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Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac


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Comment from: Lady Anne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

My grandmother used to make a tea from the leaves of jewel weed, which is often found growing near poison ivy. She kept this tea in the fridge and would dab it on my rash with a cotton ball. If the rash was severe, after she'd swabbed me down, she would take a whole leaf and place it on the damp skin, then wrap the whole shebang with loose gauze or a piece of old bedsheet. I still use this method on myself (I swear I can get poison ivy by looking at the plant too hard), and well as my kids, grandkids, and now great-grandchildren.


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