All the itching, redness and swelling… Hives are nasty and they can trigger anytime, even without notice. What do you use right that instant to get relief? You’ll be happy to know that you can use essential oils for hives as very efficient natural remedies.
If you’re interested in finding out more, continue reading about:
- The best essential oils that can soothe itching skin, inflammation and swelling. These are some of the main symptoms that accompany the skin condition. Read about their pros and cons to make the best informed decisions.
- The best way(s) to use these plant oils to fully enjoy their health and skin benefits.
- Some simple and practical blend recipes to use right away when you get a new outbreak.
- Plus some tips to get relief and be safe while using aromatic oils.
Best Essential Oils for Hives. Benefits for the Skin and Mood
Have you ever touched a nettle plant barehanded? It immediately starts to redden and itch like crazy. The skin pores and follicles become inflamed and swell, and little red dots appear. That is what basically happens with hives too. Their medical term is urticaria.
Hives are the body’s rather violent reaction to allergens. Allergens are substances that trigger allergies. These allergens can be anything, from food to insect bites or other substances. Stress can also cause hives outbreaks.
The usual skin rash caused by hives doesn’t last more than a few hours. In some cases, they can last up to a day. But the itching sensations are very intense, which is why you need immediate relief. The use of essential oils for hives, applied topically, can offer you a quick relief.
Even though not always related to allergies, hives are caused by an excessive release of histamine. Histamine is an important part of the immune system. It responds to inflammations and foreign pathogens that enter the body via the nose.
Conventional medicine uses antihistaminic drugs. They’re used to tame allergy symptoms like runny nose, or sneezing and nasal congestion, etc. There are a couple of great essential oils that can relieve allergies. They can do that because of their natural antihistamine effects.
The best essential oils for hives are those that can soothe inflammation and itching. Those that can reduce redness, swelling, hydrate the skin and help it regenerate.
They are also capable of strengthening the protective barrier of the skin. A stronger protective film on the skin will protect against further bacterial infections.
Let’s see which ones are the best and why.
1) Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Tanacetum annuum is among the best aromatherapy natural remedies. It has many health benefits, but its most popular use is against allergies. Blue Tansy has a blue – indigo color and a very unique scent. You will smell sweet and fruity notes mixed with herbaceous and floral notes.
- Blue Tansy is a great essential oil for itching skin. Once applied to the skin, it is anti-inflammatory and very soothing.
- It contains between 2 – 12% chamazulene. This is the substance that’s responsible for the oil’s antihistaminic effects. It’s great to use for runny nose, excessive sneezing and even watery eyes.
- Blue Tansy oil can also relieve itching sensations (antipruritic effects).
- The oil has mild sedative properties and it can also improve the blood flow in the affected area.
- Blue Tansy essential oil for hives should not be used in a concentration higher than 4%.
- The oil is not recommended to those suffering from breast, uterus or prostate cancer.
- Blue Tansy is an expensive essential oil. Because of that, it is often altered with other varieties. Read more on how to choose the best Tansy oil and its other benefits.
Why I like it:
Even though, in high concentration, the oil can be dangerous, just a small drop can relieve many allergic symptoms. Being a natural sedative too, you can always count on Blue Tansy to help with hives.
2) German Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal plants. It has a long history and it is even part of legends (Norse mythology). In the botanical world, the plant is known as Matricaria recutita (or chamomilla). German Chamomile oil is packed with many important health and beauty benefits.
- German Chamomile also contains chamazulene. This substance gives the oil a blue color and anti-allergic (antihistamine) effects. Thus, using this essential oil for hives can stop the body’s violent reaction to trigger factors. This means the hives will stop spreading and swelling.
- The oil can also hydrate and protect against bacteria and germs (infections).
- It also has sedating effects, can lower fever and calm down inflammations.
- Chamomile oil is reputed for it anti-anxiety properties too.
- Avoid using German Chamomile if you’re allergic to ragweed.
- The oil can regulate menstruation. Because of this emmenagogue property, it should not be used during pregnancy.
- This oil is among the expensive ones. Luckily, you only need 1 – 2 drops to get the relief you need.
