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  • Poison Ivy relief

    I haven't tried this yet, but will this summer for sure!

    In areas of poison ivy there is a little plant that also shares the same habitat. It is called the Touch-Me-Not or is also know as Jewelweed. The stem can be crushed and rubbed on affected areas for relief. It is not a cure, but will relieve discomfort until you can get better treatment.

    Always remember it's urushoil from these plants that gets on you so breaking it down with an alcohol pad from your first aid kit or washing it as quickly as possible is your best bet.

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    Yarrow is good source in my area. My wife was stung by a sweat bee once while out hiking. She chewed up some Yarrow and put it on the swollen area. After about 15 minutes the swelling, itching & burning were gone.


    Last edited by Stitch; 05-11-2011, 04:26 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Stitch View Post
      Yarrow is good source in my area. My wife was stung by a sweat bee once while out hiking. She chewed up some Yarrow and put it on the swollen area. After about 15 minutes the swelling, itching & burning were gone.
      It's amazing at what's out there if you really think about it. Thanks for the tip.

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      • #4
        I use jewelweed all the time as I tend to get into poison ivy while logging. I harvest it when it is full height and then I crush and grind it up in a colander catching all of the juice in a bowl. I will put the juice in a canning jar and keep it on standby in the fridge. Before the jewelweed is gone for the season I will freeze the juice in ice cube trays so I always have some on hand. The beauty of jewelweed is it tends to grow in the same places that poison ivy grows. It can be used without any prep other then twisting up the plant stock and catching the juice in your hands and dripping it on the affected area. Don't rub it in because you don't want to risk spreading the poison ivy.

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        • #5
          I rub salt on it. Its gone fast and no spreading.

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          • #6
            When I was workin on the Yolo ranch in Northern AZ., they always had a great big crock pot under the sink in the bunkhouse, with a stick in it and some rags tied on the bottom. If you got into the poison ivy or oak, they would wash the affected are with the solution in the crock. I never knew what was in that pot until one day I walked in early, and the cook was boiling a metal bucket (old used grease bucket from the gas station) on the wood stove, and just kept adding something to it about every hour or so.

            When I asked him what he was doing, he said "makin da poison ivy fixer stuff"! I said "well it sure does stink, what is it?" He said "Tea and water, and nuttin else" !! They never seemed to dump what was in the pot out, so I assume they would just add to it as it got low.

            I know one thing for sure, it sure did cure the poison ivy/oak sting , and the next day we could go out and work cattle all day long and not be bothered one bit!!

            Just the .02 of an old, OLD man :p

            Rick

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            • #7
              Good info

              Thanks for the advice

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              • #8
                Since getting a bad case of poison ivy as a kid, it hasn't seemed to bother me. I have used the Jewel Weed for the wife and kids when camping, works like a charm. Oatmeal is also good to relieve the itching of just about any rash. Even gave the kids oatmeal baths when they had the chicken pox.
                Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.

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                • #9
                  Yes jewelweed does work great for poison ivy and other rashes, it also works great for cuts and scratches. Plantain also works well. Both also work for the itch from bug bites.

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