8 Essential Oils for Hives That Have Proven To Work

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What Are The Best Essential Oils For Hives Treatment?

If you have ever experienced hives, you would be able to relate with how discomforting and irritating it is. It can be so bad you want to claw off your skin just to get relief.

 Also known as Urticaria, hives is a type of skin rash characterised by red, raised, and itchy bumps. Hives give a burning sensation and sting the skin, which often prompts scratching and may cause the area to bleed, leading to further infection. The common rule of the thumb is to avoid whatever triggers the condition. Although hives are temporary and often clears out within a few hours, this unsightly condition frequently recurs and can cause acute pain and cosmetic concerns. About 20% of the population is affected by the condition with longer durations occurring more in females and middle-aged.

Hives are often the result of an infection, or an allergic reaction to medication, food or insect bites. Other factors like psychological stress, cold temperature, allergy shots, exercise, animal dander, exposure to sun or vibration can also trigger the condition. Without having to scratch your skin to get relief, using essential oils for hives is a better alternative. They will provide instant relief to the itching and restore your skin to its normal state faster. The following are the best hives essential oils to use.

Best Essential Oils for Hives

Peppermint Oil

Menthol, the primary component of Peppermint oil gives it powerful cooling effect. It helps to soothe skin inflammations while reducing the pain and itching. Peppermint Oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiallergenic and insecticidal properties. Using peppermint oil will clear the hive in no time. It is, in fact, one of the best essential oils for treating hives.

How to use Peppermint Oil For Hives?

Peppermint oil is very concentrated and should not be used directly on the skin to avoid irritation. To enjoy the full health benefits of this oil, dilute it with a carrier oil like almond or jojoba oil. You can also use pure distilled water if no carrier oil is available. Pour the diluted oil into a small spray bottle, shake well and spray on the affected area to get immediate relief.

Lavender Oil

If you seek an oil that will give not only cooling effects but also a pleasant aroma, then Lavender oil is your best option. It is the most versatile of all essential oils with outstanding therapeutic benefits. This oil is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and antimicrobial among many things. Lavender oil will alleviate the inflammations and swellings, and soothe the itching. It will also guard your skin against irritants and microbes that may cause infections and hives.

How to use Lavender oil For Hives?

Although you can use the oil topically to treat hives, it is much more efficient when used with the bath water. Add 5-7 drops of lavender and a cup of oatmeal or Epsom salt to your warm bath water. If you have neither, you can use baking soda. Stir with the water properly and soak yourself in the water for about 30 minutes to get substantial relief. I suggest you do this in the evening before bedtime.

Tea Tree Oil

Also known as Melaleuca oil, Tea Tree oil is a multipurpose oil used in treating many skin conditions like shingles, acne, hives, etc. It is antiviral, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial and analgesic. It will efficiently curb the activities of hive-causing microbes, prevent further infections and alleviate the itching and skin inflammations. Tea Tree Oil also acts as a shield for the skin, especially when scratching gets intense due to itching. It will protect your skin from sunburns, reduce blemishes and scars, and boost immune functions.

How to use Tea Tree Oil for Hives?

Tea Tree Oil is 100% therapeutic and very potent. Dilute with a suitable carrier oil like olive oil to prevent skin irritation. Rinse the affected area with cold water before applying the oil. Repeat this process at least thrice daily.

You can apply using a hot compress. Mix 2-5 drops of Tea tree oil with hot water. Soak a clean towel in the water, wring out the water a bit and place the towel on the affected area. If a part of your head is affected, cover your head with the towel.

Alternatively, you can use Tea Tree oil with your warm bath water. Add a few drops into the water and soak yourself for 30 minutes.

Chamomile Oil

The two types, Roman and German Chamomile, are both usable for treating hives, but German Chamomile, being a more efficient anti-inflammatory agent, will give better results. Using it will provide significant relief to skin allergies, inflammations, and itches. Aside from hives, you can use it for treating other skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, and acne.

How to use Chamomile Oil For Hives?

Dilute five drops of German Chamomile oil with an ounce of carrier oil like almond, jojoba or coconut oil. Clean the affected area before applying the mixture on the affected area. Use three times daily to get a soothing relief from the itches and hasten the healing process.

Myrrh Oil

Myrrh Oil has been used over the years to treat many health conditions. It has great anti-inflammatory properties that will help soothe the itches and clear hives. It also has antifungal and antimicrobial properties that will eliminate microbes responsible for causing allergic reactions on the skin.

How to use Myrrh Oil For Hives – A Soothing Balm

  • You will need an ounce of shea butter in a sterile glass jar.
  • To soften the butter, place the jar in a pot filled with little water and slowly heat.
  • When it softens, remove the heat and add five drops of Myrrh oil. Stir with a spatula and allow the mix to harden.

Apply this balm on the affected area at least thrice daily.

Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil is a citrus-based oil that is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It helps to soothe the itching and inflammations. Lemon oil is also an excellent antioxidant, especially for treating hives caused by insect bites.

How to use Lemon Oil Against Hives?

Dilute Lemon oil with your preferred carrier oil before applying to the affected area. Lemon oil, like other citrus-based oil, is photosensitive and should be used preferably in the night before going to bed.

Helichrysum Oil

This Oil is a natural antiallergenic and anti-inflammatory that is helpful in treating hives and many other skin conditions. It will calm the inflammation, heal the rash and clear up skin blemishes.

How to use Helichrysum Oil for Hives?

You can make a cooling gel by mixing seven drops of Helichrysum oil with two ounces of aloe vera gel. Store in a tightly covered container and apply on the affected area to get a soothing relief. You can preserve the mixture in a refrigerator.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is high in antioxidants and has antimicrobial properties. According to a study, using coconut oil alleviates inflammations and provides soothing relief to the skin. Ensure you use only organic coconut oil for hives to massage the affected area.

Essential Oil blends for Hives

To enhance the healing effect of essential oils for treating hives, you can try this recipe.

  • 15 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 15 drops of German Chamomile Oil
  • 1 cup of almond or coconut oil (as the carrier oil)

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and preserve in a dark bottle away from sunlight. Shake well, and put 4-5 drops on a clean cloth. Apply on the affected area several times daily to get relief from pain, itches and inflammations.

Caution: Ensure you dilute essential oils with carrier oils to prevent skin irritations, especially on sensitive skin.

To conclude

If symptoms persist, or other signs like dizziness, difficulties in breathing, and swellings pop up, it may be the sign of a more severe condition. Discontinue use of essential oils and consult your doctor immediately. If you need further help concerning proper usage of essential oils for hives, let me know by making a comment below.

About the author

    Sally Wong

    Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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