19. Itchiness remedy
What is it?
Itching is an unpleasant sensation that makes you want to scratch the affected area. Itching can be caused by bug bites, spider bits, or allergies. While scratching may provide some temporary relief, it only serves to increase the amount of inflammation on the skin. This makes the skin tender and sore in addition to being itchy.
What’s the remedy?
An oatmeal mask can be applied to an area that is itchy. Make an oatmeal solution with hot water and allow it to cool. Apply the oatmeal paste to the itchy areas. Allow the paste to dry before peeling it off the skin. This is most effective for localized itching. For overall body itching, add ground oatmeal to your bath water and soak it up.
Why does it work?
Oatmeal contains high concentrations of avenanthramides. This substance is known to provide anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe itching.