Natural Remedies

Rash Remedies

| Modified on Oct 03, 2023
Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sarah (Seattle, Wa) on 05/16/2012

I started breaking out in a rash all over my torso a month and a half ago. After two weeks of ineffectual colloidal oatmeal baths, rewashing all my laundry (twice! ) and a few days with groggy head from benadryl, I went to the doctor. She and the other doctor in residence had no idea what my rash was, nor did the resident skin specialist, nor did a dermatologist. Over the last month, I've been scraped and poked, been given prednisone (for 20 days! ), perscription strength steroid creams, and all kinds of anti-histamines. All of this cost me tons of money -- I'm an uninsured college student -- and nothing worked. The swelling would decrease for a few days, then nothing! In the meantime, the rash continued to grow and coalesce and spread to my breasts and legs. I stopped wearing undergarments (too painful! ) and couldn't sleep at night. The steroids gave me a vaginal yeast infection and made me so hungry all the time, I put on 12 pounds! Needless to say, I was absolutely miserable, itchy all the time, depressed and reduced to rubbing ice on my body. Finally, I googled "cure for rash" came here, and TA DAH!!!! In six days of treatment with ACV, I am COMPLETELY CURED.

I started with organic ACV from the grocery store. It was $5.00. I mixed 1/2 cup ACV with 1/2 cup water, grabbed a paper towel and dabbed it all over my body. It stung badly, but my rash was pretty itchy at the time. In literally TWO MINUTES, the swelling of my bumps decreased dramatically, so much so that I started taking pictures to send my mom.

I went to bed, woke up in the middle of the night itchy again, so I dabbed myself liberally again (it still stung), and the itching stopped again after about 2 minutes of hopping around and swearing. Thye next morning I woke up to a very diminished rash! Over the next three days, the big bumps flattened and dried. Then they started peeling and fading to nothing. The second day, I stopped dabbing with paper towels, and started taking 15 minute luke warm baths, morning and night, with about 4-5 cups of the good apple cider vinegar. I also got a spray bottle for any itching emergencies that came up during the day. After the third day, there haven't been any! The transformation has been so rapid and so remarkable that I went back to my doctor. She confessed she has pretty severe eczema, has been on steroid reams for a long time to very little use, and will now try ACV!

Thank you, so much, all the people who contributed their stories! If there hadn't been so many people who told of their success, I'd never have tried it myself. I'm a changed woman! And now, I'm curious -- what other home remedies are there that I never knew about?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Ladyp (Nj) on 08/10/2013

Had an awful rash on the back of my neck. It started out as heat rash but because I kept rubbing it against my clothes and my hair which has hair product, it got itchier and itchier. Finally I came to Earth Clinic where everyone said ACV is the cure.

NOPE! It only made my skin worse and the rash spread from the back of my neck to the front. Now I looked terrible and the rash was painful. So I figure if ACV is the cause then the opposite must be the cure.

I took some coconut oil and baking soda and made a paste. Put that all over the rash and let it set for about five minutes. It stung and burned but I was already suffering from the ACV treatments which were worse.

Well I took a shower, washed away all residue of the paste and gently dried my skin. Once it dried it was very DRY. The rash was already healing from drying out. That night it crusted over with scabs and today my skin is still dry and by tomorrow I should be able to peel the scabs away. Hope so because the scabs are stiff and look horrible.

Thank goodness I didn't keep up with the vinegar thinking it will work eventually. Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. I just want people to know that if you have a bad reaction to something STOP and rethink the situation. Don't just keep going because other people said it works for them.

Anyway, the type of skin irritation I had didn't take to ACV, but ACV still works for other ailments for me.

Nettle Tea
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 08/10/2016

I took my kids to play in the creek this afternoon. I was noticing the weeds growing near the creek and saw some nettles. I decided to touch the nettles to give myself a nettle rash so I could see what would get rid of it. I hit the plant with the top of my foot a couple of times. I thought I noticed a tiny tingle after a short while but nothing really happened. So I touched it more firmly with the back of my arm. Same thing. I thought I noticed a bit of a tingle but then NOTHING.

Well. I thought that perhaps I am immune to nettle. Or perhaps it wasn't nettle. I came home and checked pictures and am pretty sure it was nettle. It had the little thorny things and the right shaped leaves and flowers....

Then I remembered that I have been drinking nettle tea. I had a couple of cups yesterday and at least once cup so far today. Nettle tea is an antidote for the nettle rash. Maybe drinking it ahead prevented the rash. It is a natural anti-histamine. You do take anti-histamines to prevent reactions.

We have seen nettle help with seasonal allergies and hives. And now I think you can prevent a nettle rash by drinking it ahead of time.

~Mama to Many~

Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Nohan (BC Canada) on 12/13/2021

Last year I had a rash and I wasn't sure if it was something I ate (allergies) or a bug.

