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Is there a natural remedy for poison ivy?

  1. landscapeartist profile image77
    landscapeartistposted 5 years ago

    Is there a natural remedy for poison ivy?

    It seems that I get a wicked case of poison ivy every 7 years.  I don't know why it happens in such a pattern, but it does. Creams don't work at all on it. The only thing that has ever been able to make it go away for me is Prednisone.  Is there a natural home remedy out there to combat this? The 7 years is almost up.

  2. spicenlove profile image41
    spicenloveposted 5 years ago

    Hi, here are some home remedies you can try on:
    1. White type toothpaste (not gel) can stop the itchiness.
    2. If you able to find touch-me-not plant (Jewelweed), you can use the plants by crushing it and rubbing on your skin. The juice from the plant can reduce the rashes.
    3. Aloe Vera and tea tree oil also can be applied on the affected area.
    Home remedy is mostly nature’s gift. In order to see its effectiveness one must use it regularly. Good Luck.

    1. landscapeartist profile image77
      landscapeartistposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have never tried the last two ideas but I did try the first one.  Unfortunately, the toothpaste didn't work for me.   My doctor said that depends on your systems level of resistance.  But, with me it is getting worse every time I get it.

  3. KristenK88 profile image58
    KristenK88posted 5 years ago

    I've heard of a couple ways to help once you have gotten poison ivy. Some complicated, some not.
    The complicated one (but the one I've heard good results for) is to mix 1/4 part clean water, 1/4 part aloe stems or juice, 1/2 part jewelweed stems and leaves. Mix all in blender. Add one bag of comphry tea per quart and bring to a slow boil. Strain out liquid and put in spray bottle.
    Tea tree oil on its on has antibiotic properties, and some people have said that helps them.
    Oatmeal baths (aveeno makes a decent one) have always helped me with my eczema. And Aloe is also a good treatment.
    Hope some of these suggestions might help!

    1. landscapeartist profile image77
      landscapeartistposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Mixing the two together makes sense.  Spicenlove also suggested Jewelweed and Aloe.  Thank you KristenK88 and Spicenlove.  I'll try it, hopefully it will work.  Let me know if you hear of others.

  4. artist101 profile image71
    artist101posted 5 years ago


    My son was plagued with this, often. 1.Stay out of the weeds. Leaves of three, let it be. 2. If you come in contact with, wash the affected area with dish soap, such as dawn. Urushiol is an invisible oil, dawn cuts through it. Do not scrub as you will force the oil deeper. Under the coldest water you can stand. Hot water opens the pores up, forcing it deeper. Lather and rinse. 3. Usually starts as a gash. 4. Apply Noni Juice, very healing, and often. 5. Not a natural remedy, but Ivarest, is also helpful. Contains calamine, and benadryl. 6. Wash clothes, and all contaminated articles, in hot soapy water. Urushiol, can remain active, on contaminated articles. Such as a steering wheel, weed trimmers, ect. Rubbing alcohol, or bleach water will remove the oil. Wear disposable gloves, use paper towel, wipe down the article, and throw the paper towel away.
    Some people are so allergic they do't have to come in contact with it, just be near it.

    1. artist101 profile image71
      artist101posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Impatients, a common annual, is also an option. Break a stem, squeeze the juice from it, and apply to the affected area. Plant a pot full of them, before the season starts. I've used this remedy on many rashes, and it does work.

    2. landscapeartist profile image77
      landscapeartistposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I am really thankful for your advice about the water temperature.  I took my son camping and both of us got poison ivy, he also got poison sumac.  Usually, I can't control the spread of it at all; but, this time I 've been able to keep it toned some.

    3. artist101 profile image71
      artist101posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You're very welcome. Poison sumac is suppose to be even worse than poison ivy. I just got a case of it, that would not go away. I used the ivarest, and other recommendations. Until I wiped down my flip flip with rubbing alcohol, then it finally quit.

  5. specialm profile image79
    specialmposted 5 years ago

    Charcoal powder is truly a universe remedy. I have had experiences over and over with the used of charcoal. Keep charcoal powder or tablet in your First Aid Kit. excellent for poison Ivy. Charcoal tablet can be used in the same manner as the charcoal powder. Be sure to crush it. Charcoal is very messy so please be very careful and watch your favourite garments.

    Take a little of the charcoal powder and add a little cold water take a cotton wool or cotton bud dip it in the solution then saturate the area with it and leave  for 4-6 hours then rub off with cool water and cotton wool and watch Gods miracle in your life.

    1. artist101 profile image71
      artist101posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've never used this remedy I wish I would of known about when my son kept getting it. Thank you.