Dry, itchy skin can drive you crazy! The itch can be the result of bug bites, psoriasis, an allergic reaction or weather. No matter what the cause, you can find relief from your itch through some great homemade remedies.
Each of the 7 itch treatments below have been proven to help relieve bothersome itching. Depending on the cause of your itch, you may even want to try combining some these options.
1. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has proven useful in reducing eczema as a result of contact dermatitis. To help soothe and heal your itchy skin, Craft Your Happiness combines 4 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon water and 1 teaspoon coconut oil to create an anti-itch cream.
2. Oatmeal. Oatmeal has avenanthramides that help inflammation and soothe irritated skin. Prevention has a great recipe for treating poison ivy or hives or bug bites. Grind 2 cups of uncooked oatmeal to a fine powder and add 1/4 cup baking soda. For a soak in the tub, add 1 cup of this to a tub of warm water. For spot treatment, add enough water to create a paste and dab it on the itchy spots.
3. Coconut oil. If your itchy skin is the result of dry skin, coconut oil may be what you need. Mercola suggests rubbing it straight onto the dry skin, or you can combine it with some aloe vera or tea tree oil for additional benefits.
4. Baking soda. Great for taking the itch out of insect bites and poison ivy, Prevention says you can mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1 teaspoon water to create a past for treating spots.
5. Aloe vera. Aloe vera has shown success in treating psoriasis. It soothes the skin and moisturizes at the same time. Home Remedies for Life says to combine 1 teaspoon aloe vera, 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1 teaspoon shea butter. Apply the mixture on the psoriasis and let it sit overnight. Wash off in the morning. Repeat the application daily until the psoriasis is gone.
6. Honey. Honey has proven to be a moisturizer, healer and anti-inflammatory. One Good Thing recommends applying warm honey to the itchy skin for 15 minutes before washing it off. You can also mix honey with coconut oil and rub it into the skin.
7. Petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is great for healing itchy, dry skin that's the result of an allergic reaction. Most people can handle petroleum jelly. WebMD recommends slathering the jelly onto the area. If the hands are what need the treatment, rub it on and wear a pair of gloves over them at night when you go to bed.
You don't have to just put up with dry, itchy skin. You have a variety of options to help heal the skin and the cause of the itch. Open your cupboards and see what you have to stop the itch.