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Cure Poison oak fast and free - go green

Updated on February 17, 2011

Natural Remedy for poison oak

Caught the oak? Are you tired of feeling the awful urge to scratch you skin off? Have you researched every website on poison oak, or spent more money than you could afford to make it go away? Well don't buy another product. For most people, its just a quick stroll to your back yard. For others, it may be a drive to the country, but it's well worth it. It is natures best kept secret.

Growing up in Northern California where poison oak is everywhere, I caught it all the time.  I am very allergic to oils. My mother was well educated on home remedies. She brought this grass like plant in the house and put the onion bulb from the pant in the blender. She called it Indian soap weed. A nickname I assume given to the plant. History states that the Indians used these plants and others like it to make,food and soap. It is actually called a soap lilly. There are 5 species of soap lilly that are native to California. The "chlorogalum pomeridianum" is the plant I am referring to.

They say for all of natures ailments there is a cure nearby. The plant is found near where poison oak grows It occupies dry open hills and plains below 5,000 feet, mainly in the valley grassland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral and foothill woodland plant communities, from southern Oregon to San Diego, California. I found it in my backyard near the manzanita and the poison oak bushes. It has long wavy green grass like leaves that lay close to the ground. Upon digging the plant out of the ground you will find an onion like bulb attached near the roots of the plant. Now you are only a few short steps away from relief.

Peel the roots off the bulb and clean well. Place the plant bulb into a blender or food processor, blend well till you have a liquid type soap. It doesn't have much of an oder other than a plant smell. You can add fragrance if you like. My mom added lemon. It can be very stringy and sometimes it is hard to get all of the strings out. It is very sticky but goes on clear. Once applied to the rash, it will dry quickly and feel like a thin glue, making your skin feel a little tight. A small price to pay to cure the terrible itching and pain.There is no burn, only cool relief. It will dry up the rash quickly, and stop the weeping and or spreading of the rash. Over the counter medicines can take up to 2 weeks or more to cure the poison oak. The soap from the lilly bulb usually dries it up in 2-5 days depending on the severity. Other home remedies such as bleach, hot water, or teas, can cause scarring, smell bad, or can be very painful. It can be applied as often as you like. Store it in your refrigerator.

I hope all people allergic out there, do not ever catch "the oak", but if you do, don't forget the "Indian soap weed."


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      Danny 2 years ago

      Do you wash the soap off after it has dried on your skin or just let it stay kinda tight feeling?

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      Keily 6 years ago

      This was very useful thank u for sharing