Got to scratch that itch? Before you do that, pause a bit. Scratching itchy skin is a bad idea. It only makes the redness worsen and brings out the bumps and oh yes, the itching does not go away. For effective relief, you need to apply something to soothe the rash. When it’s a case of an ordinary rash, you can choose something off the kitchen shelf to deal with it. Severe rashes often require medical attention. Of course, a little due diligence is necessary when using home remedies. Always test a small quantity on your skin and see if it agrees with you or not. Here’s 4 simple ways to get rid of itchy skin.
Noniodized kosher salt for allergies
A saline nasal wash can reduce cold or allergy symptoms by 50%. Pour 8 ounces boiled water over 1/4 teaspoon noniodized kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon baking soda. Pour into a neti pot (a container for rinsing the nasal cavity). Stand over a sink, tilt your head to one side, and gently insert the spout into your top nostril. Water will flow out the other nostril. Refill and repeat on the other side.
Oatmeal for itching
Call it the medicine porridge. Oatmeal’s avenanthramides block the release of inflammatory compounds, dramatically reducing itchiness. Grind 2 cups uncooked oatmeal into a coarse powder in a blender. Add 1/4 cup baking soda, mix, and store in a jar. Add 1 cup to a warm bath to soothe sunburned skin, or mix a handful with water until thick, and then apply the paste to relieve poison ivy.
Baking soda for odor and itching
This leavener is your go-to itching and odor treatment. To neutralize all things smelly (underarms, feet, sneakers, and gym and beach bags), dust on liberally. For bug bites: Mix 1 teaspoon each baking soda and water into a dab-on paste.
Extra virgin coconut oil for eczema
Perspiration, sunscreen, and even sunlight can cause eczema flare-ups, so cozy up to coconut oil. It contains lauric acid and its derivative, monolaurin, which kill bacteria. Staph bacteria is common in people with eczema, perpetuating the redness, itch, and inflammation. Apply coconut oil twice a day to the affected area for at least 4 weeks. Find it at many supermarkets and natural food stores.