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4 Natural Ways to Soothe Your Itchy Skin

4 Natural Ways to Soothe Your Itchy Skin

Is there anything worse than itchy, irritated skin? Whatever the cause may be, itchy skin makes it difficult to focus. The sooner you can figure out how to deal with the cause, the better. The problem here is that so many products on the market contain unhealthy or toxic ingredients. It’s imperative that you find a healthy and natural alternative.

Here are four to keep in mind.

1. Castor Oil for Chigger Bites

If you’ve ever been bitten by a chigger, you know just how irritating the bites can be. But what are chigger bites? Chiggers are small, hairy, red bugs that belong to the family of spiders. They eat blood from their prey and tend to be found in areas with thick vegetation – such as wooded areas and grassy fields. Chiggers go for the thin-skinned areas of the body, such as ankles, knees, and armpits, and leave aggravating bites that are itchy and red.

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While there are a lot of myths about ways to heal bites – including putting nail polish on the bumps – it’s far better to take a natural approach. One of the best methods involves the use of castor oil, which provides immediate itch relief. Simply pour some oil on the affected areas and gently massage into the skin.

2. Honey for Ant Bites

Honey has numerous applications that extend far beyond cooking. If you’ve never researched the health benefits of honey, make sure you do so at some point. One of the many applications for honey involves ant bites.

Ant bites can be painful and itchy, often blistering over after a day or two. And if you have a lot of bites in one area, it can be particularly uncomfortable. Thankfully, honey can quickly come to the rescue. Apply some directly to the affected skin and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash the honey off and repeat a couple times per day. The honey will reduce pain and aid in proper healing.

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3. Tea Tree Oil for Acne

Acne, while it most commonly affects those going through puberty, can also appear on the skin of babies and adults. Knowing how to deal with acne can alleviate discomfort and prevent scarring.

One of the more effective natural solutions is melaleuca, also known as tea tree oil. Research shows that gel containing five percent tea tree oil is just as effective as medications containing five percent benzoyl peroxide.

“This home remedy for acne asks for you to mix 4–8 drops of tea tree oil and one teaspoon of coconut oil or jojoba oil,” says Dr. Josh Axe. “Dap lightly onto problem areas. Slight tingling is normal. Always use a carrier oil, as tea tree oil can be too harsh when applied directly to skin.”

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4. Fresh Aloe Vera for Sunburn

Is there anything worse than a sunburn? It’s painful, itchy, and frustrating. And while there are plenty of products available at the drug store, you should be wary of lathering chemicals onto your already irritated skin.

The best solution is to put fresh aloe vera onto the skin. There are lots of products that claim to include aloe vera, but they typically only have trace amounts. Snipping off the tip of a fresh aloe leaf and squeezing the juice onto your sunburn is the best way to go.

Take Care of Your Skin

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it makes sense that you would care for it in a healthy manner. The average person carries eight pounds and 22 square feet of flesh and the last thing you want to do is expose it to unnecessary harm. When you have itchy skin, diagnose the problem and give one of these healthy methods a try.

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Anna Johansson

Anna is a freelance writer, researcher, and business consultant.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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