Homemade Anti-Itch Cream

Homemade Anti Itch Cream Like Calamine Lotion Homemade Anti Itch Cream

With kids, skin irritations are a fact of life… especially during the summer when things like mosquito bites, poison ivy and other insect bites can cause skin problems.

I’ve also been hoping to eventually expose my kids to chicken pox (though I’m having trouble doing this as no one seems to get it anymore!) so I wanted to have a natural remedy for this on hand.

Even my skin occasionally gets irritated or itchy if I accidentally eat certain grains or food additives…

This homemade natural anti-itch cream is a wonderful remedy for skin irritations and itching. It contains all natural ingredients and can be mixed as needed for a soothing and effective remedy.

Here’s where I got the ingredients:

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Homemade Anti-Itch Cream
A homemade natural anti-itch cream made from soothing ingredients like bentonite clay, witch hazel, salt and peppermint essential oil.
Recipe type: Remedy
  • 1 teaspoon non-nano zinc oxide powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
  • 1 tablespoon (approx) witch hazel (longer shelf life) or water (use within a week)
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil (optional-cooling)
  1. Mix zinc oxide, sea salt, baking soda, and bentonite clay in a small bowl or jar. Slowly add witch hazel, stirring constantly, until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add essential oil if using.
  2. Store in air tight jar and use within two weeks (one week if using water in place of witch hazel).
Long Lasting Option:

If you’d prefer not to have to make a small amount that must be used within two weeks, you can make a larger batch by mixing double or triple quantities of the dry ingredients and adding to the wet ingredients as needed for use.

I store the pre-mixed powder in an empty spice container (red jar above) and shake out into a small bowl and mix with witch hazel when I need to use it.

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Reader Comments

  1. Kelly Killeen says

    Oh my gosh! Just last night my husband returned from his deployment. He had a reaction to our soap (we use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap) when he shaved his chest. He has sensitive skin and I guess the combination of our hard water and soap he hadn’t used in a while just made him itch like crazy. We tried every oil and lotion in the house. Vitamin E oil, coconut oil, shea butter, even aloe vera. Nothing lasted more than a few minutes. Finally I found some presciption Hydrocortisone cream and that worked for a few hours. I just hated to use it because he was obviously hugging me and our kids a lot. Thank you so much for putting this up! I’ll go make a batch now and let you know how it goes!

  2. Kate M. says

    I just found your site a couple days ago, and have been devouring all the information! I so appreciate the effort and research you’ve put into each and every one of your articles and recipes.
    I’ve had moderate eczema my whole life that I an usually keep under control with an allergen-free diet (gluten, dairy, egg, and soy) and healthy oils and butters (coconut, Shea, and jojoba). I’ve recently had the worst outbreak I have ever had, and have been dying from the itch. I’m going to make this!!! Any other ideas you may have for supplementation diet would be much appreciated!

  3. says

    Thank you so much for all your hard work and beautifully simple presentation of such helpful information! I am wondering about this recipe–what is the function of the zinc oxide? I know it says “optional” but I would like to know what bene
    fit I might be missing if I leave it out. Thanks!

  4. Jennifer L. says

    We have some friends who know some friends who have chicken pox right now and we’re always on the fence when it comes to intentional exposure. The mom whose children have it is open to us coming for a play date because she knows–it took years for her kids to finally get it. Her oldest is 13. This week is our window. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Kelly Killeen says

      Good luck! My kids are 2 and 4, so gonna wait a bit before I try that. May be pretty bad though since my husband never had it :(

  5. evolet0680 says

    Hi– I have zinc oxide at home….and it says french milled on the outside. Do you know if that is non nano? It says high grade, cosmetic quality (that never means much to me), french process… I just wanted to check before I added it in. Thanks!

  6. says

    Just a word of caution about intentionally exposing kids to chicken pox…It doesn’t guarantee you won’t get it again as an adult, plus there’s the possibility of shingles later in life (I know two people that got shingles at ages 25 and 26, so you don’t have to be elderly to get it! Just have a bout with a bad illness or a really stressful year while not eating very well will do it!) I had chicken pox as a kid and even got a titer blood test about 6 months ago that showed I had immunity to it, but at the end of march I came down with flu like symptoms and pain in my knees. After 3 days of it getting slowly worse, I broke out in raised, red, tender spots. Then my knees swelled up and I couldn’t bend them past maybe 10 degrees, nor could I straighten them, I could barely walk and had to cling to furniture to hobble to the bathroom. I went to the emergency room (at the recommendation of the urgent care I went to first) where I was given IV fluids for dehydration and told I had chicken pox and sent home.

