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 seven 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 can reduce eczema caused by contact dermatitis. To help soothe and heal your itchy skin, Craft Your Happiness suggests combining 4 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of water, and 1 teaspoon of 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, hives, or bug bites. Grind 2 cups of uncooked oatmeal to a fine powder, and add 1/4 cup of baking soda. Add 1 cup of this mixture to a tub of warm water for a soothing soak in the tub. 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 of baking soda with a teaspoon of water to create a paste for treating spots.
5. Aloe vera. Aloe vera can treat psoriasis. It soothes the skin and moisturizes at the same time. Home Remedies for Life says to combine 1 teaspoon of aloe vera, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of Shea butter. Apply the mixture on the psoriasis, and let it sit overnight. Wash it 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 product. To help relieve itchy skin, One Good Thing recommends applying warm honey 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 dry skin is on your hands, rub petroleum jelly on them, and wear a pair of gloves over 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 relieve your itch and heal your skin. Open your cupboards, and see what you have to stop the itch.