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Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Natural Poison Ivy Remedies

Here is yet another draft resurrected, and this one was drafted up way back in September of 2018.  There are probably so many more remedies, but posting this.

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Summer time means some folks may get poison ivy while doing yard work, foraging, camping, or just gardening. 

One year, we had wild growing milkweed, and we simply cut pieces each day, and applied the milk from the weed to the poison ivy.  It will burn a bit, but we left it on for about 20 minutes then removed it with cool water.  It dried up the poison ivy fairly quickly.

You can soak in a bathtub with warm water and plantain tea bags (1-2 tsp of dried plantain per teabag).  I have large muslin bags I use for bath teas.

A dandelion poultice can be applied to poison ivy to help dry it up, and reduce the itch.

Cleaver poultices.  They cool the inflamed skin, and aid healing.  

Chickweed salve is also good for healing poison ivy.  If you cannot make it, you can buy this salve (most times it includes plantain in the salve).  I learned about this from an Amish woman.  The salve is also great for applying to the sting you get from touching/rubbing into stinging nettle too.

Do you have a favorite remedy for poison ivy?


Far Side of Fifty said...

Impatiens capsensis or Touch me not. Gather the stems and break them open and put the liquid on the Poison Ivy and the itch will be gone and you will clear up fast! We have also taken the biggest stems and put them in a blender to make a salve:) Works great!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Far Side of Fifty, thank you so much. I love learning new remedies.

Anne in the kitchen said...

I hate poison ivy and it grows all around here. The minute I see a small spot I rub it (hard) with salt. Rinse it, put more salt on it and bandage the spot. It clears it quickly but the process does hurt a little. For me I had rather have a bit of pain on the front end, than the potential spreading from scratching it.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Anne in the kitchen, thanks. I agree about getting rid of it before it spreads. I had a daughter that got it so bad (she told me too late), that had to get medical help to get rid of hers.