My son Nate got the WORST break out of poison ivy rash earlier this spring. It was pretty early before it had truly gotten warm,but he must have gone romping around in a huge patch of it in our back yard woods because the rash was UP AND DOWN his legs.
It oozed and was so swollen that we didn’t suspect poison ivy as the cause. It actually took us two trips to the doctor to figure out what was going on. Turns out he’s just as allergic to poison ivy as his Dad (big flare up reactions.)
He had to take Benadryl for days plus put some sort of prescription topical cream over it before it started to heal.
It’s definitely the season. So I received this recipe for a Homemade Poison Ivy paste from a contributor and am thrilled to share it. I need to make some for the next time my kids go playing in a field of poison ivy!
Check this out. Scroll down for a downloadable and printable label you can put on your jar!
Poison Ivy Paste
* This will keep covered in a jar for about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
- cup of Bentonite clay
- 3 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 6-10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oils
- 3-5 drops of Lavender Essential Oils
- 5 drops Colloidal Silver
- 2 tbsp. Aloe Vera Cream (Optional)
- In a small bowl add clay and apple cider vinegar, it will fizz just let stand until mixture is stable.
- Add Peppermint Lavender and colloidal silver to the clay mix and slowly stir until fully combined.
- You can use this mix just as it is this way however for more of a creamy consistency organic Aloe Vera cream can be added to further calm the infection.
Why this works: The Clay mixture pulls the poison ivy oils from the pores thereby drying up the infection very quickly. Adding the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver prevents infection. The Peppermint oil acts as a pain reliever and the lavender calms and soothes the skin thereby relieving the itch.
If you want to label it, we have these cool downloadable and printable Poison Ivy labels available too.