The plant poison ivy is commonly found growing in the wilds of North America. The name of the plant is enough to send shivers down the spines because of the skin allergies and rashes that the plant can cause. Fortunately, the allergies and rashes are not serious in nature but they must be treated as soon as possible. There are some simple and effective herbal remedies that are used in the treatment of poison ivy allergies. The allergy caused by poison ivy takes 7-10 days to get cured completely if the treatment is begun on time.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Treating Poison Ivy
Burdock roots are used in the treatment of allergy caused by poison ivy. They are very effective in bringing down the inflammation of the skin. The herb also helps dry the blisters so that they fall off soon. Add two handfuls of burdock roots to half liter of boiling water. Turn off the flame and let the roots steep in the water for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and discard the boiled roots. Let the water cool down. Take a clean cloth and dip it in the treated water. Squeeze the cloth and spread it over the affected skin. This treatment will also help deal with the itching of the blisters. The treatment with burdock roots can be done any number of times during the day; the more the better.
Aloe Vera Treatment
Besides being antifungal and anti-bacterial in nature, aloe vera is has anti-inflammatory properties as well. This makes it very effective in the treatment of various skin conditions that result in inflammation of the skin. Aloe vera is widely used in the treatment of poison ivy. Simply rub the white gel of the aloe leaf on the affected areas of the skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash off using cold water. Chemicals present in the herb will bring down inflammation and also moisturize the skin that has dried up due to formation of blisters. Rub the aloe vera gel at least three times daily on your skin. Many over-the-counter creams for treating poison ivy rashes contain the extracts of aloe vera since the herb has cooling effect on the skin.
The white part of the inside of the banana peel is very effective in the treatment of many skin conditions including athlete’s foot and rashes caused by poison ivy. Use a clean metallic spoon to scrape out the white part of the peel. Collect it in a clean bowl. Apply the scrapped part over the rashes. The enzymes present in it will bring down the inflammation and the redness caused due to the chemicals present in poison ivy. It will also help reduce the itching of the blisters. Scrapping the banana peel is a tedious process but must be done at least twice a day as it will help speed up the healing process of the skin.
Tomato juice is used in the treatment of cystic acne. It helps bring down the inflammation of the skin due to bacterial infection. It also helps the affected area of the skin heal properly. This is one reason tomato juice is used for treating rashes and allergy caused by poison ivy. The natural chemicals present in tomato juice bring down the inflammation and reduce redness of the skin. The chemicals help the blisters dry and fall off faster. Squeeze tomatoes for fresh juice. Do not add water to the juice; use as is. Take a clean cloth and dip it in the juice. Spread the treated cloth over the area that has been affected by poison ivy. Leave on for 10 minutes and then repeat the procedure. Do this treatment three times a day to reduce the intensity of the allergy.
The oil of eucalyptus is widely used in the treatment of poison ivy. This is very fortunate since many times the tree of eucalyptus is found growing near the plant of poison ivy. Rubbing crushed leaves of the eucalyptus can help if you know you have come in contact with poison ivy. Massaging eucalyptus oil over the affected areas is very effective in reducing the redness, inflammation and itching caused by the poison. Leave the oil on the skin and re-apply after 4 hours. Do this treatment 3 times during the day for a period of 5-6 days or until the allergy disappears completely. Also, add 8-10 drops of eucalyptus oil every day in your bath to avoid getting the allergies if you know that you are likely to come in contact with poison ivy. This is a good way of preventing poison ivy allergies in children.
Luckily for North Americans, Goldenseal herb is found growing abundantly in North America. Since ancient times the herb is being used in the effective treatment of infections and allergies caused by various reasons. It is also used in the treatment of poison ivy. The herb is available in capsule form and should be taken twice during the day for 7-10 days. However, consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or a nursing mother.
These days witch hazel is being increasingly used in cosmetic products that target acne-prone skin. Witch hazel is very helpful in bringing down the inflammation and redness caused by acne because it soothes and cools the skin. Add a handful of witch hazel to half liter of boiling water. Turn off the flame after 5 minutes and let the herb steep in hot water for another 20 minutes. Strain the water and throw away the boiled leaves of witch hazel. Use a cloth to apply treated witch hazel water on the affected areas of the skin. No need to wash off. Do this treatment at least thrice a day to reduce itching and fasten the drying up of the blisters.
Sumac is a very popular herbal tea but not many people are aware that it can be used in the treatment of poison ivy. Drinking 2-3 cups of the herbal tea will ensure that you do not get the allergies that are a result of coming in contact with poison ivy.