6 Natural Ways to Treat a Rash

6 Natural Ways to Treat a Rash

Sometimes your skin may develop a rash. Rashes can be linked to a number of causes including foods, clothes, detergents, creams, animals and even other people. These outbreaks can be very uncomfortable, raising your skin into bumps and pustules that scream to be itched. Many times people infect the rash by transferring bacteria from under the fingernails when they scratch.

These 6 natural ways to treat a rash may help you get through the hard part until your body can fight it off and clear it up. If your rash continues to progress or lasts for more than two weeks, a visit to your doctor may be necessary.

Vera Good

Inside the thick, barbed, stemlike leaves of the aloe vera plant is a healing gel that has been treating skin issues for centuries. Aloe vera is such a powerful skin protectant that it showed significant effectiveness when treating skin exposed to radiation. A study published in Current Oncology (8/13) concluded that,

“The findings in our trial demonstrate a protective effect of Aloe vera lotion against radiation-induced dermatitis. The effect was more evident in patients undergoing radiotherapy with larger treatment fields and higher doses of radiation.”

Apply generously squeezed directly from a cut plant or purchase aloe vera gel from your local health food store.

It’s Ok Honey

Raw honey is loaded with so many nutrients, antibacterials and anti-fungals that, when sealed, it never goes bad. In fact, jars of honey were found intact, alongside those laid to rest in pyramids for thousands of years.

Generously apply raw honey (processed honey removes many of its healing properties) to your rash. Obviously this is a sticky scenario so it is best to wrap with gauze to avoid dealing with a mess. Also, eating a spoonful two times per day could support skin health as well.

Go No Gluten

Gluten-free products have soared in availability and with good reason. Researchers found that certain individuals have a sensitivity to this compound which has been linked to digestive compromise, rashes and Celiac disease. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and many products containing these and other gluten heavy ingredients.

By avoiding gluten you may be able to cure your rash and, at the same time, allow your body to absorb more nutrients as it has shown to coat the intestines making its walls less permeable. Stick to oats, corn, brown rice, gluten free cereals, popcorn, popped rice and wild rice.

Totally Turmeric

This yellowish spice used in so many culinary dishes has become the rage for enhancing optimal health. Its effective compound called curcumin has a proven anti-inflammatory response that rivals some of the best pharmaceutical recommendations for reducing rash severity.

In a study published in the Journal of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine it was concluded that,

“Curcumin has been demonstrated to be safe in six human trials and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity. It may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

You can take curcumin by capsule form, tea, or powder in a smoothie. Some recommend making a poultice to topically apply to a rash for immediate inflammation reduction and pain relief.

Chamomile Cure

The unassuming chamomile plant (matricaria chamomile) has calmed many a jittery feeling when consumed as a tea, able to relax and restore for those needing calm and sleep. However, topically applied to a rash the botanical compounds show good improvement. Aiding in skin cell regeneration and acting as an anti-inflammatory, chamomile was used in research reported by Pharmacognosy Review (2014) stating that,

“A controlled study of 161 individuals found chamomile cream equally effective as 0.25% hydrocortisone cream for the treatment of eczema.”

Easy application is to let several camomile teabags steep in hot water and then, using a cotton ball or fine brush, apply the tea to your rash. In addition, placing teabags on the rash can also be effective.


Although there is no concrete research for the many healing qualities of using apple cider vinegar, observational studies beg to differ. Containing useful rash reducing compounds such as acetic, malic, citric and ascorbic acids ACV acts as a potent antimicrobial and antioxidant.

Rubbing this vinegar into the rash (some add raw honey at the same time), the infection could immediately and naturally become sanitized, anti-inflamed and propelled into rapid healing. Note: Be careful applying to open wounds as it can cause stinging.

These 6 natural ways to treat a rash just may help you get through the itching and pain associated with your skin condition. If applied, these remedies could reduce the severity and longevity of your rash to get you back and running at full speed.