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.

Folk Medicine Kitchen Remedies for UTI

A urinary tract infection, also known as UTI, can affect both men and women (however, women are more susceptible to contracting UTIs).

This type of infection happens when bacteria enters the body via the urethra. When a urinary tract infection occurs, it can cause mild to severe pain.

If a urinary tract infection goes untreated, it can lead to an infection of the kidneys.

Signs of a UTI include:

  • Back Pain
  • Burning during urination
  • Intense cramping after urination
  • Frequent urges to urinate
  • Nausea and
  • Vomiting

Fortunately, there are a few Folk Medicine Kitchen remedies that may work in certain individuals to prevent UTIs by eradicating the harmful bacteria that causes the urinary tract infection.

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3 Folk Medicine Kitchen remedies for urinary tract infections include:

  1. Black Seed Oil (inhibits bacteria that can cause UTIs)

2. Cranberry Juice (component in cranberries may prevent bacterial adhesion to the urinary tract)

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3. Garlic ( lowers bacterial counts in urinary tract).

Black seed oil, cranberry juice (the kind that has no added sugar or combined juices) and garlic have been proven to decrease certain bacteria in the urinary tract.

Incorporating these three folk medicine kitchen remedies in to your daily regimen is an inexpensive and healthier way to provide UTI prevention.

Two Folk Medicine Remedies for Mild Dehydration

As we move closer to the summer months, temperatures across the United States will steadily increase, which means more heat and less moisture.

I live in the Charlotte, NC area and over the past few days, temperatures have spiked to over 90 degrees (a little over 32.2 degrees celsius) — so drinking enough fluid is essential, especially as an active person. Unfortunately, most people in the US walk around mildly dehydrated and do not know it.

Signs of mild dehydration include headaches, dry eyes, muscle cramps, infrequent urination, dizziness and fatigue. But don’t fret– mild dehydration can be easily cured at home, with two Folk Medicine remedies.

Fruit: Including more fruit in your daily diet not only gives your body the essential vitamins and nutrients it screams for — fruits contain natural salts and sugars (fruit sugar is not table sugar) to reestablish your body’s electrolytes. Electrolytes are important to keep you hydrated to keep important bodily processes working as they should.

Juicy fruits, like watermelons, mangoes, plums and peaches (any fruit that has high water content) are recommended.

Water: Now of course, we can’t cure dehydration without water, right??

Did you know, the average adult body is made up of over 55% water?

If you lose as little as 1% of that water you can easily feel the symptoms of dehydration.

To avoid dehydration, know how much water you need. There is a simple calculation you can use to determine your specific daily water intake needs, which is “your body weight multiplied by .5“.

For example: 175 lbs x .5 = 87.5 ounces of water per day.

Now you could possibly need more, depending on your activity levels and/or any certain conditions your body is in (such as pregnancy).

With that being said– stay hydrated and stay safe this Memorial Day weekend.

-Heather