By Evelyn Lim
You may find yourself getting hives on a regular basis. This is a very common experience with many. If so, you may wish to consider using a natural herbal remedy for hives. Hives are usually caused by an allergic reaction to drugs or food or may be due to stress and infection. Your body releases chemicals that make your skin swell up in hives. When you have hives, you get the appearance of tiny red nasty bumps on your skin.
In most cases, hives go away on their own. However, your condition may turn serious, especially if your immune system is low. At this point in time, most people turn to commercially available preparations, prescription medications or even allergy shots. These drug medications usually contain antihistamines and cortisone, ingredients that make them effective in controlling hives. However, they should not be used for too long a period as they usually result in many side effects. The alternative to conventional drug medications is to use a natural herbal remedy to alleviate the inflammation and itch that comes with the hives.
Naturopathic doctors would recommend that what you should do first is figure out the cause of your hives even before you even begin to treat the condition. That way, you can eliminate your exposure to the allergen. For treatment, you can consider any of the following natural herbal remedy for hives:
1. Quercetin is a plant pigment that is found in leafy green vegetables, onions, apples, and other natural foods. Quercetin acts as a natural antihistamine, which can help reduce or even completely eliminate hives in many people. Naturopathic doctors generally recommend taking 500 milligrams of this natural herbal remedy for hives twice a day.
2. Sandalwood essential oil is especially used in Native American medicine whereby hives are believed to be a fiery condition. This essential oil is well known for its calming and cooling effects. Consequently, many herbalists refer to Sandalwood as a sedative for the skin. Simply add several drops of this essential oil to a cotton ball and then apply it to the infected area every three hours.
3. Mint is well known as a natural herbal remedy with cooling effects. Mint oil can be also used to soothe the irritating symptoms of hives. For an easy home remedy, create mint ice cubes and place them directly onto your inflamed skin. To make mint ice cubes, seep 2 teaspoons of freshly crushed mint leaves in boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then, strain this “tea” and pour it into an ice cube tray and place it in your freezer. Finally, apply the ice cubes that are formed onto your inflamed and irritated skin. If you have any remaining mint ice cubes, simply place them in a labeled plastic freezer bag and store for future use.
Evelyn Lim is the publisher of a newsletter on natural herbal remedies. She shares about non-drug treatment secrets that were passed down by her grandmother in her newsletter. Get a free MP3 bonus download on Herbs for Health when you visit her site at http://www.HerbalRemedyTips.com