Mother Nature fills in any open patch of ground pretty quick and often what comes up is poison ivy. Working around a naturalized area, we just have to watch out for its presence.
"Leaves of Three, Let them Be!"
It is interesting that nature has it that where one poisonous plant grows its antidote is most likely growing nearby. For the sting of nettles look for jewelweed or dock and for poison ivy look for jewelweed (Impatiens spp.). Jewelweed is a hollow stemmed weed found in the eastern United States. Light green in color it reaches about 4 feet. The flowers are orange in color and shaped like little trumpets.
If you can find the jewelweed plant break and crush the stems to make a poultice and rub over your skin.
However, if that isn't an option keep a bottle of this Jewelweed Vinegar Spray in your camping gear and in the medicine cabinet. The entire plant, roots and all, are infused in apple cider vinegar to draw out properties that act like the anti-inflammatory steroid cortisone.
The addition of lavender essential oil contributes its own antiseptic and bug repelling wonders. Lavender also helps stop the itch as well as disinfect any chance of infection from scratching.
The itchy rash caused by poison ivy is from the potent urushiol oil which irritates sensitive skin. A person's sensitivity can vary from season to season or even change throughout a lifetime. The potent oils stay active on unwashed clothes and even dead plants for up to five years.
The first thing to do after exposure to poison ivy is to wash the area with cold water while the pores are still closed. The miserable cycle starts when the irritation begins to itch and we scratch. Our body reacts to the urushiol oil by releasing histimine, which is what causes the itch. Scratching feels good for the moment but only aggravates things and since the urushiol is now on your fingernails it is likely to spread to other areas of your body that you touch. Be sure to change your clothes because you will continue to reinfect yourself if the oils are on your clothes.
Use the vinegar spray at first sign of exposure. The spray will feel wonderful because the vinegar is so cooling being it is an astringent. But if you've already done damage by scratching the vinegar may burn a bit but it will take care of the itch.
Avoid contact with your eyes. If you have poison ivy on your face spray the jewelweed vinegar onto a cotton ball and then wipe your face.
Jewelweed Vinegar Poison Ivy Spray comes in a 4 oz. plastic spray bottle.
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