    It took about 5 weeks and an 8 day step-down course of prednisone for the inflammation in my knees to recover fully from that, plus the prednisone caused anxiety and heart palpitations for about 3 of those 5 weeks.

    I realize this story may have the effect of encouraging some of you to expose your kids to chicken pox, as it will reduce the likelihood of getting it later (by a great deal) but just be aware that it is a double-edged sword.

  7. kayla says

    Hi there.. does the cream need to stay wet like a poultice? If not, how long do you leave it on the skin?

  8. Dmama says

    So I am wondering about the bentonite if there is a difference between types. My husband drills water wells and they buy the stuff in 50lb. bags, I know people have used it to put in the bottom of their ponds to stop the water from leaching out. Is this the same stuff or is there a cosmetic type?

  9. amanda schaefer says

    hi! i made up a batch of this (minus the zinc oxide, i don’t have any on hand) and i’m finding that if the bites are “scratched open” (which really doesn’t take much scratching) this cream really stings! i assume it’s from the salt and/or baking soda. i’m wondering if these 2 things can be left out? and/or what is their function in this cream? would the cream still help with the itch without these 2 ingredients?

  10. Mapel says

    Would this work as an after shave cream? I use aloe vera gel but it still doesn’t completely take the itch away from my horribly sensitive skin.

  11. Heather Birmingham says

    Hi! My 7 year old came home from her dad’s house with a rash on her face and neck last night, it doesn’t look like anything bacterial or viral, it looks more like an allergic reaction. I gave her benadryl last night and she woke up with it this morning still. I just made up a batch of this recipe (already had all the ingredients on hand, thanks to your toothpaste and sunscreen recipes) How long should I leave it on? She’s telling me it stings.

  12. Missy says

    Sorry, but this was horrible! Is the 10 drops of peppermint a misprint? I nearly burnt the skin off of my hands when I applied this. I may try it again without the peppermint.

    • Dominika says

      The peppermint is supposed to cool the skin down, but can be a bit aggresive on sensitive skin. I would try levander oil instead, especially when the cream is used on small kids. It calms down irritated skin and has perfect healing abilities.

  13. Ginny says

    I was wondering if you could make this a bit thinner with the witch hazel? My husband has poison ivy on his chest and as it dried I guess there was a lot of pulling feeling because of the hair. I was also going to ask as he woke up to a pile of dried mix on the bed. I did read thru the comments though that you can brush off the dry stuff. Thanks

  14. katie says

    i live in the south and i had just went camping and these red dots started forming when i was sleeping and they itch like crazy but there not bug bits do u have a clue. (P.S I’m going to try this)

    • Sharon McFarlane says

      If you have small red “bites” all over you got attacked by chiggers that are well known in the south. You need something on the order of Oragel to dab on them to stop the horrid itching. Calamine Lotion only works as soon as you put it on then the itch starts all over. The histimine in the bite causes the itching that can be so bad it will drive you insane. HOT HOT shower to release the histimine in the bite and then oragel with a high consentration of benzocaine (20%) numbs the bite and relieves the itch for a bit. Walmart carries ChiggerX which is 10% benzo. So the oragel is higher in anti itch.

  15. Seth says

    Can this be made into a lotion bar by adding beeswax? Or can you add zinc along with the clay into your lotion bar recipe? Would prefer an anti itch bar with beeswax (for barrier) so the good stuff gets sealed in. For us, creams are more difficult to use with small children.

  16. Edel says

    For those concerned with chicken pox, as far as I know, there’s a vaccine for that now, if you have no objections to vaccines. My son was exposed multiple times (he was a pre-vaccine baby), and developed an immunity without ever actually catching them. The doctor verified this after his step-brother caught them from their sister, but my son didn’t.

    I was glad to see the comment about substituting French green clay for the bentonite. It’s not available for consumer use here.

  17. Jessica says

    My boyfriend and I got bit up like crazy by mosquitoes and there was no conventional anti-itch cream to be found in the house. It was eight at night and neither of us really wanted to go to the store, but we were kind of desperate. So I googled homemade anti-itch cream and found this and surprisingly had all the ingredients in my kitchen. Threw it together and it works beautifully! Thank you so much!

  18. Megan Alvarez says

    My 13 month old keeps picking at his scabs and re opening his scrape on his ankle. If I substitute peppermint for lavender oil is this cream safe to put on his open wound (it’s not deep)? He won’t let it heal and he’s making it worse.

  19. Charles says

    I have struggled with the symptoms of allergies for decades. I will definitely be mixing up some of your remedy. In addition, I have to share a remedy I have accidently discovered for contact dermatitis from poison oak/ivy. I suffer from asthma and sinusitis caused by allergies to foods, animals, dust, tobacco smoke, etc. What has worked miracles for me is quercetin, derived from oak bark (to which I am allergic!). as my allergies have improved, I noticed a bonus: I now have almost NO reaction to poison ivy! It’s always been debilitating, and I still panic when exposed, but I get maybe a little itchy patch, and it’s gone within a day or two. I’m amazed!

