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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Hives are a type of rash where the skin is red and itchy in an area that is smooth and raised slightly above the normal surface of the skin. The area can vary widely in size from pinpoint size to large areas and can involve multiple patches. The irritation can quickly disappear from one spot and appear in another. Many times hives are an allergic response to a food, drug or some agent that triggers a histamine reaction. Other causes noted are some infections, stress and then in many cases the cause cannot be pinpointed.

Angioedema is a form of hives where, instead of being on the surface of the skin, the swelling is beneath the skin. This can be around the eyes, lips, genitals, hands or feet.


[search helps: urticaria, angioedema, wheals, dermatographism]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Basil, GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula, Myrrh, PeppermintC,

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Coriander, Helichrysum, Frankincense, LavenderC, Lemon, MelaleucaC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Since hives may be associated with the elimination of internal toxins many suggest detoxification using the GI Cleansing Formula/Probiotic Defense Formula protocol; GI Cleansing Formula for 10 days, Probiotic Defense Formula for 5 days, once a month. See more information by going to Detoxification.

Topical application of Basil or Myrrh to the affected area is suggested.

The following protocol for difficult hives was submitted:

  Alternate topical application of Helichrysum and Melaleuca with Frankincense to the affected area.

  First day begin at 2 hour intervals, second day 3-4 hour intervals, follow 3-4 times per day till two days after hives are gone.

  Additional help by applying the same oils along the spine.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Hives from unknown sources

Jenny - I'm hoping someone may be able to help me with an idea as to what oils would be best to use on someone who has broken out in hives for no apparent reason.  It started last Friday and has gotten progressively worse since then and in short I now look like ground hamburger. I have been on the oregano since Saturday and been applying oils topically, with no results. The doctor has no idea what is causing them but did give me a slew of pills they hope will help. But these pills are antibiotics and one that will suppress my immune system . We have ruled out food, soaps, and environmental allergies, and I have never had a reaction like this to anything before. Any Ideas will be very appreciated.

Pat – Do you have any stress in your life right now?  I have seen horrendous cases of hives due to anxiety or stress. If you do not have the GI Cleansing Formula for a good cleanse then make your own capsules using 5 drops melaleuca, 5 drops lemon and 3 drops oregano. Take them twice a day and drink a lot of water. For your topical application, use Grounding Blend, melaleuca and wild orange. This protocol could work for someone with your condition, however I am not diagnosing or attempting to cure your condition.


Hives from allergic reactions

Sandy - I am a new (...) consultant, and am a pharmacist.  I have been asked at the hospital in which I am employed to help a patient who has hives everywhere due to an allergic reaction to Vancomycin.  She was being treated for MRSA.  The Modern Essentials books lists peppermint and melaleuca as primary for itching. Melaleuca is also listed as primary for MRSA, as is peppermint. Lavender is also an option, and I loved the profile for Roman chamomile, in that it "neutralizes allergies"..   The physician is open to anything the patient wants to use topically. They are already treating her with 125 mg Solu-Medrol IV every 8 hours, and hydroxyzine orally, but she is still pretty miserable. I will need to keep it simple, so the family and nursing staff can be consistent with the application. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Pat - You are pretty on target with the oils you mentioned, I am including a protocol from another medical professional that worked well for him. He used melaleuca and helichrysum for the first application and frankincense for the second. He alternated these oils every 2 hours the first day and every three hours the second day and then 3-4 times a day. Even after the hives are gone continue the protocol for another couple of days. Not only should the oils be put on the affected area but dripped down the spine and gently rubbed in.  For better spreading you might want to use a little coconut oil.   It won't dilute the oil but will help for spreading over a large area if needed.  This protocol should also be used on any open sores infected with MRSA.  


Denise - Since (...)'s pre-launch, I've been using Lavender on burns. Recently (in the last 18 months), I break out in hives whenever I apply lavender to a burn. I keep forgetting it does that to me, so as soon as I burn myself (which I do a lot cooking), I put lavender on it. Then frankincense. The area around the burn where I put the lavender breaks out in hives, and if I keep putting lavender on it to ease the burn, the hives begin to weep.

This happened about 4 weeks ago. I stopped lavender after the 3rd application, when I remembered the hives were because of the lavender. But now the hives won't go away. Frankincense seems to calm down the itching and reduces the redness and size of the hives, but it still hasn't gone away.  The burn is invisible now, no scarring, thanks to the frankincense. Any ideas on why these hives won't go away and what oil I can use to heal them? I tried geranium, and it got worse. melaleuca didn't help one way or the other. I've tried helichrysm and myrrh too, nothing.

Erica - Like you, lavender turns on the hives with me! I have learned that, with me, it is part of detox. When I started (...) a year ago, the hives where horrible! Now, I am able to use lavender with little to no problem. Many, many times I have had to resort to going to the doctor for steroid cream, but now, I am still OK with lavender, I am just uneasy to use it because of the effects with last year. I hope this helps!

EFL - I have had excellent success with Basil oil for hives and allergic reactions. One of my associates has an allergy to the sun, and had itchy hives all over her arms. Basil oil stops the itching on contact. Used it on a hornet sting on another client, and within just a few hours, a huge swelling the size of the ball of the thumb was completely gone.

Brenda - My daughter was having hives and we sprayed the lemon, lavender and peppermint on topically.  She put 2 drops lemon, 2 drops lavender, and 2 drops peppermint (the allergy blend) in a little water and swished and swallowed.  We also put the allergy blend in a capsule, 5 drops lemon, 5 drops lavender, and 5 drops peppermint.  Doing all three ways, you get the membrane absorption, the topical absorption and also internally where the problem likely is.  It worked fast and great.  Hope this helps.

Yolijn –I gave a friend of mine Anti-Aging Blend to use.  She said it worked really well.

Erika – I get hives all the time and nothing really has worked until my sister told me about lemon juice. Put it on a paper towel and lay over area. I didn't have lemon juice so I tried my lemon oil with (...) spa lotion and IMMEDIATE relief! I now keep them in my purse. Give it a try!


Hives and detoxification 

Megkno – For the last few months I have had unexplained hives going on. I really don't think it's an allergy but the itching and bumpiness are driving me crazy. I know some would say its something going on inside me. So, what is it? How do I make them stop!?

Erika - If you search what others have said you are most likely detoxing and you need to go through the recommended detox... GI Cleansing Formula for 10 days, Probiotic Defense Formula for 5 days, once a month.  You need to look at your diet, eat more tree ripened, vine ripened foods and cut out as much sugar as you can.  There is an excellent webinar by Allen Richardson about detox.  The best 1hour I invested in myself.  I have hives….  To help the itching, Laura Jacobs suggested Myrrh or Coriander with coconut oil.  I have been using the Myrrh ever since and wow, finally something that doesn't throw me into deeper detox, I love it!

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