25 Proven Home Remedies For Chickenpox In Infants & Adults

updated: 07/27/2019

What Is Chickenpox?

Have you ever caught chickenpox? This is a severe infectious disease which is caused by a virus called varicella zoster[1]. People having chickenpox often have blisters on their body, including the face, arms, back, etc. Because chickenpox is a contagious disease, it transmits from the infected persons to others rapidly. Therefore, it quickly becomes an epidemic.

What Are Causes Of Chickenpox?

As mentioned above, chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella-zoster. A person may catch chickenpox if he contacts a chickenpox patient through the saliva or mucus as well as through the blisters on the body.

What Are Symptoms Of Chickenpox?

Some of the easily identified symptoms of chickenpox include itchy rashes, blisters, or red spots appearing on the body of the infected person. Also, the infected person may experience some other symptoms such as having a fever, feeling of painful muscles, loss of appetite, tiredness, headaches, and so on[2].

There are the three most vulnerable groups, including newborn babies, women having a baby and people having a weak immune system.

Chickenpox develops for about 10 days under the three stages. The first stage happens for three days in which there are raised red lumps. In the second stage, fluids appear in the lumps, becoming blisters. The blisters break down, dry, and become scabs on the third stage.

Chickenpox is a severe disease. If you do not treat it in time, it may leave many adverse consequences, especially deep scabs. It is fortune that natural remedies may help to alleviate chickenpox symptoms as well as prevent scars on the skin after recovering. In today’s article, we are going to introduce to you the top 25 natural home remedies for chickenpox rash in infants and adults, which will guide you on how to reduce disturbing symptoms of this condition. Let’s have a look!

Top 25 Effective Home Remedies For Chickenpox Rash In Infant And Adults

1. Baking Soda

home remedies for chickenpox

The first and most effective remedy for treating chickenpox is baking soda. Thanks to the anti-itch properties, baking soda may help relieve skin inflammation and soothe the rashes[3]. This ingredient is also considered as a natural neutralizer, which helps balance the pH levels of the skin and reduces rashes due to chickenpox.

Here are directions on how to use baking soda to combat chickenpox:

Method 1:

  • Pour a glass of water in a bowl and add ½ tablespoon of baking soda powder
  • Stir them well.
  • Dip a soft and clean cloth into the baking soda water.
  • Then, put it on the affected areas on your body and leave it dry naturally.
  • Repeat this method every day.

Method 2:

  • Add some warm water to a tub and pour into it ½ cup of baking soda powder.
  • Stir to dissolve the baking soda power completely.
  • Soak yourselves in the tub.
  • Dry your body using a clean towel.
  • Do this process every day.
2. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac or neem works very well to cure chickenpox thanks to its antiviral power[4]. It helps to eliminate varicella-zoster- the virus causing chickenpox. Besides, it is so powerful at making blisters dry out as well as reducing itching caused by chickenpox thanks to its rich content of antioxidants[5] [6] and the power to fight against inflammation.

Method 1:

  • Prepare some neem leaves and wash them thoroughly.
  • Then, crush them to form a paste.
  • Apply this paste to the affected areas.
  • Leave it on for several minutes.
  • Wash it off  with fresh water.

Method 2:

  • Take some neem leaves and wash them carefully.
  • Put them in a tub filled with warm water.
  • Soak yourselves in the tub.
  • Then, use a clean and soft towel to dry the body.

Note: This remedy is not recommended for children.

3. Carrots and Coriander

Next, you can consume the soup cooked from carrots and coriander to fight chickenpox. Carrots and coriander contain vitamin C and A[7] [8], which are necessary to boost the immune system. Also, the soup is full of antioxidants[9] [10] which are effective at relieving skin infections, promoting the healing process.

Here is all you have to do:

  • Prepare a cup of chopped carrot and 1 ½ cups of fresh coriander leaves.
  • Put them in a pot.
  • Add 2 ¼ cup of water to the pot.
  • Boil the mixture until the water reduces to half.
  • Consume the soup once a day for a month.
4. Oatmeal

home remedies for chickenpox

Having a bath with oatmeal is also considered as one of the most excellent solutions for chickenpox. Thanks to the antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties[11], oatmeal is perfect for alleviating the itchiness and sores due to chickenpox. Furthermore, it may help prevent scars after recovering from chickenpox.

Method 1:

  • Take 2 cups of oatmeal and grind them to powder.
  • Put them in a tub.
  • Add 2 liters of warm water to the tub.
  • Add some essential oils such as tea tree oil or lavender oil to the bathtub to get better results.
  • Soak your body in the water for 30 minutes.

