Here are some natural remedies for poison ivy if you are unlucky enough to come in contact with it that will help reduce the itching and pain.
Before trying any of these remedies, be sure to first wash the area thoroughly with soap and hot water, using a washcloth.
Rinse and repeat at least three times to ensure that all of the poison is gone.
Urushiol, the substance in poison ivy that makes you itchy, is a sticky oil that is hard to wash away.
Make certain to wash all clothes, and anything else that came into contact with the plant, too.
Stop the pain and itching of poison ivy by rubbing a watermelon rind over the rash.
Allow it to dry naturally.
Witch hazel applied to the affected area can soothe the itching.
Cover the rash with a paste made from cold coffee and baking soda.
A paste made from water and cornstarch will also work.
Take a warm bath with oatmeal or Epsom salt. Use about one cup of oatmeal or two cups of Epsom salt in a full bathtub.
Rub a banana peel or a watermelon rind over the rash and don’t rinse it off. Allow it to dry naturally.
Make a paste from one tablespoon of turmeric with equal parts of lime or lemon juice and apply it to the affected area.
Whip a raw potato into a paste in your blender. Spread it onto your skin and cover it loosely with plastic wrap.
Make a paste from one tablespoon of salt, 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint essential oil, 1 to 2 cups green clay, and a little water.
Apply liberally and leave in place for approximately 30 minutes.
Apply 2 to 3 times daily.
Rub dishwashing liquid onto the skin area with a washcloth and allow it to dry.
Reapply as needed.
Apply tea made from burdock root or peach tree leaves.
Allow it to dry on the skin, and reapply as often as desired.
3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spray the affected areas and allow to air dry. Helps to treat symptoms as well as to dry the rash.
Warning: Urushiol remains active for up to 5 years.
So even a dead poison ivy plant can cause a rash!