Remedy for Poison Ivy, Oak (ect), Insect Bites and Stings




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A very easy to produce remedy for posion ivy, oak ect as well as insect bites and stings.

Step 1: It Does Not Seem to Make Any Difference If You Are Fairly Inexact.

Step 2: 4% Vinegar

Step 3: 7% Dishwashing Liquid. (You Can Also Use Shampoo or Fabric Softener)

Step 4: The Remainder Should Be Tap Water.

Step 5: Put Into Garden Sprayer.

Step 6: It Should Keep for a Long Time, Like Months If Not Years.

Step 7: This Should Also Work on Blisters and May Work for Acne.



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    1 year ago

    Find out what jewel weed (spotted touch me not) looks like. Its a "weed" that grows in damp places. It is a poison ivy erasor. It makes all commercial porducts look ineffective and a waste f money. The problem is that they have not yet found a way to make the fresh juices from the plant retain their ivy killing properties in a commercial product.

    If you find you have gotten into ivy - crush the jewelweed stem and rub the juice on the area's you suspect infected - the ivy will NOT show up at all.

    If you already have ivy, do as above to stop the itching and the spreading.

    If you have blisters from the ivy, split a piece of stem and place it onto the blister, holding it in place with a band aid. With some people, like myself, I can hold a split piece of jewelweed stalk onto any area of poison ivy I have and after 10 minutes - that are has no more itch or rash at all.

    Preservation for off-season infection::

    Pick a good sized bundle of jewelwed - a bundle of stalks about 5 inches in diameter). Boil the weed in a large pot until the water is dark orange amber. Let cool and pour into zip lock bags to freeze. When needed, thaw. But this will mold within a week of being defrosted.

    Better - take a bath - put at least one potful of the boiled juice in it. As long as any area of infected skin is submersed, you can scratch as much as you want and the oils from the ivy cannot spread to the rest of your skin - they are totally neutralized. IO have found if any of the places I scratch seem to retain a "deeper" itch, they are the ones just the bath will not get rid of. I take a piece of stem and secure it on these area with a bandaid.

    BTW - jewelweed can easily cure most people's ivy (as long as it was not internal from smoke inhalation) within a day - no kidding - and its free/non-toxic (well - don't eat copious amounts of the mature plant - under 6 inches is fine).

    A camp I used to be at started using jewelweed exclusively on campers before the sue-happy days we live in came about.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    We don't mess round with nuthin but Sasquatch Itch Cream in da Big House!

    Sorry that's my Hillbilly girl coming out ;)


    12 years ago

    In Florida esp Fire ants are atrocious......Clorox touched on the bites will remove the fire ant venom. After a couple of minutes just wipe off the Clorox with a damp rag. Make sure you apply the Clorox ASAP. Been doing this for 10 years now.


    12 years ago

    Poison ivy is phenolic, you need something basic like bicarb'. However, the soap component might help. I like "MAY work for acne", it's an interesting image: a spotty-teen spraying themselves with that in the morning...


    12 years ago

    bees and wasp stings are different aswell. one is alkaline and one is acid


    12 years ago

    mix vinegar and baking soda into a paste and put it on


    12 years ago

    anybody tried this?


    13 years ago

    Insect bites, like ant bites, are acidic. Vinegar is also acidic. This idea would work using something alkaline to combat the acid. Try household amonia rather than vinegar.