by Robbi Drake
Deer season is over and the winter is beginning to recede. With springtime some of the most outdoor fun, but also some of the outdoor issues.Among the problems we see in the spring and summertime are the weeds, mosquitos and other things that can make us itch and be uncomfortable. Try to pay attention to where you’re walking and what kind of plants that you’re in. That’s step number one to treating poison ivy. Prevent it…
The threat of things like poison ivy and poison oak return nearly as soon as things begin to grow in the summer time. No matter where you live, chances are poison ivy lives there too. You try to watch for it but the fact is that sometimes you’re just not paying attention.
If you’ve been bitten by the poison ivy in your area more than once, you’ve probably used just about every home remedy known to man for the itch and the sting.
The doctors will give you calamine, perhaps even antibiotics or steriods if you’ve been well doused enough in it. The Natives and the old people know of a few better remedies that you might want to try if that calamine isn’t doing the trick.
Here are a couple home remedies that will work for the outdoorsman who didnt’ dodge the Poison Ivy plant.
As a young girl growing up in Pennsylvania and West Virginia I had a sister who was incredibly allergic to Poison Ivy. if the plants were accidentally burned and she stood in the smoke she could catch it. No exaggeration folks
Being unable to get rid of it even after four doctor visits, our gran, who was an old mountain woman in West Virginia split the shoots of the jewelweed, what some of you call touch-me-nots, and rubbed the sap on her legs. She permitted that to dry and stay in place for several minutes. The parts that were more swollen, she covered in a poultic that she made of boiled shoots of the elderberry tree.
The doctors were incredulous when the poison ivy they had treated for more than two weeks was gone within five days.
If you’re someone who has gotten into a poison ivy patch, wash the area thoroughly and if you do still get some residual effects, rub it with the inner sap that is emitted by the jewelweed plant.
Bear in mind that you can have an allergy to anything at all. While most people don’t find this with jewelweed, it can happen so be cautious when you first try the remedy. You’re going to be amazed at how rapidly the poison ivy goes away.