Poison Ivy Remedy

April 5th, 2009 by Kristen

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My husband and I are both terribly allergic to Poison Ivy, so watch Shoshanna and me make a remedy using Plantain, Aloe Vera Gel, and Jewel Weed. It works great for us!

This is an excerpt from the upcoming video Making Herbs Simple Volume II. Click to see Making Herbs Simple Volume I – It’s a great beginner herb video and we’ve heard that kids want to watch it over and over again- a homeschool favorite!

Posted in Herbs, Video Podcast

12 Responses

  1. Yooper

    Fun video…I am glad you shared this remedy. So easy!

    We have jewel weed and plantain, so I can make this IF we ever encounter Poison Ivy. ;)

  2. Kristen

    OH- there is no IF around here…. but a WHEN you come into contact with it. Bleh.
    No poison plants in the Yooper area?

  3. Whiterock

    Y’all said you can tell it’s Jewel Weed by putting it in water, but didn’t explain. So, how does that work?


  4. Kristen

    Jewel Weed SPARKLES silver-like in the water. It looks like a Jewel!
    It also blooms a small orange flower, grows close to water, has swollen joints, and a smooth rubbery feel to it (not a normal leaf feel).

  5. Jillian

    So, Kristen, can your hubby recognize poison ivy, yet? So as to not walk through it, again. lol
    Nice to know you can use the leaves for jewel weed, too. I don’t know why, but I always just used the flowers.
    Can you take your herb “paste”, spread it on the skin, and then wrap a cloth, plastic wrap, or rag around it? Or does it need to be able to dry on the skin? Thought it would be a way to keep it on longer, and not be so messy. Thanks! Kudos to another great herb video! ;)

  6. Yooper

    We must have it around if God put the remedy here…LOL.

    Some friends have it north of us, but we’ve just never encountered it, and I’m surprised, given our outdoor adventuring. :)

  7. Kristen

    Oh sure- he knows what it looks like. But he’s one of those tough men that will work in the woods & around the poison ivy.

    But the experience we were referring to in the video he CHOSE a large poison ivy patch over certain death on a rickety 100 yr old bridge. Imagine carrying a camera, tripod, & having to balance on beams that are several feet apart and could break at any moment.
    I’d choose the ivy too. :-)

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  10. Holly aka all2Jesus on WTM

    My Mom is highy allergic, so I’ll be on the hunt for jewel weed.

  11. Kathryn

    Does plantain have another name? I thought you would use the tropical fruit that looks like a big banana. I have never heard of Plantain other than the above. Thanks

  12. Kristen

    I don’t know of any other names for it, but here are the two kinds (with picture links). I’m sure you’ve got some near you!

    Buckhorn plantain leaves are dark green, long and thin, seldom more than an inch or so wide. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf/weed%20id/buckhorn-plantain2.jpg
    Broadleaf Plantain leaves are much wider and have eight veins running through it (no center vein) http://njaes.rutgers.edu/weeds/weed.asp?broadleafplantain

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Simply Kristen is our journey to living natural, healthy, rural, and happy. I'm interested in learning the art of whole foods, animal husbandry, farming, making your own cheese, bread, yogurt and MUCH more.