  20. Ashley says

    Can you use the alcohol free witch hazel? I have the Thayers Lavender Witch Hazel that is alcohol free. Does this make a difference or does the alcohol in normal witch hazel help with the anti-itching?

  21. Tina says

    I just found this recipe and am wanting to try it. I itch constantly, all over my body and it makes me crazy! I have a few questions before diving in. I would probably use it at least twice a day after bathing. Would I put my lotion (organic only) on first, and then a layer of the anti-itch remedy or visa versa? I seems as if this is kinda like a mask, leaving a dried flaky film that people have been “brushing off” after it dries. Could I mix the ingredients into my lotion? What ingredient make it anti-itch? The clay? Baking soda? I think the peppermint oil would help soothe it as well. At least the tingling feeling would overpower the itch, I hope. Thank you in advance for your input and expertise.

  22. Anja says

    Food for thought, on the topic of chickenpox… You may want to consider the idea of not exposing your children to chickenpox. Having the virus in your system can cause shingles later in life which could actually be more life threatening then getting chickenpox as an adult. With out being exposed to chickenpox you have no risk of getting shingles. And it seems like chickenpox is becoming less common where it might be possible to avoid it completely. I avoided it as a child and was given the vaccine when I was in high school. I am really glad my parents didn’t expose me because I don’t have to worry about the risk of shingles.

    • marissa says

      I agree with you Anja. I got chicken pox 1st time as an adult and with the medication i barely even got 6 bumps…Which isnt as horrible as i thought it would be in adulthood. But as you said, now i am open for shingles because the pox virus remains in your system. I got my kids vaccinated to save them that risk! Shingles is way worse than chickenpox!

  23. Amy says

    I was looking up recipes for anti-itch cream because I have been using gold bond for a couple of years now and I just realized that it says don’t use more that 2-4 times a day. Also apparently it has toxic ingredients. This recipe is the first I cam across. What got my attention is where you said that you get itchy skin when you eat certain foods. For the past 2 years I have been itchy constantly.. except for maybe 10 minutes after shower. I have to use a lot of lotion and very often. I don’t have dry skin, but foods like wheat, all meats and fish.. and well most foods really..detergents., toughing other peoples skin… make me very itchy. I have been to the doctor many times and he says there is nothing I can do about it. I try to cut out the foods but even then I get itchy if any dust is around or have tight fabrics on, lay down in bed and so on. A lot of the time this really gets to me. It is not something I want to just get use to // I want to figure out how to stop it if possible. I have tried to do research but you are the first person I have came across that mentions a similar problem. HAve you been diagnosed with anything? I am trying to figure out what is wrong so I can get it treated. Do you have any tips on how to relieve it as well. This is seriously getting to me and changing me. I am very irritated emotionally from this. It effects my relationship in a negative way.

  24. Nicole says

    Pity I found this tonight and have none of the stuff. But I will be stocking up on this for future reactions, since my anti-histamines do not work fast enough to stop the itching on my skin when it starts.

  25. Alli says

    This cream did not work for us very well at all!! My 2yo daughter had a rash for about a week all over her body. I think the glycerin in the calamine lotion was making another rash come out, but it help her sleep. I hate putting anything in or on her body that is made from chemicals (especially longer than a few days). So I tried this one. It was great that I had all the ingredients on hand (I already make homemade lotions, shampoo, and the like). After I make the cream, I quickly put a thin layer on my daughters tummy where the rash has been itching her the most. Within seconds, she started to yell and scream like I burnt her. I asked her what was wrong and she cried and said, “my belly, mom” and she got louder and cried more. so I ran over to wipe it off with a wet dish towel, but it only helped. I ran her upstairs to the tub and make a lukewarm tub with baking soda. That quickly helped! Thank goodness! My hubby has an itchy rash on his skin and he tried it too and said it crazy burned him too:(

    I really love Wellness Momma and your site has been a blessing to our family, but I think others should know that maybe they should try just a tiny bit at first, in case the rash or the child’s skin doesn’t go well with this cream.

  26. Clare Tate says

    Thank you for sharing so much information from all your research. I do have a question about the bentonite clay you recommended……on the package it says it contains Lead and not to use on children. So my question is what do you know about the Lead content in this product? I looked on Amazon.com and looked at other brands that didn’t have this statement about the Lead. Is it just the particular brand you’re recommending that has this of do they all lead in them? Thank you for your help.

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