Why I like it:
The oil of German Chamomile is a staple in Aromatherapy. It is also well-tolerated by most skin types, which makes it simple to use. It can calm down the itching, swelling and redness of hives. With this oil, the skin can recover its formal smooth texture in a few hours.
3) Lavender Essential Oil
There is so much information on this essential oil that it’s hard not to see it is benefits to our health and skin. There are many studies that show various effects of this oil. Luckily, its main attributes are relaxation and skin care. Lavender essential oil for hives is exactly what one needs when dealing with the skin rash.
- The oil of Lavender is great at helping the skin regenerate faster.
- It has soothing and sedating effects. They can calm down stinging, burning and itching sensations. It can also speed up healing, regardless if it’s an allergic reaction or the hives are stress-induced.
- Any pain felt in the affected area can also be relieved with Lavender.
- The oil can also deal with the panic attacks and anxiety felt during an episode of hives.
- There are several types of lavender. To treat hives, you need the angustifolia oil (a.k.a. true lavender).
- Because of the other varieties, true Lavender can often be altered and impure. Make sure you read the GC/MS report of the oil before buying it. Ask for this report if the seller doesn’t have it posted.
- Avoid using Lavender essential oil for hives if you’re taking anticoagulant medicines.
Why I like it:
Lavender is easy to find and also affordable. It is among the best oils for hives as it can deal with a wide range of symptoms and causes. If the hives occur because of stress, Lavender can help you relax. If they appear because of food or insect bites, Lavender can soothe… you get the idea.
4) Tea Tree Essential Oil
Another mighty popular and efficient remedy is Tea Tree essential oil for hives. Its health and beauty benefits have also been intensely studied and proven. Melaleuca alternifolia contributes to the healing of the skin through important properties.
- The use of this plant essence is beneficial because of several reasons. One of them is the ability to inhibit toxin accumulation. Thus, an allergen can be stopped from further causing extreme reactions from the body.
- Tea Tree also has significant antibacterial and antifungal effects. These properties can prevent other infections of the skin that may occur if you scratch the hives. Make sure you don’t do that, though!
- The oil also has sedating and analgesic effects. When you use Tea Tree essential oil for hives, you can get relief from pain and itching.
- If taken internally, Tea Tree can be poisonous. Always seek for the doctor’s approval before ingesting this or any other essential oil. They are very powerful plant extracts that can also harm, if used in large amounts.
- Make sure the oil you buy is Melaleuca alternifolia. Other Melaleuca types of oil have different effects and benefits.
Why I like it:
I like Tea Tree essential oil because is versatile. It can help in dealing with nasty, itching hives but it can also deal with other types of infections. It is especially good in acne blends and removing dandruff.
Other great essential oils for hives:
- Lemon Eucalyptus
Best Way to Use Essential Oils for Hives
The best way to use essential oils to relieve skin itching, swelling and pain is through topical application.
Aromatic oils are very concentrated. They need dilution before skin application. Used pure, they can irritate or even sensitize the skin. They also can’t cover a wide area because they get absorbed fast.
A carrier oil is the perfect environment for the oils to be mixed with. Carriers are fatty oils that can cover very wide areas of skin. Thus, they can deliver the oil molecules all over the affected area without burning or irritating the skin.
Mix between 12 – 30 drops of essential oil per Oz. carrier oil. This dosage depends on the severity of the hives. If the skin rash lasts more than a couple of hours, it is better to lower the dosage.
You can use many types of carrier oils for the treatment of hives. You can use Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Grapeseed, Olive, Sunflower, Argan and many others. But one of the best carrier oils for hives is Coconut.
Coconut Oil for Hives
- Coconut oil contains about 50% Lauric acid. This acid can kill bacteria and fungi that may infect the skin.
- It also gives the oil anti-inflammatory properties, which help soothe the red swollen skin.
- The oil is able to soothe itchiness and calm down the body’s reaction to allergens through skin.
- With Coconut oil for hives, the skin can be repaired. It can boost its healing almost immediately after the rash starts fading.
- Avoid using Coconut oil on oily or combination skin. It is comedogenic and can clog the pores, causing more acne.
- Make sure the oil is 100% pure and good for cosmetic use. The one for cooking may be filtered and refined, thus lacking many beneficial fatty acids.
