A thousand questions up regarding that itch and we have solutions for all of them. Never take an itch lightly, it could be a weather change, a food allergy and even an insect bite. That itch, itch feel can be really nagging. Is it possible to reduce it, or will it develop into something more serious?
Most people feel that itchiness is associated to dry skin. To a certain extent, that is true, but even skin infections, insect bites, climatic changes, food allergies could be other reasons why a skin surface itches until it takes an unbearable and painful form.
Now before analysing the reason behind such an itch, we recommend that you find ways to soothe the itch feel. If not, you may bruise, cut, injure or even cause bleeding or scars to your skin. These are basic home remedies that are natural, with no side effects, and can be done at your own pace and in the comfort of your own homes.
What are the home remedies for the skin prone to constant itches?
Kindly remember these are soothers and will soothe the problems of dry skin. But in case, you have some sort of skin infection- this will not cure. Though, you can still use it, to ease the irritation.
Sesame Seed Oil
This oil tops our list of making the body skin dryness free. This oil is made from the seeds of the sesame plant. You can get this oil in any grocery store and it is easily available in Indian stores. As per science research, it has been found out that sesame oil has the power to cure all harsh skin problems like those that arise from sun burns, dry skin flakiness, discolouration due to the dryness in the skin pores, reduce the inflammations and redness that gets formed on the skin.
How to use:
Just take about 2 teaspoons of oil and gently rub onto the body. In case, your body is very dry- then it is better you first take a warm shower and gently wipe the body clean. Do not rub the skin harshly, but gently just let the moisture get absorbed into your towels. Then take a little sesame oil and massage the skin while still moist. The benefit is that the skin pores will still be open and the oil will get absorbed in a much faster manner.
A precious oil from the Asian continent. It is natural, healthy for the massages and for regular intake and plus very affordable. Regular use can surely keep skin problems like dryness and psoriasis at bay. Also, it is said to have antiseptic problems and helps to quickly soothe the skin from small bites from flies, ants and so on. It does not cause any irritation and will leave no sort of unpleasant smell. Remember to use virgin coconut oil whenever you do a body massage.
How to use:
Since the oil is very hydrating, always remember to take a lukewarm body shower, wipe the body dry, but not to rub the body quickly. Just pat and dry. Then apply oil. In cold places, you may get the oil in a solidified form. You can just melt and apply the oil once it comes to a lukewarm temperature. Massage gently in one direction and repeat until the body feels cool, and soothing. The skin should feel soft. Stay hydrated in this manner and see the difference. Alternatively, you can also apply before taking a bath. But then when you take a shower, do not use very harsh soaps. Mild baby soaps or glycerine soaps are the best for this type of irritated skin.
You just got an idea about how to use sesame oil and coconut oil. Now these both are readily available in Indian stores. So, in case, you are not in a position to get your hands on these oils- you can always go for other options. That means- why don’t you try almond oil? As the name mentions, it is made from the almond nut. The seeds or nuts are roasted, crushed, churned and pressed until a fine, golden coloured oil is obtained from the same. The oil is said to have positive effects on the body and best to use when any part of the body feels inflamed, red and itchy all over. Almond oil does not take time to get absorbed into the body. It feel like a thick oil but smells very sweet. In western countries, this oil was regarded as the most effective cure for dry skin problems. A little dash of oil was sufficient to bring a lot of soothing to the skin in those cold wintry months.
How to use:
In the market, you will get two types of almond oils. One is the almond hair oil and the other is the body almond oil. Do not get mixed the two. Read the labels carefully before making the purchase. If you have a sun burn, then feel free to drench yourself in this oil. Just like how the other oils have been mentioned, you can do the same for the oil. For body massage, use the body almond oil only whereas the if you use the hair oil- it won’t be of much harm, but a slight difference in the mix may pose to start the activated growth of hair on the body. And, that is something you are not fond of.! So, just go for the plain almond oil and keep your body moist with it. Apply it just after your bath and continue till it relieves the dryness and also the redness all over the body
A basic part of the Mediterranean diet and is fast emerging to the favourite ingredient in many kitchens. But apart from the culinary side, this oil is said to have a lot of properties that can improve the skin complexion and make it more supple and smooth. Tender olive fruit are collected, pressed to get the virgin olive oil that you see in markets today. This form is the best for consumption. It helps in rejuvenation and yes- you can have a lot of fun and benefits with this spectacular oil
How to use:
Olive oil – if not virgin, you can also use blended olive oil for the body massage purposes. Lightly rub the oil in one direction over the skin. Do not go back, but just rub in oil bit by bit into the affected areas. You can even use olive oil over small cuts and bruises. Remember this will not fully cure any infection, but will reduce the inflammation and feel of itchiness as the skin gets all dry and shrunk up. Massage the affected areas with oil once a day and then take a lukewarm bath. You can clean a very mild soap in the intimate areas. Once the bath is over, you should just pat dry with a towel and do nothing more. The water droplets will help to lock the oil into the skin.
