[toc]Heat rash occurs due to excessive body heat or toxins in the body. Herbal remedies are not only safe but they are also easy to use. Herbs which can be used to treat heat rash are Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Calendula, Witch Hazel, Lavender, Cayenne Pepper, Plantain and Peppermint. Most of these herbs possess antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which heal the skin and alleviate the skin rash.
Heat rash is also caused due the exposure of body to the irritants and toxins. Herbs cool the skin and heal the itchiness, redness and swelling caused due to the heat rash. In this article, we will discuss some of the top herbal remedies for heat rash. Please consult the doctor before opting for any of these herbal remedies, if you are on any medication.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Heat Rash
Calendula Officinalis is the Latin name by which this herb is referred to. Calendula is also known as Pot Marigold. The healing properties of this herb are stupendous. It can cure various skin conditions such as dermatitis, skin allergies, skin infections and heat rash. Calendula has antibacterial properties. Calendula is also a natural astringent.
It cures the cuts, scrapes, wounds, bruises, infections, lesions and blisters that form on the skin. Calendula makes the skin soft, supple and healthy. The flowers of this herb contain anti-aging properties as well which rejuvenate the skin. Place fresh flowers of this herb in hot water and let the mixture stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, dip a compress into the mixture and apply it over the rash to heal the skin.
This wondrous herb is antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory. It is very useful for treating the itchiness and redness as well as the swelling on the skin caused by heat rash. Aloe Vera leaves contain a gel which can be extracted from this herbaceous plant and applied on the skin to alleviate rashes.
Polysaccharides and glycoproteins found in this herb repair the skin and heal the blisters caused during the heat rash. Aloe Vera gel can be topically applied on the area of the skin where the heat rash has developed. For optimum results, apply this gel regularly till the rash heals. You can also take this herb in extract form.
This herb grows wild and it is a wondrous remedy for skin problems. Along with herbs like Witch Hazel and Lavender, Plantain ranks as one of the most popular cures for heat rash. It is an active ingredient in herbal ointments, salves, and creams because it heals the skin and makes it more smooth and free from marks. It is also used to cure swellings in the skin caused by insect bites.
Plantain leaves can be crushed and applied on the parts of your body having the heat rash. The paste made from the leaves will soothe the skin and bring down the inflammation, thereby curing the heat rash. It also lubricates the skin and dispels the itchiness caused by skin dryness during a heat rash.
This herb’s botanical name is Matricaria Recutita. This herb is especially useful for warding off anxiety and it is a natural sedative. Another equally useful benefit of this herb is that it soothes the skin and it can be applied topically to ease skin conditions such as heat rash. Immerse some Chamomile leaves in hot water and let the liquid soak the leaves for about 25 minutes.
Then, use a cotton cloth or compress to apply this mixture over your skin where the rash is located. The Chamomile water infused compress will bring down the marks and lesions in the skin and make it smooth again. An essential ingredient in many skin products, Chamomile should not be used by those people who are allergic to Rag Weed.
Known by the botanical name Lavandula Augustifolia, this herb has the power to heal the skin and make the rashes disappear. It removes the dryness caused due to heat rash and moisturizes the skin. Lavender oil is especially useful for curing heat rash because this aromatic herbal remedy lubricates the skin and causes itchy rash to lessen in degree and severity.
Lavender oil can be added to your bath water. You can also use this oil for massaging your skin, after mixing it with olive or almond oil, for good results. Lavender also heals skin conditions because it promotes healthy circulation in the body.
Hamamelis Virginiana is the botanical name by which this herb is known. Tannins in Witch Hazel herb soothe and rebuild the skin and improve its elasticity. Witch Hazel is also a natural astringent so it heals the skin and drives away the itchiness, red swellings and pain caused by persistent heat rash.
Another very useful property of this herb is that when it is topically applied on the skin, it forms a protective layer or coating between the skin and the outside air, thereby insulating the sensitive rash affected area from more heat and irritants in the environment. This speeds up the healing process and cures the heat rash. Witch Hazel is a very popular herbal remedy for skin maladies such as heat rash.
Capsicum Frutescens or Cayenne Pepper is a herb native to South America. Cayenne Pepper pods contain strong medicinal properties which heal the skin and soothe the rash. You can grind the pods into a fine powder and mix this with some olive oil.
Apply this on the area where the heat rash has erupted. Cayenne Pepper paste may produce a painful and stinging sensation initially when it is applied, but it will cool the skin and heal the heat rash following regular applications. Scaling and burning sensations caused due to heat rash can be overcome using Cayenne Pepper.
Peppermint or Piper Methysticum is a herb with many curative powers. One of these is its ability to cure a heat rash by producing a cooling effect in the body. Peppermint contains a substance named menthol which produces a cooling sensation when it is applied on the body.
You can crush fresh Peppermint leaves and apply them on your skin to cure the heat rash. Peppermint drops or drinks containing this herb can also be consumed to produce a cooling impact on the body and release the toxins in the body which are responsible for the eruption of the heat rash.