4 Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy

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Have you ever had a poison ivy rash in the winter months?  The summer, sure.  I keep my eyeballs peeled for any poison plants in the summer that are seeking to grab at my girls’ bare feet and ankles.  We scout out the poison ivy in our backyard woods so we can avoid those areas.  I was shocked the first time my husband came home with poison ivy quickly spreading on his arms in the dead of winter.  I didn’t realize this cursed weed shared its misery in the cold months when it looked like nothing more than dead twigs and perhaps a few wilted leaves.  

A few of my girls have followed suit, coming home with itchy rashes after spending time romping in the snowy woods.  What in the world?!  How is poison ivy showing itself in the winter?  I didn’t think I had to worry about this plant, nor think of remedies for its rash when almost everything else was dead outside.  But alas, I discovered that this plant’s poison thrived in the dead of winter.

Today I’m sharing with you 4 different natural remedies that I have effectively used to get rid of poison ivy rashes, no matter the time of year.  And for those of you that are not allergic to poison ivy, I envy you this blessing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The 4 remedies are:

  • Baking soda paste
  • Plantain {can use as a tincture, salve or a poultice}
  • Oatmeal Soap
  • Chickweed Salve {can use as a salve or poultice}

I typically just choose one remedy that I have on hand or is most convenient to use at the time.  In my experience, when I’ve used the baking soda paste to offer relief and healing, I follow with one of other remedies to leave on after I’ve washed the paste off.  They have all offered relief and healing for us!

What is your favorite natural remedy for poison ivy?

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  1. says

    I used plantain salve this year for my dad’s poison ivy and he couldn’t believe how fast it worked! Thanks for sharing- I had no idea you could catch that in winter. We’ll be more alert this year.

    • says

      I have never actually tried the plantain in salve form for poison ivy, but only in the tincture form. So glad to know {and not surprised} that it works as well! Thanks for sharing, Tori. ๐Ÿ™‚

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