Method 2:

  • Prepare 2 cups of oatmeal and grind them to powder.
  • Put the powder in a bag.
  • Leave it to sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Cover it tightly.
  • Place it in a tub filled with warm water.
  • Move it around the tub until there is milky bathwater.
  • Add some essential oils such as tea tree oil or lavender oil to the bathtub to get better results.
  • Soak your body in the water for about 20 minutes.
  • Do this process regularly.
5. Honey

Applying honey to the chickenpox skin area may significantly ease the discomfort. Honey has antiviral properties, which may help your body fight against varicella-zoster virus[12]. Moreover, this ingredients may calm the inflammation, boost the recovery process, and prevent scarring.

  • Take some pure honey and apply them to the affected areas on the body.
  • Do this process twice every day until there are no scars anymore.
6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile has been used as a healing herb for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help protect your skin from harmful effects of bacteria and viruses[13]. Using chamomile tea is also an excellent way to treat skin lesions[14], reduce irritations and discomforts caused by chickenpox.

  • Prepare a tablespoon of chamomile flowers and wash them thoroughly.
  • Put them in a bowl.
  • Add some boiling water.
  • Leave them steep for several minutes.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Then, add some honey, cinnamon powder and lemon juice to taste.
  • Consume the tea little by little several times every day.
7. Lavender Oil

You can utilize lavender oil as another home remedies for chickenpox[15] as it may help to alleviate skin irritations and itchiness. Also, lavender is claimed to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, carminative (smooth muscle relaxing), and antidepressant properties[16]. It is super active for burns and insect bites, such as ant bites and spider bites.

Here are some ways to use lavender oil for chickenpox relief:

Method 1:

  • Pour some lavender essential oil into a cup.
  • Add a little coconut oil to dilute the lavender oil.
  • Apply the mixture to the affected skin areas
  • Let the oil dry naturally.
  • Apply this process twice every day.

Method 2:

  • Prepare a tub filled with warm water.
  • Pour some drops of the essential oil of chamomile and lavender.
  • Stir them well.
  • Soak your body in the mixture for 10 minutes.
8. Sandalwood Oil

home remedies for chickenpox - sandalwood oil

Sandalwood oil is also effective at fighting chickenpox thanks to the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic powers[17]. It also has the ability to inhibit the development of chickenpox-causing virus; thereby, promoting the healing process. Plus, it works very well to fade scars due to chickenpox.

Method 1:

  • Pour some drops of pure sandalwood oil into a cup.
  • Add a teaspoon of almond oil to the cup.
  • Mix them well.
  • Apply the mixture to rashes caused by chickenpox.
  • Apply this method when there is no longer sore.

Method 2:

  • Put 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup
  • Then, pour about 5 drops of sandalwood oil into the cup.
  • Mix them well to form a paste.
  • Cover the chickenpox skin areas with this paste
  • Leave the paste on your skin for half an hour.
  • Wash the paste off using fresh water and pat dry your skin
  • Do this method regularly.
9. Calendula Flowers

Do you know calendula flowers? They are considered as one of the most powerful home remedies for chickenpox. Having the powers to combat virus and inflammation[18], calendula flowers may alleviate the itching, infection and redness due to chickenpox. Additionally, it promotes the healing process by stimulating the production of collagen in the skin[19] [20].

Here is a suggestion on how to treat chickenpox using calendula flowers:

  • Wash 2 tablespoons of the flowers of calendula thoroughly and put them in a bowl.
  • Also, add a teaspoon of the leaves of witch hazel to the bowl.
  • Then, add a cup of water to the bowl.
  • Leave them to sit overnight.
  • Next, grind them to have a paste.
  • Apply this paste to the affected areas on the skin.
  • Leave the paste dry naturally.
  • Wash it off for the final step.
10. Epsom Salt

You can utilize Epsom salt as a simple ingredient to combat disturbing symptoms of chickenpox. Epsom salt has sulfate and magnesium[21], which work very effectively to reduce inflammation[22] and pain caused by chickenpox.

Method 1:

  • Prepare a tub filled with warm water.
  • Pour 2 cups of Epsom salt into the tub and stir well to dissolve the salt.
  • Soak your body in the water.
  • After that, use a washcloth to dry the body.
  • Do this process regularly.

Method 2:

  • Put 2 cups of Epsom salt in a large bowl and add some warm water.
  • Stir them well.
  • Then, dip a clean and soft towel into the mixture.
  • Squeeze the towel to remove excess water.
  • Cover the towel on the affected areas.
  • Remove the towel when it becomes cool.
  • Do this process a few times every day.
11. Basil

Basil is also regarded as one of the powerful home remedies for chickenpox. It has an anesthetic called eugenol, which may ease the inflammation and itching[23] and eliminate the virus resulting in chickenpox infection and other skin diseases.

