It seems that allergies are worse this year than ever before! Whether it’s a stuffy nose, itchy rash, or a cough that just won’t go away, it seems that nothing will help relieve those terrible allergy symptoms.
For me, allergies start with an itchy red rash accompanied by a large patch of raised hives. Even after the initial allergic reaction, my hives seem to hang around.
Hives happen for many different reasons, including allergic reactions, but they can also simply be the body’s reaction to something in its environment. They can itch, burn, or sting, and may last from a few hours to a few days.
Always seek medical treatment if you have unexplained hives or if you feel that you are having an allergic reaction, especially if your condition worsens.
But what can you do to help soothe your hives after having an allergic reaction?
Many people look to cortisone creams, which have sulfates/sulfites, alcohols, parabens, and artificial fragrance. These creams may provide temporary relief, but the extra ingredients could also make problems worse!
Instead of going the commercial route, I always look for a more natural solution. Why not choose intentional ingredients that will work together to help you feel better faster?
In this natural Hive Healing Rub, I chose five simple ingredients that will have you feeling relief in no time!
Hives Treatment Rub
Two essential oils have proven effective in the treatment of hives: German chamomile and Helichrysum.
German chamomile is a wonderful herbal essential oil that has been used for pain relief, stress, and cramps. It is also considered an antihistamine and reduces swelling. In a 2011 study, German chamomile displayed “potent anti allergic activity”. (source) In addition to this, German chamomile has a cooling and soothing effect on skin. It’s perfect for burning, itchy hives.
Helichrysum is an essential oil derived from the flowers of the Helichrysum plant in Croatia and Corsica. It’s one of the more pricey essential oils, but it is worth every penny. It has a very warm and herbaceous scent and is known to help reduce scarring, help heal wounds, and soothe bug bites. Helichrysum is antispasmodic and anti allergenic, which makes it ideal for this blend. It is my go-to oil when I have any skin irritation.
Jojoba oil contains myristic acid, which makes it ideal for treating inflammation. It is very soothing and has a long shelf life.
Red palm oil is similar to palm kernel oil, but is produced from the flesh of the palm fruit. It has a very high amount of carotenoids (what gives it a bright orange/red color). It also has lots of naturally occurring Vitamin E, which is excellent for skin.
Beeswax binds this blend together and gives this rub a protective layer that won’t wash off easily. That means the oils have a chance to soak into skin before being rubbed off.
- 1 oz. jojoba oil (find organic jojoba oil here)
- 2 oz. red palm fruit oil (find organic red palm fruit oil here)
- 1 oz. beeswax (find beeswax here)
- 10 drops German (blue) chamomile essential oil (find blue chamomile EO here)
- 20 drops Helichrysum essential oil (find Helichrysum EO here)
- In a double boiler melt jojoba, red palm oil, and beeswax together. (I don’t have a double boiler, so I use a glass pyrex measuring cup inside of a pot of boiling water.)
- Stir until oils are completely melted.
- Pour into a glass jar or heavy duty container (I used a quarter pint mason jar).
- Stir in essential oils.
- Store in medicine cabinet for up to 1 year and use when needed.
A little bit of this cream will go a long way! I use it on hives, bug bites, burns, and any other skin irritation. It’s a wonderful natural alternative to commercial cortisone cream (and it smells better too!).