Homemade anti-itch creams can be used to combat itches caused by insect bites, allergic reactions or unknown sources. Use some commonly found items in the home to ease the itching and prevent the spread of infection. If your home remedy fails to ease the itching, though, make an appointment to see your GP or speak to the pharmacist at your local chemist shop.
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Mix 125 ml (1/2 cup) of baking soda, 30 ml (2 tbsp) of water and 5 ml (1 tsp) of salt in a bowl. Mix well until the ingredients form a paste. This paste can now be added to the affected area, and will combat the itching. Alternatively, add the same amount of baking soda to your bath before you get in to fight itching.
Use a homemade anaesthetic to stop the itching. Pouring vodka or lemon juice onto the affected area will treat the bite or sting and help to sterilise the area. With young children, you may wish to dilute the lemon juice with a little water before applying. Do not try the vodka option with children, as it may enter their bloodstream.
Use herbs from the kitchen to make an anti-itch substance. Boil 500 ml (2 cups) of water and add thyme, mint or basil to the water. Stir it and allow to cool. When it has cooled, dip a cloth in the water and apply to the affected area. The chemicals in the herbs will help to numb the nerve endings and cool the inflamed skin.
Rub the area with a banana skin. The inside of a banana skin contains oils that will help to cool the area, particularly with mosquito or insect bites.
Tips and warnings
- If itching persists, or rashes spread to other areas, then you should seek professional medical advice.
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