If you suffer from heat rashes in summer (some people even get them in winters), then you must be on the lookout for ways to get rid of heat rash. Naturally, you would not want to resort to hydrocortisone creams, powders and anti-itch sprays each time such a rash develops. Some of these products actually end up clogging the sweat pores further, worsening the situation. Hence, a better solution would be to use natural products and remedies. Primary among such natural remedies is a lavender bath, which is considered highly effective in soothing pain, itchiness and inflammation associated with a heat rash. Many sufferers of heat rash have experienced great results with soothing lavender baths. The ancient remedy is making a comeback not only for its aroma-therapeutic properties but also for its wondrous medicinal/health benefits. In fact: lavender essential oils are even being recommended by mainstream health care providers to their patients.
Use of lavender baths in history
Ancient Greeks and Romans often used lavender baths to lavish their bodies with its soothing and therapeutic fragrance. In weddings and celebrations, lavender flowers were a must: they were strewn on the floors where they would get crushed to release a beautiful scent. In hospitals too, lavender flowers were placed near the sickbeds or few drops of the oil were placed upon patients’ pillows to enhance the atmosphere and relax and rejuvenate the sick or wounded.
Apothecaries also recommended lavender as an aphrodisiac. For hundreds of years, lavender essential oils were used for soothing burns, treating lice, relieving muscular aches and dental pains, for calming patients suffering from anxiety and neurosis, and even for treating skin conditions like scabies, eczema, heat rashes etc. Greek women used lavender to keep their skin healthy soft and supple. Herbalists in the early 20th century started prescribing lavender baths for colic, coughs, sore joints and skin ailments. This herb also found extensive use on the battlefields in the 1st and 2nd World Wars where soldiers carried a bottle of the oil to alleviate fears and treat their war wounds.
Lavender uses today
Lavender is now being recognized for its anti coagulant, anti convulsive, anti microbial, anti fungal and antispasmodic properties. It is not just alternative medicine practitioners but conventional medicine experts as well who are using lavender in their clinical settings. A lavender bath is prescribed to help get rid of heat rash, abscesses, arthritis, flu, gallstones, halitosis, headaches and many other health ailments.
How to make a lavender bath at home to get rid of heat rash?
To get rid of heat rash, you can make a spa-like experience at home using dried lavender sachets or essential oils. Lavender’s anti inflammatory and antimicrobial properties will help your skin regenerate itself to boost immunity and clear rashes and scars. For sufferers of heat rash, lavender will heal and reduce pain and itchiness as well. It is a very safe herb, provided you buy it from a reputed source. Using it in its essential oil form, you can make your own lavender soap or shampoo at home. If you like showering instead of taking a tub bath, the lavender soap and body gel can be used for getting rid of skin ailments including heat rash.
Recipe for lavender bath
Using the following recipe, you can make a large batch of soothing lavender bath salt to use each time for therapeutic benefits.
You will need:
- 4 cups Epsom salt
- 5-10 drops of pure concentrated essential oil from reputed source
- 4 cups Baking soda
Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight glass container.
When you are ready to use the lavender bath to get rid of heat rash, simply add 1 or 2 cups of the mix to the bath tub and soak in it for 40 minutes. For kids with heat rash, use only ½ cup of the mix and soak for 20 minutes.
Contraindications of lavender
Lavender essential oil is one of the safest, provided it has been sourced from a reliable and reputed vendor. However, some people are known to be allergic to lavender. So, a small skin test must be done prior to use.
Pregnant women must never use lavender internally as this herb is known to stimulate hormones. Soaking in lavender bath is generally safe during pregnancy/nursing; still, do talk to your gynecologist prior to doing so. Also, people who are about to undergo any surgical procedures must stop using lavender at least 2 weeks prior to it. Do not take a lavender bath to get rid of heat rash if you have pus filled sores, blisters or open wounds.