How to Make Your Own Anti-Itch Cream

Stop the itch in its tracks by mixing a few simple ingredients.

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You Will Need

  • Antihistamine tablets
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • Packet instant oatmeal
  • Baking soda
  • Washcloths
  • Aloe vera plant
  • ½ oz. dried basil
  • 2 oz. witch hazel
  • 15 drops tea tree oil
  • Spray bottle
  • ½ oz. cloves (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use antihistamines

    Crush several antihistamine tablets and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Spread the paste on the itchy area. Antihistamines contain diphenhydramine, which numbs skin.

  2. Step 2

    Use oatmeal

    Mix the hot water with a 1½-ounce packet of instant oatmeal. Let it cool and spread it on the itch. Oatmeal has anti-itch properties and is effective for large areas, such as those affected by chicken pox, poison oak and poison ivy.

  3. Step 3

    Mix baking soda and water

    Mix three parts baking soda with one part water and apply the resulting paste to the itchy area. The paste will harden into a crust and soothe irritated skin.

  4. You can also make a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in a quart of water and apply it with a washcloth.

  5. Step 4

    Use aloe vera

    Snap off an aloe vera leaf, split it down the middle, and squeeze the gel onto the itch.

  6. Step 5

    Use basil

    Make a tea with ½ ounce dried basil and 1 pint of water. Cover the tea until it cools and then apply it to irritated skin with a washcloth. Basil contains a natural anesthetic called eugenol.

  7. You can substitute cloves for basil. Cloves are also high in eugenol.

  8. Step 6

    Mix solution

    Mix a solution of 2 ounces witch hazel, 2 ounces aloe vera gel, and 15 drops tea tree oil. Put it in a spray bottle and spray your itch.

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