Remove Hives With Rock Sugar Beverage
If you suffer from hives, you’ll enjoy this easy remedy: boiling water sweetened with rock sugar that comes from the sugar cane!
Hives is a condition usually caused by allergic reactions, resulting in itchy swelling and/or red welts on the skin. Most people will take allergy pills to relieve the itch and swelling, but that still takes time, and if the condition stems from a reaction to certain drugs, taking allergy pills doesn’t always work.
However, regardless of the cause, this simple home remedy will give you immediate relief: a small cup of boiling water sweetened with rock sugar will do the trick. You don’t even need a lot of it, just a small chunk (about a teaspoonful when ground up) to taste.
The not-so secret ingredient is the crystallized rock sugar, but make sure you only add hot water. Nothing else will do.
If you have never seen it before, rock sugar is a form of cane sugar used in cooking. It has a clear hard consistency and is often used to flavor Chinese beverages and desserts.
Unlike other sweeteners, it doesn’t have the syrupy cloying sweetness of white sugar.
Where does it come from? The juice of sugar cane is boiled and cooled down, forming large yellow crystals that become the Chinese bing tang or “rock sugar”. When I was a child my mother would give me small pieces of it to eat instead of candy.
Chinese cooking uses a number of different types of extracts from sugar cane juice, so merely asking for cane sugar won’t guarantee that you will get the right type. You need to specifically get the bing tang, literally translated as “rock sugar”. This can be found in any Chinatown supermarket or grocery store.
We usually keep a bag or box of it at home to use in cooking and as a home remedy. My mother will often break out when she gets anxious, and my niece will get allergic reactions from certain foods she eats, so we always have some ready as a sure-fire remedy.
So buy a box of rock sugar to keep in your kitchen and/or home remedy collection. Then, the next time you break out in hives, you can relieve it immediately with this not too sweet drink.
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