Itchy Skin Cures

| Modified on Mar 29, 2023
Geranium Essential Oil
Posted by mari.ana (Sydney ) on 02/23/2023
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Geranium essential oil help me release itchy skin. I mixed 5% geranium with jojoba oil and applied it on my wet skin after shower.

I hope it helps!

Baking Soda
Posted by EB (England) on 12/29/2022
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I have been irritated and itching for weeks and have tried all sorts of creams. Eventually went to dr, got canesten, helped a bit then itching came back. Suffered every day. Had baths with acv/baking soda/ sea salt. Itching always returned

Last night I applied a paste of 50-50 baking soda and water. It BURNED TERRIBLY, washed it straight off, thought omg that was terrible thing to do.

BUT today was the first day when I had no feeling of itching or irritation all day! Cannot believe it and would do it again, being ready to wash off the paste when it burns. It obviously did something to neutralise the itch!!

New Zealand Skin Cream
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 08/19/2022

Hello Louise of DC,

The "Chronic Itch Relief" you mention is made here in NZ by a trained herbalist: Malcolm K. Harker M.H.D. of "Harker Herbal Products Ltd"

He calls it "Formula number 988" and contains (among many other ingredients) cinnamon, camphor and peppermint - "A soothing lotion for irritated and dry, itchy skin" OR "A soothing, cooling, moisturizing lotion to help relieve dry, itchy skin conditions".

My wife is happy with it, so there's an endorsement of consequence, as she is not easy to impress!

Malcolm Harker also makes a product to help one sleep better but we will see how that one pans out - early daze yet and I will no doubt be reporting back in due course.

Maybe you could check out his website?

I hope this is helpful.

Cheers from Down Under (where the storms are currently raging)

New Zealand Skin Cream
Posted by Louise (DC) on 08/19/2022
4 out of 5 stars

Hi Michael...I am suffering from whole body the product you mentioned, "Chronic Itch Relief", go by another name in the USA...thank you for helping me...Liz

New Zealand Skin Cream
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 03/18/2022
5 out of 5 stars

"Hello There" - it's me again!

Sadly, I have recently experienced a flare-up of that awful and debilitating itchiness. which I normally get after cutting my tall hedge (long story there). Keeps me awake at night! Usually a bath or long shower, with thorough shampooing/rinsing and judicious application of 50/50 ACV and water spray afterwards does the trick but this time - no hedge trimming to blame however! What to do?

Maybe I just have an acidic body? I have been told I have to exchange my body for a more alkaline, user friendly and up to date model/version and I will be led to sweetness and light, golden, upland pastures!!

I have trawled through the Itch Section here on the E.C. website, and, whilst there are many useful suggestions therein, I would like to add my own contribution if I may.

We have a product down here at the bottom of the World that has the following ingredients in it: carrageen, jojoba, eucalyptus, turpentine, pine, (EV) olive oil, menthol, cinnamon, aloe vera, camphor, peppermint and acacia gum. They are putting the above ingredients into U.V. light-treated rainwater, along with a couple of other magical things and christened it as "Chronic Itch Relief" and touting it as being effective for dry, irritated, itchy skin. This one is for external use only and one must keep it away from eyes and other sensitive areas.

Well, the secret is out!! I tried it this evening and relief was immediate and am hoping the beneficial effects will last. Will try to keep you posted.

It's nice to know that help is at hand "out there" sometimes when one is most in need of it.

Cheers from Down Under

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by CFitz (Georgia) on 12/11/2021

Hello, Cindy:

It could take YEARS to get properly hydrated? This is discouraging, but I would like to know if you could recommend a paper or a book (from a trusted source) that would help those who are chronically dehydrated? Thank you for your time and attention to this.

Baking Soda
Posted by joanofark06 (S.Carolina, USA) on 12/07/2021
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For itchy skin,

Pour as much baking soda as you want in a bath of warm water, and soak. Your skin will turn softer the more you do this.

