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Cure Poison Ivy the Paleo Way

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Created August 01, 2011 at 12:07 AM

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 01, 2011
at 04:28 PM

ive never had poison ivy before (im one of the lucky ones who deosnt react to it) but i would imagine that the ice cubes would feel really great on the itch. thats my favorite way to get a mosquito bite to stop itching.

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on August 01, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Great stuff. I'm lazy, so I just blend it straight or with a little water and freeze jewelweed ice cubes.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 01, 2011
at 12:10 PM

What grows together, goes together! ;)

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on August 01, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Excellent akd, couldn't have said it better :>) I've noticed jewelweed often grows near poison ivy, which is convenient!! Also, if you have come in contact with this nasty stuff, wash thoroughly with cool water and lye based soap. Regular soap doesn't cut it.

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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on August 01, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Excellent akd!!! I've noticed that Jewelweed often grows next to poison ivy.....which is a very annoying thing. Also, if you get close to it or know you have had contact with it, washing with cool water and lye based soap helps a lot. Regular soap doesn't cut it.

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on August 01, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Lol! Well it would be an opportunity for some peace and quiet, "Leave me alone or I'll rub my arm on you!" *family runs away screaming*

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 01, 2011
at 02:09 AM

ahhh...yeah, I know quite a few of my family that about freaked out thinking I was gonna infect them when I had it last month. LOL, only reason I bother pointing it out.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:54 AM

That's what I meant by spreading, I just forgot to mention "oil" in that last sentence.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:46 AM

This is exactly what I was going to say. I had a wicked case on poison ivy on my arm early this summer. It was nasty. The only thing that eased the itch was scolding hot water sprayed... in the shower on the the kitchen sink using the kitchen sprayer. It took the itch away quickly and for long periods of time.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:23 AM

FYI It doesn't "spread" and its not contagious. The way you get it in other places is by all the different areas the oil has touched or been on your clothes/bed sheets or pets and not washed off before you come in contact with it again. Then it just appears to have spread.

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Show is rad. Both those guys are great

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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at 12:33 AM

oh yeah?? i dont know what this "dual survival" thing is, but im totally going to check it out now! thanks!

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on August 01, 2011
at 12:29 AM

You beat me to it. This was on Dual Survival not too long ago. I'm sure the video is up on youtube somewhere.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 01, 2011
at 12:27 AM

jewelweed, yo. google it and you will find a bunch of pre-made remedies, but its also freakishly easy to make it yourself. if you cant find it local, order it from mountain rose herbs, put about 2/3c of the dried herb in a crock pot on low overnight with about 2c olive oil. in the morning, strain it, add about a teaspoon (100 drops) of lavender and tea tree essential oils and either use the oil as-is, or melt down some beeswax and shea butter, stir in the oil and when it cools its a balm. voila.

toss some yarrow and/or st. johnswort dried herb into the oil infusion with the jewelweed for extra superpowers.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 01, 2011
at 12:10 PM

What grows together, goes together! ;)

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on August 01, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Excellent akd!!! I've noticed that Jewelweed often grows next to poison ivy.....which is a very annoying thing. Also, if you get close to it or know you have had contact with it, washing with cool water and lye based soap helps a lot. Regular soap doesn't cut it.

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on August 01, 2011
at 11:49 AM

Excellent akd, couldn't have said it better :>) I've noticed jewelweed often grows near poison ivy, which is convenient!! Also, if you have come in contact with this nasty stuff, wash thoroughly with cool water and lye based soap. Regular soap doesn't cut it.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 01, 2011
at 12:33 AM

oh yeah?? i dont know what this "dual survival" thing is, but im totally going to check it out now! thanks!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on August 01, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Great stuff. I'm lazy, so I just blend it straight or with a little water and freeze jewelweed ice cubes.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 01, 2011
at 04:28 PM

ive never had poison ivy before (im one of the lucky ones who deosnt react to it) but i would imagine that the ice cubes would feel really great on the itch. thats my favorite way to get a mosquito bite to stop itching.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Show is rad. Both those guys are great

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on August 01, 2011
at 12:29 AM

You beat me to it. This was on Dual Survival not too long ago. I'm sure the video is up on youtube somewhere.

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D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

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on August 01, 2011
at 12:26 AM

The only cure is time. It takes about 2 weeks to heal.

Now, if you meant to ask how to relieve the symptoms, oatmeal helps. Calamine lotion also helps - its mostly zinc and ferric oxide. Or you can put regular zinc oxide (sunscreen) on the rash.

