25 April 2018

DIY Itch Relief Solid Lotion Recipe

Use this DIY itch relief solid lotion recipe on bug bites, rashes, and other causes of itchy skin.  




It's spring, which means allergy season in my family.  When I was a kid, I didn't have any allergies.  When I hit my teen years, I started having seasonal allergies, mostly in the fall.  My doctor thought it had to do with the falling leaves and possibly some kind of mold that grew on the leaves.  I took some allergy medications and went on with my life.

Then we moved to the farm with 100s of trees of several different species.  I'm apparently allergic to one of those species in the spring, so I take allergy medications in the spring and fall.

Then a few years ago, I got a new allergy symptom.  Itching.  

We were working on cleaning leaves on the property.  That area hadn't been touched in about eight years, so there were a lot of dead leaves on the ground and things decaying.  

The next day, my hands started itching.  Within a few days, I was itching nonstop from my neck down to my toes.  I itched so bad for a week that I could't sleep, and I was bruised and bleeding from scratching.

By the time I got into a doctor, I had been itching nonstop for six weeks.  No amount of allergy medication or Benadryl would give me relief.  The doctor believed that I had breathed in something and that it wasn't from touching something.  My doctor gave me a steroid allergy shot that finally got me relief.  

That's when I found out that I am sensitive to steroids.  The aftereffects of that shot lasted six months.  

That led to more doctor's appointments and more medications.  I was a mess.

Now each spring, the itching starts in my hands.  I am terrified that it will spread, so I made this DIY itch relief sold lotion recipe to use when I feel the itching.


I made a solid lotion because it's easy to make and easy to use.  Since it doesn't have water in it, I don't have to use a preservative.  It's also easy to take with me on the go without worrying about it leaking or spilling.  

This itch relief lotion also works well on bug bites and other minor skin irritations.

DIY Itch Relief Solid Lotion Recipe

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I used a kraft paper push up tube from SKS Bottle for the packaging.  I love them because they are lightweight and biodegradable.  If you're making this recipe to sell, you don't have to worry about the plastic ending up in a landfill.

You can also get them on Amazon.


These look cute plain, or you can add some washi tape like I did.  I have to make everything pretty, so I spruced mine up a little.


BEESWAX


The beeswax in this recipe hardens the recipe to make it a solid lotion.  It's also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.  It forms a barrier against your skin so the other ingredients can really work on your skin.

SWEET ALMOND OIL


Sweet almond oil is a great all purpose oil.  It's high in vitamins A and E to nourish your skin.  It's generally well tolerated by those with sensitive skin, making it a great choice for an itch relief solid lotion recipe.

SHEA BUTTER


Shea butter also helps give the solid lotion some bulk.  It's high in fats, but it's not oily, so it helps make this recipe not so oily on your skin.  It's naturally anti-inflammatory to help your skin.

TEA TREE OIL


Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial and an antiseptic.  Sometimes scratching can lead to a secondary skin infection if bacterial or other germs get into broken skin.  Tea tree oil can provide a defense against a secondary infection.


LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL


Lavender essential oil is calming and soothing for your skin.  It's an antihistamine, so it works well on skin rashes.  It's also anti-inflammatory to help reduce inflammation.  Like tea tree oil, it's antimicrobial and can kill fungus and bacterial.  

HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL


Helichrysum essential oil is a gentle oil, so it's good for sensitive or damaged skin.  It can help promote cellular turnover to heal irritated skin.  It's naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, so it can help reduce the risk of a secondary infection.  


Before we get started, I want to say that these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  Seek a doctor's advice for medical questions.  

INGREDIENTS


DIRECTIONS


STEP #1


Weigh the beeswax, oil, and shea butter with a digital scale.  Combine in a double boiler.  Heat until melted.  The beeswax will seem like it will never melt, then it will melt quickly.

STEP #2


Remove from heat and stir.  Let cool until no longer steaming.  

STEP #3


Add all three essential oils and stir well.  Pour into containers.  Let cool completely.

This will make about 3 ounces of itch relief solid lotion recipe.  The number of containers you'll get depends on the size of the containers.


To use, simply rub the solid lotion on itchy skin.  Apply a few times a day as needed.

Do not use on broken skin.  

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.