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Green Girl’s Natural Cure for Poison Ivy

Green Girl’s Natural Cure for Poison Ivy

So, it’s been three weeks since I started working in the garden. For the record, weeding and planting are harder than they may look. I hurt. However, I have come to find that weeding is actually a very therapeutic task. I know, I know. Sounds crazy, right? But, in fact, if you are able to sit yourself down in front of a large number of weeds (it’s not quite as enjoyable if you are standing and not sitting), it can be very relaxing to pull them out. Plus, it’s incredibly satisfying when you get all of the roots.

However, what is not so satisfying is unknowingly digging into a pile of weeds and pulling up a massive vine of poison ivy. I know what you’re thinking: “That’s stupid. Poison ivy is easy to distinguish from other plants.” Well, you are right, in fact, it is. I do, believe it or not, know exactly what it looks like. But sometimes it hides!

Well, point of the story is, I have a large amount of poison ivy on my arm. Not so pleasing. The day after I noticed it, I showed it to one of my co-workers (who thinks that poison ivy is the devil in disguise). Her response was, “I think there’s some jewelweed over in those woods, you should put some on it.”

Jewelweed??? I had no idea what that was. At all. In my life, calamine lotion had always been the solution to poison ivy. I mean, mother had never been pleased with it (lots of dyes covering my skin? Not her idea (nor mine) of a good product), but what else was there to use? No one wants poison ivy spreading all over their body. And I’m bad with itchiness. I don’t like it.

Well, apparently, both my mom and I have been totally clueless as to the simplest, most natural way to take care of poison ivy. Go figure. The juice from jewelweed has been used as a cure for poison ivy and poison oak, as well as rashes, cuts, and bruises, as far back as the Native Americans. It is found all over the northeast, and in southern California. To find out how to identify it, or to order some, check here.

I can attest: I found some in the woods at work, put it on my poison ivy-full arm, and almost immediately it stopped itching. Now it’s practically gone, and none of it spread. Sounds like a good alternative to me.

Note to self: Say goodbye to that gross pink stuff. Hellloooooo, Jewelweed.

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Lily Berthold-Bond

Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a freshman at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.


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8:40PM PDT on Sep 9, 2013

Sounds good to me-thanks

9:30AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Good to know,thanks for sharing

9:21PM PDT on Aug 16, 2013


5:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Thank you

1:41PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013


1:38PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Thank you for the post

6:04PM PDT on May 20, 2013

wonder if this would work with poison oak, got it all over myself two winters ago, face was so swollen

4:14AM PDT on May 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:23PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


9:31AM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

Thanks for the info.

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