Grandmother Guffy Remedy
Posted by Sharon (Salt Lake City) on 12/06/2021

I love that story. I have been using Dr Bronners baby soap and I add Grapefruit seed extract, Tea Tree oil because I had MRSA three times on my face and am so afraid of getting it again so I wash my face with it twice a day. And I then follow with Aloe gel and my own face cream. I make my aloe gel stripped from my own aloe plant. But my face gets itchy and I get worried so I keep using it. But it causes dryness which I know is part of the itchy. Thank you. S

Essential Oils
Posted by Dee (Illinois) on 12/04/2021

If at work or any location infested with fleas/bugs use this to naturally harmlessly kill the pests. Diatomaceous Earth. Sprinkle lightly around. Go to baseboards and these areas. Get food grade! This way if any pet would happen to lick or get on feet and lick no harm. The DE will kill the pests. Use care as u don't want much down or don't breath the dust! Just barely Sprinkle. May also be used internally for pets to rid them of fleas and internal parasites IE worms. Use canned pet food and Sprinkle a small amount proportionally to amount of food. IE 1 heaping tsp spoon of can food use about 1/4 tsp DE for bout a wk.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Presouz (CA) on 12/03/2021

Do you know what, if it's been in one spot and it's been there for a long time it could be a Candida rash. You might need to look up oral yeast Removal supplements. I finally got rid of mine after trying everything with some 1% steroid cream from the doctor and some yeast removal powder from the doctor. good luck I know they're not home remedies but sometimes you just have to use big Pharma unfortunately.

Grandmother Guffy Remedy
Posted by John B. (Hawaii) on 07/09/2021

For hair washing add 1 cup Borax dissolved into a gallon of water and use it as a shampoo on dry hair to massage into your hair and scalp...rinse. You may need some hot water initially to dissolve the powder.

UV Lamp
Posted by Tony (St Paul, AB) on 02/16/2021
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I was waking up in the middle of the night with almost my whole body itching like the devil. No amount of scratching helped.

I found peppermint oil gave temporary relief. I was able to go back to sleep for the night.

One night I asked the subconscious for a clue and in the morning I was made to understand that my skin needed more sunlight exposure.

It's been nearly -40C for the last two weeks here so sunbathing was out of the question.

I do, however have a UV lamp I had recently purchased.

I did 2 five minute full body exposures three days apart.

The itching has totally disappeared.

Comfortable in my skin once again.

I'm posting this because I would never have thought of this solution on my own.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 12/30/2020 401 posts
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I've often wondered why scratching an itch feels so good and I THINK it's purpose is to break the skin to trigger the generation of H2O2 that either cleans up the reason for the itch itself or triggers the immune system to come and take care of it!

It makes perfect sense now! That has ALWAYS given me fits! I KNEW there was a reason it feels so good and I think this is, in all likelihood, that reason! FINALLY! That has bothered me my whole life as one of the curiosities that sparked my interest in alternative medicine! Since I was a kid and told to "stop scratching" every time I got a skeeter bite or anything else that felt so good to scratch!

We had a neighbor when I was a kid - Gwen. She was an older woman and a missionary who was always "off to Guam" - "The Gwen of the Guam". She could make homemade bread out of just about anything - or just about anything out of practically nothing at all and knew all sorts of things about herbs and plants. I wish I could tell her this as she agreed with me that it appeared universally so that scratching feels good and must have a purpose.

Homeopathic Sulphur, Herbs
Posted by Melany (Blind Bay, B.C. Canada) on 10/12/2020
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I can't thank you enough for providing the info on Boiron Sulfur. I picked some up immediately, only unlike you, I have a very severe case so I am noticing improvement but my skin is still hot and I'm still itchy. I could feel the healing within the hour and could see other signs of healing but I still have the many layers of skin I lost to replace and the dead dried layer left to slough off.

