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Post by Martha Anne on Mon May 18, 2009 12:17 am

I have personally never had a problem with poison ivy/oak, but just ran across this item in a Backwoodsman mag. It says to wash every hour or so with strong soapy water, just as hot as you can stand. Then come back with a hot salt water bath on the stinging area. This is the simplest remedy and applies to poison oak also, according to the article. Hope this helps someone, Blessings, M. A.

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Post by Guest on Thu May 30, 2013 9:26 pm

I'm going to try this. I have a terrible problem with poison Ivy and I need to find something to help. Any ideas are appreciated.

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Post by 12acrehome on Thu May 30, 2013 10:23 pm

I have heard about the salt bath, and if you think about it it makes sense. A strong concentration of salt will draw out the allergen, and dry the area so the swelling (bumps) will be reduced, and the itching too. So far I am blessed to not have any issues with poison ivy / oak

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Post by dizzy on Fri May 31, 2013 12:33 am

Something else you can try is to take a handful of birch leaves. Boil a cup of water, then add the leaves and simmer for 5-10 minutes to make a tea. Strain the leaves out, then apply to affected area as needed.

As far as I know, any type of birch will work. I've only tried it w/gray birch since that's what I have growing around here.

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Post by Guest on Fri May 31, 2013 4:54 am

I will be trying the birch leaves as well. DH even found some on him last night so I guess we will both be trying. I think until we get our new property cleaned up like we want this will be an ongoing issue.

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Post by 12acrehome on Fri May 31, 2013 8:52 am

How much is there to clear?

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Post by Guest on Fri May 31, 2013 9:30 pm

Quite a bit. This will be an ongoing process.

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Post by dizzy on Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:51 am

Do you own goats? They love to eat it. And, some horses do as well. The problem w/having a horse eat it is if it slobbers on you, or you go to bit them B4 riding.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:01 am

Have goats but no horses.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:11 am

The good Lord knew that some people would be allergic to Poison Ivy, so He created a cure that grows in the same types of areas as PI. Jewel weed (AKA. Touch Me Nots) Just ruff up some jewel weed leaves in your hands until it jucies start to come out, then rub the leaves on any exposed skin before going into an area with PI. Or if you have PI already rub the ruffed up leaves on it. It is both prevention and cure.

It really works! My BIL is VERY allergic, but sence he has been using Jewel weed he has not had PI.

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Post by Guest on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:12 am

Thanks

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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:00 am

I have yet to see PI and jewel weed growing in the same location.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:55 am

dizzy wrote:I have yet to see PI and jewel weed growing in the same location.

True they will not grow together in the same location, but they grow in the same type of locating. meaning soil type/drainage type/amount of sunlight. Sorry if I made it sound like they grow side by side.
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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:07 am

Don't know that I agree w/that-unless you have a different type of jewel weed. All the jewel weed I've seen in this area grows in moist soil. I see it along stream banks, lakes, etc.

Poison ivy, on the other hand, I see in disturbed, dry locations. I've never seen it grow too close to the water.

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Post by 12acrehome on Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:21 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_radicans

they do seem to have some similarities in where they both will grow, but I agree with dizzy, a place that has one will rarely have the other.

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Post by Harvey_Birdman on Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:08 pm

The Jewel weed around here grows in a wide range of places, though it does thrive better near water. It also grows in well drained areas. I have found it on the top of Pine Mountian (where the ground is only a couple of inches thick and then soild rock), and I have it growing at my house (next to the river.) So I am not realy sure.

I read that they prefer the same soil type etc. somewhere (I can't remember where), and I just took it as fact. I have never really took note of it since both seem to grow just about everywhere here. It could have been bad info?. Either way it is still the best cure for PI that I know of.

If the info, about where they grow, is bad I am sorry, like I said both grow everywhere here so it is hard for me to say.
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Post by dizzy on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:29 pm

Could have something to do w/location as well. You're in Kentucky, I'm in South Jersey. So, we have different soil types.

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