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Using Essential Oils to Treat Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak Rash

Using Essential Oils to Treat Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Oak Rash

Poison plants“Leaves of three, let them be.” Easy to remember and every time we get hit with a rash we feel silly because we knew better. Sigh. But there are things you can do to heal the rash quickly. And if you are going on a camping trip, there are a few essential oil recipes down below that would be great to have prepared ahead of time, just in case. I can promise, you can run into a poison plant in the oddest places!

It is important to note, if the rash is in your eyes, throat, or groin region, or if your rash — no matter the location — becomes raw, severely blistered, or infected, consult with your health professional immediately. A bad rash can be a threat to your health. (4)

Draawings poison plant rashesSigns:

  • An itchy, blistering red rash anywhere on the body; can be in patches or lines
  • Blisters often weep a fluid
  • Area is swollen

Best oils:

German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum gymnocephelum, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum italicum, Peppermint

Points of interest

  • A cool shower helps relieve the itching. You can put 2 drops each of Roman Chamomile and Lavender on a washcloth and gently apply it over the affected area. (6)
  • Calamine lotion is a must.
  • Aloe Vera gel is great tPoison ivy raasho use.
  • Take extra Vitamin C when it starts.
  • Before using any treatment, always wash area with soap and water.
  • Avoid hot showers or baths. Bathe only in tepid water.
  • An oatmeal bath does much to relieve the itch. Add 1/2 to 1 cup finely ground or colloidal oatmeal to a tepid bath and soak for 20 – 30 minutes. (4)
  • Wash clothes in a strong detergent and in the hottest water your clothing can stand. Use 1 cup ammonia in the laundry as well to kill off any issues. If you are camping, wash the clothes out with the strongest soap you have with you. If you can’t do that, bag up the clothes until you get home. Do your best to keep your child from scratching.
  • Since the rash produces a “hot” condition in the body, use cooling herbs to help with the symptoms. Cleavers, chickweed, burdock, and dandelion are recommended. Make yourself a tea of these herbs several times a day. Also, avoid spicy foods until rash is gone. (5)
  • Ocean water is a great treatment for these kinds of rashes, surprisingly enough. Soothes the irritation and encourages healing. Make your own by adding Kelp, Baking Soda, and Sea Salt to a tub full of cool water. Soak away! (5)
  • Add 12-24 drops Peppermint per 1 ounce to Vinegar or Witch Hazel. Store in a dark colored glass bottle. Shake well before every use and apply to rash. (3)
  • You can also refer to our Aromatherapy Skin Care: Chronic Skin Conditions article for other possible recipes. It has recipes for treating Dermatitis.

Recipes

*Please note: always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your rash. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Poison Weed Rash Relief

  • 5 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Tea Tree

Mix the above oils in 1 cup of water. Use in one of the following ways:

  1. Spray the blend on the affected areas. Allow it to dry naturally.
  2. To relieve a large area of skin, you might like a bath. Add 4 drops of the essential oil blend and 1/4 cup dry Oatmeal, to a tepid bath. Soak until you feel better. (1)

Rash from plantsCold Compress

  • 4 drops German Chamomile
  • 2 drops Helichrysum gymnocephelum
  • 4 drops Lavender

Add oils to a small bowl of water. Soak compress in water, squeeze out, and apply to rash. (6)

Rosemary’s Itch-Relief Remedy

  • 1 cup Green Volcanic Clay
  • 2 tablespoons Salt
  • Water or Witch Hazel
  • Peppermint oil

Mix the clay with enough water or witch hazel to make a creamy paste. Add salt and several drops of Peppermint oil; the paste should smell strong and feel cooling to the skin.

Spread the paste directly on the affected area and leave on until it is completely dry. To rinse off, soak a washcloth in witch hazel or water and rub gently. Be careful not to scrub the skin, or you’ll aggravate the itching. (5)

Kloss’s Liniment

  • 1 ounce Echinecea Powder
  • 1 ounce organically grown Goldenseal powder
  • 1 ounce Myrrh powder
  • 1/4 ounce Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pint Rubbing Alcohol

Place powders in a jar and cover with rubbing alcohol, leaving a 2 inch margin above the herbs. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place the mixture in a warm location and let it sit for 4 weeks. Strain and rebottle. Label the bottle clearly FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Can substitute Chaparral or Oregon Grape Root for the Goldenseal.

To use: Dilute with water or witch hazel so it stings but doesn’t burn. Apply to affected areas. (5)

Witch hazelPreparation “B”: Astringent Aloe Wipes

  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 1 teaspoon Glycerin
  • 75 drops Lavender oil

Combine ingredients in a bottle and shake vigorously to blend. Label and store in a dark cabinet. Shake well before every use. Soak a soft flannel cloth, chemical-free and unscented baby wipe, or square cotton cosmetic pad with the wash and apply to affected area. Use up to 5 times a day, but especially before bedtime and in the morning. (4)

Poison Oak/Ivy/Sumac Remedy

  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Helichrysum italicum
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 3 drops Cypress
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Menthol Crystals
  • 1 ounce Calendula Tincture

Combine ingredients. Apply externally as needed. When healing begins, externally apply 6 drops Lavender and 6 drops Labdanum in Aloe Vera gel or juice. (3)

And finally,

Poison plant rashes are never easy. And they make you feel like an idiot. But that’s okay. All of us run into them sooner or later. So let’s hear what you like to use. How do you like to treat these rashes? PLease share in the comment section at the bottom of the page.

Poison Ivy

References

  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  4. Hands On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments, and other Topical Therapies, by Stephanie L. Tourles
  5. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar
  6. Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends, by Valerie Ann Worwood

 

 

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About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.
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