When it comes to natural hives remedies, you must first understand what causes hives to occur. Hives are caused when the chemical histamine is released when you come into contact with something you are allergic to.
There are several symptoms of hives that need to be mentioned as well. These include swelling and itchy pink lesions on your body, and difficulty in swallowing or breathing. What can cause these hives to occur are hereditary factors, allergies, and exposure to extreme heat or cold.
Natural hives remedies include using herbal tea to treat them. You can drink passionflower, chamomile, or peppermint tea to de-stress and make your symptoms ease somewhat. Also, 1/2 cup cornstarch along with 1/2 cup baking soda added to a bathtub filled about halfway with warm water at least once a day will help with the itching. Aloe vera gel added to the area where the hives occur two times a day will also help your itching and make your skin heal better.
If you take cayenne pepper capsules, zinc, or vitamins C or E, this will also give you some relief. The main issue is to know what is causing the hives to occur so that you can eliminate this factor from your diet or environment. This makes it much easier to battle the hives.
Cool compresses may help provide pain and itch relief. Calamine lotion will help you ease the itching. Milk of magnesia is also an excellent help for itch relief since it is alkaline. Another not as well known remedy is acupressure. You can find the trapezius muscle between your neck and shoulder; putting pressure there should take care of the hives.
Other remedies include taking an antihistamine such as Benadryl to clear up the allergies. You can try a milk compress; the cool milk will feel good on your skin and you can try this for about 15 minutes each time. An oatmeal bath may help with the itching. Another remedy involves making a poultice of crushed leaves of chickweed.
Others have found that a paste of water and cream of tartar applied to the hives until it dries is helpful. Then you would make another paste and apply it. If you brew the leaves and bark of red alder into a powerful tea, this is a good remedy for hives. Another is to use the leaves of black nightshade and apply to the skin.
There are many natural hives remedies. Just remember that if your symptoms get too extreme, or you have problems breathing, you should see a doctor immediately or even go to the emergency room of your hospital.