So you got bit by a nasty squido or you just got that random itch going on, which is generally caused by some sort of irritant. Did you know that the average adult has about 215sq ft of skin?!  So do you scratch the itch or leave it alone? The medical term for itching is pruritus. We all know that an itch is horrible and hard to ignore, but we also know that by continuously scratch we damage our skin and cause open sores.

So is it annoyance or pain we chose? NEITHER! There are some great options as to what you can use to get the itch to stop!

1.) Baking soda! If you are itchy all over the place you can take a bath, add 1 cup of baking soda to it and soak for 30minutes to an hour!  Make sure you air dry when you are done! If you just have a small spot that is tichy then you can make a paste of baking soda. Which is just 3parts Baking soda to 1 part water.

2.) You can take a warm oatmeal bath, (warm so it doesn’t turn to paste) OR you can find an oatmeal bath mix at walmart for about $3-5

3.)You can make a salve of Clove and Juniper Berries! Cloves contain eugenol that numbs nerve endings and juniper berries which has anti-inflammatory property. You can take either butter or coconut and melt 3 oz (3 shot glasses) in a sauce pan, in a separate sauce pan melt 2 tablespoons of beeswax. Once both of these are melted combine them and stir well. Then add 5 tablespoons of ground juniper berries and 3 teaspoons of ground cloves to mix in ( It is best to grind your own cloves and Juniper Berries). At this point allow the mixture to cool and apply to your itchy skin!

4.) Make a tea! Yup, you read that right, make a tea! TO be more specific, a basil tea! You can make either a a cup of tea or a pint of the tea. If you make a cup take a teaspoon of basil to 1 cup of water and to make a pint, take a 1/2 oz basil to 1 pint of water. Once you make it let it steep for a few minutes and then let it cool. When its cool, dip a cloth or paper towel into the tea and apply to the itch skin.  You can do the same thing with Mint and Thyme.

5.) Aloe Vera is not only good for burns but its good for sunburns as well! Use fresh aloe though, not the gel you buy from the store.

Always remember to try to not scratch and if you have to , a great way from keeping yourself from scratching so much is by wearing gloves.