We are plagued by several skin problems each and every day. Whenever there is a need for it, an ointment or medicine always comes shortly afterwards.
The problem here is that these treatments are also loaded with chemicals, and when used frequently, they can cause some unwanted side effects. Most of the time, there is no need to use such harsh compounds because there are countless home remedies around that make use of natural ingredients for equally good results. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
Here are some home remedies for common skin problems:
1. Venomous Stings
Clay is a simple but effective solution for healing venomous stings or bites from spiders, wasps or bees. The clay draws the venom out of the skin, relieving the pain and healing the affected area more quickly.
Virgin, untreated clay such as green clay works the best as it has the most healing properties. Simply mix the clay in a bowl with enough filtered water to make a paste. Dab the clay paste directly onto the bite or sting and let it dry. Peel off once it solidifies or wipe off with a damp towel.
2. Dry Skin, Dandruff and Sunburns
Apple cider vinegar is an anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent in one. It relieves itching associated with dry skin, as well as sunburns and dandruff. It is even safe for use on pets who have dry, itchy skin. Simply soak a cotton ball/pad in a few drops of apple cider vinegar and dab onto the affected area.
Raw, organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a must here; distilled apple vinegar doesn’t contain “the mother”, which contains the beneficial bacteria needed to treat dryness.
Peppermint Oil/Leaves is great for adding flavor to food and for relieving pain or irritation. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin for fast but effective relief. It relieves inflammation and reduces swelling because of its gentle nature. Simply crush up some peppermint leaves and rub the paste onto the skin. You could also Freeze some peppermint oil/leaves into ice cube trays and rub the ice directly onto the skin for better comfort.
4. Insect Bites
Basical leaves contain camphor and thymol, compounds that prevent itching. Those who are prone to bug bites should always have basil on hand as it is much safer than other anti-itch ointments that are loaded with chemicals.
Grind up the leaves in a mortar and pestle and apply the paste directly onto the affected area.
Oatmeal is incredibly gentle and is a favorite in facial washes because it reduces inflammation. Acne-prone individuals find that using oatmeal as a facial wash or mask greatly reduces the appearance of redness and dries out acne-prone areas more quickly than regular facial washes.
It contains avenanthramides which is also used to treat poison ivy. Soak the oatmeal in water until soft and then apply directly onto the area. For a finer paste, soak first then grind in a food processor until smooth.