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Fast Relief For Poison Ivy Encounters

July 12, 2015 12 Comments

Fast Relief For Poison Ivy Encounters

 

The wise ones that came before us passed down a gem of a saying when it comes to recognizing poison ivy; leaves of three, leave it be! But just in case you have the misfortune of getting too close, I have a natural remedy to try. 

It's summer and we're outside! We love it but, the great outdoors can be a slippery slope, even if you live in the "burbs". Poison ivy has a preference for the midwest, the edge of forests and recently disturbed ground. It produces a berry that birds and squirrels find tasty and then the forestry begins! The little critters may drop a tiny Poison ivy seed as they're passing through your garden or local park.

Did you know that Poison ivy is a member of the cashew family and 50 to 70% of people who have direct contact with Poison ivy will experience a reaction? True story!  Poison ivy is green all summer and one of the first plants to turn red or orange in the fall and, get this, ALL parts of the plant can cause an allergic reaction, even without the leaves...

"Poison ivy produces an oleoresin called urushiol. This is the clear sticky oil which contains a chemical transmitter and resin that binds to the surface of your skin cells. In most people this oil will trigger an immunologic response that leads to a rash or "Rhus" dermatitis. Urushiol is very potent. Scientists estimate that the amount of urushiol needed to infect 500 people would fit onto the head of a pin. It is a stable, long lasting and can remain active on a dead plant for up to 5 years. Urushiol is found in every part of the poison ivy plant throughout the entire year. This would even include the roots & berries of the plant." "Remember to avoid touching anything that has come in contact with poison ivy. Unwashed clothing can contain the active oils for as long as two years. If you used gloves to pull out poison ivy, don't touch exposed areas of your skin, and don't touch your face and eyes. Any garden tools such as saws, pruning tools, and shovels that were used in the removal of poison ivy should be cleaned before they are used again."

EEEESH! We get it, it's nasty stuff!  Now what?

poison-ivy

  1. Learn what Poison ivy looks like!  It can look very similar to raspberry and blackberry leaves, this photo shows just how easy it can be to overlook the noxious from the normal. That's it in the center. LEAVES OF THREE, LET IT BE.
  2. Do not touch anything that may have brushed up against Poison ivy, wash it first!
  3. If you come in contact, wash the area with soap, avoid moisturizing soaps and lanolin, it can cause spreading.  You want simple soap or dishwashing liquid like Dawn, something that will break up the oil that's bond to your skin.
  4. Let any blisters break and heal on their own, they can help prevent infection.
  5. Try a natural remedy to relieve itching and speed healing. Create a "spray bottle protocol" for pain-free application to sensitive skin. All Purpose Healing Salve works well too!

Hopefully, I've armed you with enough information you now know what to look for and avoid! Should an accident occur, have your ingredients on hand and go to work!  Word of caution, though, should someone be so unlucky as to encounter Poison ivy contact near the eyes or genitals, a visit to a professional might be in order if possible.

ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 40 drops Lavender
  • 15 drops Lemon
  • 15 drops Bergamot
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed Essential Oil
  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 cup alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 8 oz glass spray bottle
Directions
  1. Wash area with non-moisturizing soap like Dawn dishwashing liquid to break up the plants oils bound to the skin. Dry carefully before applying this remedy.
  2. Blend everything together except...the alcohol-free witch hazel. After blending, add the WH last and blend one last time. Shake gently before using, spray affected area as needed for pain and itching. Store in a dark glass bottle in a cool place. Does not need to be refrigerated but a cool spritz feels pretty wonderful!

Recipe By: CampWander

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12 Responses

tammy
tammy

May 10, 2017

Why the raw honey? Also can you leave the carrot seed oil out?

Sally
Sally

May 10, 2017

On a slightly different subject, my husband tangled with some poison oak and was miserable – I handed him the tub of healing salve and it cleared the blisters in ONE DAY. From that point on, he’s been a salve fan!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

If kept in a dark glass bottle, at least 4 to 6 months.

Catherine
Catherine

May 10, 2017

Thank you for this information. How long will this formulation last?

Sandy
Sandy

May 10, 2017

What is a good treatment recipe for athlete foot

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Honey has incredible medicinal properties. With antibacterial properties, it’s a good choice when dealing with skin infections/irritations or wound repair. It also assists with preventing the spread of infection, which in the case of poison ivy is common. You can omit carrot seed essential oil if you don’t have it, but as a detoxifier and an antiseptic – it plays an important role in assisting with the healing of the skin.

Nancy
Nancy

May 10, 2017

My husband got bit by a fire ant (we live in Alabama). He is really allergic and swells quite a bit around a bite. He asked if I had an essential oil for that. We tried Poison Ivy spray and he said it immediately felt better and quit itching. When I asked him about it later he said it didn’t swell at all. Conclusion: Poison Ivy spray is not just for poison ivy. Thanks Rebecca!

Nancy
Nancy

May 10, 2017

I am making this for a friend. She has a reaction to lavender. What would be a good replacement?
I love Camp Wander! Have made many of your recipes and love them all especially the sexy wellness salve!

Lisa
Lisa

May 10, 2017

This is a great recipe! Sometimes, encountering poison ivy can be inevitable when outdoors. This is a great relief for hikers and bikers like some of us!

Debbie
Debbie

May 10, 2017

My first and only brush with poison ivy was only 3 years ago. I didn’t even know what it was for over 1 week. By that point I was losing sleep and going out of my mind from the itch and pain. I stumbled onto an online site that recommended lavender oil so I literally rushed over to my health food store and bought a bottle. I cried with relief when it worked. It was my introduction to the beauty of essential oils and I have not looked back! I can’t wait to make this recipe for my next brush with that demon urioshol

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

These two protocols are great for relieving athlete’s foot – Week One: Melaleuca, Lavender, and Lemon. Blend and add to a carrier oil such as Naked Salve. Apply 2-3 / day generously and cover with clean socks. Week Two – Myrrh, Frankincense, Melaleuca, Geranium. Again, blend with a carrier oil and apply 2-3 / day. Rotate as needed. It is also helpful to soak feet in Epson Salts 2-3x / week and let air dry.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Good call on your part, thanks Nancy!

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