I took a tiny bit of scab off a finger after 10 hrs and already had pink healthy skin beneath. I have a long way to go and now I have hope that I will see an end to this. It almost disabled me as my hands and arms were fully reddened and swollen and just before I started the boiron sulfur I noted that I had red dots ALL over my body. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You have saved my life and sanity.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lou (Tyler Tx) on 09/08/2020

Thank you so much. I accidentally ate some cookies with soy bean oil and I was itching on my knees and elbows. I used a lotion with manuka honey first, but your remedy gave me relief.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 06/29/2020 401 posts

ACV works because it buffers the acid in the stomach and ACV is quite acidic.

Two cups of water when suffering indigestion will fix it and the same, 3x per day, will eliminate it.

People say water just dilutes the stomach acid, which is true as maintaining proper acidity in the stomach is accomplished, by the body, using water. And all ACV does is buffer it - chemically.

Drink plain water. The "water" in food, juice, tea etc doesn't count - it's treated as food and belongs to the colon which the body will simply steal from it when you're dehydrated.

When you're dehydrated, your body has to jump through hoops, rationing water and stealing it from vital systems. Dehydration is an emergency mode that, to handle, requires - you guessed it - WATER. So it's having to use a lot of the little water it is getting to ration and steal/extract it from other the rest of the body. And that's not easy. Try extracting pure water from tea without raising the temp above 99 degrees.

Don't over consume water if you're chronically dehydrated. It can take a couple of years to get the body out of emergency mode and properly hydrated. Plain water is handled differently. It gets snagged and distributed, right now, but it can't do all that it needs to do all at once. If you're chronically dehydrated, that extended emergency mode involves the slow shut down of organs. VITAL organs that get relegated to a "not AS vital" list.

It takes time to reboot and patch damaged organs that have been in the process of being shut down so don't over-consume it but drink plain water. Which is not the same as sucking on a single bottle of water all morning. Drink it.

This is much longer than I intended but no one should have indigestion - nor many other issues - these days as indigestion and all related issues are synthetic "illnesses". You're not sick. You're dehydrated. Many people - including those with indigestion - will swear they drink plenty of water when they actually don't drink much at all. I do not know why.

Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil, Dried Oregano
Posted by Jean (Northland) on 12/28/2017

How do you do the dried oregano? I would imagine you'd have to warm the oil - maybe simmer the oregano leaf in it or stand in the sun for a while?

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Jean (Northland) on 12/28/2017

Thank you! I rushed straight to my cupboard to get my Lugol's solution which is a form of edible iodine - something I used to take all the time for energy levels. I really hope it works as the itching has bothered me for a long time and is getting worse at the moment.

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Lynn (Slave Lake Ab. Canada) on 09/03/2017

You need more carbs.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tia (London) on 09/01/2017

Have you tried slowly reducing a bit of the Omeprazole (break up the pill) over a period of time to wean yourself away from it? Am sure you'll find something online that will guide you.

Vitamin B-12
Posted by Fan B (Pasadena) on 07/24/2017
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I've had itching that mostly occurs at night and mostly during the summer months, for decades. There is no rash or bumps but if I scratch it enough my skin gets damaged. It's around the area in front of my elbows on the top of my arms and sometimes on the backs or sides of my shoulders. I've read that really doctors have no idea what causes it but it might relate to a pinched nerve. I finally ran across a blurb that said it was a vitamin b-12 deficiency. I bought a pump spray of b-12 that is sublingual and it really does work. I tried everything else but no success until this. Hope it works for someone else because the itching is terrible.

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 07/21/2017

You give very little info . It could be dehydration, iodine detox or liver health drink some extra water - if you took some iodine, eat some selenium, sea salt, and vitamin C, --- if not then take some milk thistle or a half a dime size of raw ginger and chew and drink 16 oz. water.

If you ate something you are allergic to, then take 1/4-1/2 tsp baking soda and disolve in 12 oz. water and drink .

