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Leaves of Three, Let Them Be.

Filed Under: Homeopathy at 4:11 pm | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Toxicodendron radicans, more commonly known as Poison Ivy, is a poisonous North American plant.  The rash associated with this plant is caused by contact with an oil (urushiol) found in poison ivy, oak, or sumac. The oil is present in all parts of the plants, including the leaves, stems, flowers, berries and roots. Urushiol is an allergen, so the rash is actually an allergic reaction to the oil in these plants.  Toxicodendron radicans is most active in the early spring, and can remain active up until the fall. Let’s take a look into natural remedies and treatments that can help with poison ivy.

The homeopathic remedy Rhus Toxicodendron is a solution made from the Toxicodendron Radicans (poison ivy) plant. If you know you are going to be exposed to poison ivy and want to avoid a reaction to it, take Rhus Toxicodendron in either the 30C or 200C potency (one-three pellets dissolved under the tongue) before heading out. Doing so will often offer a significant degree of protection. If you have unfortunately already been exposed to the plant and now have a rash don’t worry. Rhus Toxicodendron, taken as soon as a rash appears (30C or 200C – one-three pellets), and then taken as needed, will often clear the matter quickly. Other alternatives may also be used to help stop the itch.

Oatmeal Baths are a safe, gentle and great alternative treatment to help relieve the itch of poison ivy.  Avena sativa (oat) are mucilaginous and therefore soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory if used topically.  Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory properties, which can soothe the inflammation associated with your body’s reaction to allergens found in the plant. Itchy, dry skin often has a high pH level, but oatmeal can help normalize your skin’s pH, which can relieve itchy, uncomfortable skin. But that’s not all! Oatmeal Baths are also a popular remedy for sunburns, dry skin and conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. They soften and moisturize your skin, which helps lock in moisture and protect skin from exterior irritants. A bath can be made by putting oats into a sock or muslin bag and added to the bath.  Allow oats to steep in the bath. Wring the sock several times before entering bath.

This summer don’t let poison ivy keep you from doing all the outdoor activities you love to do. Consider these alternative treatments the next time you find yourself covered in a poison ivy rash.

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