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Best Home Remedies for Skin rashes

Ameera Mills
By Ameera Mills. Updated: April 9, 2020
Best Home Remedies for Skin rashes

Do you have hives or a rash on your body and want to cure them naturally? Or even better,in the comfort of your own home? Most of the time, a rash appears due to environmental factors or contact with elements that can cause reactions or irritation of the skin. If the rash is widespread, if it stings and hurts excessively we suggest you go to the doctor as soon as possible. The reason for this, is that in some cases if the allergy is incredibly strong in can cause anaphylactic shock.

If, however, your rash is minor or does not seem serious, here at oneHOWTO we will tell you the best home remedies for skin rashes.

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  1. Causes of skin rashes
  2. Aloe Vera for hives
  3. Oats for skin rashes
  4. Activated carbon for hives
  5. Medicinal plants for skin rashes
  6. Baking soda to relieve skin rashes
  7. Tips to remove the itching of skin rashes

Causes of skin rashes

Often when welts appear on the skin it is because an inflammatory reaction of the skin generates a substance called histamine that results in itching and inflammation of the affected area. Often, there are many reasons as to why these rashes may appear, however, it is very useful to know exactly where the source of the reaction is coming from. By knowing the origin, it makes the rash easier to treat in a faster and more effective way.


Bites from insects, for example, causes our bodies to react by releasing histamine which is what results in itching, irritation, and sometimes pain. Depending on the severity of the sting, treatment can range from medication to home remedies. Stings need time to disappear, so patience will be necessary.


Whether you are experiencing a reaction to medication, ingested food or inhaled substances, allergies are usually considered more dangerous. The reason for this is because allergies often do not show as itchy patches on the body, but instead, they manifest as a generalized inflammation that can lead to anaphylactic shock. If you are experiencing this, we recommend you go to the doctor immediately.


Urticaria is an inflammatory reaction caused by the rubbing of an element that irritates the dermis. Medicines can be prescribed for urticaria, but carry on reading and we also provide for some remedies to relieve the irritation.

Hormonal changes

It is possible that a hormonal change can cause irritation in the skin. Sometimes these rashes may itch, other times they may not. The changes in hormone levels in organisms produce a grainy like reaction on the skin, which may sometimes appear in as wheals on the skin.


When we sweat we may notice that sometimes our skin react to the heat. Sweat irritates and dries out the skin, for this reason when we sweat, our skin will naturally react to the salt and histamine that is released by the sweat.


It is very common to experiences rashes when we are suffering from stress or anxiety. Normally stress rashes disappear with the stress itself. If you notice that the rash has started to sting more and cause more pain, we suggest you consult your doctor as soon as possible.

If however you cannot see your doctor immediately, here we will provide you with natural remedies to relieve the rash on your skin.

Aloe Vera for hives

Aloe vera is a very popular natural remedy to heal wounds and treat skin conditions[1]. The pulp of the plant contains refreshing, moisturizing, soothing, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These properties make it a perfect remedy to relieve itching, allergies or any other hive related problems.

If you are looking for the perfect natural ’’cream“ to help calm your discomfort, you just have to cut a leaf from an Aloe vera plant, remove the gel and apply it directly to the affected area. It is advisable to let it cool for a couple of minutes in the fridge or freezer before you apply it to the skin. The cold will aid more in the process of deflating and relieving the pain.

Oats for skin rashes

Oatmeal baths are also a very popular remedy for treating skin rashes. In this case it is recommended to use flour or oat bran. This cereal has a great capacity to alleviate and calm the discomfort and affection of the skin.

In terms of applying oats to the skin, you can choose more than one method. As we mentioned, oat baths have been a very popular and effective suggestion. Not only is it natural, it is also easy to do. All you have to do is fill your bath up with warm water and mix in 1 cup of oat bran. If you do not have natural bran, we suggest liquefying the oatmeal until you get a consistent liquid.

Another way of doing this is by mixing the powder of this cereal with a soothing essential oil, like lavender or calendula. You mix in a proportion of 200 grams of oats to every 10 drops of essential oil and then apply the paste to the affected dermis. After 20 minutes you can remove it with cold water.

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Activated carbon for hives

Activated carbon is a perfect way to reduce discomfort or itchy skin. The action of the oxygen and other components in the carbon help to treat irritation of the affected area.

In order to make this natural remedy you need to buy carbon capsules in a pharmacy or at your nearest herbalist. Mix 2 capsules in with about 5 to 10 drops of water until you get a paste. Put the paste on the affected area of the skin, make sure the rash or hive is well covered and leave it for a maximum of 30 minutes. You can then wash it off with cold water. You can use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day and you should notice relief from the first try.

Medicinal plants for skin rashes

Although some people choose to treat their infections or rashes orally through herbal infused medications, we suggest it is better to apply the herbal infusion topically onto the affected area. Some of these best medicinal plants used to relieve skin rashes are;

  • Chamomile
  • Calendula
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Turmeric
  • Lavender
  • Green nettle (dry leaves)
  • Ginger

You can either add these infusions in with your bath or make a paste and apply it directly to your skin 2 or 4 times a day. As you notice an improvement you can reduce application to 1 or 2 times a day until the hive disappears.

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Baking soda to relieve skin rashes

Sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, can alleviate the irritation and prevent itching and scratching. You just have to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with another tablespoon of water. After this, you should leave the baking soda to soak into the skin for 10 to 20 minutes before removing it with plenty of cold water.

Another way of using baking soda is by adding 1/2 cup of it into a bath of hot water. Once the baking soda is mixed well into the water, and the water has cooled down, you can submerge in the water for a maximum of 30 minutes.

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Tips to remove the itching of skin rashes

In addition to taking medication prescribed by your doctor or using natural remedies to relieve the irritation, we have also made a list of some guidelines you can follow to alleviate the discomfort from the comfort of your own home:

  • Avoid scratching the irritated area. If you scratch the area or cause any open wounds, it can serve as an entry point for microorganisms and can cause an infection of the skin.
  • Avoid baths and showers with very hot water. High temperature can activate circulation in the body which can make the itching sensation worse. It is always better to use warm or cold water.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing on the affected area. The itch needs to breathe and not be bothered by the material of the clothes.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water, to maintain good hydration to aid the dermis.
  • Use light moisturizers to maintain good skin condition.
  • Use anti-allergic products.

If for any reason the itch or rash does not disappear or it worsens, we recommend consulting a professional.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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I have had skin rashes all my life and coming across this site really helped me understand what I had and the remedies for it! Very well written, easy to understand and highly informative. Thanks!
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