I found a recipe for a long hot bath with 2 cups Borax and 2 cups Hydrogen Peroxide in it.

The rash disappeared immediately but the bonus was I'm old and have a lot of chronic pain in the body and the bath seemed to have alleviated that so I looked it up on some Science site and sure enough, Boron is a bit of a miracle in regards to many ailments. Also read some Amazon reviews and people said Boron was reducing or healing their Arthritis.....it used to be in our soil...but no more!

Butt Paste
Posted by Lou (Tyler, TX) on 11/21/2021

Thank you so much for this remedy! I had a bright red ring around my neck that the dermatologist totally ignored. It was very painful and not responding to her treatment for my other rash. I believe all of these rashes were a herxheimer rash from Keto. It responded best to antifungals. The ring around my neck responded immediately to the butt paste. The breast rash responded well to 1 T. Borax dissolved in 1 C. hot water and after my shower, I used a dental peroxide rinse 1.5%. Also ACV compresses offered relief. She told me I had inverse psoraisis. RIGHT. I think someone needs to go back to school.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mike (Kent, Uk) on 09/09/2020 26 posts

Apple Cider Vinegar seems to work great for stinging nettle stings yeah. Just rubbed some fairly cheap ACV with the Mother on my legs where the stings were and they stopped hurting instantly.


Arnica Gel +
Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 03/10/2018 36 posts

I had a rash on my face that I thought might have come from a gnat bite. It started out as a tiny spot on the front of my neck that itched. I didn't think anything of it, figured it'd go away, but it kept spreading up towards my face. I ended up with the rash on my neck, chin and both sides of my mouth and it kept spreading upwards. I tried many of the remedies listed here on EC but none worked. Some would work one time and the next time I'd put some on again, it would sting. That's how I knew a remedy wasn't working, I'd put it on, wait about 5 minutes and it would start to sting and I'd have to wash it off. The areas with the rash were raised, red, and very dry. If I put any kind of oil on it, it would sting.

My dog injured his leg, came in the house limping, and someone on EC said they had used Traumeel on their dog and it had healed. Looked up Traumeel and found out that it was now called T-Relief. Bought some of the cream and put some on my dog. It healed him right away so while I was putting the cream on my dog, I thought to myself that I should try it on my face. The ingredients listed were wonderful healing herbs so maybe it would work on me even though it wasn't meant to heal a rash. Put some on my rash and it didn't sting so I knew I could use it but didn't know if it would heal the rash. Several hours later I could tell it was working. I put it on again that day and 2 more times the next day just to be sure it healed completely. It's all healed.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Fiascot (Piti, Guam) on 03/19/2012

Definitely ACV is a solution to a rash. This evening I found that I had a rash on my whole face. Basically traumatized by the fact that it was instantaneously itchy and burning, my sister gave me an antibiotic gel for the skin. I had that for about 25 minutes yet still had the urge to scratch and the burning sensation spread to my neck. So I decided to dilute ACV with water, dabbed the affected areas with a cotton ball and instantly the burning and itching went away. It has been a whole hour and no symptoms of the above has come about. The countless red bumps along my face and neck are rapidly smoothing out.

Back to bed for me! Thank you earth clinic and the many people who have posted of your experiences. ACV is definitely a need to have, not only in your kitchen, but also in your bathroom cabinet.

Posted by Twila (Alexandria, Virginia Usa) on 09/29/2009

My father had boils, i.e., cysts, appear on his arms for years. I found that Goldenseal Root is a GREAT herb with 'drawing' powers. I convinced him to try my paste, let it dry, then wash it off. Not only did the cyst go away fast, but has not returned! I have used Goldenseal Root to 'draw' infection out of cuts, sores, etc., and even cure athletes foot. You only need a small amount of the powder and a tiny amount of water. Stir into a paste quickly and spread it on the affected area. Let it dry. Rinse off. You have to be quick as it begins to work as soon as water hits it. Be careful, a tiny amount of water goes a long way! My mom had a rash on the back of her hand - all the prescription creams made it go away but as soon as she stopped using, the rash would reappear. Used the Goldenseal Root past method on the rash. It went away in 2 days and never returned.

Nettle Tincture for Contact Rash
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/18/2017

My son was in the woods building a fort with his friends. He came in and said his chin was stinging. He had not been bitten, but thought perhaps he had brushed against a stinging nettle plant. It must have been bad for him to come in; he is usually pretty tolerant. I couldn't see any issue on his skin.

I gave him 1/4 teaspoon nettle tincture in a little water. I had him hold it in his mouth for several seconds before swallowing. The relief came very quickly.

I don't know if it was nettle that he touched or something else. But Nettle tincture should work for its own sting, plus allergic reactions to all kinds of other plants and irritants. One son used nettles daily for a year for allergies. After that time his reactions to poison ivy were much less.

