There are various reasons for excessive itching. Common causes include dry skin, windburn, sunburn, poison ivy, oak, and sumac, insect bites and stings, eczema, allergic reactions, irritating chemicals, pregnancy, chicken pox, and shingles.
If excessive itching persists or is accompanied by other symptoms like a high fever, you should be examined by a health care provider.
Natural Ways to Stop Itching
Oatmeal is a wonderful remedy for dry itchy skin. Add 1 cup of dry oatmeal (1/3 cup for babies) to a blender, coffee grinder, or food processor. Blend on the highest setting until it becomes a very fine, consistent powder. Sprinkle the oatmeal powder into a tub of running water. Lukewarm water is best. Stir the water and break up any clumps with your hands. Soak in the tub for 15-30 minutes and afterwards, pat yourself dry with a soft towel.
Other natural ways to stop itching with bath water include adding one of the following ingredients:
- 1-2 cups of cornstarch
- 2-3 ounces of mineral oil
- 2-4 ounces of salt
- 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 pint of thyme tea (see recipe below).
Caution: Bath tubs can become very slippery.
Instead of a bath, you can take a quick hot shower. Make the water as hot as you can without burning yourself. This is said to stop excessive itching for hours.
Aloe vera can help dry itchy skin by applying it over the affected area.
Make one of the following teas, dip a cloth into it, and use as a compress:
- add 1/2 ounce of dried thyme leaves to a pint of just boiled water, cover, cool, and strain
- add 1 ounce of dried dandelion root to a pint of just boiled water, cover, cool, and strain
- add 1/2 ounce of dried basil leaves to a pint of just boiled water, cover, cool, and strain
- add 1 ounce of dried mint leaves to a pint of just boiled water, cover, cool, and strain.
Other natural ways to stop itching topically include:
- apply an ice pack for quick relief of excessive itching
- rub witch hazel over the itchy area
- add a little water to uncooked oatmeal, make a paste, and apply
- soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and place it on the itchy area
- puncture a vitamin E capsule, mix with a little rose water, and rub over your dry itchy skin
- sprinkle cornstarch over the affected area
- dissolve 1 vitamin C tablet in warm water and apply.
Buttermilk, fresh sliced carrots, and raw onion slices are other natural ways to stop itching when applied directly to the skin.
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