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7 Best Natural Chickenpox Treatments

For many, chickenpox was a normal part of childhood. Although it is becoming less common, there are still many children that contract chickenpox, and once a child has it, it is very contagious.

Chickenpox Treatments

While chickenpox will usually go away on its own, there are some natural remedies that will expedite the healing process and stop the itching.

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the oldest remedies for chickenpox and it is extremely helpful in reducing itching and blistering. For the easiest remedy, simply add ½ cup of baking soda into a bath and soak. Alternately, you can add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and spot-treat areas as needed.

2. Honey

Honey has natural antibacterial properties which not only soothes the itchy skin, but also helps calm the irritation. Apply a thin layer of honey to the body where needed; let sit for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse off. You can repeat this as often as needed throughout the day.

3. Neem Leaves

Neem, also known as Indian Lilac, is one of the oldest remedies for chickenpox. Neem is extremely effective because it has antiviral properties which can actually help kill the chickenpox virus, varicella zoster.

Neem is, however, a very strong antibacterial and anti inflammatory and may be too strong for children. It is safe for adults to use as a paste and apply it to the skin. For children, you can fan them with some neem leaves or hang neem fronds around their bed.

4. Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal is a go-to remedy for many skin ailments and is very soothing for itchy skin. Simply place 1-2 cups of oatmeal (not cooked) into a thin cloth and seal or tie tightly, then let it float while you soak in a warm bath. You can also just sprinkle the oatmeal directly into the bath water, although this might make for a messier clean up.

5. Epsom Salt

You can simply add 1 cup of Epsom salt into your warm bath (grind up in your hands to make sure it really dissolves) and soak for at least twenty minutes. This will help soothe your irritated skin. Towel-dry gently after your bath. You can also just add Epsom salt to a glass of water and then spot-treat your skin as needed.

6. Jasmine Flower

Jasmine tea can be drunk 2-4 times per day to help speed up your recovery from chickenpox. You may also combine a handful of ground Jasmine flowers to a cup of rice water and then add this mixture into your bath.

7. Green Peas

Believe it or not, green peas can actually be used to help treat chickenpox. Steam or boil some green peas until soft, set aside and let cool. Mash up the peas to make a paste and apply to your skin. Leave this on for about 1 hour and then rinse off.

Recommendations

It’s no fun to have chickenpox, and the sooner it’s gone, the better. While you should still give your doctor a call if you or your child has chickenpox, you can turn to these natural remedies to cut the life of the virus short and to alleviate the pain and itching associated with chickenpox.

As with any virus, you also need to take care of your body: eat organic fruits and vegetables, drink lots of pure water, and be sure to get plenty of sleep to help your body recover and fight the virus.

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