Treating Poison Ivy and Poison Oak Naturally
Both poison ivy and poison oak are very common plants that cause poisoning in those who come in contact with them. Often, almost all parts of the plants are poisonous – vines, leaves and leaflets, sap, oil, and twigs or branches. These plants can cause the following symptoms:
- Severe itching
- Colorless bumps (poison oak); colorless to reddish colored bumps (poison ivy)
- Blistering when the bumps are scratched
Often, these are often allergic reactions to the toxins of these plants.
Remedies for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
The following remedies are known to be effective against the effects of poison oak and poison ivy:
- Run water unto the areas that came in contact with the plants. Do this for about 10 minutes. Then, use soap to wash off the remaining poison.
- Bathe in hot water several times a day, preferably before eruption of the bumps begins.
- A paste of powdered chalk and water applied several times a day.
- A paste of baking soda and water.
- A hot bath of baking soda or Epsom salts.
- Apply goldenrod oil in affected areas.
- Smooth on milk that has been highly salted; allow it to dry completely and leave on for a long while.
- Apply milk of magnesia on affected piles and let dry completely; this will offer relief from itching as well as cool the area.
- Bathing in sea water is also quite beneficial. This will aid in the healing process by drying out piles.
- Boil a cup or two of oatmeal in about 10 cups of water. Allow to cool. Use this to bathe the affected areas to soothe the itchiness and pain.
- Burdock roots can be used in two ways. It can be drank as tea or applied on the affected areas.
- Blend potato until it becomes a pasty blob. Use this as paste on the affected areas.
Using Aloe Vera, Olive Oil And Witch Hazel For Poison Oak
- Take a piece or stalk of aloe vera. Cut off one part and rub on the itchy areas. This will also provide relief to the areas with blisters and piles.
- Peel a banana. Use the inner side of the peel – rub this on the affected areas.
- Take olive oil several times a day and apply the oil on piles as well.
- Witch hazel, lobelia herb tea, and rosemary tea can also be applied to affected areas for cooling and calming the itchiness.