Has your scalp or skin ever been uncomfortably itchy? Do
you know someone who has an itchy scalp or itchy skin?
Itching can cause extreme misery for the sufferer, however
many causes of itchiness can be solved with simple
remedies. There are many reasons why the scalp or skin
may be irritated. So before you seek a dermatologist's help,
ask yourself the following:
1)Are you using a shampoo or shower gel made from
detergents like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth
sulfate? Although these detergents lather wonderfully they
can dry your scalp or skin out to the point of being extremely
itchy. Consider switching to a natural soap-based liquid or
bar cleanser, or try making your own cleansers yourself.
Natural soaps are much kinder to the skin and scalp
because they are made from vegetable oils instead of
2)Is your laundry detergent making your skin itch? Laundry
detergents are made from harsh cleansers and they are so
strong that some of the residue may be left on your clothes
even after the rinse cycle. When you dry your clothes, that
laundry detergent residue is left on them. When you wear
your clothes the laundry detergent residue comes into
contact with your skin. As an alternative try a natural laundry
powder available at health food stores or make your own
soap, grate it, and use it as a natural laundry powder.
3)Are you suffering from allergic reactions to one or more
food items? Commercially prepared foods contain many
different ingredients which can sometimes cause allergic
reactions. Try changing your diet by eliminating one food
item at a time and see if this helps.
4)Has your skin come into contact with a bacteria or fungus
that could cause itching (like athlete's foot)? Try applying
tea tree oil, or a product containing tea tree oil to the spot
that is irritated. According to Dr. Ruth Winter, M.S., author of
A Consumer's Dictionary Of Cosmetic Ingredients, tea tree
oil is "eleven to 13 times stronger than carbolic acid" and is
non-toxic to the skin.
5) Are you suffering from bug bites? Bites from mosquitos
and other insects usually swell and cause intense itching.
Try applying several drops of lavender essential oil directly
on the bug bite itself to soothe the itching.
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