With the warmer weather upon us, outdoor activities increase and therefore the risk of coming in contact with poison ivy will rise. The oil from the poison ivy plant is actually the culprit for causing itching, swelling and blisters. Contact with the poison, urushiol oil, is what causes the skin irritation. In most instances, the irritation is not severe enough to require a visit to the doctor; however, if the blisters are on the face, fever is present or the person has trouble breathing seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, you may want to try these natural home remedies for poison ivy rather than rushing to the stores to purchase over the counter creams.
First, it is essential that you wash off the oil from your skin. Do not soak in a tub of water however because the oil from the plant will just float on the water and affect other areas. Take a warm shower, thoroughly rinse the affected area, and then pat dry.
Banana peels contain tannins, which can reduce inflammation. The tannins will reduce the inflammation and soothe the irritated skin. Some people swear by this natural home remedy for poison ivy and since it is inexpensive and does not have any negative risks, it is worth trying this remedy for poison ivy. Green been leaves and the end of a rhubarb have also been known to reduce inflammation and reduce itching.
Jewelweed is reported to be one of the best natural remedies for poison ivy. Break off part of the plant and rub the liquid from the plant onto the affected area. Jewelweed will reduce the itching and swelling and if applied quickly may prevent or lessen the reaction to the poison ivy.
My grandmother also used this home remedy for poison ivy on us during the summer months – – some of us always seemed to have poison ivy and she kept these items handy when we would come in scratching. Mix three parts of baking soda and one part white vinegar into a thick bubbling paste. Apply the paste to the rash as needed to relieve itching. The baking soda will also help pull the poison oil off the skin if applied quickly after exposure.
Your kitchen is a source of natural home remedies and poison ivy is no exception. This paste can be made and stored in a sealed container for use as necessary. Combine a tablespoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil and 2 cups of green clay. Add water until the mixture makes a thick paste and apply the paste to the affected area. Leave the paste on the affected area for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse and repeat as necessary. This will reduce the irritation, remove the poison plant oil on the skin and dry the rash.
In order to remove the poison from the blisters so they can heal and dry up, apply a paste of coffee and baking soda. To make this natural remedy for poison ivy, add cool coffee to baking soda to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the affected areas and allow to dry. Epsom salt works well too for drying up the poison ivy – – just make a thick paste, apply and let dry on the skin.