Itch Remedies Please!

itchyAttending a funeral Saturday was enough to put my nerves on edge but just to fray them beyond my limit is this dreadful itch.

I went to an outdoor function on Saturday evening and while the individual tortiere were to die for the chair I sat on must have  been infested with some sort of ravenous bug.  At first I thought I was getting the occasional mosquito bite but by Sunday morning the clusters of welts on the backs of my legs were like mountain ranges. My mother would have diagnosed it as spider bite but I really don’t know.  All I know for sure is that I would like to sit on a either an ice pack or steel brush for some relief.

An near sleepless night which included three antihistamines, a long bath and a slathering of calamine lotion got me to morning and then the application of a baking soda paste and my daily dose of decongestant allowed me an hour of sleep before the three hour drive home.  Now another baking soda bath, but the bliss has worn off after only about 15 minutes and while the thermometer says normal I feel like I’m on fire.

The first thing to come up on the google search was a list of things so long to cure the itch that I just stopped reading.  One Naturalist suggests salt and baking soda paste.  Might be worth a try but I’m sure the guy on the couch would really rather not have to be the nurse.  It’s just not in his resume so I will have to resort to being a contortionist to find the spots where it needs to be applied.

If anyone out there has a sure fire remedy I would love to hear about it.  As appealing as it might be at the moment I don’t think large quantities of alcohol would be appropriate.


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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