Natural Itching Solutions

by Dr. Deva Khalsa on November 3, 2011

Natural Remedies and Home Remedies for Itching and Allergies

Is your cat itching?
Is your dog itching?

Here are some easy natural remedies that you can use to nip the problem in the bud.

Tip to remember: VITAL VITIES vitamin, mineral and superfood supplement helps relieve skin conditions like allergies, dandruff and chronic infection in many dogs and cats. Healing starts from within.

Home remedies

  • Black tea or Japanese green tea prepared as a very strong brew. The resulting liquid is applied to the inflamed area for three to 10 minutes to soothe it. The rest of the brew can be stored in refrigerator and used later.
  • Calendula tincture can be applied directly or diluted 1:1 to the irritated areas.
  • Witch Hazel is easily available in drugstores. A soaked cotton ball can be placed on itchy area a few times a day.
  • Aloe Vera can be found in health food stores and pharmacies. The jelly from the fresh plant works the best. Places on the area one to three times a day.
  • Baking Soda can work wonders! Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Place the paste on the areas that are itchy and/or reddened. Leave the paste on for a few hours and wash off.
  • Baking soda spray can also be prepared by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water. Place in a spray bottle and use when necessary. Shake before using.
  • Oatmeal poultices are easy to make. The powder, finely mixed with water is placed on the area for a short time. Aveena Colloidal Oatmeal, found in pharmacies, can be used as a tub bath or poultice.
  • Preparation H cream is easily available in drugstores. It contains no harmful ingredients. This cream stops itching and burning. It can often prove helpful with itching skin.
  • Cabbage leaf is an old-time remedy to remove heat and inflammation from an area. Pound one cabbage leaf until the surface is broken that it and the juice oozes out. Hold this leave on the inflamed area. The leave will begin to get warm as it soaks the inflammation out. Remove the leaves after several minutes.

Homeopathic remedies for itching

Homeopathic remedies need to be chosen in relation to the symptoms they produce. The type of reaction that occurs in relation to the problem is important in deciding upon a remedy. Some dogs itch less and feel better when they are warm. They may sit out on a black driveway and bake in the sun. Some dogs desperately need a cool environment and go to the tile in the bathroom floor or sit by the air conditioning vent. The remedy Arsenicum album is an excellent remedy for skin allergies where dogs crave warmth. You would think a dog with inflamed itching skin would always prefer a cool area. Yet, the Arsenicum dog itches less when he is in the sun or warm under the covers. Be sure you remember how the symptoms express themselves when you choose the remedy.

You should begin to see results with these remedies in 2 –10 days. If no relief is gained or if the dog gets worse, discontinue the remedy.

  • Sulphur 6c. This remedy is indicated in dogs that prefer a cool environment. The skin can be red and the itching and intense. The skin can also have an unhealthy, leathery look to it. This remedy would be given twice a day for one week.
  • Arsenicum album 30c. This remedy would be used for dogs that prefer the heat. The skin and can be dry and flaky, and the coat can appear lusterless and dry. The dog who needs this remedy may also be thirsty and restless. Dose at twice a day for 2 weeks
  • Graphites 30c- This remedy is good for dogs who get hot spots with their allergies. These areas can ooze a sticky yellow or honey colored substance that causes the fur to stick to the area. Give this remedy 4x a day for a week and use calendula tincture topically as well. You may need to shave the fur off to give the area air … so it dries up. Apply the calendula several times a day, reducing the dosage schedule as the area improves.
  • Rhus toxidendron 30c – This remedy is made from Poison Ivy, and we all know how itchy a Poison Ivy infection can make you! The dog who needs this remedy will often have a pimply vesicular rash with much itching and redness. Warmth lessens the severity of the symptoms. Dose at 3x a day for 2-4 weeks
  • Grindelia 30c. – This homeopathic remedy can be given to three times a day to help decrease the intensity of the itching. Give this remedy whenever needed.
  • Psorinum 200c. – This remedy is excellent for skin conditions in which the skin has an unhealthy appearance. The coat may have a noticeable musty odor. The skin is commonly dry, and the itching is intense. This remedy should be given once a day for one week. If symptoms reappear at a later time, give the remedy again for one week.

Dr. Deva Khalsa VMD

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