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Home-Made Recipes for Those Who Suffer from Itchy Skin ...

By Neecey

I kinda' have a rule when it comes to skincare. Your skin absorbs anything you put on it, so really, you shouldn’t put anything on it that you wouldn’t put in it. That means approaching your skincare as you would your diet, feeding your skin the best natural ingredients, eschewing all toxic chemicals. I get patches of itchy, dry skin so I often turn to some homemade remedies.

Table of contents:

  1. Oatmeal and herb bath bags
  2. Milk and honey bath melts
  3. Hemp body balm
  4. Homemade milk bath
  5. Lavender and coconut moisturizer
  6. Calamine soap bar
  7. Aloe vera gel

1 Oatmeal and Herb Bath Bags

One of the most important things to remember about taking a bath with dry skin is that you should always add something moisturizing to the water. Oatmeal is a great ingredient to use. It contains phenols and avenanthramides which reduce inflammation and sooth discomfort of dry, itchy skin. It can help restore your skin’s pH levels and the saponins act as a natural anti-bacterial cleanser. The best way to use oatmeal in your bath is with an oatmeal and herb bag.
Handful of oatmeal
A square of cheesecloth or muslin
Aromatic herb of your choosing
A ribbon or strip of cheesecloth
To make and use:
All you have to do is put the oatmeal and herbs in the middle of the fabric square, pull it together in a pouch and secure with the ribbon. Make sure to leave enough ribbon so the bag hangs down in the water when you turn on the faucet. That’s all you do. Hang the bag over the hot water as it’s running and you get a lovely bath that will soothe your itchy dry skin.

2 Milk and Honey Bath Melts

Another great way to soothe itchy, dry skin in the tub is with homemade bath melts.
⅓ cup mango butter or shea butter
⅓ cup almond oil
¼ cup honey
1 cup powdered milk
½ cup powdered milk (for rolling)
To make and use:
In a glass bowl over a saucepan of gently boiling water, melt the butter, oil and honey. When all liquid, stir in the cup of powdered milk. You should end up with a pliable but crumbly mixture. Make tightly rolled balls from 2 tablespoons of mix. Put on wax or parchment paper to cool. Roll in powdered milk and you’re ready to drop into a warm bath.

3 Hemp Body Balm

Hemp seed oil is high in essential omega fatty acids (both Omega-3 and Omega-6). It works well with the other ingredients here to make a balm that the skin easily absorbs. This recipe is also vegan.
2oz hemp seed oil
⅓oz candelilla wax
4 drops essential patchouli oil
2 drops essential lemongrass oil
Small shallow container with lid
To make and use:
In a double boiler over low heat melt the hemp seed oil and wax. When melted remove from heat and leave to cool slightly. Stir in the essentials oils. Pout into container and when cool, put on lid. Leave to harden – for about 3 days – then apply where required.

4 Homemade Milk Bath

Ok, it’s time to feed your inner Cleopatra. It may not be asses milk but this recipe is full of vitamins and minerals that your dry, itchy skin will thank you for. It will also love that the lactic acid will remove dead skin cells and allow bright shiny new ones through.
2 cups whole powdered milk
½ cup corn starch
½ cup baking soda
10 drops of your favorite essential oil
To make and use:
In a screw top jar, put the powdered milk, corn starch and baking soda. Shake until the ingredients are well combined. Open jar, add the oil, re-close and shake until oil is nicely combined into the powder. Leave for 24 hours. When ready, add 1 cup to the hot water when you run a bath.

5 Lavender and Coconut Moisturizer

I know you won’t be surprised to see coconut being used in homemade remedies for dry, itchy skin. Coconut is an amazing natural healer full of moisturizing properties. Combine it with benefit-rich lavender oil and aloe vera which have natural antimicrobial and antioxidant properties and you have a great way to nourish and protect your skin.
3oz unrefined coconut oil
1 oz shea butter
1 oz jojoba oil
1 oz pure aloe
½ tsp vitamin E oil
15-20 drops lavender essential oil
Screw top jar
To make and use:
Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl and blend with a hand mixer until it has a light and fluffy consistency. Put into the jar to keep. Apply once or twice a day preferably when skin is damp to help seal in moisture.

6 Calamine Soap Bar

Remember when you were kids and you had sunburn or insect bites and your mom dabbed on blobs of pink calamine lotion. Calamine lotion is amazingly effective for itchy skin, but as a look? Not so hot. One way to use the calming soothing properties is to use a calamine soap bar. This is not the quickest and easiest of recipes but if you’re willing to out in the effort, not only will you love the soap, but you might get turned onto making more of your own soaps. Here’s the recipe -

7 Aloe Vera Gel

This is particularly good if the itchiness is temporary, particularly from sunburn, a rash or irritation. You can just apply neat aloe vera but mixing it with essential oil not only boosts the anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, but there’s the gorgeous aroma too. Both lavender and chamomile are known as calming herbs.
1 part organic aloe gel
Lavender essential oil
Chamomile essential oil
To make and use:
Mix together the gel and oils. Rub gel on irritated skin to soothe and decrease inflammation as often as needed.

Time to say goodbye to itchy, dry skin.

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