Home Remedies For Itchy Skin caused from hives can sometimes be used instead of the antihistamines you find at the drugstore..
Our skin itches sometimes because the skin breaks-out in Hives. The reason for this is that the skin sometimes reacts to certain stimuli that does not agree with it, causing the body’s defense system to generate large amounts of histamine, usually from a sting, bite or something else our body does not like. Like hay for hay fever sufferers for example. This may occur in one area or be present throughout the whole body.
Below are some of the most common symptoms of urticaria:
- Grains, plates or areas with small red bumps on the skin especially on the eyelids, lips, tongue or genital area. Sometimes it can also occur on the chest, abdomen and arms.
- Itching or pruritus
- Tingling or warmth in the area
The vast majority of hives are caused by allergic reactions associated with consumption of seafood, metal contact and the use of certain cosmetics. But, it can also be caused by:
- Insect bites
- Contact with herbs or plants such as poison ivy, poison oak and sumac
- Climate change (cold or hot)
- Consumption of food such as fish and shellfish contaminated with “anisakis” cause a reaction in some people and upon the release of histamine hives appear.
- Swimming in cold water
- Taking a steam bath
- Some drugs such as penicillin or acetylsalicylic acid and other coating (capsules)
- sun exposure (attacks after half an hour of exposure)
It is important to note that tension, our emotions and physical exhaustion can also cause hives.
Hives usually disappear in a few hours or a few days. However, to shorten the duration and ease the discomfort, there are several natural home remedies for itchy skin you can use. Such as the ones listed below:
Home Remedies for Itchy Skin
Cut a large onion into slices and apply the slices directly to the affected area and cover it with a bandage. If the affected area is large, it is better to rub the skin with a slice of onion loosely for several minutes.
2. Baking Soda
Prepare a bath of hot water and add a cup of baking soda. Remove the water and get into the tub for 20 minutes. This remedy is especially useful when the rash is widespread throughout the body.
3. Milk of Magnesia
Apply milk of magnesia or witch hazel directly to the affected area and within minutes the discomfort should disappear. Repeat application as necessary
4. Lime Leaves and Chamomile
Boil two tablespoons of lime leaves, chamomile or Valerian in a cup of water for 5 minutes. Drinking accompanying main meals. It has a sedative or tranquilizing effect and is beneficial especially if the rash is caused by emotional stress.
5. Aloe Vera gel
Apply the gel or transparent substance found inside the leaves of aloe vera or aloe vera directly on the affected skin.
6. Ice Pack
Apply an ice pack, cold compresses or rub an ice cube directly on the skin to relieve itching, hives if is not due to an allergic reaction to cold. This remedy is achieved by constricting the blood vessels to the skin surface which then decreases the amount of histamines produced decreasing the irritation.
Boil several tablespoons of rolled oats in a little water until a paste is formed; let cool, put on a piece of cloth and apply as a compress on the affected areas. You can also take a bath with oatmeal to relieve generalized urticaria.
8. Sarsaparilla Root
In the night, add 1 tablespoon of sarsaparilla root to a liter of cold water, boil for 20 minutes and marinate overnight. The next morning, take 1 tablespoon regularly.
9. Orange Blossom Water
Fill a bathtub with fresh water (if the rash is not caused by the cold), then pour a liter of orange blossom into the water. Stay in the bath for 15 minutes. This remedy is ideal if the rash is widespread throughout the body. However, if it is located in a certain area, you only need to apply orange blossom water with a cotton ball.
10. Lemon Balm, Sage and Nettle
Boil a handful of lemon balm, sage and nettle in a quart of water unsweetened. Take three cups a day until the discomfort ceases.
11. Mauve Flowers and Butter
Take a handful of mauve flowers and leaves and cut them very fine. Mix with butter until you have a smooth cream. Then, put the cream on some sterile gauze and apply to the affected area for a few minutes. This ointment is considered an effective remedy for itching and also softens the skin.
Wash and slice a large tomato and apply to the urticaria affected areas .
13. Lavender Flowers and Almond Oil
Marinate in a sealed glass container, 25 grams of lavender flowers in half a glass of almond oil for 4 weeks. After this time, squeeze the flowers and bottle again. Mix 2 tablespoons of this preparation with 2 tablespoons of natural yogurt and apply with gentle massage on the area where the rash occurs.
14. Burdock, Borage and Thyme
Pour a handful of burdock, borage and thyme in a pint of boiling water. Let stand overnight. Strain and take the preparation throughout the day. This is a cleansing remedy that eliminates toxins that may be causing hives.
Boil just two celery sticks in a pint of water for 10 minutes. Strain and, with the liquid, soak some sterile gauze. Apply to the affected area and leave overnight.
Add 2 tablespoons of wormwood to a cup of boiling water. Infuse for 20 minutes and the water to a bath filled with warm water. This will help prevent itching sensations caused by various reasons (mites, skin allergies).
Put 3 tablespoons of violet in a liter of boiling water. Cover and let stand until cool. Strain and use in the bath.
18. Leaves of Broom
Crush a bunch of leaves of broom and place them in a bottle that is half filled with white alcohol. Cover the bottle with a cork, shake well and let stand for 3 days in the heat of the kitchen. On the fourth day, apply some of the liquid with soft brush strokes where the skin has the urticaria.
19. Black Currents
Boil 1 cup water containing 1 tablespoon of black currants for 5 minutes. Cover and let cool. Drink 2 to 3 cups per day.
20. Plantain and Liverwort
Put 1 tablespoon of Plantain and one of liverwort in a cup of boiling water. Cover and let cool. Strain and drink. Repeat 3 times a day
Stack 3 fresh mint leaves, previously washed, and press well. Apply the pressed leaves with gauze to the affected area. This remedy helps relieve an itching and burning sensation.
22. Leaves and Flowers of Mullein
Boil a liter of water and add 35 grams of flowers and leaves of mullein. Apply to area where you have the urticaria. After applying, wash the area thoroughly.
I hope my post on home remedies for itchy skin will help you get rid of those nasty, irritating hives quickly.