Homeopathy for Poison Ivy or Poison Oak
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Homeopathic Remedies for
Poison Ivy or Poison Oak
This remedy is often helpful
for rashes that come from poison oak, or other kinds of contact dermatitis.
An intensely itching rash with swelling and fluid-filled blisters may
appear. Warm applications and a warm bed aggravate the itching.
Interestingly, the itching can also feel better after very hot (almost scalding) water is run over the area
and the person is better with warm
When a rash is the result of an allergic
reaction and takes the form of hives, or if a rash is very pink and
swollen with burning or stinging pain, this remedy may be useful. Discomfort
and swelling are relieved by cold applications.
This remedy is useful for conditions
with sudden onset that are hot, bright red, and throbbing. Rash may be
accompanied by fever.
Bumpy, hot, and dry rash will respond to this remedy. Discomfort may be
worse from heat and touch, although applying pressure or lying on the affected
side often soothes the itching. If illness accompanies the rash, the person
wants to lie completely still and be left alone.
Rash has many
blisters and much inflammation and itching,
often on the scalp or the face in general, near the eyes or on the
genitals, buttocks or lower limbs. The pustules may ooze
yellowish serum, which dries to form thick grayish/brownish scabs.
Scratching aggravates and leads to burning and much pain. Worse at night and on
the left side of the body. Light pressure ameliorates the pain, but the
person feels tight all over his body and may be mentally inflexible and
Rashes with eruptions that ooze a
sticky golden fluid, then crust over, may be relieved with this remedy.
Itching is worse from warmth and worse at night.
This remedy is indicated for a puffy and swollen rash. Both the swelling and the itching are relieved by
Helpful to people with chronic rashes at the margin of
the scalp or in the bends of the knees and elbows. The skin is oily in most
areas, but the rash looks dry and scaly. Itching is often worse from physical
exertion and the person may feel worse from being in the sun. For hives break
out during emotional stress, especially grief or romantic disappointment. A
person who needs this remedy often has a tendency toward herpes.
Blistery rash that burns and itches intensely, and is much improved by
applying heat or bathing in hot water, may be relieved by this remedy. The
person usually is very restless, wanting to pace or constantly move
Dry skin with a scaly reddish or
brownish rash suggests a need for this remedy. The person may be chilly
and better from keeping warm —but getting too warm under covers or clothing,
and especially sweating, makes the itching worse.
Red, irritated, itchy, burning rashes
that are aggravated by heat and washing. The touch of clothing, especially
wool, can cause a rash or make it worse. Scratching seems irresistible, but
disrupts and irritates the skin. Eruptions may be dry and scaly, or moist and
Eruptions that resemble nettle-rash,
with blotches that sting and burn intensely, may be soothed by this
remedy. Scratching makes the symptoms worse. Applying cold or water may
aggravate the condition. Rashes that come out from eating shellfish, from
being overheated, or along with rheumatism often bring this remedy to mind.
Topical Tinctures for Use On Itching
Other Natural Supports
- Baking soda -
mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water until a thick
paste forms. Apply to the rash and let dry.
- Baking Soda Bath
- Method 1
Fill a tub or sitz bath with enough warm water
to be able to submerge your body when you sit. Mix four to five
tablespoons of baking soda into the water. Use a wooden spoon to
help dissolve baking soda. Soak affected area for 10-20 minutes.
Gently dry off with a soft towel to avoid further irritation.
- Method 2
Fill bath tub with hot water. Mix 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and 1/2
cup of baking soda. Add the mixture to the water while still running
to make sure it dissolves well. Soak in the tub for 20 minutes. Lie down
in bed for a few minutes after the bath if you may feel some dizziness
from releasing toxins.
- Method 3
Dissolve 1/4 cup of sea salt, 1/4 cup of Epsom salt, and
1/4 cup of baking soda in some boiled water inside a jar about
a quart-size. Set aside. Then fill bath tub with warm or hot water and
add 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar. Pour the salt mixture into the
bath. You can also add a favorite essential oil. Soak in the bath for
about 30 minutes or as desired. Use this to soothe skin
irritations, boost magnesium levels, and detoxify your body.
- Vinegar - use
white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Pat with a cotton ball or
sprinkle liberally on rash or blisters for instant relief from itching.
Vinegar helps draw out the "poison" from poison ivy while it also helps
- Banana peel -
rub the inside of a banana peel gently on poison ivy rashes to bring
instant, cooling relief.