I don’t know exactly what I got into in my garden this week, but I started itching as soon as I came inside. Turns out my backyard weeding session left me with a vicious case of hives! If the same thing happens to you, here’s a handful of hints that’ll help you ditch the itch:

  • Reduce your scratching by soaking for 10 to 15 minutes in a bathtub full of warm water with finely ground colloidal oatmeal added to it. This over-the-counter bath powder stays suspended in water and won’t clog your drain.
  • Dab the hives with cool mint tea. Just stir 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried mint leaves into 1 cup of boiling water, simmer for 10 minutes, then strain. Soak a soft cloth in the cooled tea, and dab it gently on your skin.
  • Soothe the burn with chickweed salve: Steep a handful of fresh chickweed (which you can buy at a health food store or online) in 2 cups of hot water for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid into a handheld sprayer bottle, chill, and spritz it on your hives. Keep the leftover salve in the fridge, ready for your next close encounter of the itchy kind.

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