Itchy Skin Cures

Baking Soda

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Posted by Lisa (Bellevue, USA) on 06/08/2007

BAKING SODA! It really helps itchy skin. If you put just a little bit (1/4 cup) of baking soda into a warm bath, it can really decrease your urge to itch! I've done this for years!!

Replied by William
(Las Vegas, NV)

(YEA)It works. Add 1 teaspoon of water to 1/2 tsp. baking soda..mix it and then rub it on the skin. The itch go away quick. Itching could be caused by acidic body.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Mild (Pleasant Grove) on 02/26/2015

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.

Body Brushing, Ice

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Posted by Carolyn (Florida, US) on 12/29/2014

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


Posted by S (Indiana) on 01/20/2024

I read a comment on your website concerning Borax as a remedy for itchy scalp. There was no mention of how it was used, so I would like some advice on how to use, please.

EC: Please read the user posts under borax on the scalp infection page for more details:

Borax Foot Scrub

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Posted by Jessica (Forest, VA, USA) on 12/19/2007

I'm insulin resistant, so I have alot of the same problems that diabetics do, including rough feet. I've tried so many scrubs and files and lotions in hopes of softening my feet. I suspect that I also have a systemic Candida infection, so I thought Borax would be good for my itchy feet. It worked wonderfully! My feet were so soft after I got out of the shower and have not been itching since. Once you get your feet nice and soft, you'll want to follow with a good moisturizer: that's where my next project lies.

Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Drcbartley (Denver, Co) on 01/29/2014

What formulation between the two products, peroxide/borax solution? Want to try this wash. Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree has had no effect. Thank you.

Problem: GSD has been scratching and chewing and now is licking at feet. Condition improved dramatically with elimination of chicken (already gluten free and on raw diet) and addition of sea meal, enzymes, omega 3s and pre/probiotics. Been over 1 month on above. Never stopped scratching completely. Coat and skin not dry and looks great. Previously treated for mites even though no evidence. She is 2.5 years old.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey DrCBartley!

Ted's Mange remedy [borax/hydrogen peroxide solution] is as follows:


  • Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
  • 1 -16 oz brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery store.


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.


Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

Now, the above remedy is Ted's remedy for mange, but its a good start for troubled skin. Most dogs feel immediate relief right out of the tub, but if that doesn't seem to be working [try 3 baths every other day to start] and things do not look better you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots.

Ted's Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

  • Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
  • Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
  • Borax [sodium tetraborate]
  • 1% hydrogen peroxide solution


Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I have many dogs and when allergy season hits I mix this up in gallon jugs and follow the mange procedure, letting the solution 'work' on the dog for 10 minutes or so in the tub, and then no toweling off, just crating and allowing to air dry.

Now, other remedies may factor in as well. To paraphrase Ted's advice on an earlier post:

Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and these should be addressed first.

Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Luvjoypc (Beaverton, Oregon) on 02/05/2012

Borax, Hydrogen peroxide!

Whew. What a relief! I have been perplexed as to me and my children's ailment for over a month now. Started with intense itching after getting into bed one night. Then my children started exhibiting signs. Took them to dr first, as my dermatologist was booked until Feb 7. Their doctor said "folliculitis" and then took daughter again for a cough, doctor said "impetigo. " Then when I showed her my hand, she said "could it be fleas or scabies?" I freaked out! I really hoped it wasn't. To make a long story short, checked house and cleaned for fleas. No response with a home remedy check for fleas. Tonight while researching, found this info. Kids are asleep, but I mixed borax with hy. Peroxide. Mixed in a bowl and poured over body. Total relief. I have also been using tea tree oil mixed with coconut oil for a few weeks now, so I think that's why it wasn't getting worse, but wasn't getting better either! Tomorrow, my kids get the bath and we will continue to do mounds of laundry! Can't wait for this to be over!!!! There is relief in site for those of you looking. All the best!

Replied by Watcher
(Digby, Nova Scotia)
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How much borax to how much H2O2 ?

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I used about a cup of each (borax and h202). Seabucktorn oil is good for the scalp (although, I don't have scabies, something similar). Pycnogenol cream on the face works great. Rinse scalp with ACV diluted 1 part ACV to 4 parts water.

Replied by Janice
(Toronto, On Canada)

I'd like to try this Borax with Water and Hydrogen Peroxide all over the body, but a few years back, I bought Borax to rid of ants, there was a few small lines by the door opposite of my bedroom, and at 3am I had to vacuum it up as it was burning my would you still recommend this? It didn't burn your eyes??

Tonight I sprayed myself with Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%, and after I spray with a combo of 50% Club Soda, 25% Vodka and 25% White Vinegar (also makes a good air freshener and cleaner for mirrors, just put in any essential oils you like), but after this because I was itching non-stop constantly the last 17 hours I squeezed a Clementine on my forearms, elbows and hands, haven't itched since, and it's very cooling and soothing.

Calcium Bentonite Clay

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Posted by Janice (Seminole, Florida) on 04/28/2008

My grandson is eleven years old and came visiting Saturday with a very bad case of chicken pox. He was extremely uncomfortable and itching himself allot, I hydrated a batch of calcium bentonite clay and smeared it all over his pox marks. I gave him a jar of it to take with him and told him to apply it whenever he starting itching. He had immediate relief. My son took him to the doctor's office monday morning and the doctor wanted to know what he had used to heal him so fast. He is all healed that fast and no scarring at all!


