How to Get Rid of Hives: 12 Natural Home Remedies

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How to Get Rid of Hives: 12 Natural Home Remedies

Hives are a common and terrible skin condition that results in the formation of welts on the affected skin surface. These welts normally look like red bumps on the skin and tend to induce a stinging and itching sensation. Hives are notorious for denying their victims comfort, they can appear on any part of the body and can be such a nuisance. There are several causes of different kinds of hives, with the most common ones including allergies, sunlight, cold, infection, stress and heat.

As much as it would be a good idea to visit your doctor for treatment whenever you notice hives on your skin, there are a couple of home remedies that you can try first to get rid of those hives. And trust me – they work wonders!

Here are some 12 home remedies to help you get rid of hives on your body and face:



1. Baking soda


Baking soda comprises anti-inflammatory properties that can quickly reduce itching and inflammation on the skin surface. It is one of many natural home remedies that you can take advantage of.

You will need…

  • Half a cup of baking powder
  • A small bowl
  • Half a cup of baking powder


  1. Start by putting two tablespoons of baking soda in the small bowl.
  2. After that, add some water to create a thick paste.
  3. Now apply the paste on the affected area and then leave it for 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
  4. Be sure to repeat this process once every day until when the hives go away.

Hot Compress

2. Cold compress

Some hives that are caused by heat or swelling blood vessels can easily be cured by a cold compress. The low temperature of the cold compress can help shrink the swelling blood vessels and as a result, reduce itching on the skin. The cold compress is one of the simplest home remedies for hives and is known to completely get rid of some types of hives.

You will need…

  • Ice cubes
  • A piece of cloth


  1. Begin by wrapping the ice cubes in the cloth
  2. Then place the wrapped ice cubes on the affected area of your skin for about ten minutes.
  3. Conduct the same cold compress four times a day every day until the hives disappear.

apple cider vinegar

3. Apple cider vinegar


Apple cider vinegar is a common home remedy that contains properties of antihistamine. Antihistamine is an important element that quickly reduces inflammation and also improves your body’s immune system response. Apple cider vinegar also enables the development of strong and healthy skin, thus making it one of the best remedies that you ought to try on the skin with hives.

You will need…

  • A cup of apple vinegar
  • A cup of water


  1. Mix the cup of vinegar and that of water in a third bowl to dilute the vinegar.
  2. Then use the solution to wash the affected area of your skin.
  3. Use this remedy twice or thrice a day to improve your condition.

lemon apple honey

4. Apple cider vinegar, honey, and lemon juice


Apart from only using apple cider as a remedy, as illustrated above, an even better remedy can be created when you mix it with lemon juice and honey. Lemon juice and honey both also contain antiseptic properties that can be used towards getting rid of hives. Here is what you need to do.

You will need…

  • Two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Lemmon juice
  • Honey
  • A glass of water


  1. Begin by first mixing the two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the glass of water.
  2. Then, introduce some lemon juice as well as some honey into the glass.
  3. You will then go ahead to stir the mixture together before drinking it.
  4. Do these three times daily so as to get rid of the hives.

5. Oatmeal and Cornstarch


Another combination that can help you achieve remarkable results is a mixture of oatmeal and cornstarch. Oatmeal has skin healing properties that can help relieve irritation and itchiness on the skin. Combining it with cornstarch produces a remedy that will achieve quick results and the following is what you need to get started.

You will need…

  • Two cups of oatmeal
  • Two tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Water


  1. Start by mixing all the ingredients together to come up with a fine paste.
  2. Now apply the paste on the part of the skin that is affected.
  3. Leave the paste on your skin for 20 minutes before rinsing it with some warm water.
  4. You should do this every day until when your hives disappear.

6. Oatmeal and baking soda

In case you do not have corn starch at home, you can create another fast home remedy by mixing oatmeal with some baking soda. By now you already know how to use baking soda to improve your skin condition as illustrated above. A mixture of oatmeal and baking powder is no doubt a remedy that you have to try out. This is how to get started.

You will need…

  • Two cups of ground oatmeal
  • A cup of baking soda
  • A warm bath


  1. Mix the two cups of ground oatmeal with the cup of baking soda before pouring the mixture into the warm bath.
  2. Ensure the mixture is mixed well by stirring carefully.
  3. Now soak your body into the bath for about 15 minutes.
  4. Be sure to do this twice every day until you improve your condition.


