Natural Homemade Anti-Itch Remedies

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Although Winter technically doesn’t start for another month, it sure doesn’t feel that way here in Toronto – the temps today dipped into the negatives, it snowed for all of five minutes, and the slight breeze was not making things any better! Unfortunately, along with winter, comes the dry, itchy skin that is characteristic of eczema. There are many factors that contribute to eczema flare-ups, but for Yusuf and myself, it’s the cold, dry winters that get us all itchy and scratchy.

Yusuf has it especially bad and is scratching his poor little arms raw. :( I initially went for the calamine lotion – an old favorite of my mom’s when we were growing up – but it wasn’t helping at all and I wanted to find something (or a series of things) to try that were natural and preferably homemade.

Soothing Oatmeal Bath for Eczema and Itchy SkinWell, I came across a whole bunch of great ideas for homemade anti-itch remedies and thought I’d share them with you! The ones I’m using on Yusuf are baking soda in the bath water, aloe vera gel, and oatmeal baths. And of course, lots and lots of moisturizer – especially right after baths, when skin is still wet. What I’ve realized is not only is it important to treat the itch, but I needed to prevent the conditions that are causing the itching in the first place – dry, dehydrated skin. Thankfully, now that we alternate between baking soda and oatmeal baths, and apply a natural aloe vera gel (like this one) throughout the day, Yusuf’s skin is starting to calm down, and the itching seems to have died down a bit.

And from here, we just have to keep up with maintenance, and get through this winter! We also use these wonderful hard lotion bars from MadeOn Skin Care, which really help to seal in the moisture and keep it from drying out. I reviewed their lotion bars a while back, and you can read that review here: MadeOn Skin Care.

To continue reading and see the complete list of 10 homemade anti-itch remedies, please click the link below:

Homemade Anti-Itch Remedies

Do you suffer from dry, itchy skin caused by eczema or other skin conditions? What are your tried and true remedies? Be sure to click the link above to see my complete list of home remedies!

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Sarah UmmYusuf is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, , began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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  1. says

    I just discovered baking soda in the bath! It’s amazing how much softer your skin feels afterwards. I really needed these tips – winter isn’t so bad yet, but my pregnant belly is getting pretty itchy!

    • Sarah says

      Ahh! That’s right! I completely forgot about that, Amanda! You know what, I’ll go ahead and add your link to the full article. I think I’m going to have to give that salve a try sometime soon. :)

  2. says

    This list was kind of frustrating to me because almost all the remedies involve soaking in a bath or doing some other complicated thing that I often don’t have time to do, as I’m most likely to be aggravated by itching when I’m at work (where the air is very dry) or otherwise busy.

    My favorite remedy for dry skin is coconut oil. It soaks in more thoroughly than most other lotions (so there’s less staining of clothing) and is very soothing. I just recently tried it as an itch treatment: I was experiencing painful itching of delicate tissues probably caused by hotel soap (so this may be a dry skin issue) and I put a very light layer of coconut oil on the affected area. Itch cleared up right away and hasn’t come back!

    • Sarah says

      Hey Becca, yeah I can feel you on the need for quick solutions to the itchy skin problem, and I’m totally with you on the coconut oil – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! We go through that stuff so quickly! The main reason for the post was things we’ve been trying with my son, who has eczema on his arms, so the list of remedies was supposed to be in addition to regular moisturizing with coconut oil (I’ll make that more clear in the post). Also, they’re more maintenance-type remedies, than quick-fix types because again, eczema is all about maintenance. The baths are also great because we give him a bath right before bed, which helps him sleep through the night without waking up because of the itching (night time is the worst!).

      I’m so glad coconut oil is such a quick, easy solution for you!

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