Poison Ivy (photo left) grows in my yard by the lake and I’m allergic. Because I’ve had severe cases and once made it worse by treating it wrong, I’ll share what I do and don’t do if I get it and how to avoid it. If I accidentally contact poison ivy I apply either Jewel Weed juice – stops itch instantly with one application!, Aloe Juice, or Aloe Gel; wash with Baby Wipes or COLD WATER and mild soap (optional) like Clearly Natural; wear loose lightweight clothing of natural materials like cotton or hemp or no clothing if possible; and wash clothing, bed-sheets, towels, and footwear because the oil can stay on things and keep “giving”. The Poison Ivy plant contains a caustic oil that upon contact to skin can cause an allergic reaction.
Jewel Weed (photo right) juice stops poison ivy itch instantly and is easy to identify by it’s unique yellow or orange flowers. (See Edible Wild Plants.) I read that jewel weed always grows near poison ivy and it does grow in my yard beside the poison ivy. How cool is that? So, I just break off a piece of jewel weed, gently break open the stem, rub the juice on my skin, and the poison ivy itch stops instantly with one application! Amazing! Nature provides a solution to every challenge if you know where to look nearby. (Click images for more information.)
I avoid getting poison ivy by identifying it and staying away from it. Poison ivy is characterized by clusters of three football shaped leaves (photo above left). They vary in size and are green, but can have some red mixed in.
If I get poison ivy, I DO NOT scratch as it can potentially break the skin and cause infection under the skin and also can spread the oil and cause more itching; DO NOT use hot water because it will open the skin pores and force the oil deeper into the skin and also spread it around; and DO NOT use coconut oil! I did that once and made my forearms blow up really scarey and I had to soak my arms in a dish pan full of ice and water as often as I could stand or had time for to bring down the swelling and remove the poison ivy oil.
I recently got poison ivy while trying to set up a temporary mooring for my aluminum canoe in the lake when suddenly the sky got dark and it started to thunder so I quickly pulled my canoe up onto the banking at the bottom of the hill where I don’t usually go and stepped in poison ivy. In that moment I decided the threat of being struck by lightening while standing in a lake touching an aluminum canoe was worse than poison ivy especially since I know about jewel weed.
In late 1980′s and early 1990′s I was into using homeopathic remedies and had success using Rhu Tox to prevent getting poison ivy; however I had to take it once a week or month (I forget) from March to November and eventually noticed it seemed to bother my stomach perhaps because homeopathic remedies in pellet form are cooked cow-milk based which I was unaware of at the time. They are an alternative for expectant and breast-feeding mothers; however I prefer whole “lifestyle-therapies”, nutritional-therapies, and natural-remedies such as those found in The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham, The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe, Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko, Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide by Elias & Dykeman.
Here is a music video for fun; but I prefer Jewel Weed over calamine lotion. I suggest getting up to dance and squat and grind your hips in circular motion because exercise helps to strengthen the immune system and build a strong healthy body. Maybe I will make a video of me dancing to this song? lol.