Folk Remedies for Itchy Skin


Skin conditions, such as psoriasis, allergies, eczema, insect bites, acne, sweating, among other factors, can lead to major irritation, causing rashes, hives and other unwanted lesions on the body. Sometimes, itchy skin isn’t the result of a condition at all, sometimes it can be caused by your own household products. Shampoos, cosmetics, soaps or detergents can also lead to itchy skin. Other triggers, include underlying fungal, bacterial, or viral infections. Folk treatment for itchy skin can be complex and involves the reception of some tinctures inside, many of which are made with anti-inflammatory herbs and plants.

Some great anti-inflammatory herbs are listed below.

  • Aloe Vera
  • Arnica
  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Comfrey
  • Evening Primrose
  • Green Tea
  • Juniper Berries
  • Lavender
  • Licorice Root
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Nettle
  • Plantain
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Witch Hazel

You may be wondering, what is a tincture? A tincture is a homemade medicine that is produced by mixing an herb or plant with a certain amount of alcohol until it dissolves.

Tincture of the Yarrow

Alcohol tincture yarrow is prepared from dry raw materials and alcohol (in the ratio of 1:5). The raw material takes a mixture of flowers, leaves and plant stems, which are collected in the flowering phase. The yarrow herb has a hemostatic, bactericidal, anti-allergic, wound-healing effect. Apply tincture for wound healing and bruising as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Mix 1 ounce of dried yarrow by weight with 5 ounces (by weight) of 80 proof or higher alcohol and allow it to infuse for six to eight weeks. Strain and store in a dark glass dropper bottle. Store the tincture in a cool place. Shelf life is up to 2 years. At the local application, the preparation is diluted with water and is used for washing bandages, wounds, abrasions, bruises, etc.

Tincture of the Petals of a White Garden Lily

The Native Americans are very much familiar with the White Lily.  The bulb is used to treat skin inflammation, ulcers and wounds. Lily petals, crushed and mixed with honey, are said to make the skin soft and help reduce lines and wrinkles. To make the tincture, use crushed Lily petals, to which several whole are added, and place them in 1/3 of a half-liter bottle (made of dark glass). Pour vodka over top the crushed Lillies until this bottle is full, cover with a stopper, and put the bottle in a cool, dark place for 1 month. This tincture is best used externally for the treatment of acne, pustular and other wounds.

Tincture of Garlic.

The garlic bulb can also be used to make tincture. When softening the garlic with a liquid, and passing it through a tincture press, it helps release the potent chemicals that are so beneficial to our health.  To make this tincture, finely chop the garlic cloves and combine it with a dark-glassed bottle of 96° alcohol. Leave this sit for 10 days in a dark cool place, then filter the liquid to squeeze our the residue. The ratio of raw materials and alcohol is 1:1. Apply this externally for the treatment of poorly healing wounds, with angina, as well as in the common cold and oily seborrhea. To do this, the tincture must be diluted with water in different ratios (1: 5, 1: 10), depending on the method of application.

Propolis Tincture

Propolis is a sticky mixture that honey bees produce from tree sap that is commonly used as a natural disinfectant against bacteria. To use propolis to help heal your irritated skin, take 25-50 g of the sticky mixture and infuse it in 0.5 liters of 96% alcohol for 7-10 days. This combination can be used externally for irrigation and lotions for skin lesions.

Tincture of Calendula with Honey

Calendula is known in herbalism as the skin-mending herb because it promotes fast-healing in external skin conditions. It’s especial effective for oily, over-exposed, or dry skin. To treat these conditions, boil 1 cup of water and stir in 1 teaspoon of honey. Add 1 teaspoon of calendula tincture and let cool. This mixture can be used as a face wash for the treatment of acne and oily skin.

6 Tips to Help Reduce Itching

While treating your skin with these natural remedies, avoid scratching, as this will further irritate your skin and could increase your risk for a skin infection. It’s also a good idea to take steps to help prevent your skin from itching.

    1. Bathe with lukewarm  water.
    2. Always use “fragrance-free” lotions, soaps and detergents to minimize irritation.
    3. As directed by your natural treatments before moisturizer is applied
    4. Wear loose-fitting, cotton clothes. Wool and other rough-feeling fabrics can irritate your skin.
    5. Avoid extreme temperature changes. Maintain a relatively cool, neutral humidity environment in your house.
    6. Reduce stress, as stress can make your itch worse.


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