*Images taken from Wikipedia Commons*
~Here's a poison ivy bush~
~This is poison ivy in the fall. Poison ivy can make beautiful colors, so don't be fooled and pick it for a fall display ;)~
Here are poison ivy leaves that can be scattered here and there along the ground, just waiting to grab your ankles. It's harder to avoid this type of growing because the leaves appear out of no where! :)
When you're out and about in the nature, watch for the three leaves, that together, form a triangular shape. The stems do not have thorns on them.
There are natural remedies for poison ivy, and you can almost always find one growing somewhere close by a poison ivy plant. It's as if God placed a remedy for these itchy leaves for us to use! How neat is that? While there are several different things you can do, I'm only going to name one for now that I recently used.
~Here's plantain in my yard. I guarantee you have some close by.~
You can make a tincture by filling a jar with half jewelweed and half plantain, but I can't seem to find jewelweed anywhere nearby, so I just used a plantain tincture, and it works great! I soaked a cotton ball with the tincture and rubbed it on the rash. You can even scratch the surface of the rash off with your fingernails (be sure to wash your hands well so you don't spread the oils around!), and then put the tincture on. This makes it burn, but I find that it dries the rash up after only applying the tincture once - I had no more itch at all!!! I continue to use this on the rash 2 or 3 times a day until gone or use as often as needed. Make sure you never double dip a cotton ball in the tincture as this will contaminate it. I place some in a squeeze bottle for a clean way to use the tincture. To find out how to make a plantain tincture, view my article on acne - it has complete instructions, including how to buy dried plantain if you'd prefer (though fresh plantain is free in your yard!), and how to buy the vinegar if you can't find some in your area. You can use this same tincture for acne, wasp/bee stings and poison ivy. Plantain is a very versatile plant - I love it!
This is linked to:
The Prairie Homestead
Women Living Well
Like A Bubbling Brook