Herbal lotions, oils, liniments, and ointments have been beneficial for the treatment of many common external conditions for thousands of years and are still very popular today. Lotions are particularly useful for easing skin irritations such as itching caused by prickly heat, insect bites, and similar skin problems.
Peppermint lotion is great for relieving itches and it can be made by infusing peppermint leaves in a carrier oil, or more quickly by following the method below.
125 ml (4 ounces) purified or filtered water
40 ml (1.35 ounces) rubbing alcohol or vodka
4 drops peppermint essential oil
Pour the alcohol into a small spray bottle (one with a fine mist is ideal). Add the essential oil and shake well then add the water and shake again. Apply by spraying onto the affected area. If you don't have a spray bottle, you can dab it on the area using a cotton wool ball.
Before applying for the first time, test the lotion by dabbing a small amount on the inside of the wrist and waiting for a few hours to see if there is a reaction. Do not use on open wounds, lacerations, or abrasions.
Tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil can be used instead of peppermint.