Summertime brings nature to life and enjoyment to the great outdoors. However, not all leaves are friendly! Rashes can occur from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. The rash is a result of an allergic reaction to urushiol, an oily resin found in the leaves, stems, and roots of these three common poisonous plants.
If you come into contact with one of these plants, the first thing you want to do is wash the oil off your skin and clothes in order to prevent the spread of the allergic reaction and further rashes. Wash everything with warm water and soap.
Here's a fun recipe to help with poison ivy/oak/sumac:
Use rubbing alcohol on rash to make sure it doesn't spread. Add all ingredients below into a blender then apply to rash.
1 Cucumber (calms rash)
1 Banana peel (cools itch)
1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (kills poison)
1/4 cup Lemon Juice (eliminates oil)
1/2 cup Baking Soda (increases recovery)
4 drops Lavender essential oil (only use non-synthetic essential oils. If you're unsure, leave it out) (soothes skin irritation)
Aloe Vera if available (cools burn)
~Blend into a paste consistency. If it is too watery, add more baking soda. If it is too dry, add cool water until it reaches a paste.
Lastly, soak in an oatmeal bath to soothe the itch as well as your skin. Cold compresses also alleviate the rash.
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