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A Quick and Easy Guide to Natural Treatments for Hives, Rashes, and Eczema

Updated on May 9, 2011

It is important to know the cause of an allergic reaction to prevent future reactions.  However, once you have the hives or rash, your main focus is relieving the itch and getting it to disappear.

Oatmeal Bath

Grind oatmeal in a blender to make a fine powder.  Add ½ cup of oatmeal powder and ½ cup of baking powder to a tub filled with warm water (hot causes further stress to your skin).  Stir the mixture with your arm or a long spoon so it doesn’t form clumps in the tub.  Soak in this for 15-30 minutes.  Be sure to rinse your skin (rinse the tub, too!) thoroughly using warm water.

Aloe Vera

Apply fresh aloe vera or aloe vera gel to the affected area to relieve itching and inflammation.  Do this 2-3 times per day.

Vitamin E Oil

Apply vitamin E oil to the affected area 2-3 times per day.  This works similarly to aloe vera, but the oil is more concentrated and locks in more moisture.

Nettle Tea

Drink a tea made from 2 teaspoons of powdered stinging nettles and water.  Add honey, a natural allergy reliever, for more flavor.

Green Tea and Chamomile Tea

Green tea and chamomile tea are natural antihistamines, so drinking them can help relieve the itch without pills like Benadryl.  Drink two cups a day.  Sweeten with honey, another natural allergy cure.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apply vinegar with a cotton ball or pad of gauze to the affected area to relieve the itch.


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      Sarah 5 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of nettle tea, I shall have to try that, thanks!