I just want to state that writing this post makes me itch everywhere! I was one of those people who swore they were magically immune to poison ivy. Even growing up with horses on a 10 acre farm with plenty of time in fields and riding bareback into the bushy woods, I had somehow avoided this treturous plant. I have read things change a lot after you are pregnant and have a child…I’m thinking my immunity just wore off 😉
I wouldn’t be writing this post if I didn’t have poison ivy. I must admit I was a little disappointed in myself. My first instinct when I decided to trim our massive bush was, “That right there is poison ivy!”. Trimming turned into hacking the whole thing down and in the midst of my hurrying I started grabbing everything and putting the branches into massive piles. About 4 days later I woke up and started itching really badly on my arm. I looked down and was confused by a weird rash on my arm, but as I began to inspect my arms and legs more closely I quickly got the point. Thank you mother nature. Needless to say, I listened to my instinct this time. A homemade remedy was in the works!
DIY Poison Ivy Healing Salve
- 2-3 Tbsp of bentonite clay
- 6-8 drops of peppermint oil
- 1 tbsp of witch hazel
- 1-2 Tbsp of aloe vera gel
Mix all of the ingredients in a tin to form a paste. Cover poison ivy patches and let dry.
Why Do These Ingredients Work?
Witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. Something you definitely want relief from when suffering from poison ivy!
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has powerful antibacterial properties that effectively work to heal while soothing irritation, redness and swelling at the same time. Although Aloe is approximately 95% water, the rest of it contains a concentrated mix of essential oils, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, glycoproteins, polysaccharides, anthraquinones, lectins, and anti-inflammatory fatty acids.
It’s natural to think of how a sponge absorbs water. Clay does essentially the same thing, absorbing not only water, but also other harmful substances like toxins, infection, and in my case the oil in those little blisters!
This essential oil is very cooling and known for relieving anything that itches. The soothing factor is a must and you feel it instantly.
Bug Bites, Stings, Rashes and Burns
I want to throw it out there that my best friend thought I was crazy and the trainers at the gym told me I looked like I was molding! How rude? But, 5 days later I am poison ivy FREE! My husband even threw me under the bus and asked me if I was making clay when I was whipping the concoction together. But little did he know I would come to his rescue when he had a few bug bites on his back that would not stop itching. This healing salve works not only for poison ivy, it is great for rashes, bug bites, stings and burns. *I want to add that I had a very mild case of poison ivy, if you have a serious rash please consult a doctor immediately.
These ingredients are inexpensive and great to have on hand throughout the summer. You can make so many things from these 4 simple ingredients. This salve cost pennies to make compared to your store bought options that range from $10 to even $35!!
Stay simple…stay savy!