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Poison Ivy Home Remedies
Poison Ivy produces one of the most irritating rashes that one can experience. Anyone that has experienced the itching and burning sensations can attest to that. I first discovered the joys of poison ivy when I went on a hike near a creek. We don’t exactly have poison ivy out on the prairie so it didn’t occur to me to think about checking for it in other places. What a mistake!
Luckily there are many home remedies for beating that awful poison ivy itch! Here are several homemade solutions to a very annoying summertime problem:
I love benotonite clay for so many different things but one of my favorite uses for it is for an anti-itch cream and boy does it work! (Ask this girl that is allergic to ant bites but apparently tastes like candy to ants….!). I usually get this pre-made Clay for easy applications. The dry version works just as well.
Baking Soda Paste
One of the more common homemade remedies for poison ivy infection is a baking soda paste. Mix three teaspoons of the fine powder with one teaspoon of water. Gently apply the thick paste to the affected area and allow it to dry. Eventually the paste will flake off of the skin. This is a temporary application for relief of the itching and swelling.
Mix together aloe vera gel, baking soda and just enough water to make a paste. Apply it to the skin. Cornstarch can also be used in place of the baking soda.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and green Dawn dish detergent together. Add an equal portion of sea salt to make a thick paste. Coat the affected skin and allow the layer to dry for about thirty minutes. Rinse the paste off of the skin with cool water. Dip sterile cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and pat the liquid onto the skin to draw out the toxins. This will aid in drying any blisters that may have formed. (Here are other Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar)
Surprisingly, catnip has great anti-itch properties. If you grow catnip in your herb garden, gather the whole leaves, then squeeze them to get some of the juice out of the leaves. Apply this to the affected area for temporary itch relief.
Oatmeal can work wonders on your skin for so many reasons, and it is especially helpful for poison ivy. Cook your oatmeal like you would normally, and allow it to cool. Once it is cool, spread it on the rash. This will help prevent the itching and reduce some of the redness as well.
Soaking in a bath of sea salt and cool water can often reduce the itching associated with poison ivy. Epsom salt is a great alternative if you don’t have sea salt.
Oatmeal baths also work wonders. Simply put the uncooked oatmeal in the tub before you soak. It will leave behind a white film that protects your skin and keeps the itch to a minimum.
If poison ivy blisters are near the eyes please make sure to call the doctor. Do not apply any homemade remedy in the region of the eyes.
What are some poison ivy home remedies that you have tried? Have they worked?