1. Leaf Gels
Try a plant-based product like aloe vera gel or cooling menthol for simple itches caused by sunburns or mosquito bites.
Menthol, which produces a cooling effect, is made from the peppermint plant. Topical menthol should be used with caution due to the possibility of it being an irritant to the skin if not diluted. Both of these products can be purchased at most drug stores.
2. Baking Soda Bath
Soaking in a bath of baking soda for 30-60 minutes can make all the difference.
- Add one cup baking soda to a tub of warm water. After the bath, it is important to gently pat your skin dry with a towel (or air-dry).
- For more localized itching you can make a paste of 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
If you have a small patch of dry, itchy skin then
- Put vinegar on the spot with a cotton ball.
- If you have all-over itching and dryness, add two or three cups of vinegar to your bath water and soak for 15 to 30 minutes.
4. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Perspiration, sunscreen, and even sunlight can cause eczema flare-ups, so cozy up to coconut oil. It contains lauric acid and its derivative, monolaurin, which kill bacteria. Staph bacteria is common in people with eczema, perpetuating the redness, itch, and inflammation.
- Apply coconut oil twice a day to the affected area for at least 4 weeks.
- Find it at many supermarkets and natural food stores.
5. Fruit Peels
- Rub bug bites with a banana peel.
- Watermelon rind can also be used.
This is a great way to re-purpose kitchen scraps that might otherwise be thrown out! But, this method does have a potential drawback: the fruity scent may attract bugs. This may be a better choice for using indoors.
People have used lemon to treat itchy skin for ages. Lemon contains citric and acetic acids, which have great antiseptic, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-irritating properties.
- Extract the juice from one to two fresh lemons.
- Apply the juice on the affected skin area using a cotton ball.
- Let it dry on its own and then wash the area with lukewarm water.
- Repeat twice daily until the condition improves.
- This remedy is not suitable for those who have sensitive skin.