How To Get Rid Of Poison Ivy, Naturally?

 
By 2 January 2017
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Jewelweed

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a plant ally against poison ivy. Jewelweed, a natural antidote is such a potent remedy that it dries up poison ivy within no time. These plants grow naturally around poison ivy plants as an antidote. Look for jewelweed plants growing in the moist ground with tall succulent stems and hangings, trumpet-shaped, yellow or orange flowers. Gather the stem and leaves around 10 to 11 am, after the dew is off the plants.

You can also grow your own jewelweed plant by buying seeds and growing in your garden or backyard to keep on hand in case you find it difficult to gather from places where it is naturally found.

You will need

  • Jewelweed stems or leaves as required
  • Water as required

Put the jewelweed stems and leaves in a pot of water and let it boil and simmer until the water is reduced to half the amount and is amber in color. Let the water cool and strain the liquid. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays. Use these ice cubes on the affected area three or four times a day until the rash is gone.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also found as an effective home remedy to clear the episode of a poison ivy fast. Vitamin C is recommended to take orally as well as apply externally to hasten the healing process. Taking vitamin C internally would help cope the stress and external application would ease the discomfort, together which will speed up the healing process. You can increase your intake of vitamin C by incorporating foods rich in vitamin C. These include, cantaloupe, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, and citrus fruits.

You will need

  • Vitamin C supplement

It is recommended to take 500 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

  • Vitamin C 1/4 cup
  • Cool and boiled water as required

Put vitamin C powder in a bowl, then slowly add a teaspoon of water and mix well to make a thick paste. If required add water to make a thick consistency paste. Apply the paste on the inflamed area. Leave it for an hour, then rinse off with cool water. Pat dry the skin afterwards. Follow the remedy twice or three times a day until the rash clears.

Cucumbers

Cucumber has astringent and soothing properties which make this green veggie an ideal remedy for itch and inflammation of a poison ivy.

You will need

  • Chilled Cucumber slices

Lay chilled cucumber slices on the itchy skin for several minutes until the slices get warm. Repeat twice or three times a day. Remember to use fresh cucumber slices each time for an itchy spot.

Banana peel

Banana peel contains curative properties which are believed to be very effective for the rash of a poison ivy.

You will need

  • Banana peel

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Rub the inside of the banana peel onto the affected skin for few minutes. Repeat several times a day.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural lubricant and could safely be used to get rid of a poison ivy rash. The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe Vera help soothe the affected area, and provide an instant relief from itching, redness, and inflammation. Due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, aloe Vera cleans and disinfects the skin, soothes the lesions and relieve the irritation.

Aloe gel can be used in both ways for poison ivy. Consuming aloe gel internally acts as a mild laxative and helps in detoxification, and in addition, strengthens the immune system. External application of the aloe gel helps reduce the inflammation, itching, and irritation which aids in the healing process.

You will need

  • Pure aloe Vera gel

Consume 2 tablespoons of pure aloe twice a day.

Apply pure aloe gel on the affected skin twice or thrice a day for several days.

Baking soda

Sodium bicarbonate or commonly known as Baking soda is another great home remedy to relieve the itch and discomfort of a poison ivy rash. Bottom of FormIt draws out poison by soaking moisture as well as helps relieve the itch and discomfort. The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of baking soda which disinfect and promotes the healing process.

You will need

  • Baking soda 1 teaspoon
  • Water as required

Make a paste by mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with water. With a cotton ball apply the paste on the affected area. Leave it until dry. Wash thoroughly with water. Pat dry. Use this remedy twice or three times a day.

Another way to use baking soda is to add 1/2Cup of baking soda in a tub of cold water. Sit in this water for 10-15 minutes.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal has soothing effects for skin which makes it an effective home remedy for poison ivy rash. The best way to use it is to take an oatmeal bath.

You will need

  • Oatmeal grounded 1/2cup
  • Water

Put ground oatmeal in a bath tub. Mix well. Now sit in this water for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this remedy once daily to get rid of poison ivy rash.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar works tremendously well to soothe irritated skin from any rash including the maddening poison ivy rash. It may sting a bit but the results are worth to give it a try. Due to its acidic nature, apple cider combats bad bacteria and disinfect the area which promotes the healing process.

You will need

  • Apple cider vinegar 1/2cup
  • Water 1 cup
  • Cotton balls

Combine apple cider vinegar with water, mix well. Saturate cotton balls in the mixture and rub on the itchy area. Let it dry naturally. Do this few times a day.

THE AUTHOR
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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