How To Get Rid Of Poison Ivy, Naturally?

By 2 January 2017

Urushiol, an oily allergen resin is a pale yellow liquid found in the plants of family Anacardiaceae. This organic liquid is particularly present in the leaves, stems, and roots of poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac, kudzu and lacquer tree. When an individual come in contact with a plant or any object which contain this itch induced liquid “Urushiol” it causes an allergic reaction known as poison ivy. Accompanied by inflammation, oozing, itchy and blistering rash, poison ivy is an extremely uncomfortable and unbearable skin condition which is medically known as asurushiol-induced contact to get rid of poison ivy

Many products available at drugstores such as calamine lotion, or cortisone cream can provide relief from maddening itch but there are some home remedies that would provide instant relief from infuriating itch, in case medications are not available. Find out how to get rid of poison ivy with natural remedies as they offer quick relief from weeping itch.

How long does poison ivy last?

Poison ivy rash develops within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the oily resin Urushiol. Many people think that Poison ivy is contagious and you can get the rash in other body parts too which is not true. You or anybody cannot get a poison ivy rash unless through contact with the oil. If Urushiol is present in your hands and you touch other areas of your body, you can get it otherwise it does not spread itself. Similarly, any individual will not get it from you unless exposed to that oily resin. The rash from a poison ivy usually last within 5 to 12 days but in severe cases, it may last for 30 days or even longer.

Home remedies for poison ivy

Although the rash from poison ivy is extremely uncomfortable but can be treated with home remedies. But visit your medical health care provider if the rash is so intense that you can’t sleep at night or can’t work. Also visit your doctor as soon as possible if the rash is near your eyes, has spread to most part of your body, is weeping a cloudy fluid, or you have developed a fever.

Cold shower

A Cold shower is an instant anti-rash remedy that works tremendously well in providing relief from miserable itch and discomfort. It is suggested that after exposed to the plant, immediately taking a cold shower is the first aid remedy to prevent poison ivy. The sooner and longer you shower with cold water, the better are the chances of minimizing a rash.

You will need

  • Cold water

If is important to shower with cold water as it will also help constrict or block skin pores so that the itch does not transfer or spread to other parts of the skin.


A cold shower or cold water rinse should be your first aid and done immediately after exposure. Once you are done with showering, rubbing some alcohol on the affected area would really help to stop the allergy to spread in the surrounding area or skin. Alcohol would also help to prevent the rash from  becoming worse or unbearable in next few hours, but only if you act fast.

You will need

  • Alcohol
  • Cotton balls

Saturate cotton balls in alcohol and rub the affected area for few minutes. Make sure to change the cotton each time for a new itchy spot, or you would end up spreading itch to other areas.


Clay is another great way to curtail a rash of a poison ivy. Clay actually helps by drawing the toxins out of the body which offers quick relief from rash. In addition, clay also help to dry and pull out the itch inducing resin out of skin due to its excellent absorbing properties. To double its effects, peppermint essential oil could be used.

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You will need

  • Green clay 1/2cup
  • Peppermint essential oil 5-7 drops
  • Water as required

Mix peppermint essential oil with green clay, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the paste generously over the affected area. Avoid using the paste around or near the eye area. Follow the remedy once or twice daily for 2 to 3 days.


The cooling and soothing effects of Peppermint really provide comforting relief from a rash of a poison ivy. The natural analgesic property of peppermint not only reduces itch but also helps soothe and numb skin by providing a cooling sensation. The menthol residing in the herb besides cooling has powerful healing effects too, which help treat skin rash. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of these green leaves reduce inflammation and restrain infections.

You will need

  • Peppermint 1/2 cup
  • Water/yogurt 2 tablespoons

Blend fresh peppermint leaves with either water or yogurt to form a smooth paste. Now, apply the paste on the itchy skin and leave it to dry. Wash thoroughly with cold water afterward.

Evening primrose

Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds of evening primrose plant Oenothera biennis which have wonderful medicinal properties. The fatty acids gamma linoleic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid, in evening primrose help stop the inflammation and heal inflamed skin cells faster. After exposed to the plant, evening primrose,  if taken by mouth as well as used as an external application would stop the effects of Urushiol to explode onto the skin and also aid in healing process. Evening primrose is also believed to help combat stress, which can worsen the problem by triggering adrenal glands to produce more harmful hormones.

You will need

  • Evening primrose supplement

It is recommended to take 1500 milligrams three times a day until the symptoms are completely clear. If you have any underlying health issue, talk to your medical health care provider before taking supplements.

For external application

You will need

  • Evening primrose oil

Apply evening primrose oil as a natural anti-inflammatory to the affected itchy skin to heal.

Ashley is a housewife, dedicated mother of two kids and a passionate blogger. She loves to cook, travel and write. She has been writing about beauty, fitness, list of to-do things and lifestyle for past several years. So enjoy the good work.
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