Essential Oil Poison Ivy Relief
Poison Ivy Relief
I love the great outdoors! I love gardening, farming, hiking, geocaching, nature photography, and birding! If you are out in God’s amazing creation as much as we are you are bound to run into your share of the poison ivies, oaks, and sumacs. These plants are some of the few plants I often wonder if they even have a purpose on earth other than being placed here to make sure we ‘tread carefully” in the forests!
(Just in case you ever wondered the purpose of these plants, here is a short article about “Poison Ivy Has Its Plusses” by Jane Hill)
Poison Ivy has sap that contains something called urushiol which binds with skin when you come in contact with the plant and it causes an allergic reaction in 70-85% of the population. Urushiol can stay active for years so even handling dead leaves or vines can cause a reaction. It can even be transferred to other things including your pet’s fur, tools, or clothes. (Wikipedia)
I have gotten poison ivy from my sweet little goats. They find poison ivy to be the tastiest treat, and, for the most part, they keep it ate down where our family rarely brushes against it. The down side of that is their little faces get the oil all over them while they are munching and pass it along to us when they come up to nuzzle our hands.
Aren’t they just too sweet to not pet!!
So it looks like the odds are against us, even when we try to avoid these poisonous plants. Thankfully, we have an opportunity to have a good poison ivy relief ready for when the time comes!
So what do you do if you just realize you touched poison ivy? First and foremost, WASH the area with soap and cold running water as soon as you can after coming in contact!!!! Wash your clothes and anything else that may have the poison ivy oils on them. That should get the oils of the urushiol off your skin. Sadly, more often than not, we do not notice we touched the plant (or had it rubbed on us) until it is too late and we have itchy bumps starting to form, for that I suggest using one of these remedies.
Use essential oils that have natural anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and antipruritic (relieves itching) properties. (affiliate links included)
Poison Oak/Ivy/Sumac Remedy #1
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Eucalyptus Essential Oil
1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil
Apply one drop of each of the above EO directly on affected area or on a cold compress. You can also mix a roll-on bottle ahead of time with these four oils in equal parts for a handy “to go” option.
Poison Oak/Ivy/Sumac Remedy #2
3 drops lavender oil
3 drops cypress oil
3 drops peppermint oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon warm water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Dissolve the salt in the water and vinegar then add oils. Shake well before each use. Apply externally as needed to the rash. Works well in a 2 oz. spray bottle.
~Hope this helps y’all have Happy Daze in the great outdoors!~
Always “spot test” new oils to check for sensitivity, then dilute with a carrier oil if needed.
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(cut larger labels in half to fit small bottles)
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References: Worwood, Valerie Ann. “Chapter 3/ Your Basic Travel Kit/ Plants.” The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. San Rafael, CA: New World Library, 1991. 58-59. Print. Keville, Kathi. “Aromatherapy Poison Ivy Cure” 01 May 2007. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/aromatherapy/aromatherapy-poison-ivy-cure.htm> 20 March 2014. Images: Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac: © 2012 RelayHealth and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Redwood Background Image: Schweppe, Michael. Redwoods. 2005. Redwood National Park, California. Flickr. Web. 21 Mar. 2014.
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Posted on March 24, 2014, in Homesteading, Oils & Herbs and tagged Apple Cider Vinegar, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Oils & Herbs, Original Medicine, Peppermint, Spark Naturals. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.