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Causes of Itching Skin and Natural Remedies

Updated on November 8, 2012

Itching skin is very irritating. It causes an urge to scratch. You may experience itchiness even when the skin looks perfectly normal. Itchiness could be due to harmless reasons. But at times itching skin can indicate serious conditions like psoriasis or kidney failure. There are several causes of itching skin and remedies to alleviate the problem.

Itching may affect a small part of the skin or the entire body. Itchiness may be accompanied by redness, blisters, bumps, dry or cracked skin. If the affected skin is scratched, the symptoms may aggravate.

Causes of Itching

Foremost cause of itching is allergy. Certain allergens like poison ivy, poison oak, pollen, dust and hair dye may cause itching, if you come into contact with them. If you are allergic to certain foods you may experience itching.

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy | Source

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a very common cause of itching. Dry skin could be due to environmental factors like low humidity, air-conditioning and heating. It can also be caused by washing soap. Elderly people are more prone to dry skin.

Auto Immune Disease

Certain auto immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis and vasculitis may trigger severe itching.

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Certain gastro intestinal disorders caused by intestinal parasites and their eggs may cause severe itching.

Nutritional deficiencies

A well balanced diet is essential for the skin. Lack of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients may cause itching.


Excessive sweating is a major cause of itchiness. Microbes in the sweat breakdown and cause itching.

Skin Conditions

Certain skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema are likely to cause itching.

Natural Remedies for Itching Skin

If the underlying conditions for itching are serious like dermatitis, psoriasis or kidney problem, medical attention is absolutely essential. But less serious causes for itching like insect bites, poison ivy, aging and allergies due to washing soap can be treated by natural remedies.

Baking Soda

Add a tsp of water to 3 tsp of baking soda and make a paste by mixing it well. Apply it as a topical application to the affected area. Don’t apply if the skin is broken.


Lemon is a very good remedy for itching. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Just cut a lemon into half and apply it to the affected area. Let it dry for some time.

Cloves and Juniper Berries

Both cloves and juniper berries are easily available in the grocery stores. Cloves contain eugenol which has analgesic properties and helps to numb the nerve endings to get rid of the itching sensation. Grind 6 cloves and juniper berries and mix them with unsalted butter. Apply it to the affected skin.

Juniper Berries
Juniper Berries | Source

Basil tea

Add about 10 gms of basil leaves to a glass of water and boil it. Apply the resulting tea with the help of a piece of cotton to the affected area.


Thyme is a spice which contains thymol which has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Add 10 gms of thyme to a glass of water and boil it. Apply it to the affected area with a piece of cotton

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a very good natural remedy for itching. Cut a leaf and apply the gel obtained to the affected part of the skin.


Mint contains menthol which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains rosmarinic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and is easily absorbed by the skin. Make mint tea by boiling mint leaves in water. Strain it and apply it topically to the affected part after it cools down.

These are some of the natural remedies for itching


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