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Susan (Citrus Heights, Ca) on 07/20/2017

I itch at night, too, but I itch on my breasts and my armpits. On the other hand I've stopped eating and drinking any dairy and I eat 100% Raw Food. The itching is keeping me up at night. Any suggestions?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Clara (Georgia ) on 06/17/2017

Mix half white vinegar half alcohol and apply it to the itching.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Sunshine (Malibu) on 06/01/2017

I believe Ted, remedy for mites is borax bath soak in it and get a spray bottle fill it with hydrogen peroxide then stand up and spray your body with hydrogen peroxide this will kill them and if your do this repeatedly it should draw them all out . Take 1000 to 2000 mg of vitamin C every hour to bowel tolerance this should stop the itching it is tracks

Fels Naptha Soap
Posted by Palal (Northern Illinois) on 03/14/2017
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I have in the past had extremely itchy skin without a rash or view able symptoms. My doctor gave me a possible solution. He had me use Fels Naptha soap. He said to scrub up with the soap all over then do not rinse off the soap. When the soap completely dries, turn shower back on and rinse completely. It took several treatments. It took at least 4 treatments but finnaly I had complete relief. He told me Fels Naptha soap was a laundry soap that did not have any perfume or any unnatural additives. Said as it dried it pulled poisons out of your skin to help healing.

Pumice Stone Exfoliation
Posted by Justme (Lac La Biche, Ab) on 01/07/2017
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I am going to try to make this short. I started to have itchy skin about 25 years ago. It was right after an evening shower, I still had my towel on and the itch hit me in my lower legs. I scratched so deep that I had left long red gouges in my legs and the itch still wouldn't stop!

After a long period of time, I had come to realize that I couldn't take any more showers and I had limited my baths, but I had no issues with baths....until about 5 years ago. After going to bed and having a bath earlier that evening, I started to have an itch and it intensified to the point where I felt like needles were being poked into my skin!

After trying "almost" everything; it was during another bath, I was doing my 5th or 6th attempt at "a rub a layer of bath salts' onto my skin and wait there for an hour until it stopped burning(...still didn't help) that if only I could get rid of this skin, so I grabbed my pumice stone and started rubbing my skin with it. After a minute of rubbing, I noticed that it was actually removing dead skin. EUREKA! This was the ticket! From then on unto today, I haven't had any, nothing, nada, itchy skin! PRAISE THE LORD, because he made me persistent!

So according to my observations, I had to remove that dead skin, and nothing else worked. I tried everything. 'THAT DEAD SKIN HAS TO BE REMOVED! ' Your good skin underneath needs to breath.

So, what I do is once a week, during one of my baths, I will soak for awhile, then I stand up, take my pumice stone and gently rub in small circles where I need it until the dead skin comes off. Sometimes it comes off right away, sometimes it takes a little longer (soak a little longer and then try again). Be warned though, if you rub too hard, you will scratch yourself....I have done it many times.

You can't do it inside the water, and it doesn't work for me in the shower...just not enough heat and moisture to softening the dead skin so that it can be easily removed.

I have plastered my self with all kinds of lotions from bad to good - coconut & olive! ; itch creams; used all kinds of scrubbers, and a lava stone, but it was too rough for my skin. Nothing works like the pumice stone, nothing. My skin wasn't getting the benefit of the oils because of the layer of the dead skin.

I hope this will also be your remedy for itchy skin.

I thank my Lord and Saviour for guiding me.

Severely Itchy Skin Remedies
Posted by Allison (New York) on 11/09/2016

Do you have any metals in your body from your surgery? You can have an allergic reaction.

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Tony (Alberta, Canada) on 04/08/2016

I get woken at night with ferocious itching around the ankles and shins. I've tried different approaches, but I found that rubbing a bit of peppermint oil on it would let me go back to sleep.

