Testing remedies for itching part 1

4 Sep

Yes, still itching. My arms and some other parts of my anatomy look as if I had goose bumps on them, and the itching is still bad enough that it wakes me occasionally.

 

So, antihistamines help, some. But not for long, you need to keep taking them and I don’t think that’s particularly healthy, not if it’s at a rate of a pill every second or third hour. I take them before going to bed, now.

 

Topical stuff: aloe vera is in some ways best of the things I have tried so far. It stops the itching only for a rather short while, but that is true with the rest of them too, and it dries fast and doesn’t stain or smell. I have tried some essential oils, and peppermint also works pretty well, but then you will smell rather strongly for a while. I have used jojoba, grapeseed and linseed oils for base oils, and linseed oil is supposed to offer some relief from itching too although I noticed no big differences when using it compared to the other two. Next I intend to try coconut oil, by itself and mixed with some essential oils.

 

Oh yes, linseed oil smells a bit funny too all by itself. Mixed with some essential oil it of course doesn’t matter much as all of them have strong enough smells to mask the smell of the base oil, but if tried by itself, well, I don’t think I’d recommend it to anybody who works in an office or some similar place.

 

OK, I’ll continue with this after a day or two, I have done some shopping and will be trying several new things in the coming days. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Testing remedies for itching part 1”

  1. CCO September 5, 2014 at 05:04 #

    In the US, oatmeal is an old standby. You can sometimes get commercial creams with oatmeal in them. Otherwise, I would guess you cook it thoroughly, say boil it for five minutes or until cream. It depends on whether you start with the “quick” or the “old fashioned” kind; the difference is the coarseness of the oatmeal. The quick is somewhat finer, and would probably be a better starting point–but, again, I’ve never used it that way.

    My preferred non-breakfast use of oatmeal involves sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and peanut butter, but I will spare you the rest of that digression.

  2. SPQR February 15, 2015 at 09:48 #

    Hope you are doing well.

    • pohjalainen February 15, 2015 at 17:27 #

      Much better now. Last fall was pretty bad, but I am starting to wake up now.

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