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Itchy, scratchy skin and how essential oils may help to relieve the irritation.

by Penny Keay

Itchy, Itchy, Scratchy, Scratchy.

It starts out with a little skin tickle. Scratch!

Then proceeds to be a little bit more irritation. Scratch, Scratch!

Now it is down right bugging you. Scratch, SCRATCH, SCRATCH!!!!!!!!

It won’t go away. Next thing you know you have a rash or raised red wheals just from scratching so much. You need relief!

Arm with scratches

For instant relief you can try applying a cold compress with a few drops of any one of the following essential oils added to the water basin you are dipping the cloth used for the compress:

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Bergamot, Eucalyptus citriodora, Melissa, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Neroli, Rose and Jasmine.

Now to really help with the itchiness you need to determine exactly what the underlying cause is.

What is the cause of the itching

Is it from dry skin? Insect bites? Fabric texture? Skin infection? Chemical sensitive to laundry soaps or to your bath bars? Or did you recently have an injury or bruising to this area.

If the itchiness is from dry skin you should use some moisturizing lotions and creams. You can add essential oils to them to help with the itching too. Dry skin is quite common in the winter months. Lavender and Rose would be good choices.

Insect bites? Well, determine what kind of bug has bitten you is most important. If it is a mosquito or biting fly, you can apply a drop or two of Lavender mixed with Jojoba and applied directly to the bite.

But if it is something more serious like a spider, you will need to consult a medical practioner as some spider bites can be very bad. Tissue damage from some spider bites can be life threatening. (not all but a few can).

Fleas, bed bugs and other creepy crawlies like lice may need to be dealt with before you can actually get relief from the itching.

Lavender in bunch

Did you get a tear or scratch to your skin? Itching in this case can be to a mild infection to just a normal reaction of the body while it prepares to heal the area.

Apply appropriate essential oils to help the wound heal quickly. (See previous issues that deal with such types of injuries).

Other skin infections such as yeast or athlete’s foot fungal infections can be extremely itchy.

Again, you need to determine the cause and then use the appropriate essential oils. Again, many of these have been addressed in previous newsletters. Tea Tree is commonly used but others may work better.

If the fabric is causing the itch, simply remove that article of clothing. Some people still have access to real honest to goodness wool and yes wool will make your skin itch!

Laundry soaps with artificial fragrance oils and fabric softeners can cause skin to be itchy too. You may need to rinse your laundry a second time or try to find another product to use.

The problem can continue if you don't stop it

One problem with itching is that it propagates more itching and scratching. So if possible you need to leave the area alone as continued scratching will only make things worse!

You can also try our Allergy Tamer blend blend mixed with a carrier oil such as Jojoba, or other good for the skin oil with tissue damage such as Hazelnut oil or Rosehipseed oil.

Just be sure to blend it and use sparingly. A little goes a long way. Mix about 15 drops of Allergy Tamer blend to 1 tablespoon of the carrier oil, blend well and apply a few drops to the affected area. Spread evenly but do not continue to rub as rubbing will make it itch worse. Reapply every few hours as needed.

Hope you get some relief and the itchy, itchy, scratchy, scratchy simply goes away FAST!!

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