Poison Ivy Home Remedy

Here is a good poison ivy home remedy to stop the itching and stinging after a jaunt in the forest.

This irritating weed grows wildly throughout the States and Canada., which is one reason it is so often "caught" while hiking in the woods.

Poison ivy can be a real problem for those who spend a lot of time outside. Even if you try to avoid it yourself, pets can easily bring it to you and children rarely know to even watch out for it. 

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Whether you got it from clearing brush or your kids ran into it while playing outside, it's probably not something you want to go to the doctor for. This can be quite expensive, and unnecessary if it is only a small area that is affected.

The first thing you should do if you get into a patch is put an epsom salt compress on it. This will help to bring out the oil from the plant that causes irritation. If possible, do this within five minutes of touching the plant!

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This simple poison ivy home remedy is not only healing to the skin, but it will also stop the itch temporarily. Placing cold packs on your skin can numb it, for a time, and help you to not scratch at it.

You might also try the baking soda method. Simply add enough water to a tablespoon of baking soda to create a thick paste. Apply to the area several times per day. You can also add baking soda to your bathwater to soak in, which will also help draw out the toxic oil.

Another great poison ivy home remedy is organic apple cider vinegar. As soon as you notice the rash, douse it with a shot glass full of apple cider vinegar and let it sit for a few minutes. This too will help to bring out the oil causing the itchiness.

A few days after the incident you may find that your skin is dry and  maybe even blistered. Cover it with the fresh gel of an aloe vera leaf to moisturize and help heal it faster.

Leaves of three, leave them be...

You can see from the pictures of poison ivy that it is a three leafed weed that often resembles wild blackberry leaves. It changes colors throughout all four seasons.

You may run into poison ivy at any of its shades- red, green, yellow, or brown. It remains equally potent throughout the seasons, so plan on wearing long pants, solid shoes, and tall socks when around areas in which it might be growing.

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