Herbal Remedies & Treatments : Herbal Remedies for Relieving Itching
4 Quick Cures For Itching
It's the season of the itch: rashes, allergies, bug bites, and prickly, peeling sunburns. Fortunately, the soothing scratch you seek is as close as your nearest supermarket. These four versatile basics won't break the bank and are home-remedy must-haves.
Tieraona Low Dog, MD, is the author ofLife Is Your Best Medicine.
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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. (Still sneezin'? Say bye to allergies for good.)
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.
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.
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