Chickenpox, also termed as varicella, is one of the most common diseases among the children below 12 years of age. Chickenpox is very contagious and is the result of an infection caused by varicella zoster virus. It is accompanied with itchy rashes which spread to the whole body, face, limbs and from torso to the neck. The rashes then eventually swell and turn red. They appear as fluid-filled papules. It generally lasts for 2 weeks and is very painful. This airborne disease can be transferred to the other person simply via cough, sneeze, touching the fluid of the blisters of a person who’s suffering from chickenpox, and coming in contact of the clothing of an affected person. People, who once had chickenpox, almost develop lifetime immunity, and there are very rare cases of it reoccurrence to the same person. In most of the cases, chickenpox can be handled easily with the help of some home remedies listed below.
Home Remedies for Chickenpox
1. Calamine Lotion
Calamine lotion is an excellent treatment of chickenpox. All you have to do is apply a small amount of the lotion on the blisters, and it will heal the chickenpox and remove the rashes earlier than expected.
Note – Application of calamine lotion may increase itchiness in some people. So, consult your doctor before using this remedy.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most popular remedies for chickenpox. It gives relief from the itchiness caused due to this ailment. Make a mixture by adding a half teaspoon of baking soda in about one glass of water. Apply it with the help of sponge and let it dry. Apply this solution regularly till the problem goes away.
Honey is a superb chickenpox treatment. It cures irritation and even helps remove the scars that chickenpox leaves. Apply honey on the body 3-4 times a day for about half an hour. This remedy provides instant relief to the patients and rejuvenates the skin.
In order to soothe the skin and lessen the pain, one can take an oatmeal bath. Grind 2 cups of oatmeal and mix it in a bathtub filled with lukewarm water. Bathing this way helps cure chickenpox quickly and gives relief from itchiness.
5. Soup of Carrot and Coriander
A soup made of carrot and coriander is one of the best chickenpox home remedies. Since this soup is very rich in antioxidants, it accelerates the healing process. Boil carrots and coriander, and grind them together to make soup. Drink it daily for about a month to recover from the weakness.
6. Brown Vinegar
One of the most effective cures for chickenpox is brown sugar. You can add about one cup of brown vinegar to one bucket of warm water. Bathing with this water will make your chickenpox irritation vanish in some days.
7. Coconut Water
Coconut water is well-known for its soothing and cooling properties. Dip cotton balls in coconut water and apply them on the marks of chickenpox. It will give cool and relax feeling, as well as remove the marks also.
8. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil, when rubbed on the skin, will help recover the after effects of the chickenpox fast. All you need to do is puncture some vitamin E capsules and apply the oil so obtained, on the scars.
9. Epsom Salt
It is a mineral which is made of sulfate and magnesium. It relaxes the body and relieves the pain associated with chickenpox. To use it, you have to dissolve about 2 cups of Epsom salt in approx 3 gallons of water. Apply the mixture with the help of a cloth or cotton on the affected areas. For the best results, use this remedy daily.
10. Green Peas
Apart from being a tasty vegetable, green peas are also helpful in curing chickenpox fast, because of their medicinal properties. Take about 200 grams of green peas and boil them in an adequate amount of water. Grind the boiled peas till a paste-like consistency is formed. Apply the paste on the body for quick relief from pain and itchiness.
11. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter moisturizes the skin deeply and helps fade the chickenpox scars. Gently apply cocoa butter to the affected area in a circular motion. Keep rubbing until your skin entirely absorbs the butter. Repeat it 3-4 times a day for at least 2-3 weeks.
Mash a small piece of banana. Add honey to it, to prepare a paste. Apply it on the scars and wait until it dries. Then, rinse off. This remedy will clear the chickenpox scars naturally.
Herbal Remedies for Chickenpox
13. Jasmine Flower
Looking for herbal treatment for chicken pox? Jasmine bath can be of great relief. Grind some jasmine flower and mix with rice water. Put the prepared mixture in a bathtub full of warm water. Soak your body in this water for some time and pat dry gently. Repeat the process for a few days until you get recovered.
14. Marigold Flower
This flower has got antibiotic properties which help fight off the chickenpox causing bacteria and speed up the process of healing. Make a paste of marigold flower, hazel leaves and water. Apply it on the skin and let it dry. Then, wash it off. Repeat the process for the best result.
Margosa, also known as Indian lilac, is one of the best herbal remedies for the treatment of chickenpox because of its antibiotic, antifungal, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It can be used in two ways – either the leaves can be directly hanged around the bed of the patient, or a paste can be made by crushing the margosa leaves with water. Apply the paste on the skin.
Note – It should be taken care that margosa paste shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin of the children.
16. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is not only antiseptic but also skin-friendly. Regular use of aloe vera decreases the activity of bacteria and makes the skin less itchy. It has natural healing, anti-inflammatory and cooling properties which help cure the chickenpox. Extract the gel out of aloe leaf and apply it on the affected area to get the best result.
Basil is well-known for its medicinal value, anesthetic, and antibacterial properties. Take some basil leaves and boil them in some water. After the water cools, strain it. Apply this basil water on the affected area using a cloth or cotton ball.
18. Essential Oil Bath
Essential oils soothe and calm the irritated skin. Take equal quantities of thieves, melaleuca and lavender oil. Soak the Epsom salt in the oils for about 30-45 minutes. After that, mix Epsom salt in the bathing water and bathe with it on the regular basis, to feel the change.
19. Herbal Tea
Drink herbal tea to fortify your immune system and recover fast. Boil some herbs (like basil, chamomile, and lemon balm) in water. Strain it. Drink it several times a day.
20. Ginger Bath
The medicinal properties of ginger are used to ward off many diseases including chickenpox. Take about 2 teaspoons of ginger powder and add it to warm water for the bathing purpose. Soak your body in it for getting relief.
Note – After bathing, the skin should be pat dry softly, else it may hurt.
21. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood is one of the excellent herbal products to make the skin glowing. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of sandalwood make it one of the effective chickenpox remedies. When combined with turmeric, it alleviates the disease fast. All you have to do is take 7-8 drops of oil and mix it with 1 teaspoon of turmeric, to make a paste. Apply it on the skin till it dries and then wash off. Use it regularly.
- Take proper rest to overcome the weakness.
- Always keep the skin and surroundings clean so that no one else catches the disease.
- Include fruits and vegetables in your diet. There should be a regular intake of juices and soups that are rich in vitamin A and C.
- Make sure that your child is vaccinated for chickenpox.
- Do not scratch the blisters.
- Do not roam around in public places as the bacteria might spread to others.
- Avoid eating very spicy, salty, sour and sweet foods as they may harm you badly.
- Do not wipe the body with a towel harshly; otherwise, it may pain and leave scars.