Every year, tens of millions of Americans try to seek relief from the itching, sniffling and sneezing caused by seasonal allergies. And seasonal allergies tend to hit sufferers the hardest during the spring months…
Unfortunately, for those of us affected more so by the season’s “itchy” symptoms, this means hives can begin making a regular appearance on our skin. Hives generally materialize as red rashes on the body (most commonly on the arms, legs, face, stomach, and back) and can vary in size from a few millimeters to a few inches.
Combined with a quality air filtration system, several natural remedies can help significantly reduce allergy symptoms. To ward off irritation, inflammation and itchiness this Spring, be sure to try these three natural home remedies for hives:
1. Colloidal oatmeal
Oatmeal can be added to a lukewarm bath, or it can be made into a paste. Colloidal oatmeal can be purchased or made at home by grinding the old-fashioned oats from your kitchen into a fine powder, using a food processor.
Directions: Once ground, the oats (approximately 2 cups) can be dissolved into a lukewarm bath while the water is running. Make sure to soak in the tube for at least 20-30 minutes to allow the anti-inflammatory properties in the oatmeal to take effect. Alternatively, you can make a paste with the oatmeal and apply directly to your skin, leaving it sit for at least 20 minutes before gently rinsing with cool water
2. Cornstarch and baking powder
Perhaps even more effective than oatmeal, the combination of these two kitchen ingredients are a very popular and effective home remedy for hives. And similar to oatmeal, these remedies should either be added to a bath, or used as a paste.
Directions: When used in a bath, combine ½ cup of each ingredient, mix well and then add to the tub while the water is running. Again, soak for 20-30 minutes for the best relief. If applying as a paste, mix ¼ cup of cornstarch with warm water, just enough until a paste forms.
3. Witch hazel
For another topical solution that’s not as messy as oatmeal or cornstarch and baking powder, try witch hazel. This natural remedy has been widely used for hundreds of years to treat various skin afflictions – including hives – since it acts as an astringent to reduce inflammation and irritation.
Directions: Apply as needed to affected areas of the body using a cotton ball or washcloth.