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Posted by David (Thailand) on 03/30/2014

I would be happy to write a post in appreciation for all the help others have given me!! I have suffered from regular itching on my body for many years (arms, shoulder, upper body) on what appears to be perfectly healthy skin. Nothing - absolutely NOTHING - helped or eased the problem... Until I rubbed on a good dose of chilli pepper with a damp cloth. After the heat, NO further itching!! Incredible! Now... It WILL get very hot (obviously!! ) so avoid sensitive areas... But it works!! It really does!! I had the itching problem for years... But no longer. It can sometimes come back after a few months, if so just reapply the chilli powder. Then... Gone!! I live in Thailand so we have the good, pure stuff here. But I reckon you should easily find some wherever you are. And it's cheap!

Cayenne Pepper

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Posted by Mario (Dallas Tx) on 06/13/2014

To Vitoria from San Diego who posted in the ACV section:

07/15/2009: Victoria from San Diego, CA: "I've had what I think is brachial radial pruritus for about 6 years. I first noticed while living in Thailand during my pregnancy. It is extremely itchy, especially at night and has some relationship with heat and/or humidity and may be related to problems with the cervical disk..."

I have similar itching like you, the only thing that work temporarily is get cayenne pepper powder, the strongest you can get, over 100 H.U "HOT UNITS". You can find this on the internet... with a little water, make a paste, and apply locally. Sometimes you have to repeat the next day or hours but it eliminates the itching. I find relief for a year now.

Check for Liver Issue

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Posted by Anonymous ( Tacoma, Wa) on 07/07/2013

If you suffer from uncontrollable, intense, itching biting, burning feeling all over the body and it is worse at night, it may be the liver . Ask the doctor for a full Liver work up. Itching may be a sign is of a deeper underlying problem and you want to know the cause of it so you can cure it. I know from experience I had itching I took high doses of Vitamin C to get rid of the itching, but there was a reason for the insane itching my body was telling me something! Silly me. A couple years later I got super sick I had a virus in the liver, curable in 95% of cases . My point is itching is a sign

Check for Soap Allergies

Posted by Chris (California ) on 05/28/2014

Any one have weird itchy or rashes on skin? Under arms, on sides, around legs where socks are? Try looking into your laundry soap and body soap. The more smells n colors, the more likely the irritation. I use almost everything that is perfume n dye free it has helped..not completely though. I have to switch my body soap to different brands and also my laundry soap as well. Definitely no fabric softener because it is added at rinse cycle n is designed to stay in the clothing, make loads smaller that way they rinse well. I use my wife's deodorant..powder scented n. anti-perspirant.

Replied by KT

Make sure the rinse water is clear, then try adding a cup of white vinegar to the final rinse.

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Mark (San Diego, California) on 08/23/2008

I have had a really bad itch on my forearms for the last 4 or 5 years, every time the weather warms up. It is something that effects me on a daily basis. Since using the virgin coconut oil, it has basically gone away. The one day I didn't use it though, I itched a bit, but as long as I put it on my arms daily, no itch.

Replied by d.d.
(Keokuk, IA)

coconut oil: i have the same problem of itching/rash only on my forearms. please email me more details on how much, does brand matter etc... Dr's are all stumped while i still itch!

Replied by Esprit64
(North Yarmouth, Maine)

If your skin is breaking out in red, itchy rashes (particularly underarms, folds of skin, etc. ), bumps and welts, the likely sources are Candida overgrowth and/or allergies. I cannot recommend coconut oil highly enough, both for ingestion and for topical use for both conditions. Recommendations for coconut oil intake vary, I've seen 1 tsp to 1 Tbsp/3x daily. Not only will you cure or greatly relieve your current skin problems, but if you use coconut oil on your face and other skin areas, too, your youth and skin's vitality will be restored.


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Posted by Lola (Philadelphia, Pa) on 06/26/2011

I use pure cornstarch daily to help with my skin itch. The cornstarch has also helped to heal my rashes.

Detoxing the Liver, Selenium

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Posted by Jb (Byron Bay, Australia) on 10/23/2010

I once suffered from night time itching which had a huge impact on my life as I was unable to sleep or function properly during the day. The itching occurred mostly on my back and was severe. I tried many different lotions and remedies, with only mild relief. I saw a chinese doctor who instantly told me there was an issue with my liver causing the itching. I have since found out that this is a condition that also affects some pregnant women (I was not pregnant). I traced my issue back to the overuse of painkillers for back problems. The doctor told me I must stop taking the painkillers. He put me onto a diet that included a lot of selenium such as brazil nuts and sweet potato. I also had to reduce sugar intake and avoid refined flour products. He prescribed some chinese medicines but I was unable to take them as they made me feel sick. Regardless, my problem was eliminated and I am forever grateful for his diagnosis. I can take painkillers without issues but I only take them rarely now. I was fortunate to find a good chiropractor so I don't need them as much. I wanted to share this with Earth Clinic as this website is a godsend.

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