Did you know that 85% of people are allergic to poison ivy? If you are one of the lucky ones that doesn’t react to it you have no idea how itchy and irritating it can be! I am going to teach you a home remedy that can help the poison ivy rash go away without a trip to the doctor!
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The best way to keep poison ivy from spreading is not itching and drying it out. I haven’t dealt with poison ivy in a long time until a couple weeks ago. My parents have a farm and we go there every Sunday! A creek runs through the property and we spend most our time there swimming. Well, at the swimming hole the creek bank is covered in poison ivy! I found out the hard way that my 4 year old is allergic to it! The next morning he had a line of three dots on his knee. After looking at it I realized what it was, but didn’t do or think much about it. A couple days later the poor kid had the rash over both his legs and some on his stomach. I immediately started researching home remedies and treating him right away!
What to do if you come in contact with poison ivy?
- Take a shower and wash your whole body well getting any poison oils off the skin. The oil in the plant is what causes the rash. You can find soaps made for poison ivy or you can make your own. I use 1/4 cup Castile soap, 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of roman chamomile in a 8 ounce foaming soap dispenser, and top it off with water.
- DO NOT touch or scratch it! I read a billion articles that swear that touching and scratching doesn’t cause it to spread but I just don’t believe it! The science behind it made since but it just didn’t play out that way! My son got way worse before getting better and it kept spreading. I blame it on the fact that he wouldn’t leave it alone….its hard to tell a 4 year old not to scratch something that is so itchy. In hindsight I would of kept him in pants so he couldn’t touch it. Like I said I didn’t do anything at first!
- Dry the rash out and treat it with essential oils. I made a tincture with vodka, jewelweed and several essential oils. I sprayed this on his rash often. It quickly dried up, the bumps went down, and the rash started fading away.
- Wash bedding, towels, and clothes. When you scratch the rash open the oils can get on clothes and sheets and spread to other body parts.
- Wash the skin to prevent from spreading. I gave him a bath every night to wash his legs with my homemade soap to soothe the skin and prevent the rash from spreading.
How to make the poison ivy spray:
Geranium essential oil
Roman chamomile essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Frankincense essential oil
Purify essential oil blend
1)Add Jewel weed ( fresh blooming jewelweed is the best) to a mason jar and cover with vodka or rubbing alcohol.
2)Let sit in the dark for 2 weeks. Strain and store in glass mason jars. I like to have this on hand!
3)Add 3-5 drops of each essential oil to the tincture.
4)Spray on poison ivy rash or on skin that was exposed to poison ivy.
It is best to use local jewelweed because it is an antidote to poison ivy and they usually grow close together. Local jewelweed will be the correct antidote for that strand of poison ivy.
Jewelweed can be found on sunny creek banks or near bodies of water. Lots of times it grows right next to poison ivy. You can collect it between June-August when it is blooming and make tinctures to have on hand during the summer months when poison ivy is a threat.
If you DO NOT have a jewelweed tincture already made up and you need to treat poison ivy right way you can omit that part of the recipe. Add your essential oils to straight vodka or rubbing alcohol. The alcohol is great at drying the skin out and the oils will treat the rash.
I started seeing results right away when I started using the spray on my son! I plan to PREVENT the rest of summer by keeping him out of poison ivy as much as possible, making him wear long pants, giving him a bath with the roman chamomile and lavender soap after being exposed, and spraying the tincture on his legs.
Have you tired any home remedies for poison ivy? What worked for you?
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