Did you know that up to roughly 85 percent of all people are sensitive to oils found in the poison ivy plant?
Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is one of many “poisonous” plants that cause reactions in humans. The rash produced upon coming in contact with the poison ivy plant is caused by one of its volatile oils called Urushiol, which is totally colorless and odorless, making it hard to spot and avoid.
Urushiol oil is quickly absorbed into the skin, entering the immune system and causing a histamine response. In about 15 percent of people, this reaction becomes very severe. Urushiol can remain on the surface of the skin, or clothing and other materials, for several weeks or more. Those who react to poison ivy by developing a skin rash are also very likely to develop similar symptoms from coming into contact with poison oak or poison sumac.
Topically applying essential oils like tea tree, peppermint, myrrh and lavender can improve rashes by cleansing, soothing and lowering inflammation.
Lavender essential oil is literally first aid in a small bottle. It has strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that disinfect and soothe the poison ivy rash. It provides a soothing effect and instantly calms a ferocious itch.
It contains menthol, which gives a soothing and cooling sensation that calms poison ivy rashes and numbs down the itch & pain.
Highly antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal, tea tree essential oil is one of the best essential oils to treat poison ivy. Use it to disinfect the affected skin before you apply any other treatment.
Myrrh essential oil is a power antiseptic and helps in moisturizing and hydrating the area effected by poison ivy rashes.
Eucalyptus essential oil works just like peppermint essential oil to treat poison ivy. It contains menthol, which helps numb the itch, take away the pain and cool down the inflamed skin. It is best to dilute it before use as it has a tendency to burn & irritate the skin. It can be used as an alternative to peppermint oil.
Mix 3 drops each of Lavender, Tea Tree and Peppermint essential oils with 1 teaspoon of natural carrier oil like argan, jojoba or coconut oil. You can add myrrh optionally to moisturize and hydrate the skin. Add 1 teaspoon of natural apple cider vinegar and mix well. Dab the mixture onto a cotton ball and apply on the affected area three times daily. You can also wet a small towel then gently press it against inflamed skin for 15–20 minutes at a time. Stir well before each use.