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Poison Ivy: Jewelweed

"The Results of a Clinical Study, in which a 1:4 jewelweed preparation was compared for its effectiveness with other standard poison ivy dermatitis treatments was published in 1958 (Annals of Allerty 1958;16:526-527). Of 115 patients treated with jewelweed, 108 responded ‘most dramatically to the topical application of this medication and were entirely relieved of their symptoms within 2 or 3 days after the institution of treatment.' It was concluded that jewelweed is an excellent substitute for ACTH and the corticosteroids in the treatment of poison ivy dermatitis. The active principle in the plant responsible for this activity remains unidentified." by Varro Tyler, PhD in his book HERBS OF CHOICE

Date:   7/8/2006 7:48:05 AM   ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2732 times

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Jewelweed is a plant that is going to grow in wetter conditions, such as near a stream.

poison ivy treatment

How to use Jewelweed...

Pick a bunch, crush it, and rub it on exposed parts of your body that might come in contact or have already come in contact with poison ivy. It is a juicy plant.

It is more effective before the oils set into your skin that cause the rash.

Knowledge of jewelweed coupled with awareness is the true poison ivy remedy.

Jewelweed ideas...

* Collect a bunch of jewelweed and make a tea. That is, bring a pot of water to a boil (4 cups or so), put the jewelweed in (chop a large handful), and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then strain it out.
* You can bath in this tea, just treat the affected area OR freeze it into ice cubes.
* You can apply the ice to exposed areas or areas that are already suffering from the rash.
* Transplant some jewelweed to a wetter area of your yard, such as by a pond. It is beautiful!

Kitchen Poison Ivy Remedy ideas...

Using baking soda

Apply the paste of baking soda and water to the affected area liberally. This stops the itching as well as calamine lotion. A great poison oak treatment.

Using Buttermilk, salt and vinegar

Mix equal parts of buttermilk, vinegar and salt. Rub on affected area. Use it AFTER the rash has appeared. Helps stop itching and sooths. This poison ivy remedy works well.

A green tomato?

Squeeze the juice of a green tomato. After you come in contact, wash with water immediately and then apply the juice.

I hope all this information helps you as effective poison ivy remedy!


Another thing I have used is sea salt and olive oil and sea salt with sunflower seed oil.

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