General Feedback
Posted by Aslam (Cape Town, South Africa) on 03/08/2016


Kindly share your natural soap recipe? Thanks in advance.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jake (Canada) on 12/05/2015

Also, stop using permethrin. I think that's what made everything worse with the bites. Was using it for Fleas. Ended up getting the endless "itchies"/ "bites". Only have had success with Orange oil/Jojoba oil, baking soda, and Vicks.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jake (Canada) on 12/05/2015

For invisible pin prick bites etc, try jojoba oil and orange oil. Found it going through some of Teds remedies.

Also, stop using permethrin. I think that's what made everything worse with the bites. Was using it for Fleas. Ended up getting the endless "itchies"/ "bites". Only have had success with Orange oil/Jojoba oil, baking soda, and Vicks.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jennifer (Sevierville, Tn) on 11/21/2015

Yikes my arms are just as your sound but have been on and off flare ups for 10 years. Currently using prednisone but not working. Read tonight all the body pain and tight chest I am experiencing could be a side effect of it. I plan to stop prednisone tommorrow and give this a try. This itching runs my life and I would and have tried so many things in hoping to resolve it. Thank you for the post. Jen

Luliconazole Cream 1%
Posted by Howard (Mesa, Az) on 10/26/2015
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I was having intensely itching ankles. The only thing that would help was hot water in the shower but I had to be careful not to overheat them.

I had gone to a couple of dermatologists but got no useful diagnosis or cure. Then I went to a young dermatologist checking for skin cancer on my hands and mentioned the itching ankle problem. She looked at my feet and immediately said the problem was fungus.

I knew something had not been right beneath my big toenails but had not given it much thought. She prescribed "LUZU" (Luliconazole cream 1%). After a few applications the itching never occurred again. It has been a several months and I see that the new toenail growth looks much different than the older nail area. There is a clearly visible demarcation.

This might not be YOUR problem but it definitely was MY problem and was easily cured. It had been plaguing me for several years and has not occurred since the application of LUZU...

Just thought I'd mention it just in case it helps someone else...

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Timh (Ky) on 05/31/2015 2072 posts

M: The best place to start for skin health is Vit-A & Vit-E and the mineral Selenium works well w/ both, so maybe a very good children's multivitamin/mineral supplement will suffice. As for Vit-C, I would recommend a "C Complex" is C plus citrus bioflavonoids for maximum benefit (taken orally).

Hurray on the Epsom Salts which would probably proof something of the equivalent of Magnesium Oil for topical app.

As for the sensitivity to Chlorine, this could be a sign of Iodine deficiency. Be sure to use Iodized Sea Salt in the kitchen, and also consider supplementing Kelp tablets. Adequate or more than adequate Iodine levels provides a barrier against Chlorine and Bromine found in drinking water and public swimming pools all of which is disastrous on Thyroid function.

As for a topical spray for removing Chlorine, the best solution would be mixing some Sodium Thiosulfate in the water bottle. You can buy ST at fish or aquarium shops as it is sold for "de-chlorination" in water environment. Be careful to make the mix weak to start as ST also can be absorbed into the skin and reduce the good Iodine. Hopefully you will not need this ST spray with these previous suggestions.

Anti-Chlorine Itch Spray
Posted by Michelle (Melbourne, Australia) on 05/31/2015

Hello, I need some help with mixing vitamins and minerals. I would like to make some home made 'swim spray' by mixing vitamin c powder with water for spraying on the body after swimming in a chlorine pool. I'm hoping this will help my daughter (7) to not be so itchy after her swimming lessons. I was wondering if also adding some magnesium oil to the Spray would cause any problems? My daughter thrives after an Epsom salt bath so I hope it would be like an extra boost for her. Would there be any problems mixing the two? Thank you for your advise. I love this site so much. It's been so helpful!

