If your skin tends to suddenly get red and inflamed, here’s some good news for you – hives treatment is pretty straightforward and there are many natural ways to soothe the skin and control the plaques.
Hives (or urticaria) is a condition where the surface of the skin quickly gets inflamed, covered in rash and red wheals. This may happen as an allergic reaction to certain food or cosmetic product, reaction to sunlight, cold temperatures or stress or with no apparent reason.
Hives can occur on any part of the body and it can vary in size from small spots to large blotches. It also tends to appear in groups and it is usually followed by itching, burning or stinging sensation.
Even if you are only experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of hives, you should go and check it with your doctor. Untreated hives tend to get worse over time, and it can lead to throat and face swelling and breathing difficulties.
8 Best Natural Hives Treatments
Since in most cases hives is simply a reaction to some allergen in your surroundings, the first thing you should do is try and stay away from that allergen. However, it can be tricky to find what the exact cause of hives is, since you can be allergic to pretty much anything.
To relieve your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe you some antihistamines or corticosteroids. He may also suggest taking probiotics and making a few changes in your lifestyle and dietary habits, in order to strengthen your immune system.
By following all of this, it can take up to a couple of months to improve your immune system enough so that the hives stop occurring. In the meantime, here are the 8 best natural hives treatment options, to soothe the skin and reduce the redness, itchiness and inflammation:
Colloidal oatmeal bath
It is no secret that colloidal oatmeal is one of the most soothing natural products you can find. Its anti-inflammatory properties are so powerful, even the FDA categorized colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant, allowing it to be included on skincare labels as an active ingredient.
Colloidal oatmeal naturally soothes rashes and irritations and protects the skin against environmental aggressors. It strengthens the skin’s protective barrier and prevents irritations and drying out.
To make oatmeal bath, dissolve 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal into a tub filled with water. The water should be lukewarm or warm – too cold or too hot temperatures can make the hives worse.
If you want, you can also add to your bath some Epsom salt, baking soda or any natural oil. All of these can help soothe, detoxify and moisturize your skin.
Baking soda paste
Another effective hives treatment that most of us have at home. Baking soda can be used for reducing many kinds of skin irritations, including fungal and yeast infections, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash and of course – hives flare ups.
Baking soda has alkaline properties that can help balance out the pH of the skin and soothe the irritations. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can prevent an infection developing on the inflamed skin.
To treat hives, you can either make a baking soda bath (just dissolve ¼ – ½ cup of baking soda in bath water), or mix baking soda with just enough water to form a smooth paste. Apply this paste to the affected skin, leave it on for 10 minutes, then thoroughly rinse it off.
Aloe vera gel
There is a reason why aloe vera has been named “the miracle plant” – its gel has incredible restoring, soothing and healing properties. Because of these properties, it is often used for treating sunburns and small wounds, but you can also use it as a great natural hives treatment.
Aloe vera gel is high in moisture, antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C and E and many enzymes and minerals. It stimulates the skin regeneration process, protects the skin and prevents infections and skin damages.
To soothe your skin and relieve the itching, apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to the affected area. You can repeat this a few times a day. You can also add a few drops of any natural oil to the gel before applying it to your skin.
When applied to the skin, witch hazel acts as an astringent – it constricts and tightens the skin, which helps with the inflammations and reduces the itching.
Witch hazel is high in antioxidants that help soothe the skin. It is also rich in tannins, which are perfect for reducing the swelling.
To make a witch hazel treatment, heat up 1 – 2 teaspoons of witch hazel bark in 1 cup of water. When it starts to boil, remove from the heat, strain and let it cool down. Apply to the affected areas and leave it on for 15 – 20 minutes, then rinse off.
Turmeric is appreciated worldwide (and especially in Asian culture) as a spice with many health benefits. It is often used in folk medicine to stimulate the wound healing process in the body, purify the blood and as a mild analgesic.
But its impressive anti-inflammatory properties are what can help you the most with hives flare ups. Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin can help you soothe your skin, whether you take it internally or apply it topically.
To take it internally, you can simply use turmeric to spice your food. You can also dissolve 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of water and drink this twice a day.
To apply turmeric topically, mix it with just enough water to form a paste and spread it in a thin layer on the skin.
Sometimes all the inflamed, irritated skin needs is to be coated in nourishing, moisturizing oils. Most natural oils have strong enough soothing properties to be used as a hives treatment, and coconut oil is one of the best choices.
Coconut oil hydrates the skin and improves its ability to retain the moisture by strengthening the skin’s natural lipid barrier. It also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antihistamine properties.
To soothe hives, you can just gently cleanse the area and apply coconut oil in a nice, thick layer. No need to wash off; just leave it on until your skin absorbs it completely.
Pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme that can help you reduce the swelling and calm the inflamed skin.
You can simply place pieces of fresh pineapple directly on the hives. Even better – blend a piece of pineapple and apply a thin layer of the puree to the skin. After 5 – 10 minutes, thoroughly wash it off and apply any natural oil.
However, you should be careful when using this treatment and always patch-test it first – pineapple is known for causing allergic reactions. Also, never leave pineapple on your skin for too long, as this can irritate your skin even further.
DIY Rash Cream
If all else fails, Dr. Axe may have just the perfect solution for you. It may take a bit more effort to make this rash cream, but the results will be worth it.
Here’s how to make it:
- ¼ cup cocoa butter
- ⅛ cup grape seed oil
- 2 tablespoons bentonite clay
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 – 2 tablespoons witch hazel
Put the cocoa butter and grape seed oil in a double boiler and warm up until the butter melts. Add the aloe vera gel and remove from the heat. Add all the other ingredients and mix well to get a smooth mixture.
Apply a thin layer of the cream to your rash twice a day. After 15 minutes, gently wash it off.
You can find the full recipe here.