I recently researched some home remedies to treat constant itching and scratching by a particular family member – the dog – after a summer of lying in the long grass and being bitten from top to toe.
I was particularly surprised by one in particular that we were able to try straight away, since we had the key ingredient in the cupboard already. Oatmeal is a really effective natural remedy for itchy skin.
Strange as it might seem, adding oatmeal to bathwater is a tried and tested way to relieve itchy, dry skin in humans, as well as in dogs! It works by creating a natural emollient that soothes skin and has anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties.
Many parents have witnessed the benefits that oatmeal baths can bring to children with eczema and other skin conditions, and with all-natural ingredients, it can be a gentle way to soothe itching and irritation.
If you want to try it at home – for dogs or humans – there are several ways you can use this natural remedy for itchy skin.
You can stuff a sock or muslin pouch with oats, tie at the end and submerge in the bath or run under the tap such that the emollient ingredients are filtered out into the water, leaving the large oats behind.
If you wake up one morning and it appears that your beautiful baby has morphed into a scaly dragon cub overnight, fear not; it’s most likely cradle cap.
Okay, so I may have exaggerated a little. Cradle cap is a little scaly but far from all encompassing – it only affects a baby’s scalp and it usually lasts only a few weeks or months.
Cradle cap is described by the NHS as: “yellowish, greasy scaly patches that appear on the scalp of [SOME] young babies. It is a very common, harmless condition that doesn’t usually itch or cause discomfort to the baby.”
The scales will eventually start to flake off and may make the affected skin appear red. Sometimes the hair may also come away with the flakes.
In other words, cradle cap usually clears up by itself but if you’d like some help. Maybe an organic remedy for cradle cap? Rock The Cradles’s Organic Cradle Cap Oil is definitely worth a try.
The remedy is a gentle, nourishing blend of organic oils, which aims to relieve dryness and irritation. It will help to soften and loosen the cradle cap, making it easier to gently remove with a soft brush or dry washcloth.
If your baby suffers from eczema, one of the first things to do is to make sure that you use a hypoallergenic washing powder that is suitable for sensitive skins.
In all likelihood, this will not cure the eczema but will certainly alleviate the symptoms, even if only a little.
Hypoallergenic washing powder is easy enough to find in regular supermarkets but I have discovered a better option that is environmentally friendly and will save you masses of cash.
The marvel of which is speak is called the ‘Eco Ball’.
Hypoallergenic Eco Balls are chemical-free and eco-friendly, and claim to save you around 85% when compared to brand leading washing powders.
How they work: three eco balls are placed in your washing machine instead of detergent; together they produce ionized oxygen that activates the water molecules naturally and allows them to penetrate deep into clothing fibres to lift dirt away.
And here’s where the money saving comes in; one set of eco balls lasts 1,000 washes! They also soften clothes without needing a fabric conditioner, wash at a lower temperature and for a shorter time.