Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac
The photo shows poison ivy in spring, summer and fall
Leaves of three – let them be!
Poison ivy, poison oak and poison all contain the same rash-causing substance called urushiol (yoo-roo-shee-ol), which is a colorless and odorless oil contained in the leaves of these plants. Not everyone gets an allergic reaction to urushiol, but about 60-80% do. The reaction can appear immediately or as late as five days later. The rash can take 1-2 weeks to heal and may spread to other parts of the body if it gets into the blood stream.
Poison ivy is an itchy or burning rash that appears within 2-3 days as small red bumps that usually blister. The blisters can be different sizes and may ooze clear fluid. The bumps and blisters may look like straight lines or streaks on the skin. The rash may begin to look crusty as it heals.
Immediately after exposure, wash and scrub skin with soap and water. Wash all clothing that may have come into contact with the ivy.
1. PEPPERMINT oil neat (undiluted) works great on poison ivy and dries it up very quickly. To prevent it from getting into the blood stream, take Alfalfa tablets.
2. I just got into some poison ivy and used PURIFY diluted with vegetable oil, and within minutes the welts disappeared and are completely gone!
3. I’ve had terrific success with poison ivy using PLAGUE DEFENSE and PURIFY. I think Plague Defense actually takes care of the itching as well as the rash. I used both undiluted right on the rash. [Linda’s comment: I’d be careful with Plague Defense undiluted on skin, even if I didn’t have a rash, but especially on a rash. If you try this one, I’d have a carrier oil handy to dilute it if you experience an adverse reaction.]
4. My husband gets a terrible reaction to poison ivy. When he starts to break out, he washes the area with homemade soap, and then he saturates the area with TEA TREE oil. He keeps following up with the Tea Tree oil until the rash is gone. It takes the itching away almost immediately and keeps it from bubbling up and spreading.
5. TEA TREE oil does wonders for our bouts with poison ivy. My husband used to get steroid shots every time he had an outbreak, but not since we started using Tea Tree oil!
6. I had poison ivy on my face and hands. I used PEPPERMINT on my hands, but Linda suggested using LAVENDER (instead of Peppermint) on my face, including my eyelid. Lavender didn’t sting my eye or tingle like the Peppermint, but worked just as well. The itch disappeared quickly, and the spots dried up in a day!
7. I got poison sumac on my arms as a result of picking up kid goats that had been in the woods. I typically get a pretty bad case of it. I used TEA TREE and PEPPERMINT on it as needed and it didn't bother me very much at all!! I had heard that castor oil works well too. Anyway, I have been praising God that these oils came into my life, since I have treated my family for several things successfully with the few EO's I have and all the information on your website! Thank you for working diligently for the Lord to assist in the healing God's people! - Susan
8. I am terribly allergic to poison ivy. If the LAVENDER or PEPPERMINT isn't working you can try Birch. I have to take ZINC pills along with my essential oils to make it go away. The combination of essential oils and zinc is the only way to get rid of it for me. My 13-year-old daughter took 30 mg of Zinc and used Lavender topically. I took 75 mg of Zinc and used Birch topically.
9. Poison Ivy got me with a vengeance and went systemic. Even though I knew about the oils I went the doctor route (after doing over-the-counter stuff). Prescriptions for this are very expensive! After about $200 and no success, it dawned on me to try the oils. I used PLAGUE DEFENSE simply because it is my favorite blend. The poison ivy dried up in just a couple of days.
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