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Mild (Pleasant Grove) on 02/26/2015
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I been having this itch between my fingers for two weeks now. I tried petroleum jelly and it was gone but after two weeks it appeared again, this time it was so itchy and it even crack, it's like a cut in between my finger, it was very sore, and itched like mad. It's like you have skin bugs inside, so I thought of cleaning it with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect it, my husband told me to go to the doctor, that night it just popped into my mind "how about I make my own cream" because I'm sure the doctor will prescribe it anyway. so that night I mixed baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, I didn't measure it, just made it like a paste. That first time I applied it, it burns really good, I felt that the cream is penetrating in to the whole areas that's been affected and killing all the skin bugs. I feel more relieved with my own cream, and now it's getting better, no more itch for 3 days.

Vitamin C
Posted by Myway (Delaware) on 02/11/2015

Melanie, Did you remove sugar, dairy and processed food from your diet for a number of days to see if you had a food allergy - when I eat too many processed foods, I start itching like mad. Doing some dietary homework may be the key!

Vitamin C
Posted by Melanie (Grand Chenier, La) on 02/09/2015

I have a similar problem. I have been getting rashes for over 6 months now. It started above my knees and eventually spread to other parts of my body. Now it is full blown and I itch constantly. I have done so many testing for different types of autoimmune disease, a complete blood panel and no answer to why this is happening. I am seeing a dermatologist on Feb 23rd. After reading about Candida I am wondering if I have an over growth.

Body Brushing, Ice
Posted by Carolyn (Florida, US) on 12/29/2014
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I have experienced extreme itching on my upper arms. I have had hepatitis c for 30 years.

This is the only treatment (s) that I have found to be effective and long lasting remedies.

1. Use ice packs to calm the itch, I have slept through many nights with a bag of frozen peas on my arm.

2. The cure is body brushing. Use a natural bristle (as stiff as you can find) and start brushing your dry skin in an upward, toward the heart action. Start on the soles of you feet and work up the body, one section at a time. Really brush upward hard, make the skin red. On the itchy areas brush until you relive the itch. Don't forget to brush under the armpits.

Repeat this treatment as often as you wish. but daily, before bathing, is a must. You will find in the begining that you will do it more often.

In about a week's time the itch will be gone or mostly gone. But continue these treatments to maintain itch free skin.

I have tried everything, creams, pills, nothing works like ice to temporally stop the itch, and dry body brushing to eliminate the problem.

I believe that the itching is caused by toxic waste overload, the body brushing will send these toxins back through the blood to be eliminated in the liver. (my opinion)

This will work for you. Now go get brushing.

Peace and love, Carolyn

Grandmother Guffy Remedy
Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 07/27/2014
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I can vouch for the Witch Hazel and stitches from child birth. I asked my mother to bring me a bottle of WH as I was in a lot of pain from hemorrhoids. I had learned that WH was good for that. So, I put about a third of a cup in my Sitz bath. The relief to the hemorrhoids was almost immediately. But I noticed the pain relief to my stitches was even faster! And my doctor mentioned it was healing faster than usual.

Homeopathic Sulphur, Herbs
Posted by Devonviolet (Dallas, Texas) on 07/02/2014
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For the past ten years I have had an itch on both forearms and more recently also on my upper arms.

Before I understood the benefits of alternative medicine, I went to an Allopathic (Conventional) Dermatologist, who told me I had Eczema. I questioned that, because I had none of the classical symptoms of Eczema. But, he insisted it was possible to have Eczema with none of the symptoms. I still question his diagnosis. He prescribed hydrocortisone cream, which did help until I stopped using it.

As a conventionally trained RN I knew the dangers of long term cortisone use, so stopped using the cream and the itching came back with a vengeance. Not wanting to use the cortisone cream, I continued to suffer, while occasionally using ice packs when the itching became unbearable.

Then, about three years ago, I was talking to a Chiropractor and mentioned my itching problem. She said she had always heard that itching on the arms were related to liver issues - more specifically a sluggish liver, most likely due to all of the chemicals in our environment. When our bodies are exposed to all those chemicals, they eventually end up in our blood, and get filtered out through our liver, which eventually gets clogged, and then doesn't function properly.

I think it is important to note that I have MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity). I believe I have had symptoms for the past 18 years, but only learned about MCS in 2007, from an acquaintance. At the time she told me about her MCS I thought, how awful for her!

