Rashes can come from so many different things that it can sometimes be hard to pinpoint exactly where one came from. No matter what your rash is from, though, you should concentrate on helping to heal the rash. Home remedies for rashes are great because they help you to save money, are natural, so you do not have to put weird chemicals on your skin, and are very effective, that’s a reason why many commercial treatments are plant-based. These are some of our favorite home remedies for rashes that you can try the next time you’re feeling itchy.
Try these home remedies for rashes and get rid of the itching!
1. Aloe Vera
The chances are that you may have some of this in commercial form in your cabinet for sunburns. Using it in its natural form will help to get rid of rashes. Aloe vera has properties that will help to fight bacteria as well as inflammation. It is also useful as a home remedy for spider bites.
- Snip off 1-2 inches of the end of an aloe vera leaf.
- Squeeze the gel out of the part that you just cut off.
- Apply the gel to the area where you have a rash.
- Repeat as often as necessary until the rash disappears.
2. Chamomile Tea
Just like a warm cup of chamomile can calm your nerves, it can also calm down skin that is flared up from a rash. Using this tea is one of the simplest and most effective home remedies for rashes that you can use when you are in a hurry. Unlike the beer or oatmeal bath methods, you will not leave your tub smelling like a bar floor or your grandmother’s porridge. You’ll have a subtle floral scent that will leave you feeling cozy all day.
- Brew 2 cups of hot water and let 3 bags of chamomile tea steep for about 15 minutes.
- When the tea is dark, mix it in with one gallon of water.
- Soak in a tub that is filled with the gallon of water for 10 minutes.
- If you would like to make your bath more than 1 gallon, you can use more tea bags. Adjust according to the number of gallons in your tub.
3. Olive Oil
With its anti-bacterial properties and the ability to make skin softer, olive oil is great to help you make sure that your rash is going to go away quickly. The moisturizing aspect of olive oil is great for many different skin types. Olive oil is good for all parts of the body but be cautious when you are using it around the hairline because it can make your hair appear greasy and unwashed.
- Apply olive oil directly to the skin where the rash is.
- Rub it in very well to ensure that it is going to be absorbed by the skin.
4. Vitamin C
In addition to drinking a lot of water and making sure that you get just the right amount of sunshine, vitamin C can help you to keep your rashes at bay. Taking vitamin C will allow you to make sure that your body is getting just the right nutrition it needs to keep it from overreacting (which is usually what rashes are the result of).
- Use your height, weight, age, and gender to help figure out how much vitamin C you should be getting.
- Calculate the amount that you receive from food.
- Figure out what the deficit is and then use supplements to reach that amount.
*Always consult with a professional (homeopathic or otherwise) before starting any type of new supplement.
5. Oatmeal Bath
People with eczema are often familiar with oatmeal baths. They are great for rashes because they help to fight the inflammation that is present in a rash and also help to soothe any accompanying itching. For double duty, you can eat oatmeal to help your rashes.
- Use one cup of raw oatmeal for each gallon of water.
- Mix the oatmeal into your tub with warm (not hot) water.
- Soak in the tub for about 15 minutes.
- Pat yourself dry, do not rub.
6. Calendula Essential Oil
Essential oils are great for helping with a variety of things and calendula oil has both healing and softening properties to make the skin softer and rash free no matter what it is that you want to make sure that you are doing. Always make sure that you are using a carrier, like water, because some of the oils can be very concentrated.
- Boil 6 to 8 cups of water on the stove and allow them to come to a rolling boil for a few minutes.
- Add two drops of your calendula oil into the water.
- Dip a rag into the water after it has cooled down to warm.
- Dab the rag gently onto the rashes to help get the oil into the rash and make it feel better.
- Rinse the oil off of your skin immediately if you notice a burning sensation.
7. Lime Juice
This next important addition to our home remedies for rashes list is best for people who do not have open rashes, have not been scratching their rashes or have rashes that are caused by something other than eczema. It is important to note that limes are very acidic and can burn when applied to open skin so make sure that you are sure that you are using it only on unopened rashes. When applied correctly, lime juice can quickly dry up any rash that you have.
- Get an organic cotton ball and soak it in about ¼ c of lime juice.
- Take the cotton ball out of the juice and squeeze it slightly.
- Gently rub the cotton ball over the affected area.
- Rest for a few minutes while the lime juice works to dry the rash up.
8. Witch Hazel
Often used as a toner, witch hazel works great for drying up oils. It is a great remedy for rashes that come from poison plants (like ivy and oak). However, it is not a good option if you have an open rash or if you have scratched your rash to the point that it is raw. While it may work for some people who have eczema, it does not have a lot of soothing properties so it may make the eczema worse.
- Dip a cotton swab into witch hazel.
- Gently rub the witch hazel from the swab on your rashes.
- Allow it to dry up the oils in the rash.
- There is no need to rinse the witch hazel because it will absorb into the skin or evaporate.
If you don’t have any of the other home remedies for rashes that have already been mentioned, the chances are that you might have some beer in your fridge. It can be an effective home remedy for rashes when you are in a pinch because the yeast helps to calm the rash and can make it disappear.
- Mix one can of beer with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. The oil does not have to be used but acts as a carrier to help keep the beer on your skin.
- Rub the beer mixture into the skin where the rash is.
- Alternatively, take a beer bath by putting one can of beer per gallon of water and soaking in the tub for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly after you have soaked or used the rub on your skin.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is the rockstar of the homeopathic community and is used to treat everything from high blood sugar to cancerous cells and all of the things that are in between. It is a great remedy for skin rashes and the way that we’re going to use it won’t leave you smelling like a pickle!
- Get organic apple cider vinegar and pour in one tablespoon.
- Ingest the apple cider vinegar. If you have trouble with the taste, you can mix it with a little organic honey or cinnamon but never sugar as that can deteriorate the antimicrobial properties.
- Take one tablespoon per day, it should clear the rash up within three days.
For years, honey has been used because it works to fight bacteria and fungus alike. From athlete’s foot to eczema, honey has been touted as one of the best healers for all different types of rashes. It can be applied to any area of the body but be careful when applying to areas that have a lot of hair because it can get trapped and become very messy. Do not use honey on infants younger than one year in an area that they can get their mouths on due to the risk of botulism.
- Use raw honey on the affected areas by simply rubbing it in.
- You can wrap a piece of organic cotton over the honey to keep it on your skin.
12. Baking Soda
Thanks to the high alkalinity of baking soda, it is one of the home remedies for rashes that will help to balance out any acid that you may have on your skin as a result of the rash or anything that is causing the rash. Do not use baking soda without first diluting it in some water as it can be somewhat harsh on the skin.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water.
- Apply the paste-like mixture on your skin where you have the rash.
- Cover with an organic cotton bandage.
After reading through the list of home remedies for rashes, you should be able to find one that works well for your rash. The chances are that you may even already have some of the ingredients that are on the list. Keep in mind that trying more than one at a time or more than one each day can harm your skin and make the rashes worse. Do you get rashes often? What has always worked best for you? Let us know in the comments!