Why I like it:
Not only does it soothe itchiness and redness, but Coconut can also be used to treat keratosis pilaris. The oil has a very high affinity for hair protein (keratin). This means it absorbs deep into the core and maintains the hair hydrated and elastic.
Blend Recipes for Hives, plus Facts and Tips
Now that we know what the best oils are and what they can do, it’s time for the fun part. I will give you a few blends to mix and match according to your skin’s needs.
If you know you tend to get hives, I suggest preparing a blend in advance. You can simply dab it right away on the affected area, and prevent further complications.
Concentrated Essential Oil Blend for Hives
- Coconut oil: 2 Oz (60ml)
- True Lavender essential oil: 20 drops
- Blue Tansy essential oil: 8 drops
- German Chamomile essential oil: 8 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
Mix the oils together and shake the blend really well before each use. That way you’ll activate the molecules before application. Apply a moderate amount on all the affected area, 3 – 4 times a day.
Keep at it until you feel relieved and notice improvement. You can continue applying for another day or two, once or twice a day.
Essential Oils Hives Body Powder
- Talc powder: ½ cup (100 grams)
- Blue Tansy essential oil: 2 ml (50 -60 drops)
- Lavender essential oil: 2 ml (~60 drops)
- Tea Tree essential oil: 2 ml (~60 drops)
The number of drops coming out from the dropper of the oil depends on the viscosity of the oils.
Add the oils over the powder then shake it very well for a few good minutes. Leave it overnight so the powder dries. Smash the lumps with a wood or glass spatula and give it another good stir/shake. Apply this powder on the affected area(s) 2 to 4 times a day, according to your skin’s needs.
Children’s Hives Blend Recipe
- Coconut oil: 1 teaspoon
- Calendula macerated oil: 1 teaspoon
- Lavender EO: 2 drops
- German Chamomile EO: 1 drop
Mix and shake all the oils together and apply on the affected area of your child. This blend is recommended for use on children age 3+.
The essential oils for hives used in this recipe are safe and usually well-tolerated by most children. Nonetheless, don’t hesitate to test them for allergic reactions before making a blend.
Bath Blend to Soothe Hives
- Himalayan salt: 1 cup (200 grams)
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Blue Tansy essential oil: 5 drops
Pour the oils over the salt, shake well and add it to your hot water. The use of Peppermint oil in bath water can cool down the irritation and itchiness. It can do so thanks to the menthol it contains, which has a cooling effect on the skin.
Urticaria, or else known as hives, is not contagious. Its symptoms however, are very disturbing and hard to ignore. The worst complication of this type of skin rash is called chronic urticaria. It is often accompanied by angioderma, a type of condition that swells under the skin.
This may also affect the face (lips and eyes), plus the feet, hands and genital area. If this happens, go to the emergency room right away! Such swelling on the face and throat area is life threatening.
These complications usually have an unknown cause. In severe cases, the condition lasts for about 6 weeks or more. The triggers can be drugs, food, infections or certain diseases.
The natural remedies in this article don’t refer to these severe types of hives. Again, go to a doctor right away if the swelling and itching don’t improve after a day.
Tips to Improve Hives Symptoms (and Use Essential Oils Safely)
- Use your essential oils for hives diluted.
- Test them for allergic reactions before widespread use.
- Avoid using them if pregnant in the first trimester or breastfeeding.
- Consult a doctor before using them on babies and elderly.
- Avoid wearing anything on the hives-affected skin, if possible. If not, make sure the clothing is not too tight.
- Apply cold compresses on the affected skin as cold can speed up the healing process.
- If you don’t want further infections, scars and a long-term treatment, then you should avoid scratching the rash.
A hives outbreak needs your full attention and care. Using natural remedies is always safer and even faster. You might not have antihistamine medicines at hand when it happens. But you can always have one or two essential oils in your house, especially if you like aromatherapy.
You can use essential oils for hives itching, swelling, redness and pain. The best thing about treating your skin this way is the mood enhancement benefits. They can also affect the nervous system and brain, inducing a relaxed or a more lively state of mind.
What is your natural way of dealing with hives? Do you have a favorite essential oil or remedy?