Don’t Scratch That Itch! These 8 Natural Remedies Are For You.
There’s no doubt that itchy skin can drive you absolutely crazy, but scratching an itch can sometimes make a skin situation far worse by making your body’s inflammatory response go into overdrive.
With warm weather comes bugs, and with bugs come bites, and with bites come itches. From ticks and spiders to mosquitoes and bees, insect bites come in sundry shapes and sizes, but they all commonly pull an itchy, red reaction out of our bodies.
Once a bite fires up our immune system, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a nagging itch we’re seriously aching to scratch – even though we well know we shouldn’t. But what can we do? How can we resist this insistent, vexing sensation? Fortunately, there are a number of simple, DIY remedies we can try, and here we’ll look closer at a dozen.
Here are our favorite anti-itch remedies! These are all totally natural and straight from nature – no lotions, potions or mysterious added ingredients.
Our rule of thumb regarding body products is to never use anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. So, every remedy listed here is made from plants or from plant-based or food-grade substances.
1. Fresh Basil Leaves
Basil leaves contains anti-itch compounds called camphor and thymol. This is my personal go-to trick for bug bites, as it’s so quick and easy. Plus, rubbing the leaf onto the skin satisfies the compulsive urge to scratch.
How to use it: Crush up the leaves and rub directly onto the skin.
Oatmeal contains compounds called avenanthramides that reduce inflammation. This is a popular trick that’s been around for ages; I can remember my mom making me take oatmeal baths when I had chicken pox as a little kid. It’s also commonly used for poison ivy and eczema. You can add oatmeal to your bath, or make a poultice.
How to use it: To make an oatmeal poultice, add a bit of water to a cup or bowl of plain, organic, uncooked oatmeal (ground or steel-cut work best for this), then let it sit for a few minutes until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Apply the paste to the itchy area as needed.
Put a bit of bentonite or Montmorillonite clay on it! Clay is very helpful for itching and a number of other skin issues such as acne. It particularly helps heal venomous stings and bites, like from bees, wasps and spiders. The clay helps draw the venom out of the skin, which will help relieve the pain and let the sting heal more quickly.
Use virgin, untreated clay, such as this one. Green clay (often called montmorillonite or bentonite clay) is the most powerful type.
How to use it: Mix the clay in a bowl or cup with a bit of filtered water until it has a creamy consistency like peanut butter (like in the picture at the top of the page). Then, just dab the clay paste onto itchy areas, let it dry, then rinse or peel it off.
How to do a clay pack: Spread the clay on a piece of clean, porous fabric (i.e., wool, muslin, cotton, flannel). Then place the clay-covered cloth to the irritated area, with the clay directly touching the skin (see the picture on the right). You can use bandaging tape or wrap it in plastic wrap to keep the cloth in place and protect your clothing and furniture. Keep the clay pack on for about 4 hours, or until the clay is hard and dry.
4. Fruit Peels
Silvana, the Gerson Institute’s Director of Education, also turned me on to a cool trick. Rub bug bites with a banana peel. Another Gerson staffer also suggested watermelon rind.
This is a great way to re-purpose kitchen scraps that might otherwise be thrown out! But, this method does have a potential drawback: the fruity scent may attract bugs. This may be a better choice for using indoors.
How to use it: Rub peel or rind onto the affected area.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
This isn’t the first time I’ve sung the praises of the uber-versatile ACV, and I suspect it won’t be the last. Apple cider vinegar is an effective antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent that relieves itching, especially itching associated with dry skin (for example: sunburns and dandruff). It’s also popularly used for pets with dry, itchy skin as well, by adding a few cupfuls to their bath water.
How to use it: Just put a few drops of it onto a cotton ball or washcloth and dab it on to the affected area. Use raw, organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s is a good brand) with the “mother,” a strand-like sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle that contains raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria.
6. Clay + Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine the anti-itch properties of both of these skin soothers at the same time!
How to use it: Follow the instructions for using clay topically or as a clay pack, just substitute apple cider vinegar instead of water when making your clay. It will fizz up a bit, so just add a tiny amount of vinegar at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
7. Peppermint Leaves
Peppermint is great for bug bites and itching, as it provides a cooling sensation that’ll give you welcome relief.
How to use it: The quickest, easiest way is to crush up the leaves and rub the peppermint directly onto the skin. You could even freeze the crushed peppermint leaves into ice cubes for a cooling double-whammy, as the cold of the ice cubes also helps to numb the affected area and bring down swelling and inflammation. Always use clean, filtered water.
