Nov. 13, 2017; by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer (UtopiaSilver.com) Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac are all poisonous plants that cause an itchy, irritating rash upon contact. A compound within the plants called urushiol causes this rash to occur which can unfortunately last between one and three weeks. Thankfully the rash isn’t contagious but they are extremely annoying and will make you feel like you’re crawling out of your skin! Since a close friend of mine recently encountered some poison ivy while trying to find beautiful leaves to include in her wreath this year, I thought I would find a handful of natural ailments that could be effective in treating this stubborn condition. The most effective thus far has been a Colloidal Silver infused paste for Poison Ivy which you can make at home that is not only great for your skin and will provide relief from the itch but it wont break your bank as well! I will also include some other natural remedies that can help bring you (or a loved one) some relief.
Symptoms of Poison Ivy Rash
Typically within 12-72 hours an individual will develop the rash after exposure to the urushiol from this plant. You will see:
- redness of the skin
- swelling of the skin
- itching of the skin
- an outbreak of small or large blisters
The rash will develop in any place the oil has come into contact with the skin. Areas that have been exposed to a larger amount can develop a rash in less time and in some cases new lesions can keep appearing for up to two to three weeks! (1) If your hands are contaminated with the oil resin anything you touch will develop a rash so it is important to wash your hands immediately after coming into contact with the plant and try your very best not to touch anything else!
Initially after coming into contact with the plant, you want to rinse the affected area with copious amounts of warm water within 20-30 minutes of exposure to try and remove as much of the oily plant resin as possible. The effectiveness of this treatment is only going to diminish with time as it becomes more absorbed into the skin. Also, be sure to clean under your fingernails and any other objects that may have come into contact with the oil. However, if you are completely unaware that you have even been exposed and a full blown rash does occur, here are some natural things you can do to get rid of the itch and find some relief.
Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy
Epsom Salt Bath
An Epsom Salt bath will provide quick relief from poison ivy or poison oak rashes. Simply fill your bathtub with 2 cups of Epsom Salt and soak your body in this for 10-15 minutes. It will soothe the rash and help reduce inflammation and swelling.
One of the most effective treatments is an oatmeal bath. Simply take a cup of oatmeal and grind it into a fine powder and add it into your bath. Soak yourself for 20-30 minutes then pat dry. You can also add a handful of baking soda to the bath for added relief.
Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
When I say fresh people, I mean straight from the plant. If you don’t have an aloe vera plant handy yet trust me when I say you need to have one! Simply filet a fresh leaf and rub the gooey gift from God on the affected area for immediate relief. You will have to apply it several times per day as once it comes off you will experience the itch again.
Baking soda is really wonderful for just about everything I’ve come to realize. For treating a rash caused by poison ivy, simply mix 1 part of baking soda to 3 parts of water in a bowl until it forms a paste. Apply it to affected areas on the skin and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly. Continue this process several times a day or as needed for a few days until the rash completely goes away. (2)
Colloidal Silver Infused Paste for Poison Ivy
And last but definitely not least is the Poison Ivy paste made with Bentonite Clay, Colloidal Silver, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, and aloe vera cream or gel for instant relief and rapid healing.
1/4 c Bentonite Clay
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
3-5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops Colloidal Silver
2 tbsp fresh aloe vera gel or cream
- In a small bowl add bentonite clay powder and apple cider vinegar. Let stand until fizzing stops and the mixture is stable. Add the peppermint oil, lavender oil, and colloidal silver to the mixture until fully combined.
- For added comfort and relief add 2 tbsp of fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant or an aloe vera cream.
This mixtures is found to be the most effective since the bentonite clay pulls the poison ivy oils from the pores and drying it up much quicker. Adding in the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver will help to prevent any infections from forming and speed up the healing process. The peppermint oil eases the discomfort from the rash along with the lavender oil which calms and soothes itchy skin. (3)
Briana McDonald, Staff Writer- Silver Bulletin e-News magazine