How to Treat Hives: Naturally!

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Hives are the common name for the condition called urticaria, which is usually caused by an allergic reaction in the body.  Hives are a skin rash characterized by raised pale red bumps on the skin that are itchy.  They can be both acute or chronic, depending on the cause.

Hives are frequently caused by allergic reactions; however, there are many nonallergic causes. Most cases of hives lasting less than six weeks (acute urticaria) are the result of an allergic trigger. Chronic urticaria (hives lasting longer than six weeks) is rarely due to an allergy.

The majority of chronic hives cases have an unknown (idiopathic) cause. In perhaps as many as 30–40% of patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria, it is caused by an autoimmune reaction. Acute viral infection is another common cause of acute urticaria (viralexanthem). Less common causes of hives include friction, pressure, temperature extremes, exercise, and sunlight. (source)

Fortunately, we have antihistamines that we can use to treat hives and other allergic reactions.  But antihistamines can bring their own problems, the side effects of which range from sleepiness to just plain feeling weird (that’s a technical term I like to use.)  And really, an antihistamine is useful, but doesn’t have to be the only treatment you use.

The root of the cause of hives can be tricky to assess.  You may be allergic to a food or medicine.  You may be allergic to detergent or a chemical you came in contact with.  You may be experiencing stress.  But the good news is this: you can treat hives pretty effectively at home!

  • apple cider vinegar: for itchiness — dab directly on to the hives and let dry
  • burdock root tea: for purification — brew medicinally by steeping in boiling water for at least 30 minutes
  • turmeric: for everything! — scoop a heaping teaspoon into your burdock tea, stir it in, and drink it as fast as you can, because it’s yucky!
  • coconut oil: for soothing — coconut oil is calming to the skin and is also known for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which can help with infection
  • lavender essential oil: for soothing — dab directly onto the skin, diluted in coconut oil
  • peppermint essential oil*: for cooling — dab directly onto the skin, diluted in coconut oil
  • peace and calming essential oil blend: for soothing –dab directly onto the skin, no dilution needed

Lavender, peppermint, and peace and calming are all available in the premium starter kit HERE.

I highly recommend getting the premium starter kit to keep on hand as a major portion of your homemade medicine cabinet.  And while you’re at it, get this peppermint lip balm to make at home!  It’s better than anything you can buy, and it’s quite calming to hives if needed in a pinch.


I have spent the last several years enjoying a respite from the intermittent hives of my childhood.  It wasn’t uncommon for me to get hives for no reason at all when I was younger.  We just treated them with an anti-histamine and waited for them to clear up.  It was usually just the raised bumps you normally see, with the occasional veer into swollen lips or eyes or ears.  Not fun!

To this day I am still not sure what the common denominator was for all my break outs when I was younger.  It could have been the stress of the abuse at home.  It could have been a lot of things.

The above remedies are the ones that I have used personally with pretty good success.  The last time I had hives, this is what I did:

  1. I used apple cider vinegar first, dabbing it onto my skin and letting it air dry
  2. Then I mixed lavender and peppermint essential oils into coconut oil (about 20 drops of each into a tablespoon of coconut oil) in a small bowl and rubbed the mixture all over my hives.
  3. While that soaked in, I made the burdock tea and stirred in the turmeric with a bit of raw honey and chugged it.

The next day, the itching was very improved, and I didn’t need to use my antihistamine much at all.  Try it!  See if it works for you!

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  1. Thank you for this post! My son is anaphalactic to…allergy medicine!!! (and gravol). It is nice to have something to use as a back up if he gets a mild reaction to something.

  2. Thanks 🙂

  3. My Ayurvedic Consultant recommends taking nettle capsules for hives, she’s had great success. I have found nettles work great for me and my allergies too. Also seasonal cleansing and a series of liver flushes have greatly reduced my allergies, migraines and pms symptoms.

  4. hello and thanks for all the good info! I’m dealing with hives for the first time. I’m using coconut oil as u suggest. about the burdock tea- when u brew medicinally- do u boil the burdock for 30 mins – like an active boil? or do u mean let it steep 30 mins in water that WAS boiling like you would any tea, but it just steeps longer ? also, how often did u drink it?
    I’m also using Rhus tox-A homeopathic remedy and hoping for relief!

  5. Thank you!!! I have had hives for 6 weeks. We moved into a new house and are now on tiwn water that is chlorinated. I guess chlorine and I dont mix well bc that is the only thing thats different. I will be trying these things so maybe I can stop scratching my skin open.

  6. Thanks for sharing this guide on treating hives! Lately I have been breaking out in them a lot, and it is getting so frustrating! It is awful when you are itchy all the time! Hopefully these different remedies will help out my skin. If not, I’ll have to start looking for a professional to help me out.

