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.

Homemade Wasp Repellent

Good day and happy March 1st!

To me, March 1st IS the first day of Spring (however, the official day is the 20th of March).

Spring, like the other three seasons, signifies change and it also signifies the start of bug season.

I live in North Carolina and when it starts to become warmer, almost all the bugs come out too.

Now, I don’t mind bugs, many are vital in keeping nature running as it should, but I do mind certain types, especially insects, that go around on a hunt to build nests and sting for sinister reasons.

What gets me so worked up about stinging bugs? Well, this morning, in the wee hours of around 5 am, I heard a buzzing. I looked up and it was a huge wasp: not a small wasp but this one was at least 2 inches tall and an inch wide — which is scary to me.

I have no idea how this wasp came into my home, except it may be through a crack or some little opening near my patio.

Well, I had to get rid of this wasp for obvious reason, and he has now passed on and as my grandmother would say “gone to glory”; but I realized that now is the time to craft my special bug/wasp repellent that I have been using during the spring and summer for the past year.

And I will share the ingredients with you so you can have a “folk medicine kitchen” (and less toxic) way of protecting yourself and loved ones against unwanted pests in your home.

You will need the following ingredients:

Clove oil

Cayenne Pepper

Lavender oil

and

Salt.

Now, you will want a clean spray bottle, that you can get from any dollar store and you will add 1 part water to that spray bottle or at least 6 to 8 oz of water.

Next, add 1 tsp of clove oil, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper, 2 tsp of lavender oil and 1 tsp of salt.

I know you may be wondering about the “tsp” instead of “drops” used concerning the use of essential oils, but I use a plastic spoon to measure out most of my folk medicine kitchen remedies which call for more than a few drops of essential oils.

Now, after your ingredients are in the spray bottle, screw on the cap of the bottle tightly and shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

With your mixture, you now have homemade bug/wasp repellent to which you can spray in crevices of your windows or doors to ward off any bugs that could be a danger to you and your loved ones.

The homemade bug spray works for me, so hopefully, it will be of use for you as well.

**As most homemade products even if it is more natural than most, keep out of reach of children and pets**.

3 Natural Ingredients I Have Never Heard Of – Until Now.

Learning about folk medicine is never-ending. There is and will always be something out there, some natural remedy or plant, that has yet to be discovered.

Now, I am knowledgeable in most natural ingredients used in folk medicine, however, I just “discovered” a few new ingredients that I have never heard of – until now: mace, lavendin, and superoxide dismutase.

Mace: I found mace in one of the seasonings that I use to flavor coffee. Now, THIS type of mace is not to be confused with the anti-stranger danger spray: this type of mace originates from the nutmeg tree.

Although it is similar to nutmeg in correlation with folk medicinal uses, (ex: cold and flu prevention, reducing instances of anxiousness, topical pain reliever, etc) it is different.

Mace is a bright red-orange color while nutmeg is brown and the taste of mace is more on the peppery side than nutmeg (which has a sweeter flavor).

Lavendin: Lavendin was listed as one of the ingredients for a soap I purchased. While reading it I thought it was supposed to read lavender and was misspelled – which had me jump to conclusions about the quality of the soap; until I started to investigate.

Lavendin is not misspelled, it is actually a cross between two different types of lavender plants: lavender as we know it (which is called True Lavender) and another type of lavender known as Spike Lavender.

Lavendin is used in a similar manner as Lavender: it helps with coughs, can establish a calming mood, prevent skin infections and can be used to beautify the skin.

Superoxide Dismutase: I found this in a multivitamin I am currently taking. Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that every human has in their cells.

Not only is the enzyme internally produced by humans, but most fruits and vegetables also have this enzyme (ex: apples, avocados, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, etc).

The purpose of this enzyme is to speed up chemical actions and to destroy free radicals within the body.

Are you familiar with the above ingredients? Also, what other herbs or naturally occurring ingredients have you just discovered and are now using?