A traditional tree found in India and one that is known to be anti- germ and anti-bacterial plant. All the parts of the tree from the leaves, trunk and even the roots are useful for many diseases like chicken pox, hives, small pox, a large of ski diseases. It helps kill the germs as the components in this neem leaf is very strong. Another side to this, is that, old Ayurvedic practitioners say it is good to eat a leaf per day to fight off bacterial infections and various virus that affect the body. But another problem is that when a person eats the leaf for long period of time, it curbs the body to accept any medicine. For example, if the person needs to take a TT vaccine, then that good virus will not be accepted or absorbed by the body.
How to use:
You get neem oil in the market. Now this type of oil need not massaged into the entire body like the above mentioned oils. Instead, just take a little oil and dab on the affected areas. Continual external application of the oil can kill the virus that causes psoriasis, eczema and even the inconsistent flaking of the skin. Another tip is that you can make a mix of neem oil and coconut oil and rub into your scalp for 20 minutes gently. Then wash off it off from the scalp with a mild conditioner. This will help to keep dandruff problems under check.
This is better known as the Indian Basil and has a lot of curative properties. It contains eugenol, thymol, and camphor and these help a lot in reducing the itching sensation in the skin. It is best to use fresh leaves, but of you cannot get that- try to purchase the tulsi extract as that helps a lot. In the past in India, this was used along with turmeric and ground to a fine paste to cure people who were bitten by scorpions and snakes.
How to use:
Take a bunch of leaves, and place in a tumbler. Coarsely grind it to get a semi juicy paste from it. Apply this onto the wounds, scars, dried areas and let it stay there for half an hour. You can repeat this about 4 times a day. At night, wrap the affected area with cloth after applying the tulsi. Soothe this skin with this extract and be at ease.
The admirable leaf may seem wonderful with those mojitos, but trust us- they work wonders on chapped and dry skin. You can say goodbye to those cracked skin, or even blistered skin, or sunburns. If you know the feel of menthol all over your body- and you like it- then this medicine is a perfect choice. It provides fast relief and plus if you can manage to grow it in your kitchen garden.
How to use:
It can used in the same way tulsi leaves are crushed and the extract is applied directly onto the skin.
This thick leaf may not seem so good, but yes it is one of the best soothers for your skin. For this, it is best that you use the fresh aloe vera leaves. Just cut off one whole leaf and slice off one side of the skin,. Then scoop out the jelly within the leaf. Mash it up properly or grind well to get a mushy mix. This is what you should use on your body. Or else, you can stay away from this hassle and buy aloe vera gel that are available in markets.
How to use:
One thing to keep in mind is that the aloe gel does not stop any infection, but just eases your sensation to itch the affected areas, relieves the bruised areas, can bring down the redness on dry skin and since it is odourless- you can use at any time. Plus, it moisturises the skin and therefore once you apply the gel, just let it dry up for about 30 minutes. Then gently wash it off. Do not scrub your skin. Soon the skin will feel soft and supple.
The natural sweetener and the nectar that is loved by all beauty product companies. The reason being – it is natural and even the bee wax acts as a good scrubber and keep the body feel smooth and supple. It possess anti- inflammatory properties and reduces the burn feeling that comes from the dry skin, the flaking of skin and the also reduces the chances of dry skin getting cuts and bruises all the time.
How to use:
Simple recipe to help you get started is to take equal quantities of pure honey and coconut oil or olive oil and combine well. Then apply on the affected areas. Also, you can take some beeswax and melt at a medium temperature. Add the oil of your choice and mix well. Once the mix is cool, apply onto the body and wait for it to get absorbed. This shouldn't more than 30-45 minutes. Then with lukewarm water, wash away the sticky honey gently.
A tiny seed that is used for cooking in India. On research, it was found that these seeds have got anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and they help sure a lot of body ailments. One among this is the cure to dry skin problems like itchiness, scaling, redness, cuts and psoriasis. It kills the bad bacteria that affects the body and thereby the toxins that affect the area.
How to use:
Take 2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds and roast it lightly. Then powder it and then mix with 2 teaspoons of chickpea powder. Mix these with some yogurt and apply to the affected areas. Let it stay there until well dried. Then wash with lukewarm. Repeat it everyday until the itchiness has been cured. Instead of yogurt, you can also cold milk and you will get the same results.
Wipe away that Itch
Take note of such simple home remedies and then feel the smooth and supple skin that you hold on to. All of us have skin problems and as the weather changes, we are bound to experience some discomfort or the other. So, take heed of such useful, yet simple solutions to make your skin glowing as always.