8. Aloe Vera
We love aloe vera for just about every kind of skin irritation. Aloe is probably best-known for its ability to heal sunburns, but it’s extremely versatile as it soothes the skin and relieves swelling and irritation. If you live in Southern California, there’s probably an 85% chance it’s already growing in your yard.
How to use it: Break off a leaf from the plant, and cut it open lengthwise from top to bottom with a knife. Scoop out the gooey gel inside, and rub it directly onto irritated skin. If you have extra left over, you can keep it refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
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Over time, skin can lose its elasticity from sun damage, excessive weight loss or gain, and more. Your skin becomes wrinkled when the skin becomes too thin and begins to sag t afrom a loss of collagen and elastin. There are ways to treat and prevent wrinkles and dark circles with aloe vera gel.
Step One: Get An Aloe Plant
Raising an aloe vera plant is fairly easy, and can be done from within the comfort of your home. You don’t need a whole garden to do this. Aloe flourishes in indirect sunlight, and can be raised in a pot. This makes the aloe plant a great decoration for kitchen counters, end tables, or the dining area; wherever there is a good amount of light that won’t directly hit the leaves. This plant doesn’t require a lot of watering, so the maintenance on aloe is minimal.
Step Two: Extract The Gel
Once your plant is ready, you can take a leaf from the plant and slice it open with a knife, taking care not to cut yourself. The gel will be right inside of the leaf. You can scrape it out and put it in a bowl if you want to mix it with something else, or you can go straight to the application step.
Step Three: Mix In Vitamin E
Mixing the aloe vera gel with the contents of a vitamin E capsule can enhance the conditioning effect of your skin. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. You can mix these ingredients in a bowl or on a plate.
Step Four: Apply
Take the aloe vera gel mixture and gently rub into your skin in a circular motion on the spots with wrinkles for two to three minutes. Wait for ten minutes and rinse off with warm water. For dark circles, lightly pat the aloe vera gel mixture on the under eye area. Be sure not to pull or tug on the under eye area because it is highly sensitive. Wait ten minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
See also: 10 Proven Tips To Improve Eyesight In A Totally Natural Way
10. The Indian Tarataka
For all the scented candle lovers out there. This ought to be a fun one. Light a candle, sit in an open space where you can sit parallel facing it. Try not to blink and focus your eyes on that flickering flame. You might feel silly at first but you need to control your eye muscles and train them to listen to you and not the other way around. Our eyes weaken naturally over time but we need to work to preserve them.
9. Washing your eyes with warm water
There are so many different infections and bacteria that can fly into your eye and what kills bacteria better than anything that can be used on your sensitive eyeballs? No not bleach. Warm water. It stimulates the degenerated muscles and basically washes the rustiness away. Sounds like a good plan if you ask me. It will wash away all the dirt and grime and who doesn’t love squeaky clean eyeballs?
8. Not staring at screens too long
Try not to stare at the screen of a computer, TV, or smartphone for at least 2 hours before going to bed. This is something you might have heard more than a few times. There is a reason for that. Looking at your screen for far too long can strain your eye muscles and not in a good way. You need to work on focusing your eyes on better and less strenuous activities. This will help your eyesight to last as long as possible. Let’s just savor that.
7. Using rose water or aloe-vera drops
If your eyes are irritated in the evening, you can use aloe vera juice instead of regular eyedrops. H Rose water or Aloe vera drops are natural stimulants that can clear bacteria and infection. What can help you see better? Well it is certainly not having pink eye. owever, consult your doctor first before using this natural remedy. You might be allergic and we certainly don’t want your eyeball popping out of it’s socket.
6. The benefits of carrot juice
Drink carrot juice as often as possible (preferably every day). Drinking carrot juice will make your eyesight better hence drink a glass of it every day. If you want to achieve the maximum benefit from this practice, add one or two drops of olive oil to it. It won’t spoil the taste, but it will help you absorb the healthy elements in the carrot juice more effectively.
5. Observing the distance
When you are out for a walk in the open air, try to look into the distance more often rather than focusing on your own legs or immediately in front of you. This will help work your eye muscles into becoming more active instead of straining them to become weaker and it can be a really fun exercise if you make it!
