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Natural Poison Ivy Remedy

Defeat Poison Ivy With Tea Tree Oil

You brought back some gorgeous photos from your two-hour hike and uh-oh — looks like you also brought back some poison ivy. When you accidentally brush up against this plant, the uroshiol oil rubs onto your skin and can instantly create redness, raised bumps, blisters, and an insatiable itch. First and foremost, get out of the clothes you were wearing on the hike and wash the oil off your skin using soap and cold water to prevent the rash from spreading. Don't use warm water, because it'll open your pores and make the itchy, bubbly rash worse.

Topical creams like Calamine lotion and hydrocortisone can keep the itchiness at bay, but when it comes to poison ivy, the quicker it heals, the better. Reach for this remedy — pure tea tree oil. It's all-natural, not that expensive, and easy to find at most health food stores. Thoroughly wash and dry the affected areas. Sprinkle a few drops of the tea tree oil directly on the rash, and use a Q-tip or cotton ball to spread it around. Apply a few times a day, and you should see the blisters disappearing and the rash clearing up.

Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antifungal, and drying properties, which is why it's so effective against the dreaded poison ivy. This natural remedy can also be used to treat acne, minor cuts and scrapes, athlete's foot, and yeast infections, so it's great to keep a bottle in your medicine cabinet.

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kristen9870 kristen9870 3 years
I just bought some today for itchy scalp. I also intend to use it on a rash on my arm. Good stuff
gse123 gse123 7 years
Tea Tree Oil is also very good against head lice!
chrisrunty chrisrunty 8 years
Tea tree oil is great, I use it as an anticeptic. But don't forget even in small amounts it is toxic and potentially fatal to cats!
GeikoSera GeikoSera 8 years
That rash looks awful... :x
alillee alillee 8 years
I love tea tree oil! It's also good for piercings and it's in my conditioner! lol
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
I use tea tree oil all the time for itches, bug bites and skin irritations. I always have this and lavender oil in the medicine cabinet. Both are great for scrapes, bruises and itches. They also work well in the tub!
sinsational sinsational 8 years
Very good tip! Thank you.
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