Natural Ways to Treat Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

Home remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

Leaves of three, leave them be.  That is the old saying for dealing with poison ivy.  If you garden a lot, you will most likely, at some point or other, come into contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  The intense itching and pain is horrible, and it can also give you a fever.

The rash occurs when the plant toxin (urushiol) comes into contact with the human skin.  It is virtually harmless to animals.  In fact, they can actually carry it around the garden.  without a problem to anyone other than the humans that come in contact to it.

Leaves of three...leave them be.  But what do you do if you get a case of poison ivy?  See my natural remedies.There are many creams and ointment that will deal with the problem but there are also some home remedies that are effective.  Here are a few of them:

  • Aloe Vera Gel.  I have a large aloe vera plant growing on my deck. It is great for treating sunburn and other burns, and also works on a poison ivy rash.  Just split open the leaves and place the gel on the area that is infected. It will relieve the pain and itching.
  • Baking Soda – Add 1/2 cup of baking soda in bath water and soak.  You can also make a paste with water or apple cider vinegar and apply it to the rash.
  • Oatmeal – Remember treating chicken pox with oatmeal pastes?  It also can treat poison ivy.  Make a paste of cooked oatmeal and apply it to the rash. This works because it helps draw out the toxins and so it relieves the itching.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apply a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar directly to the infected skin.  It has as toxin pulling action that helps to suck the poison out of your spores.  You can also soak a cotton towel with warm apple cider vinegar.  Reapply to the skin as needed until the rash subsides.
  • Fruit or vegetable treatments – many fruits and vegetables can be used to treat poison ivy rashes.  The inside of banana peels will help soothe the skin.  Cucumber pastes or slices will also help soothe the rash and cool the skin, as will watermelon rind. 
  • Himalayan Crystal Salt – this is used because poison ivy causes the skin to become wet and inflamed, and salt dries the skin.  Make a paste of purified water and Himalayan crystal salt and place it on the rash.  You can also soak in a bath of warm water and a cup of salt and soak for 1/2 hour.

Have you tried other methods of treating poison ivy or poison oak?  Please let us know what you have found successful in the comments below.

For natural ways to kill poison ivy in your garden, please see this article.

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  4 comments for “Natural Ways to Treat Poison Ivy or Poison Oak

  1. Renee
    06/27/2013 at 9:02 pm

    I use Dawn with bleach if i know or think I have been in poison ivy or I might already have it. Wash with it head to toe and rinse with luke warm water. If I have broken out in rash bumps I use dawn like a lotion let sit for 20 minutes then rinse and do this a couple times and its gone in two days!!!! Works everytime

  2. carol mccollum
    07/18/2013 at 6:42 pm

    Ban roll on deoderant will cure it an stop the itching very fast..

  3. 07/24/2013 at 8:23 pm

    Put liquid soap, dish soup or rub bar soap on the area. Keep reapplying till it goes away. The soap dries it up.

    • admin
      08/01/2013 at 6:42 pm

      Did not know this! Thanks for sharing Nancy!

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