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Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Treatment
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids prevents infection and reduces swelling. 
  • Calcium and Beta-carotene help boost the immune response and to speed healing of poison ivy. 
  • Zinc helps to repair skin tissue damaged by poison ivy. 
  • Calamine lotion is good to speed healing of poison ivy. 
  • Vitamin E oil or cream is effective to prevent scars and to help healing. 
  • Vitamin A with mixed caroteriods, helps to repair skin tissue and boosts the immune system. 
  • Eat a diet rich in sea vegetables, it will provide to the body tons of immune-boosting minerals. 
  • Apply cool water compresses mixed with 1 tsp. of sea salt per pint of water over blisters and crusts to calm. Leave the compresses for 15 minutes, repeating the procedure for a few hours until itching is gone. 
  • Cool oatmeal, salt or diluted vinegar baths also reduce itching. After the bath, dry the affected area with a blow dryer it will reduce the itching. 
  • 1 tsp. of water with 3 tsp. of one of these dry ingredients; cornstarch, baking soda, oatmeal or Epson salts. Make a paste and apply over the affected skin. 
  • For cooling relief, apply over the itching area aloe Vera juice, tofu or watermelon rind, they soothe and dry poison ivy immediately. 
  • Calendula lotion is very good in reducing itching, limiting the spread of the rash and helping the body to heal faster. 
  • Mix any or all of these ingredients and make a tea to detoxify the body: burdock, nettle, red clover and yellow dock. Drink a cup of tea 3 or 4 times a day until rash is gone. 
  • Try any of these essential oils to soothe inflamed skin, reduce itching and to relieve anxiety: benzoin, cedarwood, chamomile, everlasting, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, orange, patchouli, peppermint, rose, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme, and ylang ylang. Use them in baths, compresses and body oil.
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