Defeating Hives and Angioedema with Folk Medicine Kitchen Remedies

If you suffer from hives or angioedema (swelling underneath the skin), you may be aware of the pain and inconvenience of both conditions.

Although hives and angioedema are its own solitary condition, both conditions may occur simultaneously.

Signs and symptoms of hives and angioedema include itchiness, swelling, oozing after any breaks in the skin, small, raised red bumps, rash and dry scaly skin.

Fortunately, there are a few Folk Medicine Kitchen remedies available which may ease the discomfort in mild hive and angioedema cases:

Avoidance

Some hives and angioedema causes are allergy related. If you have an allergy that causes either condition (ex: caffeine allergy, poison ivy, certain clothes detergents, etc.), it is best to use old fashioned common sense and avoid whatever culprit is causing the immune system to go into a frenzy which produces such skin eruptions.

Himalayan Salt Water Rinse

Himalayan salt is derived from Pakistan. It is pink in color and provides detoxification of the air and also on the skin. When added to water you can create a rinse that can be applied to areas affected by hives or angioedema to sanitize the areas and to decrease instances of bacterial overgrowth.

**Black Hawaiian Salt and Sea Salt can be substituted, however avoid traditional table salt.**

Zinc

Zinc deficiency can cause hives, eczema, dry skin, slow wound healing and other skin conditions. It is a necessary mineral that is not stored in human body. The nutrient must be acquired through natural food and sometimes supplementation.

Foods that are packed with zinc include shrimp, crab, kale, chicken, whole wheat and pumpkin seeds.

We Thank the Ancestors for Folk Medicine…

About a year ago, my dad and I had a conversation about folk medicine remedies. My father will be 79 years old this year, is a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and retired after almost 35 years as a reliability engineer: so any talk my father has with me I am honored because he doesn’t waste time talking about just anything!

Our conversation centered around how would anyone know, in general, of how or even if most folk remedies would work: Also, how would anyone know, in general, of which natural remedies to use or avoid.

I suggested to my dad that perhaps many, many moons ago there was a person of lower rank in a village or tribe selected for the medicine man, midwife or shaman to test out which remedies “might” work.

Instead of schooling me on theories, my dad sort of agreed: “maybe.”

So, this blog post is to think about — and not jokingly — the ancestors who were the testers of most or all folk remedies (ancestors are those who have lived before us: direct relatives or not).

Have you ever thought about the long history of folk medicine and who the essential individuals were that might have risked their lives (or died) testing out which natural remedies to use?