Home Remedies for Poison Ivy


Did you know that 7 out of every 10 people are allergic to poison ivy? There is a resin in poison ivy called urushiol.  If you’ve had poison ivy before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. When you come into contact with the poison ivy plant it gets on your skin and forms a terrible streaking rash. 

Here are some great home remedies to help relieve poison ivy

Baking soda bath – Baking soda is something most people have in their kitchens. It works very well in relieving the itchiness caused by poison ivy. To make a bath, add some warm water to the bathtub along with ¾ cup of baking soda.

Oatmeal paste – Oatmeal is great for relieving itchiness from poison ivy. To make a paste, cook a packet of plain oatmeal, according to the package directions. Allow the oatmeal to cool down and apply the paste to the affected areas of skin.

Vinegar compress – Apple cider vinegar features a toxin that helps to get the poison ivy out of your skin. You can make a compress by using a thin towel that has been soaked in apple cider vinegar. Then, apply the compress to the skin and reapply as needed.

Banana peel – Yes, this may be an old wives’ tale but it really does work. Peel a banana and rub the affected skin with the inside of the banana peel. The coolness of the banana skin can help to relieve some of the itching from the poison ivy.

Cucumber slices – Cucumber slices are great for poison ivy treatment since they provide you with soothing relief. Just slice a few cucumber slices and apply them to the affected area for some cool relief.

Lemon juice – Lemon juice is a natural astringent so many people use it to treat poison ivy. As soon as your skin has come in contact with the plant, rub some lemon juice onto the affected area. This will help to remove some of the oil before it embeds your skin.

Keep an eye out for leaves of 3, and let it be!

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