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Jewelweed: A Natural Remedy for Poison Ivy and Skin Irritations

Posted by Lanna Calhoun on

Jewelweed: A Natural Remedy for Poison Ivy and Skin Irritations

1. Active Compound: Lawsone

Jewelweed contains an active compound called lawsone, which has natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-allergic properties. This makes it effective in reducing the severity of poison ivy symptoms, including itching, redness, and swelling.

2. Neutralizing Urushiol Oil

When applied topically, jewelweed can neutralize the urushiol oil found in poison ivy, which causes allergic reactionsIf used promptly after exposure, it may even prevent a reaction from occurring

3. Other Skin Irritations

Beyond poison ivy, jewelweed can also alleviate other skin irritations, such as insect bites. Its soothing properties make it a valuable addition to your natural first aid kit

4. Identification and Habitat

  • Jewelweed, also called “Touch-Me-Not,” grows in shady, moist areas during the summer. Its oval leaves appear silvered or frosted when wet, giving it the name “Jewelweed.”
  • You’ll often find it growing near poison ivy plants.

5. Combatting Poison Ivy Rash

  • The juice from jewelweed stems and leaves helps clear up poison ivy rashes by speeding the drying of blisters and reducing itching.
  • Apply the juice directly to affected areas for relief.

6. Other Uses

  • Jewelweed has been used to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm due to its anti-fungal properties.
  • Native Americans used it in tea as a diuretic and digestive aid.

7. Making Jewelweed Tincture

  • Harvest fresh jewelweed stems, leaves, and flowers.
  • Fill a quart jar halfway with chopped jewelweed.
  • Add alcohol (80-proof vodka) to cover the plant material.
  • Include a few leaves of plantain, yarrow, chickweed, cleavers, and comfrey (chopped).
  • Let it infuse for several weeks, strain, and use as needed.

Using Jewelweed: Ice Cubes and More

Here are practical ways to use jewelweed:

Jewelweed Ice Cubes:

    • Gather the above-ground parts of 3 jewelweed plants.
    • Rinse the plant thoroughly and finely chop it.
    • Boil 3 cups of cool water and add the chopped jewelweed.
    • Simmer on low heat for 30 to 60 minutes.
    • Allow the tea to cool and strain it.
    • Pour the tea into ice cube trays and freeze.
    • Apply a jewelweed ice cube to affected skin three times a day.

Remember, jewelweed typically grows in moist, shady soils along streams. It’s found throughout the United States, from the east coast to the west coast, as well as in Georgia and Florida

Whether you’re dealing with poison ivy or other skin irritations, jewelweed offers a natural and effective solution. Keep this herb in mind for your next outdoor adventure! 🌿🌼

Disclaimer: Always consult a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies, especially if you have allergies or medical conditions.

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