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Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac

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What home remedies helped your poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash? Submit Your Comment

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.

REFERENCES:

Brown, Sydney Park Brown and Pat Grace. "Identification of Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poisonwood." University of Florida IFAS Extension. <http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep220>.

Prok, Lori, and Thomas McGovern. "Poison Ivy (Beyond the Basics)." UptoDate.com. Nov. 25, 2013. <http://www.uptodate.com/contents/poison-ivy-beyond-the-basics>.

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