Itching is an irritating sensation on skin, which makes scratching irresistible. Excessive scratching damages the person’s skin deeply; however, it provides transitory satisfaction. Medically, itching is termed as Pruritus. Generally, adults have about two meters of skin, which is open to all the irritants; and when something bothers the human skin, itching turns out to be a defending mechanism against it. Itching also alerts a person that some foreign or external harmful irritant is attacking his/her body. 
There are various possible reasons which cause itching. Some of them are dry skin, long-term use of air conditioner, low humidity level, weather change, skin disorders like psoriasis, scabies, chicken pox, lice, and hives, internal diseases such as thyroid, cancer, kidney failure, and anemia, allergic reactions from cosmetics or poison ivy, reaction to drugs, irritation from soaps, wool, chemicals, pregnancy is also a primary cause, nerve disorders like multiple sclerosis, pinched nerves, diabetes mellitus, and shingles. To get rid of itch, you can try the following remedies.

Itching either irritates a specific body part, or it affects a person’s entire body. The noticeable symptoms on the skin are redness, bumps, acne or sores, dry and cracked skin, leathery or flaky surface of the skin, skin excoriation, rashes.


The anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and soothing properties of peppermint help relieve itching that is caused by scabies, dermatitis, or stress. Either brew a mint tea or apply a paste of the same on the affected areas, or add some drops of peppermint oil in the bathtub that is filled with lukewarm water.

Fresh Basil Leaves

The healing properties of basil leaves ease the urge to itch repeatedly. It contains a sufficient amount of eugenol that is a topical anaesthetic. Moreover, camphor and thymol compounds present in basil leaves aid in combating itch. Simply, crush some basil leaves and add a few drops of water in it. Apply it on the affected area. Rinse it off with lukewarm water, after it dries.

Alternatively, steep some dry basil leaves in a cup of boiled water. After it cools down, apply this solution on the irritated skin with a cotton ball.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera is well off with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties and the vitamin E content keep the skin moisturized. It is one of the best remedies for almost every kind of skin irritation. The cool gel inside the aloe vera leaf is a versatile agent that soothes the irritated skin.

Alternatively, you can add 2 tbsp of green clay with a tbsp of aloe vera. Mix it thoroughly and apply the paste on the affected area. After it dries, clean it with warm water. For effective results, try it once a day.

Essential Oils

Many essential oils are available in the market that alleviates itching and skin irritation. Either apply them directly, or mix them in your bath water. The oils that are effective for this purpose are – agrimony oil, thyme oil, bay leaf oil, basil oil, chickweed oil, calendula oil, chamomile oil, nettle oil, clove oil, geranium oil, jewelweed oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, olive oil, almond oil, sesame oil, and peppermint oil.


A substance called thymol is present in the thyme that is full of anti-inflammatory properties. It anaesthetizes the nerve fibers and cut down inflammation. Steep one tbsp of dried thyme leaves in 2 cups of boiled water. Filter the solution and damp a clean cloth in the solution. Apply this cloth on the irritated area for sometime.

Witch Hazel

It is a natural astringent that cleanses the skin and reduces itchiness. You can either purchase a witch hazel astringent from your nearby drug store. Alternatively, take the bark and boil it in a cup of water. After it cools down, apply the decoction on the itching area.


  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Apply moisturizer several times in a day.
  • Exfoliate your skin well.
  • Wear loose fitting clothes and fabrics that suit your body. Wearing nylon clothes can increase itching.
  • Use a humidifier to hydrate the indoor environment.
  • Consume a diet rich in Vitamin B, A and E.


  • Avoid direct exposure to dust and dirt.
  • Avoid bathing with hot water. Prefer lukewarm water.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Don’t use scented soap.

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