My skin always feels itchy, and I’m wondering if you know of any remedy for this?

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My skin always feels itchy, and I’m wondering if you know of any remedy for this?

Thanks for stopping by to ask that question. Just thinking about itchy skin made me scratch my arm; isn’t it funny how suggestible we can be!

But there’s nothing funny at all about itchy skin. Now, I know you know this already but it bears repeating; besides, Granny likes to show off her knowledge every now and again. Your skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, it is also our bodies’ primary line of defense against foreign objects tryin’ to get in. Pretty big job, I’d say. It protects our innards from trauma and UV rays, and helps us regulate body temperature. So, it’s really important that we do what we can to protect and help the skin do its job.

Now, before we go any further: if you have scaly or scabby patches of skin that ooze, or an itching mole that has changed size or color, see a doctor before you try home remedies. My remedies won’t hurt you, but you need to rule out eczema or melanoma. We’ll cover those another time.

There are lots of reasons that your skin could be itching. The most common reason is seasonal dryness. With the advent of air conditioning and furnaces, the humidity level in our homes dropped to unbelievable lows. The skin needs moisture to function correctly. So, let’s work on that!

The first thing you need to do is exfoliate; there’s no way a moisturizer can help you unless you get shed of all the dead skin cells that are just lounging around on the surface of your skin. You can go out and buy expensive exfoliants, but why? For a body scrub, raw sugar or coarse sea salt will do the trick very nicely. For the sugar scrub, mix 1 cup of raw sugar (it has larger crystals) with 1/2 cup of oil. (You can use olive oil, safflower oil, or if you’re really feeling fancy, almond oil.) You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to this if you want a nice scent. Mix it up in a bowl, then put the mixture in a jar, and each time you shower, scoop out a small handful and rub your skin with it, then rinse it off. Yep, it’s that simple. For the salt scrub, you can use either coarse sea salt or Epsom salts, with the same ratio of crystals to oil. Add the good-smelling drops, and there you go!

Now that you’ve exfoliated, you need to keep your skin moist. The first thing to remember is that moisturizing agents do not ADD moisture to your skin; they help your skin retain moisture that’s already there by sealing the water inside the cells. So after exfoliating, pat yourself semi-dry with a towel, but leave some water on the skin to help your moisturizer do its job properly. If you want to go an easy route, merely apply olive oil sparingly after your shower, and air-dry. If you won’t feel right unless you’ve got a “proper” homemade moisturizer, try this one. It takes a bit of preparation, and you’ll likely have to pop over to the store for ingredients, but it keeps well and smells nice.

You’ll need: White beeswax, Lanolin, Olive oil, Aloe Vera gel, and Rose water. Melt 1 teaspoon of beeswax and 2 tablespoons of lanolin over a simmering water bath or in the top of a double boiler with simmering water in the bottom part. Next, add 1/3 cup of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of fresh aloe vera gel, and 2 tablespoons of rose water. Just stir to mix, let cool a little, and put into a clean jar to store it.

For a really quick itch-fix, try moistening a washcloth with cold, whole milk and laying it on the spot for ten minutes or so, then just rinse off your skin with cool or lukewarm water. The lactic acid in milk works as a gentle exfoliant. (This is also a great sunburn treatment.) 

As a general rule, don’t use really hot water to shower or bathe; that’s just going to dry out your skin more and make your itching worse. Use warm or lukewarm water to shower in, and never stay in water longer than about fifteen minutes or so.

Well, that’s all the help that I can pack into this short amount of time. If you have more questions about itching and dry skin, just scratch yourself on over to my house; Granny’s always glad to see you.



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