Herbal remedies for itching skin
Itching can simply be described as a surface sensation in the skin, perhaps occurring at the border between the epidermis and the dermis. Histamine is a chemical substance secreted by body in response to contact with an irritant of certain kind, is believed to be one of the known triggers for itching, though there are other chemical substances in the skin and blood. Pruritus (itching skin) is a medical term; it can be a localized or generalized case. If it is localized it implies that the itch affects a specific and restricted region of the body, while a generalized type would cause itching all over the body. A localized itch is generally easy to take care of and nearly all treatments can give effective relief. A generalized itch on the other hand is somehow upsetting and in most situations the causes of itching are not simple to detect. This constitutes a challenge because for any itching treatment to be effective; it should necessarily be directed towards the root causes of itching.
There are several causes of itching. General causes of acute itching: allergies to plants, cleaning solutions, certain chemicals, pollens, cats, dogs, feathers, perfumes, cosmetics, and smoke. Shortlived skin cases such as fungal infection, lice, scabies, extremely dry skin, and sunburn are also general reasons for itching. Pregnancy can sometimes trigger itching and associated skin problems.
Causes of Itching
The causes of itching are not usually simple to discover because may not have always originated from physiological conditions. Stress and anxiety can most times cause itching and may also aggravate itching, which may be due to symptoms of some other undetected condition. Therefore the causes of itching could be categorized as:
- Psychological factors
- Skin conditions like dry skin or sunburn etc
- Metabolic or glandular disorders, like a thyroid condition or kidney disease etc
- Adverse drug reactions or an allergic reaction to insect bites, stings, or other irritants.
Preventive Tips for Itching skin
- Do have a bath in a tub of warm water mixed with baking soda or oatmeal to ease uneasiness and itching
- Use fragrant free cream bars or aqueous cream to wash instead of soap
Employ cold compresses to the itchy part in other that it may be kept moist and cool.
- Do not be excessively exposed to heat and humidity
- Apply moisturizer or calamine lotion to the skin while it is damp.
- Cut your nails short to preventing scratching
- Take warm baths or showers, stay off hot water
- Clean your clothing with a mild detergent and rinse painstakingly with an un-perfumed fabric softener
- Shun wool or synthetic fabrics instead wear cotton or silk clothing
- Learn to relax by practicing meditation, yoga or visualization exercises
Herbal remedies for itching skin
- One tablespoon of hot pure Ghee should be taken at once with an empty stomach in the morning. This herbal remedy should be used for some days to eliminate itching. Ghee should be sufficiently hot but bearable.
- Boil Neem leaves in adequate water for 10 to 15 minutes. And then take bath with this water. This helps to cure several skin diseases itching inclusive.
- Mixed Dur juice with Turmeric powder. Then applied on the affected spot. It cures itching.
- Put some Coriander seeds to boil in water and then add Sugar. Sieve the preparation. Drink this mixture; it will help to reduce itching.
- Mint juice should be taken and it can also be massage on the body. It perfectly get rid of itching.
- Pound tender leaves of guava and curd together to produce paste. Use the paste to massage all parts of the body two hours before having your bath. It will relieve you of itching.
- Make a habit of eating raw Cabbage every day. It cures itching.
- Bring some Cumin seeds to boil in water. Take bath with this water to get ease from itching.
- Prepare a paste by combining Aloe Vera gel and green clay together. Rubbed on the body, it soothes the skin.
- Boil Jewelweed in 4 liters of water. Allow it to cool and then sieved. Applied as needed
- Make an herbal tea consisted of 2 parts each of Agrimony and Chamomile and 1 part each of Stinging nettle and Heart’s-ease. The tea can be taken three times a day. In the same vein, you can dip a clean cloth into it and use it as a compress to the affected spots for 5 minutes every half hour or as the situation demands.
Note: The following plants contain naturally antihistaminic compounds; hence you can make a ‘combination tea’ from them also: ginkgo, oregano, tarragon, tea, thyme, basil, fennel, and yarrow. The ‘combination teas’ should be applied as a compress the affected areas of itchy skin and drink three times per day
- Chamomile, lavender, and rosemary essential oils should be mixed together. You can measure up to ten drops of any of these oils (or a mixture of them) to water sufficient enough for an aromatherapy bath. They can also be diluted them in carrier oil like jojoba oil and apply it to the itching as a compress.