Stop the poison ivy itch – redux

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A while back, I wrote a post on how to deal with the itchy rash that comes from contact with poison ivy. This is an update following another encounter with the poison ivy in my front yard.

It’s out of control. There is poison ivy creeping up my huge tulip tree, as well as working its way up the columns on my front porch. I’m too scared to tackle it, and I don’t want to put noxious weed killer in my garden, so I try my best to live around it – avoiding it as much as possible.

Last week, I noticed some unruly weeds by the roadside, so I pulled some out and cut some down before I realized that there was poison ivy there. I washed my hands and arms very carefully, lots of soap and water, as previous research had led me to believe that you could be covered from head to toe in poison ivy oil, but as long as you thoroughly wash your skin, your clothes, and any other surface that may have been in contact right away you won’t develop a rash.

poison ivy paste under eyeI washed. Thoroughly. But somewhere between the curb and the sink, I must have touched the skin underneath my eye. That was Friday. Today is Sunday – 2 days later, and the itch started late last night.

I revisited my post from 2013, then did my due diligence and searched what others were using to soothe a poison ivy rash – or at least stop the itch developing into a rash. I had recently stocked up on Bentonite Clay, so this recipe appealed to me. Please note, though, if you’re putting this on your face it’s a really bad idea to use Peppermint! Lavender, is much more soothing!

I left this concoction on my face for 15 minutes before I washed it off with warm water. My skin feels so much better!

Poison Ivy Paste

 ¼ cup Bentonite Clay
 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
 5 drops Essential Oil (Peppermint or Lavender - see recipe for details)

1

Mix all ingredients together in a small jar.

Note: If you are using this paste anywhere on your face, I'd recommend using Lavender oil, not Peppermint. And always avoid the eye area when using essential oils!)

Any unused paste will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

butterfly on lavender flower

Ingredients

 ¼ cup Bentonite Clay
 3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
 5 drops Essential Oil (Peppermint or Lavender - see recipe for details)

Directions

1

Mix all ingredients together in a small jar.

Note: If you are using this paste anywhere on your face, I'd recommend using Lavender oil, not Peppermint. And always avoid the eye area when using essential oils!)

Any unused paste will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

butterfly on lavender flower

Poison Ivy Paste

I use and trust these products:
Bentonite Clay
Peppermint (Certified Organic) Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oils
Bragg USDA Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Fluid Ounce

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