4. An eye massage
We are not suggesting a hardcore massage here. Your eyes are delicate things, they are like bugs, If you press them too hard might squash them, who wants that? The image of your eye balls being squashed like a bug can be pretty cringe worthy, but then again cringing might just prove itself to be a very useful eye exercise and beneficial too.
With your index finger and middle finger circle your eyes in smooth and soothing circular motions. Always remember to be gentle unless you want to poke your eye out and need an excuse to look like Captain Hook.
3. Take your glasses off more often
Glasses are important they say, but no one explains why they are important. They help the people with weak eyesight live in the moment and see and take in their surroundings in the present moment. On the other hand it was never established that your eyes would be cured completely from wearing glasses.
Your eyes somewhat become dependent on them. Taking them off once in a while can re-establish their independence and help restore your eyesight.
2. Rest your eyes for a few minutes during the day
Ever heard of the 10 minute power nap? Well we aren’t suggesting you nap because that’s for the mind, but what we are suggesting is that you guys let your eyes rest for 10 minutes during the day. Use this to make your ears more active or your brain more active so your eyes have a chance to rest and gain their energy and focus. This will help you regain your control on the nerves in your eyes even more leading to you having better eyesight.
1. Beneficial exercises
The image presented above speaks for itself. Want your eyes to be less sore and more active without your glasses? Well start exercising because that term isn’t just for bodies, but for the organs present in them too. Not only will these exercises not take too long they will give you an excuse to use your ears more than your eyes, which is very useful by the way.
Here are 16 basic well-known exercises you can use to give your eyes a workout. Do them each day in the order indicated.
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Instantly Improve Your Eyesight and Reduce Eye Strain With These 5 Eye Acupressure Points
Naturally, some points of the body are more sensitive compared to others. For instance, the eyes are one of those sensitive points. They are necessary for us to live and function normally, as they help us go through the day and complete day-to-day tasks. Any issues related to the eyes are a serious problem, seeking an immediate solution. The good news is that treatments like acupressure are quite beneficial, and if practiced on a regular basis they can significantly improve daily functioning.
Important Acupressure Points for Eye Health
1. The Rim of Eyes
Instantly Improve Your Eyesight and Reduce Eye Strain With These 5 Eye Acupressure Points
The ball of the eye is surrounded by bones, where a few pressure points that can be beneficial for relieving pain and other eye-related ailments are located. The acupressure points located in this area include:
UB-1 (also known as Jingming): This spot can be detected at the area where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose. It is beneficial when suffering from hysteria with vision loss, glaucoma, and early stage cataracts. It is located in the urinary bladder channel.
UB-2 (also known as Zanzhu): Zanzhu, which is also located on the urinary bladder channel, is located between the eyebrows, very close to the nose.
Yuyao: Located in the middle point of the eyebrow, this point helps with mental strain and worry caused by working too much.
SJ 23 (also known as Sizhukong): This point is located on the triple burner channel, a spot on the outside end of the eyebrow. It helps when dealing with facial issues and eye-related problems.
GB 1 (also known as Tongziliao): On the gallbladder channel, the outside part of the eye socket. It helps with blurred vision, dry eyes, sore eyes, and itchy eyes.
ST 1 (also known as Chenggi): Located below the pupil of the eye, it helps with issues related to the eyeball.
Massage the points gently, beginning with B1-1 and continuing up and outward. Focus for approximately 10 seconds on each point.
You can do this at intervals during the day. Experts recommend deep breathing while practicing the massage so that the eye gets sufficient amount of oxygen. Pay attention to each are, making sure you go very slowly.
2. The Third Eye
Located between the eyebrows, at the middle point of the T zone, the third eye helps improve vision and alleviate emotional stress. Press the point very gently, preferably for 7-8 minutes.
3. Bridge of the Nose
This point is found below the inner edge of an eyebrow and it runs the nose. Applying pressure to both sides at the same time using the thumbs helps treat eye strain and fatigue.
4. Top Edge of the Nostril
Stimulating this point helps with nasal congestion and blurred vision. All you have to do is to apply slight pressure on each side of the nose, a little bit above the area where holes open wider. For best results, do this for 5 minutes on a daily basis.
5. Tip of Each Thumb
This is one of the nest acupressure for eyes as the tips f the thumbs are connected to the eye muscles. To relieve pain and strain in these muscles, massage the tip of the thumb with the other thumb. A regular practice of this massage can notably improve the eyesight.