Hi Mystic Moments, it seems medication I have to take has resulted in a problem of me having itchy legs. Do you recommend anything to stop this?
Debbie, 48 from Norfolk.
Hi Debbie, I'll be straight with you, itchy legs sound like a nightmare. I sometimes go through brief spells of itchiness, and even that agitates me. This is caused mainly from pesky insect bites, but nonetheless, the urge to itch can't be tamed. I'm sure I can come up with a few top tips to help you resist the itch.
Top tips to help treat and prevent itching
1. Keeping your legs cool and moist can be a big help. Put a cloth soaked in ice water on the sensitive area. Refrain yourself from doing this too often as repeated wetting and drying of the skin will eventually dry your skin and could, in turn, make the itching worse.
2. Heat naturally makes itching worse, so it is probably best to avoid hot weather. Also, avoid taking a hot shower or bath. Attempt to keep the water as cool as you can tolerate. The term lukewarm springs to mind.
One thing you could try is an oatmeal bath. This can be very soothing, especially for itchy skin. Many people testify to oatmeal as a way of relieving itchy, irritated skin. The key chemical ingredient here is avenanthramides, which are known to have anti-inflammatory qualities. In addition to assisting the swelling to go down, oatmeal will also alleviate any itching or irritation you have.
3. This may sound like an obvious one, but you should try to avoid scratching as much as possible. Scratching inevitably leads to more itching. To counter this cut your nails short or wear cotton gloves to bed to deter scratching during the night.
4. Clothing can also play an important role in resisting the itch. Try to wear cotton or silk clothing. The fabrics you should try to avoid wearing include wool and acrylic.
5. Stress can also lead to your itch worsening, so relaxation is vital. Try mediation exercises several times during the day, mainly before going to bed. I would also recommend our essential oil blends in a diffuser, in particular, Stress Relief and Relaxation.
Essential oils are friends
Essential oils are an excellent remedy due to the short time they take to lessen the itching with little or no side effects effectively. Essential oils are packed full of anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. As essential oils are so potent, it is extremely important to dilute them with a carrier oil before application. I've highlighted the top essential oils for itching relief are highlighted below.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
This oil is so good for everything; it really is a must-have in every home. The versatility of Tea Tree is on the verge of frightening. It is known to have some of the most powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiviral properties. This makes it very useful when it comes to remedying itchiness. The oil works by numbing the human skin while concurrently countering the pain and discomfort.
Patchouli Essential Oil
My good friend Patchouli contains antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and can be used to moisturise the skin. Not only this it can also help to prevent infections that can cause itchy skin. If you're a fan of earthy scents Debbie, give this wonderful oil a go!
Peppermint Essential Oil
As I stated before, itching can subside with the addition of cooling. Peppermint essential oil is recognised as one of the most soothing oils when it comes to itching relief. The magic behind Peppermint is the fact it simultaneously numbs the problem area and reduces inflammation. It is known to be one of the stronger oils in concentration, so extra dilution is recommended.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Just like Peppermint oil, Eucalyptus is notorious for reducing inflammation and swelling, making it a sound remedy for itching. It is known to decrease swelling and inflammation throughout the body, and also profit the health of various organ systems which can be connected to unexplained itching. By using this oil, you can treat the symptoms, and maybe the broader cause.
Helichrysum Essential Oil
This uncommon oil is infrequently available in a standard essential oil collection due to its limited supply and big price tag. However, don't let this put you off as it is one of the most powerful essential oils packed with anti-allergenic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can relieve itching, reduce inflammation and promote healthy immune system function.
How to use
The most popular method of using these oils is by diffusing it in your home through a diffuser. This provides a long-term remedy for itching and inflammation, but there is a faster and effective alternative. By diluting these oils in a carrier oil, you can then apply directly to the infected areas. This can be repeated two to three times away until the itchiness and inflammation subside.
A sensible dilution would be 97% Carrier to 3% Essential Oil. For stronger oils, I would recommend a 98% to 2% split. Seeing as moisturising, the skin can also play an important role in reducing skin irritation; carrier oils are more than up to this task. Carrier oils that are known for being excellent for moisturising include Jojoba, Argan and Olive oil.
Debbie, itchiness can be a real burden that requires inspection as quickly as possible. Essential oils certainly have great potential when it comes to finding relief for itching. In addition to this, they can also benefit general health and well-being.
I must issue a warning though, firstly, the topical application of essential oils can potentially lead to skin inflammation and irritation, perhaps even worse than the original itch. This is far more likely with people that have sensitive skin. It is imperative to understand your potential allergies before using essential oils to treat itching. I'd recommend using a small amount initially on a patch of skin and wait a couple of hours to see if any adverse reactions occur. Furthermore, if there are no notable changes or relief, it is probably best to avoid application of the essential oils and focus on the 5 top tips I mentioned earlier.
I hope you find this useful Debbie and fingers crossed you get the relief you desire. I would love to hear back from you, to find out how you get on. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to get in touch once again. Debbie, I wish you all the best, peace out and God bless.
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