One fairly easy FREE remedy for poison ivy is Jewelweed.

Jewelweed is easy to spot, as it usually grows nearby poison ivy.

Simply make a poultice with the crushed leaves & stem and apply, or

you can make an easy ointment and apply it for longer lasting relief.

To make an ointment simmer (on very low) 2 cups of chopped jewelweed

in a small amount 1/4-1/3 c. of light oil (such as almond or

vegetable oil). I don't recommend Olive oil for 2 reasons. First, it

burns too quickly and second the scent is overpowering. Carefully

strain the herb, add a teaspoon or so of grated beeswax, stir until

melted. Remove from the heat. For a preservative, pop a vitamin E

capsule with a needle and carefully extract the contents into your

ointment, stir well. Pour into sterilized jar. Keeps in the fridge for

Months (well, technically.. it doesn't keep that long because you can

use it for everything from Bee-stings to mosquito bites to diaper

rash.) If you fail to strain the herb well, your ointment WILL Mold.

Medicinally Jewelweed contains two methoxy-1, four napthoquinine

(which is an anti-inflammatory & Fungicide which happens to be the

active ingredient in Preparation H!)

The fresh plant will last up to a week in the refrigerator. (Another

side note.. if you KNOW that you've been exposed to Poison Ivy or Oak,

crush jewelweed and rub vigorously over the exposed area to prevent

the rash.)