12 Natural Remedies for Dry, Itchy Skin
Posted: Jun 24 2016
There are a lot of reasons why you should go with natural remedies, especially when it comes to certain situations such as having itchy skin. Most of the time, the remedies can be found in the comfort of your own home and would no longer require you to go to the drugstore to purchase one. But the main reason behind going 'au natural' is because it causes less harm than prescription drugs can do to our body.
Here are the top twelve natural remedies for treating itchy skin:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is my most favorite, go to home remedy. Since it's uses are innumerable, I always keep a bottle handy. This amazing concoction is considered one of the most effective antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial items in your pantry. It helps get rid of that itchy feeling especially when someone has dry skin (like sunburn). It is also often used for pets that have dry and itchy skin as well. Add a few drops on a cotton ball or washcloth and dab it on the skin. Use only raw, organic and unfiltered ACV like Bragg’s. (On a side note, I was super excited to find a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother for a great price at our local Aldi's store.)
It helps treat bites and stings from bees, wasps and spiders and promotes healing. It can even get rid of acne. You see, clay aids in drawing the venom out of the skin and helps relieve the pain so it can heal faster. Bentonite or Montmorillonite clay is the best one to use and is usually greenish or grey in color. In order to use it, mix said clay in container with filtered water to a creamy like consistency (think peanut butter). Put paste on affected area, let it dry and clean afterwards by washing it off or peeling it.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Here again is another ingredient that should be a staple in everyone's pantry. Coconut oil is rich in proteins and vitamin e and contains lauric acid which kills bacteria. It's an excellent moisturizer. These properties make it a good choice for treating eczema, simply apply twice a day to affected area for at least 4 weeks.
Coconut milk is full of natural fatty acids, vitamins & minerals, making it a wonderful addition to skin care. These properties help hydrate and soothe your skin, while reducing dark spots and blemishes. This is why we use coconut milk in almost all of our soaps. It's important to keep your skin hydrated, this is a key factor in preventing itchy skin. Just dab some coconut milk on your face or anywhere you need hydration and leave on for 5 minutes, then rinse.
Honey is a natural antioxidant and anti-microbial plus locks in moisture. You can apply it directly to affected area, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse. Honey is added to many skin care products because it is so beneficial, you can also find some wonderful natural soaps that contain honey as well.
I mentioned above that coconut oil can be used to treat ezcema. A better treatment for this condition would be neem oil. Neem oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain killer), antibacterial, and is moisturizing. The effectiveness of neem oil on inflammation is said to be comparable to common non-steroids and steroidal drugs without all the side effects. The downside of neem oil? The smell. I would describe it as a very nutty, almost bitter scent. Neem oil can be purchased by itself, or you can find Natural Neem Oil Soap or Neem Oil Cream.
Peppermint Leaves are great for treating bug bites and itching. They provide a nice cooling sensation that comes as a relief. Simply clean the leaves, crush and rub them on your skin. You can even crush ice with them. Peppermint essential oil can also be used, just make sure to follow the dosage directions.
These leaves have an anti-itch compound that is called camphor and thymol. By simply rubbing crushed leaves on the skin, it will get rid of the itch. Again, basil essential oil can be used here as well.
A collection of natural remedies would not be complete without Aloe Vera. Any skin irritation will be gone with the help of this wonderful plant. It is known to heal sunburns, soothes the skin, and gets rid of the swelling as well as the irritation that comes with it. Just break the leaf, scoop up the gel inside and rub on skin.
Oatmeal has long been known for it's soothing properties due to the avenanthramides found in oats. This compound is what reduces skin itchiness and inflammation. Blend 2 cups of uncooked oatmeal in a blender until it becomes a coarse powder. Mix in 1/4 cup baking soda and store in an airtight container. Add 1 cup to warm bath water to soothe sunburns or otherwise irritated skin, or add just enough water to form a paste, then apply to skin. This is a great treatment for poison ivy.
Baking soda by itself is a wonderful remedy for itchy, irritated skin. Add just enough water to form a paste then apply to bug bites. Baking soda knocks out the pain from a sting instantly. Or add 1 cup to a warm bath and soak for 30-60 minutes. Also a great odor neutralizer.
Only Use Handmade Soap
Commercial soaps contain so many chemicals and detergents that in most cases they can no longer be labeled as soaps. Further more, during their production process the glycerin is removed so that it can be used in lotions and other skin care products. Glycerin is a natural humectant. It retains the skins moisture, making it a wonderful moisturizer. All the natural glycerin is retained during the soap making process in handmade soap, so it cleans your skin without stripping it of it's natural oils and it will not dry out your skin like commercial soaps will. You may wish to stay away from fragrances as well if you have very sensitive skin.
While all these items will help, the most important thing is to keep hydrated. You will notice that a lot of the ingredients above are designed to help the skin stay moisturized. Preventing dryness is the most important thing you can do to prevent itchy or irritated skin. This process should start from the inside. Remember to drink lots of water, and avoid caffeine and alcohol.I
Do you have a natural remedy not listed here? Maybe you used these differently? Tell us about it in the comments below!