  • Take some fresh leaves of basil and wash them thoroughly.
  • Boil some water in a pot.
  • When the water boils, put the basil leaves in and stir them well.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for a few minutes.
  • Then, turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for 10 more minutes.
  • Strain the mixture.
  • Put it in a refrigerator for several minutes.
  • Dip a clean towel into the mixture and put it over the affected areas.
  • Apply this way once every day.
12. Jasmine

home remedies for chickenpox - jasmine

Jasmine belongs to the olive family. It is well-known for many health benefits such as  reducing the risk of heart disease, strengthening the immune system, preventing diabetes, etc. Also, it has the power to reduce inflammation[15] as well as bacterial infection, which is very good for curing chickenpox symptoms.

Method 1:

  • Take a bag of jasmine tea and put it in a cup.
  • Then add some hot water to the cup.
  • Let it steep for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove the bag and consume the tea twice every day.

Method 2:

  • Take a handful of dried jasmine and grind them to get the powder.
  • Put the powder in a bowl.
  • Add a cup of rice water to the bowl and mix them well.
  • Pour the mixture in a tub filled with warm water.
  • Soak your body in the water.
  • Do this method regularly.
13. Ginger

Ginger is listed as one of the healthiest spices thanks to its numerous health benefits, such as treating nausea, muscle soreness, osteoarthritis, heart disease, etc. You can use ginger, which is available at home, to treat chickenpox because ginger has anti-inflammatory properties[24], helping to ease the itching caused by this skin issue[25].

Method 1:

  • Take some ginger roots and wash them thoroughly before mincing them
  • Put the minced ginger in a pot and add a cup of water
  • Boil the mixture.
  • Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer for several minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and strain to take the tea.
  • Then, add a little lemon juice and raw honey (a tablespoon of each) to the ginger tea.
  • Consume the mixture twice every day.

Method 2:

  • Prepare a tub filled with warm water.
  • Pour ½ cup of ginger powder to the tub.
  • Soak your body in the ginger water for half an hour.
  • Dry the body afterwards.
  • Do this process once every day.
14. Thieves Oil

Having a bath with thieves oil is one of the excellent home remedies for chickenpox. The combination of cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary, and clove oil creates a powerful thieves oil which has the ability to kill viruses and bacteria causing skin disorders, including those causing chickenpox[15].

  • Take ¼ cup of Epsom salt and put it in a cup.
  • Pour several drops of thieves oil, the oil of lavender and melaleuca to the cup.
  • Spare half an hour to make the oils penetrate in the salt.
  • Then, pour the achieved salt into a tub filled with warm water.
  • Soak your body in the water for 20 minutes.
  • Use a clean towel to dry the body afterwards.
  • Do this process once every day.
15. Tea Tree Oil

As you know, tea tree oil presents in natural remedies for many skin issues. It has antimicrobial properties[26]; thereby, it helps remove the virus causing chickenpox. Also, tea tree oil is useful at relieving rashes and itching. It also enhances the recovery process in patients of chickenpox if used regularly.

Method 1:

  • Take a tablespoon of coconut oil (or olive or almond oil) and put it in a cup.
  • Then, pour some drops of tea tree oil into the cup.
  • Mix them well.
  • Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and put it over the affected skin area.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Next, use a wet towel to remove the mixture.
  • Do this process regularly.

Method 2:

  • Prepare a tub filled with warm water.
  • Pour several drops of tea tree oil to the tub.
  • Soak your body in the water for several minutes.
  • Note: Don’t use undiluted tea tree oil.
16. Green Peas

Green peas have several benefits for health, such as managing weight, preventing stomach cancer, slowing down the aging process, strengthening the immune system, etc. When it comes to chickenpox, green peas work excellently as they contain some antioxidants[27] such as flavonoids, carotenoid as well as potent vitamins and minerals including Zinc, vitamin E, vitamin C, etc[28].

  • Take several green peas  (200 mgs is sufficient) and put them in a pot.
  • Add some water to the pot.
  • Boil to make the green peas soft and then strain to take the water
  • Keep the water and boiled green peas separately.
  • Next, crush the boiled peas to get a paste.
  • Apply this paste to the affected skin area and leave it on for at least an hour.
  • Wash the paste off with fresh water.
  • Then, use the boiled water to sponge the affected area.
  • Do this process regularly.

Our article has provided you with some of the most effective home remedies for chickenpox that you can apply at home. If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave them under this article. We will respond as soon as possible.

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