Insect bites, dry and cold weather, strong soaps, harsh household cleaning solutions, skin infections, medications — all of these things can leave you with itchy skin. It’s true that scratching provides instant relief. However, it’s also something that can cause the itchiness to worsen and even leave your skin injured.

Before you completely give in to the urge to scratch like there’s no tomorrow, read on. The following are some of the things you may try to attain temporary relief from itchiness and/or even put an end to that maddening sensation:

Ice and Cold Water

One quick way to ease the itchiness that comes with an insect bite is by placing an ice cube over it. The cold will numb the area, thus keeping you from experiencing that nasty sensation. You may also place the insect bite under cold running water. If multiple body areas feel itchy, soak yourself in cool bathwater until you finally obtain that much-needed relief.

Lemon

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of lemon juice help make that itchy insect bite go away. All you have to do is daub freshly-squeezed lemon juice on the trouble spots. Repeat the application until improvement takes place.

Baking Soda

Whether the itchiness is caused by skin dryness or an insect bite, baking soda can effectively put it to a halt. You can create an all-natural anti-itch paste by mixing 3 parts of baking soda with1 part of water. Daub the resulting paste on the affected area and leave it there until the problem goes away. You may also soak yourself in cool bathwater with 1 cup of baking soda for about 30 minutes or until the itchiness subsides.

Oatmeal

Another highly effective anti-itch paste you can make at home is something which is made up of oatmeal. Grind about a teaspoon of raw steel-cut oatmeal and add a few drops of water, just enough for you to come up with a paste. Apply it on trouble spots and wait till the problem subsides.

Aloe Vera

It’s no secret that aloe vera promotes skin health and provides antibacterial action. That is why this medicinal plant is very effective in treating minor wounds and burns, inflammation and itchiness. When the urge to scratch strikes, simply break an aloe vera leaf in half and apply the gel onto the affected area. Aloe vera gel may be purchased at your local drugstore too.

Essential Oils

You are not going to run out of essential oils to count on whenever you are being bugged by itchiness. Some wonderful examples are basil oil, calendula oil, chamomile oil, geranium oil, lavender oil, neem oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil and thyme oil. Daub onto problem spots or add just a few drops into a tub filled with cool water.

With these all-natural solutions around, you can put a stop to itchiness. Rather than scratch or use an anti-itch lotion that can irritate your skin, spring into action and try any one of the tips above.

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