posted on June 26, 2009 10:59 :: 897 Views
There are many over the counter ointments and pills you can take to relieve the itch, that work great - but if you are looking for a home remedy to try - these are some options:
- Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Spread over the affected area and once it dries, it will begin to flake off. You can spray it off with hot water or take a hot shower and then blot the poison ivy locations. This will help to relieve the itch and dry it out.
- Take the bite out of poison ivy by rubbing the inside of a banana peel onto the affected area. This natural method dries out the rash very quickly, reduces inflammation and provides instant cooling relief. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day or as needed. I had a friend that recently used this method when all else failed, she kept the peels wrapped on her hands for the day, and it worked great.
Make sure to wash your clothes and shoes that you were wearing as soon as possible. Pack a few bananas' next time you go camping - they're great for eating and to be prepared.
- Cook oatmeal to a thicker consistency than what you would typically eat. It should be very warm, but not hot enough to burn your skin. Spread the oatmeal over the affected area; the heat from the oatmeal helps relieve the itch and tightens on your skin as it hardens. Leave on until cooled.
- Apply white distilled vinegar to the affected area to relieve the itch and dry up each location. You can fill a spray bottle for easy application or dab on each area with a cotton ball or cotton rag. Reuse an empty spray bottle and put on your own label.