Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

HIVES

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If you get hives, you know what they look like, but you may not know what’s caused them. Could be a number of factors, like vitamin supplements, drugs (aspirin or penicillin), foods (berries, nuts, chocolate), and even heat, cold, or sunlight. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms are the same: swollen areas that usually itch like crazy. Irritation can last anywhere from just a few hours to several days. Try these remedies while working with your doctor to determine which allergen or irritant to avoid in the future.

Cooling Peppermint Bath

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 30 MINUTES

While this treatment is a little bit messy, it works well. Ground oats and peppermint combine to ease the painful itch and swelling associated with hives.

¼ cup oat flour

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1.Draw a warm bath.

2.Add the peppermint essential oil.

3.Sprinkle the oat flour onto the surface of the water.

4.Spend 30 minutes soaking.

5.Repeat twice daily while recovering from hives.

Aloe Vera–Witch Hazel Spray

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: SPRAY BOTTLE
TIME: 5 MINUTES

This fast-working aloe vera and witch hazel twosome teams up in a handy spray to ease the itching, swelling, and redness of hives in hard-to-reach spots like your back. Use this treatment alone or alongside others.

3 ounces alcohol-free witch hazel extract

1 ounce alcohol-free aloe vera gel

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1.In a spray bottle, combine the witch hazel extract, aloe vera gel, and peppermint essential oil.

2.Shake well to blend.

3.Spray liberally on affected area.

4.Repeat as often as needed to keep itching to a minimum. Store in a cool, dark place.

Nettle–Chamomile Wash

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Though this remedy may seem counterintuitive, nettles are among the best herbs for easing the itch and redness associated with hives. Nettle offers both anti-inflammatory and antihistamine action, aiding your body in moderating its response to allergens.

1 cup boiling water

1 tablespoon dried stinging nettle leaves

1 teaspoon olive oil

4 drops chamomile essential oil

1.In a small bowl, combine the boiling water and stinging nettle leaves. Allow it to steep until cool.

2.Strain the liquid into a second bowl. Discard the nettles.

3.With a spoon or whisk, blend the olive oil and chamomile essential oil into the liquid.

4.Using a soft cloth, dab the mixture onto the affected area, then air dry.

5.Repeat 2 to 3 times daily while hives persist.