6 Natural Poison Ivy Remedies

Plants like Posion ivy, poison oak and poison sumac cause a severe skin rash if your skin happens to touch or brush against one of these plants. The itchy red rashes usually appear in lines and is like fluid filled blisters or large hives like raised bumps. This is the most common problem caused by coming in direct contact with any plant. You can soothe these rashes by using an herbal remedy or a home cure.

1. Jewelweed

Take a bunch of jewelweed, crush the same and rub it on and around the rashes directly. You can also make a herbal wash with Jewelweed. Take about four cups of water and boil it, add jewelweed to it and leave the mix for fifteen minutes. Wash the rashes with herbal mix to soothe the skin[2] and heal it as well.

2. Banana Peel

The itching in rash caused by one of the poisonous plant can be very discomforting. It can cause many more problems if not given immediate attention. Use the inside white part of a banana peel, this remedy is little more helpful if the sores have burst. Banana peel counters the ivy’s effects very fast if you use it repeatedly throughout the day. All you need is a fresh banana peel. Repeat this remedy three or four times in a day.

3. Baking Soda

This is an efficient remedy to cure rashes caused due to poisonous plant. Baking soda is a common ingredient in almost all kitchens and is the quickest remedy available. Take three teaspoon of baking soda and mix it with just enough water to make a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area and let it dry. Baking soda will provide immediate relief from all the itching and burning sensation. If the rashes are spread on a larger area of the body then you can immerse that part of the body in a tub filled with water and few tablespoon of baking soda. Relax in this baking soda bath for about twenty minutes.

4. Vinegar

This is another age old tried and tested method to cure poison plant rash. Vinegar helps by drawing out the poison and soothing the burning sensation which helps in fast healing of the rash. You can use either apple cider vinegar[3] or distilled vinegar to cure the rash. If you are using undiluted vinegar[4] then it may sting for few moments, hence, you can mix it in water and apply with a washcloth to reduce the sting.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is also a simple herbal cure and it provides quick relief in rash. If you have an aloe Vera plant at home then squeeze the pulp and apply it on the rash for a cooling sensation. You can also purchase herbal aloe gel, it is very commonly sold in supermarkets because of its health benefits. Apply this gel on the rash for quick and easy relief along with a cooling sensation.

6. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an excellent home cure to treat poison ivy as it is loaded colloidal benefits and it also dries out the rashes. Boil the oatmeal in little water to get a paste like consistency. Let this mix reach room temperature and apply the same on the rash in a thick layer. The oats will dry after a while and harden. You can also mix baking soda in the paste for extra fast relief.


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