Looking for a natural poison ivy treatment that actually works? Here’s how you can use the leaves off a pecan tree to heal your poison ivy rash at home naturally – no trip to the doctor necessary.
Natural Poison Ivy Treatment
By Jordan Winders
If you have ever had poison ivy then I donât have to tell you how uncomfortable it is. First IÂ would like to go over how the rash is contracted then offer you a simple home remedy for poison ivy treatment. I can only speakÂ for poison ivy as this is the only one I have had.
The one thing poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak all have in common is the urushiol oilÂ that the entire plant gives off. Yes, the entire plant including the roots, stems, and of course the leaves.Â If this comes into contact with the skin then more than likely you are going to have an allergic reactionÂ and break out in the commonly known red rash you get from any of the three plants.
Contrary toÂ popular belief the only way to spread this is by moving that oil around the skin.
So if you know you haveÂ just contacted poison ivy, stop what you are doing and go inside, wash your hands with cool soapyÂ water. Soap and water are only effective if you can use it within the first ten minutes of exposure. AfterÂ that there are some store bought products that claim to take off the urushiol, I have never used them soÂ I am not sure if they work. As for the clothes you are wearing –Â be extremely careful when taking them offÂ and get them in the washer as soon as you can as there may be oil on them as well.
Poison ivy is tricky and sometimes shows up as quick as a couple hours after exposure andÂ sometimes it takes a few days to show up. That being said, after the rash shows up chances are the oilÂ has all soaked in and there is not a way to spread it after the oil is absorbed. Unfortunately this is whereÂ the nightmare of poison ivy begins.
I stumbled upon a remedy for poison ivy using none other than pecan leaves.
There is not muchÂ to it and it keeps for quite a while. First things first, you need to locate a Pecan tree, here in NortheastÂ Oklahoma there are lots of them so this isn’t a problem, their natural range is from Central Illinois, southÂ into Texas, west as far as Oklahoma and east into Mississippi. Now if you don’t live in this area and canâtÂ find them anywhere you live, find a friend who does and have them overnight some to you.
All you needÂ is a handful of leaves to make a pot of pecan leaf tea.
Here’s How to use Pecan Leaf Tea to Treat Poison Ivy Naturally:
- Strip the leaves off the tree. It doesn’t matter whatÂ they look like, about 15 to 20 leaves will beÂ enough.
- Fill a pot with 3 cups of water and put itÂ on high heat. Put the leaves in the water andÂ bring to a boil.
- As soon as the water starts to boilÂ remove from heat and let it sit with the leaves inÂ it until it cools.
- Then, using a soft cloth use the tea to wash the infected areas, gently pressing onÂ the areas.
- This should take away the itch and helpÂ to dry out the rash causing it to heal quickly.
- Now, so I didnât have to make pecan tea every night I justÂ put the lid on the pot and put it in the fridge for the next day.
I kept mine for about a week and itÂ seemed to be just fine. Plus, it really feels great on your rash once it has been in the fridge. This workedÂ very well for me and I hope it works well for others.
Here’s how to tell if it’s Poison Ivy:
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