Cure for Poison Ivy, Stings and Skin irritations:
Adventures in the great outdoors include encounters with poison ivy, bee stings, bug bites and other skin irritations.
Mother Nature loves you, and has put a cure close at hand. Everywhere poison ivy grows, another plant called Jewelweed or Touch-me-not, grows nearby.
Everytime I see poison ivy, I look for Jewelweed, and find it nearby. It's Amazing. Mother Natures First Aid Kit.
Jewelweed blooms May through October in eastern North America from Canada to Florida. It grows everywhere... in the woods, along roadside ditches, and anywhere wild and moist. A cousin to impatiens, Jewelweed is an asemetrical green leafy plant that sometimes develops yellow flowers, the Touch-Me-Not variety has orange flowers with dark red dots. The seeds will 'pop' when touched , that is where the name Touch-Me-Nots came from. There is plenty of jewelweed in the wild, and it is not hard to find once you learn to identify it.
Jewel Weed totally neutralizes the Poison Ivy's oily antigen called Urushiol, and you will no longer spread it by scratching or rubbing. Just slice open the stem and rub the juice on your skin. This will promptly stop the itch and prevents breakout.
The Results of a Clinical Study, in which a 1:4 jewelweed preparation was compared for its effectiveness with other standard poison ivy dermatitis treatments was published in 1958 (Annals of Allerty 1958;16:526-527). Of 115 patients treated with jewelweed, 108 responded ‘most dramatically to the topical application of this medication and were entirely relieved of their symptoms within 2 or 3 days after the institution of treatment.' It was concluded that jewelweed is an excellent substitute for ACTH and the corticosteroids in the treatment of poison ivy dermatitis. The active principle in the plant responsible for this activity remains unidentified." by Varro Tyler, PhD in his book HERBS OF CHOICE
Jewelweed is famous for its skin healing properties. Poultices and salves from the plant are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts, and ringworm.
I use it for my kids all the time.
Its a little tidbit of Crone Wisdom that every mother should know.