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Folk Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison ivy sucks! Although I don’t usually get a rash from the irritating plant, both of my girls do. My youngest is very allergic to the plant, while my eldest gets a “normal” rash after contact. Either way, it is a miserable thing to go through for both of them.

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the pl...

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the plant from herbivores. In humans this chemical produces an allergic skin rash, known as urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After my older daughter got poison ivy recently, I searched til I was blue in the face looking for cures and remedies. I stumbled across this site and thought it was worth a share. 🙂 Check it out:

Poison Ivy & Poison Oak- Health911.com – Poison Ivy Treatment, Poison Ivy Remedies, Poison Ivy Rash, Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy, Treatment of Poison Oak.

It lists tons of natural, folk remedies used to alleviate the itch and help it heal. There are too many for me to list here, but some of my favorites to try are:

  • Aloe to stop itching and speed healing–apply up to every 2 hours
  • Apple cider vinegar & water–make an equal mix and dab onto rash, let dry, and repeat often
  • Baking soda poultice–make a paste and apply to the affected area, rinse when the poultice no longer feels “cool”
  • Catnip! Use freshly squeezed leaves to make a small amount of juice–helps reduce itching and inflammation
  • Impatiens (aka Jewelweed) leaves can be rubbed over the rash, but don’t rub too much! You can also boil the leaves, stems, & flowers to a deep orange color and make a compress.
  • Plantain leaves (we have these ALL over our yard) can be crushed and applied to the rash to control itch and inflammation
  • Salt water solution applied to the area can help drying and healing of the rash and lesions
  • Tea tree oil promotes healing and relieves itching
  • Fresh watermelon flesh and rind rubbed on the area is supposed to provide relief as well–wonder if this actually works?!

What do you think? Would you try any of these folk remedies?

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Poison Ivy Treatments, Anyone?

Spring is here! With the warmer weather and sunshine, we’re finding lots of poison ivy around the woodline. One of my girls is extremely allergic to oily leaves, so we try to avoid it at all costs. My older daughter recently got poison ivy on one of her hands…needless to say, it spread quickly and she ended up with poison ivy on both hands, her forehead, and one elbow.

In a feeble attempt to find a way to make it just go away, I found this informative website:

Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.

Unfortunately, I know poison ivy doesn’t just “go away.” It has to run its course. That means up to 3 weeks of itching and red splotchy spots. 😦 Poor baby!

Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans....Ivy có đ...

Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans….Ivy có độc….#8 (Photo credit: Vietnam Plants & The USA. plants)

I learned to interesting ways to treat the rash. We usually use the old standby, calamine lotion. She also tried applying hydrogen peroxide to the affected areas to help dry the lesions out. It sucks, but nothing is doing much to really relieve the itch for her.

Here are some other suggestions we’ve tried for ditching the poison ivy itch:

  • Oatmeal baths (buy the kit/mix at the pharmacy)
  • Baking soda bath (add 1 cup to a warm bath)
  • Calamine lotion applied to itchy areas
  • Cool compresses to soothe the burning itch
  • Antihistamines could help, but only in oral form–do not apply an antihistamine cream directly to the rash!

I’m interested in trying out some natural or homeopathic remedies to help her get over the itch. Do you know of any natural treatments that have worked for you?

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