We have a teenager who is an expert at finding poison ivy and now we finally have a way to treat it that doesn't involve steroids and antibiotics! If we need them, we will use them, but we are on three rounds of this natural solution and... so far so good. The teen who keeps getting into the poison ivy does not like the smell and says it stings when first going on (courtesy of the cider vinegar) but he also says it's well worth it.
After his first poison ivy experience, he moved all of his climbing and building materials to the front of the house. Not my favorite place for his collection but he was not eager to get that itchy rash again! Fortunately, a quick and effective handling of the situation had him back in the woods in no time... and all of his wood and rope and energy with him!
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We did have the benefit of being able to start this application right from the beginning of the rash the first time and I think that contributed to the overall success of the remedy. My boy was pretty unhappy about the whole thing, feeling confident that he wouldn't have trouble handling it without the "stinky stuff." But I insisted and he saw dramatic improvement in just one day.
The result was that he ended up feeling overly confident and refused further applications... which ended up in worsening rash... which resulted in a reapplication... which ended with a resolved poison ivy episode in only three days. Not too shabby.
He had the marks for over a week beyond that but there was no further itching or irritation. Needless to say, the next time he developed poison ivy, he was more than willing to submit to mama's home remedy!
My daughters would be more sensitive to any marks or scarring from the harsh poison ivy rash. In their case, I would use frankincense and lavender to help soothe and heal the skin.
Here's the recipe. It doesn't make much to get the job done but feel free to double and triple if you've got a large area (or family) to cover...
The Essential Poison Ivy Recipe
- 2 Tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp distilled water
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (for itch)
- 3 drops tea tree oil (antiseptic)
- 3 drops peppermint oil (soothing)
- Mix until dissolved.
- Store in fridge.
- Apply repeatedly throughout the day until resolved.
And it should go without saying that if your poison ivy progresses beyond your ability to self-treat, please go see your doctor!
What other natural poison ivy tips do you have? Please share in the comments!
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