Nature's remedy for poison ivy

ellenr22September 26, 2006

"Special Note: For on-the-trail treatment and prevention you can't beat nature's own remedy, jewelweed. The Native Americans used Jewelweed. It is usually found in moist, shaded areas and is identified by it's waxy leaves. After a rain or heavy dew, water beads up on the waxy leaves and looks like jewels. It's almost always found close to ivy, so it's usually availible when you need it. Crush a few leaves and stems and rub them on your skin, or crush and soak in water for a larger amount. You can also put a mess of jewelweed in a large glass container and make a "sun tea" out of it to use as a compress (not to be taken internally) to help soothe the eruption if it develops."

from: http://www.jaxmed.com/articles/Diseases/poison_ivy_dermatitis.htm#The%20Culprit:

Here is a link that might be useful: Jewelweed image

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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks ellen,
We have this growing all over our property. Unfortunately, it takes all summer to grow, and lots of times we have poison ivy long before that. Any ideas on how to preserve jewelweed?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2006 at 1:39PM
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joy4me(z6 NY)

Actually, it starts to come up fairly early in Spring. Try to remember where you saw it in the summer and you'll find it in the same general area the following Spring. In many areas it's considered invasive. Once you are able to ID it, you can use it, even when it's still young.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2006 at 10:46PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks joy,
You're right...it probably is growing there all season, but I just don't notice it until it makes it's flowers. I'll mark the site. Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 9:56AM
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