocortisone cream is available without prescription. It contains at least 1 percent of hydrocortisone which can give you a temporarily relief from the itch.
- Other tips. Wearing cotton clothing, using mild soaps without perfumes or dyes and washing clothes with unscented laundry detergent can help you avoid irritation.