Green Tea Prevents Hives!
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:
impaired immune function
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!