What to do with that itch! Maybe it’s winter dryness, a reaction to something you wore or ate, an errant bug bite… Whatever the cause of that minor irritation, what you want is relief! Here’s help…
- Quick fix for that minor itch: Moisten the itchy area with water. Then take a pinch of salt (coarse kosher salt or sea salt is preferable), and gently rub it on the area. Stop when the itching stops—most likely in a few minutes. The salt helps to exfoliate and detox your skin and should reduce inflammation.
- A relaxing soak for a full-body dry-skin itch: Winter has a way of making your skin feel like a burlap bag. Now is a good thyme to make time for a relaxing, itch-soothing bath. Here’s what to do: Add a pint of thyme tea to your bathwater. To make the tea, add two teaspoons of dried thyme to two cups of just-boiled water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Thyme contains thymol, which is an antiseptic, antibacterial substance that can soothe itchy skin.
- Great natural remedy for itchy legs and arms: Once a week, slough off the dead skin cells from your itchy areas with a nonchemical, gently abrasive exfoliant. Take one-eighth cup of stone-ground cornmeal, and mix in enough water (about one scant tablespoon) to make a thick paste. Gently scrub the itchy areas (shins, arms, elbows—it’s gentle enough for your face, too) with the cornmeal paste. Wipe off the remaining paste with a damp washcloth, and enjoy your soft, smooth skin.
Caution: If your itch stays red or raw for several days, or becomes worse, see your doctor.