Home remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison ivy rash is caused by the hypersensitivity reaction on skin due to the ill effect of an oily resin called urushiol present in poison ivy flowering plant roots, stem, and leaves. Signs and symptoms of poison ivy rash include redness, itching, swelling, and blisters. The rash is not contagious and usually disappears in one to three weeks. The severity of the rash depends on the amount of urushiol that gets on skin. The toxic oil penetrates the skin and a rash appears within 12 to 48 hours after exposure. The rash starts as small bumps and progresses into enlarged, itchy blisters. A poison ivy reaction can come from direct exposure, touching contaminated objects, and inhalation of smoke from the burning plants. Outdoor occupations and hobby groups are susceptible to poison ivy rash, if exposed.

  1. Avoiding exposure to these plants can prevent body parts from poison ivy rash. Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, boots, and gloves provides a barrier between herbs and body.
  2. Rinsing the clothes outside can protect the interiors, rugs, and furniture from the exposure to poison ivy herb.
  3. Rubbing alcohol on the poison ivy rash can extract oil from the skin.
  4. The oil from poison ivy herb can be washed off quickly with soap and water.
  5. A cool bath or shower may relieve the itching sensation of poison ivy rash. Placing ice-cold compresses on the rash for few minutes may also provide some relief to pain.
  6. Application of baking soda paste on the affected skin area every two hours or bathing with lukewarm water containing baking soda can relieve the itch and pain from poison ivy rash.
  7. Application of coffee extracts onto poison ivy rash is considered as a folk remedy, which may be due to the anti-inflammatory potential of chlorogenic acid present in coffee beans.
  8. Application of vinegar on the affected skin area can ease the severity of the rash.
  9. Another folk remedy is the application of aloe vera sap on the affected area every two hours.
  10. Bathing in warm water mixed with oatmeal or direct application of oatmeal paste may help dry oozing blisters and soothe irritation on the skin.
  11. Application of apple cider vinegar on the affected area can pull out toxin that helps suck the poison out of the pores.
  12. Application of organic goldenseal paste on the affected skin to help reduce the chance of infection.
  13. Dab a small amount of organic witch hazel tonic on the affected area offers both cleansing, pain relieving, and itch-relief.
  14. In olden days, the inside of the banana peel was rubbed on the affected area thus imparting a cooling effect on the rash.
  15. The cooling effect of cucumber paste applied on the skin soothes the heated itching sensation of poison ivy rash.
  16. Again the cooling effect of watermelon rind helps provide itch relief.
  17. The astringent nature of Manzanita leaves helps to dry up blisters. A decoction of these leaves can be prepared and repeatedly applied on the affected skin area.
  18. Some research studies points out that the liquid from crushed jewelweed stem provides itch-relief, when applied on affected skin.
  19. Some sources report the healing potential of Mugwort herb that can neutralize the urushiol present in poison ivy plant. Application of mugwort extract directly on affected skin area is a good remedy for poison ivy infections.
  20. Application of honeysuckle juice on the rash will provide itch-relief.
  21. Rub a piece of rhubarb stem on the rash two or three times daily.
  22. The milky sap from milkweed plant applied on the affected skin area relieves itch and heal blisters.