Stop the itch in its tracks by mixing a few simple ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
TIP: You can also make a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda dissolved in a quart of water and apply it with a washcloth.
Step 4: Use aloe vera Snap off an aloe vera leaf, split it down the middle, and squeeze the gel onto the itch.
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.
TIP: You can substitute cloves for basil. Cloves are also high in eugenol.
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.
FACT: Depending on the species, most mosquitoes have a very short life span, from one week to a month.