I've had great success preventing poison ivy rash by washing with rubbing alcohol and hot water and/or regular soap and hot water within 15 minutes. Probably any paleo friendly dish soap or laundry detergent will work. It needs to be stronger than the average soap to break up the oil.

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on August 01, 2011
at 02:03 AM

Totally agree with the Jewelweed. If you come into contact, don't touch where you were exposed and rinse off with cold water as soon as possible - do not take a hot shower yet!! It will open your pores and the poison will get in. Rinse, do not rub, even if you have to stand under a hose. I've also heard what @mth has done and rubbing alcohol can help get the oil off same with dish detergent as the "de-greasing" action will break the oil up. You can take that hot shower once you have a rash as that means the oil is absorbed and there's nothing really left to do but heal.

With the Jewelweed you can mash and apply. Take the leaves/roots and make a "tincture" out of them with water on the stove and when the water turns orange, strain, cool, apply. You can put in a spray bottle in the fridge and have a cool relief spray. @akd's suggestions are on the money - as always :) A paste of baking soda and pat it on, same with oatmeal. You can sit in an oatmeal/baking soda bath as well as making a paste out of both of them together.

If you have it I feel for you... be well.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on August 01, 2011
at 01:20 AM

As has been said once the oil is absorbed your skin your body is going to have to go through its reaction. Washing off within 15 minutes....BUT BEST TIP FOR THE ITCH: Scolding hot water/showers. I mean it just hurts so good! I swear this is the only thing that has ever helped me, and when I get it I have a pretty bad reaction. Even seemed like I recovered quicker. I'm not going to bother you with the science of it here but This takes the itch away for 3-4 hours at a time when it was at its worse and 6-8 hrs when it wasn't. Good luck I just had this last month...sucked.

47fbd704c0392c2f38e86a72f1a06c6c

(346)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:46 AM

This is exactly what I was going to say. I had a wicked case on poison ivy on my arm early this summer. It was nasty. The only thing that eased the itch was scolding hot water sprayed... in the shower on the the kitchen sink using the kitchen sprayer. It took the itch away quickly and for long periods of time.

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:17 AM

Wonder if apple cider vinegar would work (mix 50/50 with water), in that it's acidic like alcohol and would help dry out the oils? So would a paste made out of baking soda. And using witch hazel and calamine to soothe the itchies?

The one and only time I had poison ivy was on the tops of my feet. The largest patch was about 3" long by 2" wide, and was full of blisters that were so swollen that entire area had gone numb. I took a lighter, bottle of alcohol, cotton balls and a needle and drained them as best as I could. Using the lighter and then the alcohol to sterilize the needle, I poked multiple holes into each blister and using an alcohol-soaked cotton ball, massaged the fluid out and constantly wiped away the seepage. It helped tremendously, and is what I think helped it heal the fastest. Not sure if that sort of self-treatment is doctor-recommended, lol. Be sure to wear latex/nitrile gloves!

It would probably be a good idea to cover them lightly with gauze until the blisters are completely gone, just to minimize the chances of it spreading by getting on your clothes or under your nails from itching the spots.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 01, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Lol! Well it would be an opportunity for some peace and quiet, "Leave me alone or I'll rub my arm on you!" *family runs away screaming*

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 01, 2011
at 02:09 AM

ahhh...yeah, I know quite a few of my family that about freaked out thinking I was gonna infect them when I had it last month. LOL, only reason I bother pointing it out.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:23 AM

FYI It doesn't "spread" and its not contagious. The way you get it in other places is by all the different areas the oil has touched or been on your clothes/bed sheets or pets and not washed off before you come in contact with it again. Then it just appears to have spread.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on August 01, 2011
at 01:54 AM

That's what I meant by spreading, I just forgot to mention "oil" in that last sentence.

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on August 01, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I found the best way to get rid of it fast was to scratch it well (not deep and infected type scratching just break the blisters) and then take a hot shower. After, and although it might sound gross, apply your own urine. Urine is sterile and great at moisturizing. Can't get any more Paleo than making your own medicine ;)

Search Urine Therapy if you do not trust its safety and/or want more information.

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on August 01, 2011
at 02:55 PM

Totally agree on the hot water application for the itch. Don't scald yourself - just very hot.

Use a face towel & a few ounces of hot (microwaved) water for fast spot applications.

I've been using this technique for over 35 years. Works great for insect bites as well.

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