Today we will discuss some home remedies for chickenpox. Chicken pox is viral infectious disease, pretty common in kids and is highly infectious. It is rare but not uncommon for adults to catch chickenpox too especially if they were not vaccinated against varicella zoster virus or did not catch it when they were kids (I was one of them). In case of adolescents or adults catching this disease, it can lead to complications and be in severe forms.
Normally the kid or person with chickenpox needs to be in incubation for approx. 10-21 days due to its infectious nature. The most contagious time for chickenpox is a day or two before the rashes appear and A soup made of carrots and coriander is highly beneficial in the treatment of chickenpox. It is rich in antioxidants that help in the healing process.Till the rash is completely dry and scabbed over. The most common symptoms of chickenpox are the itchy rashes, red spots and blisters all over the body while the other symptoms include fever, body ache, loss of appetite and fatigue. Once caught, it will take its allotted time to go away. Meanwhile it is highly recommended not to scratch the blisters as they may leave a permanent mark.
The following home remedies provide relief from some of the symptoms especially the itching.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps with itchiness of the chickenpox rashes and blisters. It also helps in drying them out.
- You can mix about a cup of baking soda in your warm bath and soak in it.
- Alternately you can mix about 1.5 tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water.
- Soak a clean soft washcloth in the solution and apply to the affected parts and allow to dry.
2. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac, also known as neem or margosa, is one of the best remedies for treating chickenpox as it helps in drying out the blisters and relieves from itching. As I mentioned in earlier articles on topics of skin care, neem also contains anti-viral and soothing properties which help immensely in alleviating chickenpox symptoms. This is personally tried and tested.
- Add some neem leaves to your bath water.
- Alternately you can also crush a handful of neem leaves to make a paste.
- Apply this paste to the affected areas for a cooling and soothing feeling.
3. Carrots and Coriander
A carrots and coriander soup is rich in antioxidants that help in the healing process making it highly beneficial in the treatment of chickenpox.
- Cutabout a cup of chopped carrots and 1-1.5 cup of fresh coriander leaves.
- Boil them in about 2 ¼ cup of water till half the amount of water evaporates.
- Strain the solution and add a pinch of salt.
- Drink this soup once daily for a month.
- The boiled vegetables can also be eaten for added strength.
One of the popular baths for curing the itchiness of chickenpox is the oatmeal.
- Take about 2 cups of oatmeal and grind them into a powder
- Put the powdered oatmeal in lukewarm bath.
- Soak in this water for 15-20 minutes.
5. Brown Vinegar
Another one of the most effective remedies is that of brown vinegar. This particular vinegar relieves the irritation from chickenpox and helps in swifter healing of the lesions without leaving scars.
- Add about 1.5 cup of brown vinegar in your bath – lukewarm water.
- Soak in this water for about 10-15 minutes.
My all-time multipurpose favourite remedy for majority of the issues is honey, as I have mentioned so many times in previous articles. In case of chickenpox, helps in alleviating the itchiness and healing the blisters and lesions.
- Apply pure raw honey on the affected area, coating it.
- Repeat 2-3 times a day till the scars are gone.
7. Herbal Tea
Herbal tea is also helpful in fighting chickenpox due to its detox properties. Herbal teas made from herbs such as chamomile, marigold, lemon balm and basil make mild, sedative herbal teas which help during chickenpox induction.
- Put a tablespoon of any of the herbs in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes.
- Strain the leaves and add some cinnamon, lemon juice and honey to the tea.
- Sip this herbal tea slowly a few times a day for best results.
8. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is another remedy which helps in soothing the irritated and itchy skin caused by chickenpox.
- You can use lavender oil mixed with some chamomile essential oils by adding a few drops into your lukewarm water bath.
- Soak in this bath for about 10-15 minutes.
- Alternately you can mix some lavender essential oil in almond, olive or coconut oil and apply on the affected areas.
- Leave it on till it dries.
- Repeat twice daily.
9. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood oil contains some anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties which makes its very beneficial in treatment of chickenpox sores. Regular use of it also helps in fading the scars that chickenpox may leave behind.
- Take some olive, almond or coconut oil and add a few drops of pure sandalwood oil to it.
- Apply this to the rashes and chickenpox lesions.
- Repeat regularly till all the scars and sores heal and disappear completely.
10. Calendula Flowers
Calendula flowers, also known as marigold flowers, help in relieving the skin irritation and itching too caused by chickenpox.
- Take a cup of water and add about a teaspoon of witch hazel leaves and 2 tablespoons of marigold flowers.
- Leave it overnight.
- In the morning, take this mixture and grind it into a paste.
- Apply this paste to the affected areas.
- Let it dry completely than rinse of with lukewarm water.
Along with the above mentioned remedies, it is recommended to have vitamin C rich foods and fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Best to avoid scratching the rashes and lesions or scraping of the dried scabs as they may leave lifelong deep scars. Calamine lotion prescribed by doctor, easily found in the medical stores also helps immensely with the itchiness.