Summer is a time of possible exposure to some seasonal health issues such as poison ivy. Simple natural protections and remedies are available for dealing with this bothersome plant.
“Leaves of three, let it be.” This old folk wisdom suggests that avoidance of poison ivy and poison oak is the first defense.
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac have an oil called urushiol, which can be on anything that touches the plant, including clothing and equipment, so great care is needed. Wearing work gloves and full coverage garments is wise when working in the yard if any of these plants is present.
If you think you have been exposed to poison ivy, wash the area with a drying soap, and flush with cold water to close the pores. Then dabbing with rubbing alcohol will break up the urushiol and prevent it from penetrating.
Oatmeal, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, witch hazel, turmeric, banana peel, watermelon rind, cucumber, green tomato juice, raw potato, cold coffee, Himalayan salt, epsom salts and bentonite clay are all home remedies that can soothe and relieve the irritation. Jewelweed, plantain, comfrey and burdock root are helpful herbs that may be found in your yard.
Many people get accelerated improvement with a homeopathic remedy for poison ivy. Others find topical essential oils helpful, such as lavendar oil, which helps clean the pores of the skin, or tea tree oil. Even peppermint oil can help bring relief. You can dilute these in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil.
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