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Green Tea Prevents Hives!

Updated on August 24, 2014

If you've ever had hives you know how torturous they are. If you haven't then just try to imagine having hundreds of mosquito bites all over your body itching at the same time, it's just the worst. Well, I've had hives, intermittently, for the past two years. I am mostly afflicted in the summer and at night. Previously the only way I could get rid of them was to take Benadryl or some other allergy relief medicine. The problem with taking Benadryl is not only is it a drug which I don't like taking but it also knocks me out! And by knocked out I mean dead asleep. In fact, I sometimes take Benadryl as a sleeping pill. Needless to say I've been searching for a natural remedy for hives ever since. I've tried oatmeal baths, anti-itch lotion, cool baths, cortisone ointment, powder...nothing worked except the Benadryl. Not only that, but I found that if I took the Benadryl the next night I couldn't sleep without taking it again. I didn't want to become dependent on the drug. Glory Hallelujah, I found a natural remedy...GREEN TEA! I've been drinking about 16 ounces of Green Tea every day for the past 2 weeks, iced and hot and I've not had hives since. I could shout this from the rooftops I'm so happy.

Now, I admit that two weeks is not a great deal of time but two weeks without hives is two weeks of heaven compared with two weeks of hell.

Green tea originated in China but now is available all over the world. One of the reasons that green tea is so good for you is that is minimally processed thereby retaining the healing properties.

In addition, from what I've read Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants which helps to promote a healthy immune system which might explain why it helps to alleviate hives. Furthermore, Green tea is supposed to help in quite a few areas, here are is a short list:



slow metabolism



rheumatoid arthritis

high cholesterol

cardiovascular disease


impaired immune function

tooth decay


Moreover, there doesn't seem to be any downside to drinking this tea. There are no known side effects save one...and that is some people have experienced insomnia. I have not experienced this side effect at all in spite of drinking regular caffeinated green tea every day. De-caffeinated tea is available should you experience this side effect.

The reason that green tea is so good for you is that it is minimally processed and full of catechins which are antioxidants that fight and prevent cell damage.

When making green tea whether hot or cold, do not add it to boiling water because you will kill the catechins. Instead add it to 160-170 degree water. Personally, I have found it much easier to drink green tea in large quantities in the summer when I make a pitcher of it.

However, there are other ways of getting your green tea. One can also cook with it! Instead of using just plain water when you make your oatmeal steep some green tea into it before adding the oatmeal. You can also mix dried green tea into your salad dressing when making a salad or into a fruit smoothie (you wont even be able to taste it really). If you still don't feel like you are getting enough green tea you can also take a supplement. Some people even grow their own tea leaves and simply eat the leaves! There are many ways of getting green tea into your diet you just have to think outside the box a bit.

In Closing I just want to say that I have not had an episode of hives since drinking this tea. Now, I have no idea if once you have hives if the tea will eradicate them. I hope I never have to find out because I'm hoping that I never have hives again! So if you have hives or if you just want to get healthier I would suggest taking your tea and you might just kill two birds with one stone!

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      Tara 13 months ago

      I've just developed hives over the last couple of months. Trying out meds now which give me temporary relief. So you drink how many classes of green tea a day?

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      Brie Hoffman 3 years ago from Manhattan

      You have to drink a lot of it. Make a pitcher of it in the morning and drink it all day long. I hope it works for you!

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      sara 3 years ago

      damn right they a misery I could scratch myself goin on holiday tunisia in 3 weeks and I gotta get rid these hives they making me dread my holiday..I hate any kinda tea but if it really works ill do anything to be hive free its a bitch of an itch.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      I don't get hives in the winter...only in the summer. But it really works...when it starts getting warm and sticky I start drinking it everyday and I don't get them. If you've ever had hives you know what a godsend it is to have something like this that works...what a misery they are!

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      jessi 6 years ago

      from the time that you wrote this till now, are you still hive-free?

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      I've been told that some people crush the tea leaves and mix them up in oatmeal. I don't see why that wouldn't work. I don't know about the capsules but I agree the taste is not that great...especially if you are trying not to add sugar.

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      Sydnianne 7 years ago from Illinois

      Does anyone know if the Green Tea capsules are effective? I just can't stand the way Green Tea tastes, but I know there are so many benefits. For example, I have liver disease and I have read that Green Tea is good for cleansing the liver. I have tried to drink it and it is just nasty to me. I wondered if the capsules do just as well or if I am going to just have to suck it up and drink the tea. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the knowledge. Brie, thanks for the info on hives. I have experienced them and they are miserable. Knowing a good help for them is great. Thank you!!!

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Let me know how it works for you...I drink ..maybe 16 ounces a day...during the day I just drink it like I would water.

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      TimeHealsAll 7 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I will have to give this a try because the only relief I found is taking a precription called Doxepin and it works but I would rather have a natural remedy. I have also found that Triple Omega 3 is good too. Wish me luck and thank you!

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Well, I have been looking for a cure for awhile now and this was not easily discovered which is why I wrote the piece. Moreover, a lot of the "cures" didn't work and this does.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      This is no big secret. It's been a known cure for a long time. Also you can use green tea leaves to keep ants and roaches from your kitchen.

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      Most definitely!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      I think it's better to have some green tea rather than bitten by hundreds of mosquito.I found that Chinese people always drink green tea-that's why they live longer, maybe :) Thank you.

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      Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan

      I've always been a coffee drinker and to be honest I like the taste of coffee better but if you've ever had hives you would do anything to prevent them. I started getting them after my dog died (stress) and I was starting to get them more frequently which is why I searched for a natural remedy. I'm glad I found one that has other benefits as well.

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      Brian Slater 7 years ago from England

      Never heard of hives Brie-but I can imagine hundreds of mosquito bites... ouch. We drink green tea for keeping cholesterol levels down, and my wife says it settles her tummy down if it's upset.