Hmm..I don't think I have used nettle tincture for poison ivy before. I will have to try it out. I am sure one of my children will get into some soon; they seem to be good at finding it even though I am the poison ivy police around here.

To make nettle tincture, I put the dry nettle leaf in a jar and cover with vodka. Let it sit for 2 weeks. Strain out the leaves with a coffee filter. The resulting tincture will last for years. It is wonderful to have on hand.

~Mama to Many~

Olive Oil
Posted by Nikki (Dallas, Tx ~ Usa) on 07/29/2013

I got a terrible rash once, and even aloe vera I tried to put on it to moisturize stung. That's how irritated the rash and the skin were. The only thing mild enough that my poor skin could take was olive oil. I have the extra virgin organic kind. I also read on PubMed that olive oil is anti-bacterial and possibly anti-fungal.

So, if you, like me, are too sensitive even to 100% Aloe Vera and it burns on top on your rash, try olive oil instead. It will soothe an moisturize.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Daisy (Orlando, United States) on 09/11/2008

Apple Cider Vinegar cured my rash. I had developed a rash which I found out was Tinea Veriscolor. I took Organic Appl Cider Vinegar 3 times a day for about 4 - 5 days. The rash just dried up. Apparently the rash was a fungal rash and ACV kills fungus. I also used ACV on a huge mole on my husband's nose. After 7 uses it just came off in layers. Fantastic stuff ACV.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
Posted by Katzie (Calgary, Alberta) on 05/01/2023

I could not find ivermectin cream here in Mexico, but I did find ivermectin tablets. So when I got home I ground up a tablet and stirred it into some coconut and neem oil. I then spread some dmso on the remnants of my rash, added the ivermectin/oil combo and wow, within 20 minutes the last dregs of my rash are now gone. Also gonna order hemp oil too. I can't thank everybody enough for the tips. I SO appreciate our EC community!!

Posted by Haro (Texas) on 11/29/2017

Last year my eleven year old daughter came down with a severe histamine rash all over her body, but predominantly on her sweet, beautiful face. She was so tired all the time, falling asleep wherever she sat down for a minute.

We tried a low histamine diet along with about $1000 of supplements and creams, even a trip to the beach in February! A week at the beach helped a lot, but we couldn't stay there forever, and I was praying for a miracle.

Fast forward six months...Our miracle came in the form of colostrum. We ordered the expensive stuff off amazon and it started working very quickly. Within a week all the sores and rashes were starting to heal. She also got her energy back and I got my little girl back!

She can now survive off the cheaper colostrum, but for ease of use, we order a spray version and she takes it every morning. We went on vacation and forgot the colostrum. After three days, she started getting tired again, so for now, it's part of her life indefinitely.

Part of the long version of her story is how this reaction started.

She has fought eczema since birth (elbows, knees), but after discovering fresh, grass fed cow milk, it all went away. She gained weight and her skin was so smooth. Years later, however, in my overmothering efforts, I started making fermented foods: sourdough bread, kefir, pickles, probiotics, and feeding the kids lots of grass fed beef gelatin. It's suppose to be really good for you right?! Well, it was great, for me and the rest of the kids! But it sent my eleven year old into histamine shock! The short list of what we tried involved most of the remedies here on earth clinic.

I didn't realize what was going on at first, but when I (out of desperation) gave her a Benadryl, she cleared up quickly. Researching further, I found histamine intolerance information and light bulbs started going off. Life is better now. And the colostrum has allowed her to enjoy her childhood again!

I pray this review truly helps another as this website has helped our family so much!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Tony Baloney (St. Clair Shores, Michigan) on 12/13/2015

I recently had a problem with chaffing that turned into a painful rash, (for lack of a better term), down yonder. I think it may have been due to a new additive in my laundry process and heat at work. I had used powder on it for several days with some temporary relief. So after having a conversation with my mother about how honey and coconut oil rarely, if ever, goes bad (because of it's antibacterial properties) I decided to rub coconut oil, directly onto the affected area. Immediate and instant relief. I used it again the next day and the rash is totally gone. Thank you Earth Clinic for letting us share our remedies with the world. I hope this helps someone who may be suffering and needs not the embarrassment or cost of going to the doctor or pharmacist, seeking a cure.

Sea Salt
Posted by Kaylee (Bvtn) on 10/30/2015

I had a red raised itchy rash. I tried all the stuff dermatologist suggested.none of it worked. I went home and put some 1 teaspoon sea salt in about a cup of really warm water, so the salt dissolves. Then I took a shower right before getting out. I poured the salt water over the rash let that part of my body just air dry and the rash was gone within three days.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tusshay ( Usa) on 04/21/2015

So I just put some ACV on and the rash intensified. Is that normal ?