Spring is here along with beautiful, budding flowers, landscaped yards, and the scent of freshly cut grass. Along with the pleasantries come the not-so-pleasant aspects of Spring ─ Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac. And, unfortunately, it’s found right in our backyards.
As I have gotten older, I’ve noticed an increase of Poison Ivy rashes and even allergic reactions from cutting grass and landscaping the yard. I try to avoid contact with the poison and allergens by arming myself with a full-body outfit. However, I still occasionally find myself with a rash.
The doctor prescribes a medication containing steroids to treat the rash. However, this medicine is not healthy for our bodies and can cause fatigue, headaches, stomach upsets, and become addictive and create additional health problems. If your rash or allergies are severe, I do suggest speaking with your doctor and following her orders. However, for every day rashes due to a natural poison or allergens, I have found several all-natural remedies that work great.
Additionally, following the list of natural remedies, I’ll include a homemade recipe that I’ve found really helpful to treat and heal my Poison Ivy rashes.
What is Poison Ivy?
Firstly, what exactly is Poison Ivy and what causes the rashes?
The plants, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac all contain a natural poison called urushiol. Urushiol is an oil consisting of many toxic compounds. It is found in the plant’s sap. Urushiol in these plants is effective for up to 5 years and can contaminate tools, pet fur, clothing, and other objects. In fact, it is such a potent toxin that 1/4 ounce of it is enough to give every human on the planet a rash. The oil is mostly watery-yellow or colorless and is odorless.
9 All-Natural Remedies For Poison Ivy
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar directly to the rash as it has a toxin-pulling ability and will help pull the poison out of the rash. You can even apply apple cider vinegar to your skin before you get a rash or to keep a rash from spreading as it will pull poison from the pores.
Apple cider vinegar has lots of health benefits as a natural remedy. To see 11 more remedies, check out Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies Can Improve Your Health.
2. Baking Soda Paste
Baking Soda is an excellent remedy for the itchiness of Poison Ivy. You can make a paste by mixing 1 tsp of water with 3 tsp of baking soda and applying it to the rash. Or, you can take a baking soda bath by stirring in 1/2 cup of baking soda into warm water.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel has anti-itch, cleansing, and healing properties. Dab a small amount onto the infected area.
4. Oatmeal Paste
Cook oatmeal so that it is thick and apply it to the skin. Oatmeal has natural healing properties and is soothing. It’s good to apply the oatmeal while it is warm as this will help dry out the rash as it dries. However, be sure it’s not hot. Hot oatmeal will agitate the rash. Add some baking soda to the oatmeal for extra itch relief.
5. Cucumber Paste
Cucumber is naturally cooling and has anti-itch and healing properties. You can make a cucumber paste by mashing up sliced cucumber. Or, simply slice the cucumber and let it rest on the infected area.
6. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is soothing, will stop the itch, and has many healing properties.
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, you can buy 99% pure aloe vera gel from health stores. Make sure the ingredients only contain aloe vera gel and organic preservatives which are necessary, so the gel doesn’t grow bacteria.
7. Himalayan Salt
Because the Poison Ivy rash oozes, Himalayan salt is good to help dry it out. It also will pull the poison from the rash and pores.
You can either make a paste by adding water or add a cup of Himalayan salt to warm bath water.
8. Goldenseal Root
Goldenseal root can help to prevent infections from setting in and is naturally healing. Make a paste with the powdered root by adding water and apply it to the infected area. You can also drink goldenseal root tea or take goldenseal root as a supplement to help combat the Poison Ivy rash.
9. Essential Oils
Essential oils, such as chamomile, peppermint, tea tree, and lavender will help to soothe and cool the rash, stop the itch, stop the oozing, prevent an infection from setting in, and help to heal it.
See below for a homemade recipe using essential oils.
Homemade Recipe to Treat Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Allergy Rashes
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp purified water
- 1 Tsp Himalayan Salt
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil (soothing menthol)
- 3 drops lavender essential oil (for the itch)
- 3 drops chamomile essential oil (soothing, anti-inflammatory)
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil (antiseptic)
- 36 drops of an emulsifier, such as solubol or polysorbate to help disperse the essential oils in the water base (optional)
Mix everything together and be sure that the salt dissolves. Be sure to shake before each use. Dab the mixture onto your rash, as needed.
I know all too well of the pain, itchiness, and oozing of a Poison Ivy and allergy-related rash. And, I hope that these all-natural remedies can help you as they have helped me to treat my Poison Ivy rashes.
How do you treat your Poison Ivy rashes? Let us know in the comments below.
And, if you found this information useful, please share it with your family and friends so that they too can heal their Poison Ivy and allergy-related rashes!
Robin, and the Zen team.
*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.
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