7. Ginger


Ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory and antihistamine drug that is ideal for treating skin conditions at home. It is capable of getting rid of hives by reducing skin swelling and improving blood circulation on the skin.

You will need…

  • A fresh ginger root


  1. Start by peeling off the skin of the ginger root.
  2. Finish by dabbing the peeled ginger on the affected area of your skin.
  3. You should repeat this routine three times a day to improve your condition.

An alternative to this remedy is drinking ginger tea or chewing fresh ginger to improve your skin.

Chamomile and Peppermint tea

8. Chamomile tea


A great remedy for hives caused by stress is chamomile tea. A cup of chamomile tea is known to produce a soothing effect and a peace of mind. The amazing fact is that you can make yourself a chamomile tea with the following instructions.

You will need…

  • Some water
  • Chamomile leaves
  • Sugar or honey


Begin the process by boiling some water. Then add some chamomile leaves to the water and let them brew for a couple of minutes. Strain the tea to remove the residues of the leaves. You can now add some sugar or honey before finally drinking the tea. Be sure to drink the tea regularly until your skin condition improves.

9. Olive oil and Grapeseed oil


Normally, hives put a lot of strain on your skin and make it dry. A combination of olive oil and Grapeseed oil, which has additional anti-inflammatory elements, can drastically improve the health of your skin. The following are an instruction to help you apply this remedy.

You will need…

  • Three tablespoons of olive oil
  • A glass bowl
  • A cotton ball
  • A bowl of Grapeseed oil


  1. Pour the three tablespoons of olive oil in the glass bowl.
  2. Introduce four drops of the grapeseed oil into the bowl and blend the mixture well.
  3. Now dip a ball of cotton into the solution.
  4. Take out the cotton ball while squeezing out the excess oil from it.
  5. After that, apply the mixture on the affected skin area with the soaked cotton ball.
  6. You should leave it for about 15 minutes to dry then wash it off with some warm water.
  7. Apply this remedy twice a day for improved results.

10. Licorice root tea

Licorice root is another element that contains anti-inflammatory properties. It is a good home remedy for healing hives as it reduces inflammation on the surface of the skin affected by hives. The following are some of the steps towards applying licorice root as a home remedy.

You will need…

  • Licorice roots
  • Water
  • Honey


  1. Brew some licorice roots into the boiling water for about 15 minutes.
  2. Pour your tea into a cup and add honey to taste.
  3. Drink this tea regularly to get improved results.
  4. If you are under medication for diabetes this remedy can cause complications to your medication thus you should avoid it.


11. Basil


Sometimes referred to as the king of herbs, basil is well known to cure many complications. It contains antihistamine properties and acts as a great remedy for hives. Here are a few steps to take so as to apply this remedy at home.

You will need…

  • A tablespoon of dried basil leaves
  • Boiling water
  • Cotton cloth


  1. Start by preparing a mixture of the boiling water with a tablespoon of the dried basil leaves.
  2. Put the mixture into a jar and cover the jar to let it cool.
  3. Now use a cotton cloth to dip into the liquid before applying the cloth on the affected skin.
  4. Do this regularly and on a daily basis to get results.

12. Mint


Mint is a brilliant remedy as it does not only contain anti-inflammatory properties but it also contains antioxidants that quickly reduce the burning sensation that is caused by hives. To apply this remedy, here are the steps to follow.

You will need…

  • A cup of water
  • Two tablespoons of mint leaves


  1. Boil the water then add two tablespoons of mint leaves to the boiling water.
  2. Leave it for five minutes before putting the liquid in the refrigerator and straining it.
  3. Then wash your skin with the cool liquid a couple of times a day until your condition improves.


Generally, hives can cause a lot of discomfort and eventually end up ruining your life. So the next time you notice a weird skin rash on any part of your skin, be sure to go through these simple home remedies first.

You can save time for yourself or even for your friends by trying out these remedies at home. Leave in the comment section and also be sure to share this information with anyone in your circle that might need it.

Mandy Wang

Mandy Wang is a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor in China. She always loves to share useful methods to help people who are suffering from a different disease. In addition, She is also good at cooking different Chinese food. You can find all her recipes on her website



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