- May 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm #257824
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
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