  7. I didn’t know that there were so many different ways to treat hives. I never thought coconut oil could have so many benefits. Coconut oil has so many uses. I will remember this next time I have to treat hives. Thanks for your tips.

  8. Thank you so much for the info the coconut oil is amazing I have had hives for the past 2 weeks and it clearing up! I definitely recommend this wb site to people that need help with hives! 🙂

  9. Larraine McBride says:

    Hello!….okay, the short story. About a month ago our oldest son started breaking out in open sores (now he’s 37,so he wasn’t to pleased that “Mommy” had a few things to say about this! lol) but oh well! I freaked out, it looked awful,it ws all over his shins. So, he showered,then we put oil of oregano on them, and bandaged them up,changing it all over again the next day. Well, took about a week, but the sores got small little red hard bumps, like when something is healing,then,..went away…well, not all of them unfortunately..he still has some..but, they’re not as bad. OK…(keep it short!) NOW…the last few days, the REST OF US, which includes my husband, my other two sons (in their 20’s) and NOW ME, are breaking out! This is nuts! At first I thoght it was bed bugs, and I freaked out, washing EVERYTHING in the house with clorox…cleaning floors,cabinets, counter tops (you name it) with clorox IN CASE IT WAS STAPH! …. but at that time, a fewdays ago, I didn’t have it..everyone else did, but not ME. Now, today, I wake up, and VIOLA!’s all over the back of my right leg! HIVES! So…obviously it wasn’t bed bugs in the first place (I keep things very clean around here!!!!), and I certainly hhope it’s not STAPH! OKay, so i looked up HIVES on google images..and yep,..THAT’S US! I clicked on hives, caused by stress, bec. we have been under a TREMENDOUS amnt. of stress over the last year! TREMENDOUS! But what’s funny is…ok, first my oldest son got it….he said he had had it already for a few weeks before I noticed it….then, it still went on for about 2 weeks, till my other two sons got it….NOW ME AND MY HUSBAND. It almost reminds me of how when you were a kid, and you’d get poison ivy! That’s how it looks. Okay, but we are big believers in alternative and natural,..I kind of figured coconut oil and apple cider vinegar would be here, and it was! Good! I’m going to do this now..I’m going to get the tea, and honey….this is a great blog! There are so many people out there who are very conventional, who would just suffer with this nonsense! Good work!!!! 😉

  10. generic coconut or just any brand, please reply asap, so i can get it quickly. thanks.

  11. I have sent a link to your post to my son who is having a case of hives. Thank you for the options.

  12. This is an excellent guide. Thank you for your help. Someone I know has used the tips here and it has been working very well!

  13. I have recently broken out in stress hives all over my face and neck. Usually I only get a small patch on the side of my neck that fades away after I rid myself of the stress. However, this time I followed up the worst cold I’ve had in at least a decade with what I can only describe as a very stressful election night. I’ve never had the hives spread so crazily before.

    The hives spread from my cheeks down to my collarbone. I’ve always preferred to go the more natural way in treating myself before resorting to chemicals (I’m a great believer in teas and herbs) but since I work with the public I decided on getting Benadryl. BIG mistake as I woke up the next morning with the hives not only worse, more itchy and even more grotesque looking but my was swollen and my eyes were very puffy. Needless to say I immediately stopped taking the Benadryl and went back to what had been my first instinct. To look up a natural route.
    I landed on aloe, which calmed the hives and the swelling down so my face went back to its natural shape. But the problem with the aloe is that, after the initial cool relief, it starts to burn and after a while it started to bother my eyes.
    That’s when I found this page, which led me back to coconut oil – there really is no end to its uses is there? – which soothed like the aloe without burning or making it sticky and stiff while it dried.
    And even bigger bonus is that it’s adding some very much needed moisture back to my skin. I don’t know if it’s an always common symptom of hives that it completely dries out the skin or if it’s just because I put cool wet clothes on my face and the water, per usual, irritated my skin and dried it out.

    Sorry if this went on too long, but I just wanted to let you know that you really helped me. I was near the end of my rope (physically AND mentally/emotionally) and I’m finally able to get some sleep now that the hives aren’t itching, the aloe doesn’t burn my skin and irritate my eyes and my skin doesn’t feel like it my crack from the lack of moisture. So thanks.

  14. I have had hives for 3 days ,today I tried peppermint oil,oh my it started burning real bad.but on the hand it’s has a cool to it.I just hope that the burning I’ve been feeling since I put it on will go away soon.I just put together peppermint oil,lavender oil ,water .but haven’t put it on because I’m not sure if I should wait until the burning goes away. Can anyone help me with my problem with burning I toke a Cold wash cloth and tried wiping the peppermint off,but it’s still burning.HELP

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