How To Treat Heat Rash - Naturally

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It's been unseasonably cool for our area, and I guess I let that lull me into a false sense of security. Today was one of only a handful of days that we have seen mid to high 80 temperatures with very humid conditions, and I didn't prepare for it. I love the heat; I don't love heat rash.

The best way too treat heat rash is to prevent it. Cool, loose fitting cotton or moisture wicking "dry fit" clothing is the best. Tight or synthetic fabrics that don't breathe are not your best choice (like spandex riding pants with suede backside, inner thighs, and calves...)  

If that ship has sailed and you're already suffering from heat rash, here are some natural remedies. 

  • Cool bath or shower Try to cool your body and especially the affected area with cool water in a bath or shower. Stay as long as you can, but at least 20 minutes, until you feel relief and/or see the rash or redness beginning to fade. Try to air dry if possible. Rubbing the rash while drying yourself will only make it worse.

  • Baking Soda  A 1/4 to 1 cup of baking soda (depending on how much water you use) in the bath will make the bath more effective.

  • Aloe  Aloe directly from the plant works to cool the skin and moisturize.  I snip the tips of my aloe plants and place them in a baggy in the fridge or freezer. Once they are cool, I smear the cold gel on the affected areas and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Reapply as needed when the itchiness comes back until it heals. Topical gel aloe comes in a plastic bottle and can be kept in the fridge indefinitely. Be sure it is pure aloe vera gel with no additives.

  • Ice Wrap ice in a clean towel or cloth and place on the rash. The ice will cool the skin and alleviate the burning and itching.

  • Cornstarch Dust a fine layer of cornstarch over the affected area as if it were powder.

  • Peppermint tea  Peppermint tea drank as an ice tea (or at least at room temperature for those who can't drink cold beverages) will help lower your internal temperature and balance your body. Drink a small tea cup's worth every couple hours until the rash begins to subside.

  • Tea bags  If you're already preparing a peppermint tea, use the tea bags as a poultice. Cool the bags in the fridge or freezer and then place them on the rash. Chamomile tea bags work wonderfully, too.

  • Essential Oils  Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint and Eucalyptus all have anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties. For adults and kids over 12, add 4 drops of essential oil to the bath. Adding it with baking soda works even better. Youngsters need less, because you are using less water in their bath- 3 years and under, use about 2 drops; preschool through elementary age, use 3 drops. 

I've already taken my cool bath, have put on light, cotton jammies, and am drinking my peppermint tea. By tomorrow I should be fine, but I'll have to be careful not to spend too much time in the heat and humidity so the rash doesn't come back. I'll still go riding (which is what started this nonsense), but I'll be sure to change into my riding breeches right before riding and change out of them immediately after finishing!