Home Remedies to Help Treat Hives

· November 27, 2018
Do you have hives? Learn about some easy, healthy remedies you can make right at home.

Your skin has various ways of reacting to external agents. In other words, it reacts when it thinks it’s under attack or in danger. Hives are one of these responses. The two main symptoms are itchiness and redness of the skin in one or more areas. Today, we’re going to show you some home remedies to help treat hives. Keep reading!

What are hives and what causes them?

causes of hives

This skin reaction called hives can be caused by allergic reactions to certain substances. It can also be caused by contact with toxic or irritating substances.

For example, many people suffer from it when they touch poison ivy or poison sumac.

Other causes of hives are:

  • Bug bites
  • Swimming in cold water
  • Exposure to the sun in the middle of the day
  • Taking a steam bath
  • Climate changes (being in a hot area and going somewhere cold and vice versa)

Some people have this reaction when they eat certain kinds of foods. The most common are fish, shellfish, and dry fruits.

Some people also get hives when they take certain medications. One common example of this are people who have a penicillin allergy.

On top of all that, there are even some people who break out due to stress, depression, or anxiety.

The symptoms that you need to keep in mind when treating hives are:

  • Bumpy or raised skin
  • Swelling
  • Burning or tingling
  • Itching
  • Reddening skin

Home remedies to help treat hives

The symptoms for hives usually disappear by themselves. It can take a few hours, or a few days. But during that time, you’ll have to put up with the uncomfortable symptoms.

The good news is that there are home remedies that can help you treat hives. In general, these are things that help reduce the itching, they’re not cures for the condition.

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Let’s take a look:


Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, onions are great for treating hives.

It may burn a little at first, but then you’ll be thankful for the relief.

  • All you have to do is cut the onion into rings and apply them the to the affected areas.
  • Hold them in place with a bandage and let it work for at least half an hour. If the area is very large or makes it hard to hold the onion in place, we recommend that your rub half an onion on it and don’t rinse it off.

Cold compresses

cold compresses

There will be times when your skin goes intensely red and starts to itch unbearably. This is a good place to use either ice or cold water as home remedies for your hives.

Doing this reduces the size of your blood vessels and blocks the release of histamine. But always remember: don’t put ice cubes directly on your skin or you will “freeze” burn yourself.

If you want to, you can take a cold shower or even a bath if the hives have spread a lot.

Baking soda

For this remedy, you should use lukewarm water because it’s the easiest to dissolve baking soda in.

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  • Fill the bathtub and add a couple tablespoons of this indispensable product.
  • Submerge the affected body part (or your whole body if you want). Then let it soak for 20 minutes.
  • Dry yourself off carefully. Use smooth strokes so you don’t irritate your skin even more.

Apple cider vinegar

This is a common kitchen ingredient. But thanks to its antihistamine properties, this product rapidly reduces inflammation and itching.

It also helps restore your skin’s overall health.

Here’s all you have to do:

  • If the hives haven’t spread too much, you can soak a cotton cloth in the vinegar and apply it like a compress.
  • If the irritated area is larger, it’s better to soak in a tub with cold water and vinegar for at least 20 minutes.


In this case, you drink tea for its internal benefits. If you don’t have chamomile, you can use valerian root or linden (these are other calming herbs) as home remedies for your hives.

This is a great recipe if you have a breakout related to nervousness, stress, anxiety, etc.


  • 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  • Add the chamomile to the water in a sauce pan. Bring it to a boil.
  • Let it boil for 5 minutes then remove it from the heat.
  • Cover it and let it steep for another 5 minutes.
  • Cool it and sweeten it with honey.
  • Drink up to three cups per day.

Wheat flour

This has anti-inflammatory property and reduces symptoms of hives almost immediately. It relieves the itching and helps the skin heal.


  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 2 cups of oat flour


  • Mix the baking soda with the oat flour
  • Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and add the dry ingredients.
  • Mix until they dissolve.
  • Soak in the tub for at least 15 minutes.

Another option is to apply the oat flour directly on the affected area. If you don’t have oat flour, you can use corn starch or talcum powder.

Aloe vera

Of course, we couldn’t leave out this great home remedy. After all, it works on many of the worst skin problems.

Aloe vera reduces the symptoms of hives, encourages healing, and prevents scratching and redness. This is important because scratching can damage your skin and cause infections.

  • Simply cut an aloe vera leaf lengthwise. Then, extract all of the gel inside. You can apply this to the affected area.
  • Leave it to dry.
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