Then one day, I went into a clothing store and got really sick with very familiar symptoms: profuse sweating, heart palpitations, light headedness, headache and weakness. I finally left the store without buying anything. Then, as I sat in my car, waiting for the symptoms to pass enough, so I could drive home, I remembered a story I had once read. It was a magazine article that talked about how some women couldn't go into fabric stores, because the finishes on the fabrics, which make them look nice, were chemicals that these women couldn't tolerate.

As I sat in my car, I had an "AH-HA! " moment! The finishes on fabrics in fabric stores were the same chemicals they put on ready to wear clothing in stores! After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I HAVE MCS!

After much research, I gradually removed all chemicals from my environment - including personal care products (hair products, bath gel, lotions, makeup, toothpaste, PERFUME! And scents of all types), air fresheners (one of the most toxic chemicals! ), cleaning products (dish soap, laundry products, window cleaner, oven cleaner, floor cleaner, etc.), gardening products, home improvement products and the most difficult one FOOD! The list is too long to give here, but an online search should help you begin to eliminate chemicals from your life. One of the biggest hurdles, with MCS, is getting family and friends to understand the importance of eliminating chemicals for both you and themselves.

After learning that the liver was the culprit, of my itching, I started doing research about the liver not functioning, due to chemical overload, and found that, indeed, this could cause the profound itching of my forearms all these years! The result of my research, was that there are herbs that help the liver to function more efficiently.

Among the most effective and well known herbs, that improve liver function are: Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Parsley, Black Radish Root, and Burdock Root. There are also some supplements that aid in liver function: NAC (N-Acetyl-L Cysteine), ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid), and TMG (trimethylglycine). I checked my favorite online supplement company, and found that they had a combination product called Liver Essentials. If you do a web search for - Liver Essentials SWC017 - you should be able to find this product. I found that by taking twice the recommended dose, twice daily, my arms gradually began to itch less. As with almost all alternative remedies, it takes time to see a result. It has been a while, but I think after about 30-60 days, I was seeing a big improvement.

For the most part, taking Liver Essentials has made a huge improvement in my itchy arms. But, I found that there were times, that it was almost impossible to eliminate chemicals, from my life, and the itching would return.

After a while, I went looking for other solutions to my itching. I think it may have been on EarthClinic, that I saw someone mention that Peppermint Essential Oil (EO) helped their itching. I don't remember if they said how to use it, but I have experience using EOs and know that it is not wise to use EOs "neat" or full strength. So I got some of a "natural/Unscented, paraben free lotion, that I had in the house and put some Peppermint EO in it, until it had a pretty strong scent - maybe 15 drops in 2 ounces Of lotion. I found that if I put a small amount of this peppermint cream on my arms before I start scratching, and rub it in fully, it does help manage the itch. If I start scratching first, it takes a lot more effort to get the itch under control. Sometimes it takes 2-3 applications to get it under control.

I recently had to have repeated foot surgery over several months, and the anesthesia and antibiotic drugs given, brought the itching back with a vengeance! Nothing helped, short of sitting with ice packs on my arms all day.

Then, one day, I was looking at Homeopathic Remedies, in the health food store, and found Boiron SULPHUR - for "Skin Rash Worsened by Heat and Water". I was at my wit's end with the itching on my arms (which by now had moved to my upper arms as well), so I decided to try it. Imagine my surprise, when five minutes after taking it, the itching was gone! With Homeopathic Remedies, it is generally necessary to take frequent dosing in the beginning and then gradually decrease frequency. So, I started taking it once per hour for the first day, then as needed, for itching the next day, and now I take it 2-3 times daily, as I still have occasional itching. If the itching stops all together, I decrease the frequency and will eventually stop taking the Homeopathic Sulphur. It is not necessary to take Homeopathic Remedies to prevent a condition. So, once the symptoms are gone, it should not be taken anymore.