The skin is the largest organ of the human body. Multiple factors can lead to an itchy skin-primary among them being contact dermatitis, allergies, hives, eczema, bug bites or psoriasis. If you are looking for ways to stop itching skin at night, you have come to the right place. Here are the best home remedies for itchy skin all over:
1. Oatmeal bath
Add uncooked colloidal oatmeal to your bath water. This is the best remedy for itchy skin at night or day. Soak in the oatmeal bath for 15-20 minutes to get rid of the rash and itchiness.
2. Apply ice
If your skin is swollen, red and itchy, you are probably having an allergic reaction to some food or allergen in your environment. Apply ice over the inflamed skin to soothe the itchiness. Rubbing an ice cube or a pack of frozen vegetables helps shrink the hives. Make sure you keep the ice cube moving to prevent your skin from freezing. You can also apply a cool compress by soaking a clean flannel cloth in cold water and applying it to the skin.
3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes
Heat rashes, ringworm, Jock Itch etc can all cause itchy skin. You can always use specific itch relief cream to counter these symptoms. Additionally, it is very important to keep the skin cool by wearing loose fitting cotton clothes. If your skin is itchy in the privates, avoid wearing tight, synthetic underwear. Instead use cotton underwear to stay cool. Heat aggravates rashes and itchiness. So if it is summer, stay indoors in cool environment to prevent itching.
4. Take Quercetin
Quercetin contains natural anti-histamine. If you are allergic to certain foods or bug bites and plan on eating that food or going in an area with bugs, then take 250 mg of Quercetin 20 minutes before exposure. This will prevent hives and allergic reactions. It is best to take Quercetin along with 1000 mg of Vitamin C.
5. Evening Primrose Oil
People with chronic itchy skin, eczema or contact dermatitis must take evening primrose oil which is available in liquid or pill form. The essential fatty acids in this is herbal remedy can revitalize the skin and relieve itchiness and inflammation. Daily doses of evening primrose oil can actually reduce your dependence on itch relief cream. Apart from Evening primrose oil, you can also take fish oil, Borage oil or black currant oil.
6. Grape seed extract
Grape seed extracts can relieve itching in private parts as well as itchy skin all over. It is particularly recommended for preventing flare ups of eczema as its bio-flavonoids or antioxidants inhibit the body’s allergic responses.
Chickweed is a fantastic remedy for itchy skin at night. Ointments and topical formulations containing chickweed are readily available in the market. These are suitable for stopping itchiness caused by psoriasis, boils, eczema, bug bites and other common skin conditions. Chickweed repairs damaged skin and speeds up healing.
Chamomile essential oil (and other Chamomile topical formulations) can reduce or eliminate dermatitis and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory action makes it one of the best home remedies for itching rashes caused by psoriasis, bug bites etc.
Calendula is an effective itch relief cream (as well as internal treatment) that you can use for calming itchiness. It provides a non-suppressive relief for eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, ringworm, cradle cap etc. Calendula moisturizes dry skin keeping it supple and itch free.
Cayenne contains an antioxidant that increases circulation and warmth to the skin. It decreases itchiness, inflammation and pain associated with skin allergies, psoriasis and other skin problems. Apply cayenne based ointment to the itchy skin but avoid use on open wounds.
Licorice can be used topically or internally to soothe skin rashes. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Topically, it acts as a demulcent to stop itching caused by herpes zoster, rashes, dermatitis, etc.
Neem is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy used for relieving itchiness on skin and scalp. It is beneficial against tinea or ringworm infections. The high fatty acid content of neem makes it suitable for eczema, psoriasis and other causes of itchiness in the body.
13. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda
Add a cup of apple cider vinegar and baking soda to bath water to soothe an itch. This is particularly a great remedy for itching bug bites.
14. Olive leaf extract
Olive leaf extract is a wonderful remedy for dry skin, itchy scalp and rashes. It is beneficial for fungal infections like ringworm and viral ailments like herpes simplex and herpes zoster. You can even use it to stop itch caused by bacterial skin infections, acne, abscesses and infected scars or wounds.
15. Wild pansy
This cleansing herb is recommended for eczema, psoriasis, chapped dry skin, hives and children’s itchy skin. It is particularly recommended for scabbing, cracking and difficult to treat skin issues like impetigo.
16. Lemon juice
This is one of the best ways to stop itching in private parts. Apply diluted lemon juice in the genital areas for quick relief. Alternatively, dissolve a Vitamin C pill in a bit of water and apply it to the itchy skin.
17. Tea tree oil
Apply undiluted tea tree oil to areas having severe itch caused by bed bugs, scabies, lice, mites, impetigo, psoriasis, furuncles, eczema, ringworm, carbuncles, corn, burns, wounds and healing scar tissue. This topical, antibacterial disinfectant accelerates healing and prevents scars.
This herbal remedy is anti-inflammatory and beneficial for dry, cracked skin. It benefits eczema and psoriasis and a study has shown that it cured all difficult cases in 2 months.
Thyme essential oil or thyme tea added to bath water can soothe itchy skin and give you relief at night or day. It contains thymol which is antibacterial and antiseptic. These properties make it one of the best home remedies for itching in private parts or other areas of the body.
20. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an astringent. It is cooling and soothing and works on all types of itches including those caused by hives, contact dermatitis, etc. Witch hazel available commercially might not be pure. Use the dried herb as a compress or tincture for skin inflammation, itchiness or bleeding.
21. Epsom salts
To stop poison ivy itchiness, bathe in water to which you have added a cup of Epsom salts.
22. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera lotion, gel or extracts from Aloe leaves all over the skin. This will give you much needed relief from itch.
23. Onion or Carrot slices
Rub raw onion or carrot slices all over your itchy skin for quick relief.
24. Calamine lotion
Apply calamine lotion all over the blisters and rashes to heal and dry them quickly and stop the itching.
Swimming in chlorine water can help you heal rashes quickly and stop itching.
If none of the above remedies for itchy skin work, you can take antihistamine medicines like Benadryl to counter the itch.