We come across many tough decisions in our lives. Some of them we take in our day-to-day lives. How often have you had the urge to scratch yourself to pleasure, when an itch’s bothering you? But then there’s the dilemma that you might just face social embarrassment, since you might be in an office lift, a family dinner, or an outing with friends.
It is something that has managed to bother the best of us and it is nothing that we should be scared or ashamed of. The itch is a common issue experienced on the largest organ in the human body. There are several reasons for which we might have an itch. It can be sunburn, pollution, chemicals from detergents, clothes, body lotions, allergic reactions, poison ivy, insect bites, adverse reaction to medicines, dry weather and others.
However, we are only taking a look at the less-serious problems causing an itch. Diseases like psoriasis are not covered here. What you might be glad to know, that there are quite a few herbal remedies passed down from generation to generation for itching. Let us take a quick look at some of them.
Herbal Remedies for Itching
Bath and Breakfast
Baking soda and oatmeal help in soothing and treating itches of most kind. For localized application, add 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and apply. For more advanced and complete body application you can take a baking soda bath. Get a tub full of warm water and add 1 cup of baking soda.
Soak yourself in it for half to one hour and then dry yourself. Try not to scratch yourself while you dry yourself. Scratching may give you fleeting moments of bliss, but it only degrades the situation, causing the skin to break and opening it to infection. The same method can be used for oatmeal, and you have yourself a bath and breakfast.
Lemon’s citric juice contains anti-inflammatory properties and is very soothing. It helps to calm down the itching and reduce inflammations, if any. Raw lemon juice should be applied to the affected area and allowed to dry. No need to press, massage or scrub.
Splash the affected area basil tea. But before you do so, please make sure that the tea is cooled down to room temperature; otherwise you might just end up worsening the situation. Basil contains high amounts of eugenol, which works as an anesthetic.
Take about one or two teaspoon of dried basil leaves and pour them into 350 ml of boiling water in a tumbler/jar. Cover the utensil with a lid and let the warm water draw out the chemicals from the basil leaves. After 20 minutes, strain the tea onto another jar and let it cool down to room temperature. Dip a clean cloth in the tea and lightly apply on the affected area.
Like Basil Thyme can also be used in tea form to be applied to itches. Thyme contains anti-itch properties and is full of thymol. Thymol is known to a volatile chemical that is anesthetic and anti-inflammatory in nature. Make a tea out of thyme in the same proportions and measurements as Basil and then use a clean cotton cloth to dip in the liquid and apply on the affected area.
Aloe Vera is known to be a natural cooling and soothing agent. Scratching causes a burning sensation on the skin. Aloe Vera acts ably on burns, itches and blisters. You can try to extract aloe Vera naturally from the leaf.
Just break the leaf from the middle and apply the gel. Remember not to let the leaf touch the skin; otherwise it might end up irritating the skin more. An easier application is aloe Vera gel found in medical stores.