- April 8, 2005 at 11:14 pm #241803LissKeymaster
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 coconut 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 a sterilized jar. Keeps in the fridge for Months
(well, technically..it doesnt keep that long because you can use it for everything from Beestings 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.)
- September 1, 2014 at 6:53 am #458318
Vitamin E is not a preservative. It is an antioxidant. This means that when it is added to oils, it will HELP to prolong the shelf life of an oil otherwise exposed to oxygen and thus, oxidation.
Preservatives are used when you add water to a product to help prevent bacteria and mold, whereas antioxidants are used to prevent rancidity in oils.
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