These home remedies for hives can help reduce itching and swelling after an outbreak. Natural cures for hives are often made from fresh herbs that contain medicinal properties to soothe and calm inflamed skin.
What causes hives? Most commonly, people break out in hives because of a certain food or medicine that does not work with their body chemistry. They can also be the result of an allergic reaction. If you are allergic to grass, hay, or pollen, it is likely you that you get hives after too much exposure.
A hives rash is usually quite itchy, red, and sometimes inflamed as well. The symptoms of hives are pretty unpleasant. Hives and stress have also been linked in some studies that indicate relaxation could help your condition if you don't think it is related to food, allergies or medications.
To get rid of hives, consider taking an oatmeal bath if it is affecting large areas of your body all at once. Unless, of course, you are gluten intolerant which is an allergy in and of itself! (Or simply purchase certified gluten-free oatmeal to use in your bath.)
Like the chicken pox when you were younger, the bath will help soothe the itching and heal your skin.
Aloe vera is, in my opinion, probably the best treatment for hives in all. Pure aloe seems to heal just about anything wrong with the skin- I use it for everything. However, it is best to avoid the store bought bottles of aloe, as these often contain alcohol (ouch!), dyes, and other additives. If you can buy organic aloe gel or have an aloe plant, it will make healing much easier.
Smoothe the aloe over your skin and allow it to sit for at least ten minutes. The natural gel from the aloe cactus reduces inflammation and stops itchiness quickly, if you let it. Try not to scratch!
A daily multivitamin that includes Vitamin C would also be a good idea, as it will help boost your immune system against outbreaks.
Here are a few more home remedies for hives that I love: Korean Panax ginseng, nettle, and ginger.
Korean ginseng improves blood flow, contains antioxidants, and really helps reduce inflammation in the body. You can buy capsules at the store to take as a supplement or, preferably, you can make tea from the fresh root. Allow a 1" piece to steep in a pot of hot water for twenty minutes, and be sure to drink it fresh. You can add your favorite tea to the hot ginseng water to improve the taste as well.
Did you know that nettle and ginger are also natural anti-inflammatory herbs? Whether you suffer periodically or have chronic problems with hives, drinking anti-inflammatory teas on a daily basis can make a huge difference. I like to use green tea as my base and then add a few more anti-inflammatory herbs into it.
Not into drinking tea? Try juicing! Here is my absolute favorite juice drink that contains fresh pressed ginger for good health (and yes, it actually does taste just like sherbet dessert)
1" piece of ginger
1/3 lemon with rind
Juice all ingredients together and serve over ice!
Lastly, the best preventative measure you can take is to find out what is causing this problem personally in your body. Anti inflammatory herbs make great home remedies for hives and will help to boost your immune system if taken daily.
Whether it be food related or otherwise, avoiding the specific cause is your best bet. If you suffer from chronic outbreaks, one of the best things you can do is switch to a whole foods diet while eliminating all gluten (wheat) and dairy from your diet.
This can be hard to do when almost everything we eat contains these two things, but an overwhelming number of people with chronic breakouts have had success with this method. Practice drinking anti-inflammatory teas daily as well, no matter if your hives are chronic or occasional.