Natural Home Remedies for Hives

Hives are a rash--usually a reaction to allergies but may also be caused by stress.

Image of a hive and bees

Some common triggers are medications, infections, animal dander, and  insect bites.  If you get hives in your throat or mouth, call emergency and get medical help; this can block your breathing.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Itching
  • Red welts
  • Sudden onset
  • Welts that change size and move from one place to another

TRIGGERS

  • Chemicals
  • Cold Exposure
  • Emotional Stress
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Food allergies
  • Infection
  • Insect bites
  • Low Immunity
  • Medications
  • Pollen (i.e. bee pollen)
  • Sun Exposure

ARE THEY CONTAGIOUS?

Hives are not contagious.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Hives are not usually a serious condition and typically go away on their own within a day or so. Antihistamines are commonly recommended for symptom relief.

SELF TREATMENT

Home remedies for mild cases.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against physical disorders and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Anchovies
  • Apples
  • Bone broth
  • Chickpeas
  • Flaxseeds
  • Garlic
  • Hazelnuts
  • Mustard greens
  • Parsley
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Vitamin C-rich foods
  • Vitamin E-rich foods

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

Experiment with different foods to discover what your triggers are.

  • Alcohol
  • Bacon
  • Berries
  • Caffeine
  • Chemicals
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Food additives
  • Herbs if you react to salicylate.
  • Latex
  • Milk
  • Pollen
  • Smoking
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Alfalfa
  • Chamomile
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Licorice
  • Nettle
  • Yarrow

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Aloe Vera gel topically
  • Ginger, fresh, rubbed on the rash
  • Horsetail
  • Nettle
  • Red alder leaf tea applied topically
  • Turmeric
  • Witch hazel, topically
  • Yarrow

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.

  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Peppermint
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Nettle capsules as an antihistamine
  • Omega-3’s
  • Quercetin as an antihistamine
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

HYDRATION

Staying well hydrated makes everything in your body a little better. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.  Exercise when you can to help build a strong immune system and you will have fewer physical complaints.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Emotional stress can cause hives, so stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
    • a couple of cups to your bath water; soak
    • wash the rash with 50-50 ACV and water
    • drink some water with ACV (with a little honey and lemon if you must)
  • Baking soda bath
  • Calamine lotion
  • Cold compresses or cool baths.  Alternatively, rub ice over the hives.
  • Cream of tartar paste made with water and applied topically
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Edible Clay
  • For hives caused by emotional upset, try some of the suggestions for stress, like drinking a calming tea of passion flower or chamomile.
  • For itchy skin, a poultice of crushed chickweed leaves.
  • Fresh ginger boiled in vinegar with some sugar.  Mix with a little warm water and apply topically.
  • Make a paste of water and ground oatmeal for a paste to apply topically once a day.  Wash off after half an hour.
  • Milk of magnesia applied topically
  • Oatmeal bath (add a couple cups of ground oatmeal to your warm bath and soak)
  • Spread a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the rash.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Adequate hydration
  • Quality sleep
  • Avoid known triggers and allergens
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