For the last 2 and a half weeks I've been stuck on the sofa - sounds good doesn't it a break for me but no it's been whilst I've had two kids with chicken pox. Today, in fact, was the first time that I have had a moment without cuddling someone's feet and helping them take baths, covering them in lotions, potions and all sorts of things to try and relieve the pain and itchiness of the spots. As I've sat here I have asked on my Facebook Page as well as within our Living Naturally with Kids Facebook Group about remedies that work and a little more natural and the amazing Erin from The Usual Mayhem has kindly shared her mother's natural remedies for Chicken Pox that she used on her as a kid with us today.
Chickenpox is a miserable illness. It comes with fevers, varies from mild discomfort to great pain, and is so itchy that you'd gladly remove your own skin if you could! Here are 5 natural home remedies for treating chickenpox that may help relieve the worst of the symptoms (and if you aren't sure if it's chickenpox, read this).
- Hot or cold. If it's the itch that's getting to the sufferer, try submerging the affected area in the hottest or coldest water they can tolerate - you need to find which will provide the most relief one of my kids preferred the heat the other the cold. The itch intensifies and then eases, giving you a few minutes of blessed relief to fall asleep.
- Honey. Spread a thin layer of honey over the rashes, blisters, and itchy areas and leave it on for 15 minutes to half an hour before rinsing (NOT SOAPING!) away. it has moisturizing and antibacterial properties that make this remedy one of my go-to treatments.
- Baking soda. If you don't have honey in the house, make a paste with baking soda and water and use like the honey above for treating chickenpox. You can leave it on and it will just brush off like baby powder when it dries.
- Oatmeal. Add a cup of oatmeal ground fine in your blender to a warm bath. For future reference, this one's good for poison ivy too!
- Apple cider vinegar. Dab it onto the blisters and scabs for relief, and have the patient down a teaspoon of it if they can keep food down.
You can also add essential oils to the topical treatments (never ingest them without medical advice). They're antifungal and antibacterial and many of them offer less obvious benefits such as calming a sick, miserable, itchy child. If you're using them with children, one drop is plenty and more is never better. For adults, two drops is good. Essential oils that work well with treating chickenpox in children are tea tree, lavender, and chamomile.
Have you tried any other home remedies that worked for you? Please share in the comments!