With summer just around the corner, it means you will be spending more time outside. Gardening, hiking, walking, running, and camping. There are many precautions you can take to prevent getting poison ivy. However, you could still come into contact with poison ivy or your child could come home itching from contact with this plant.
The first way to prevent a poison ivy outbreak is knowing what it looks like.
The key is to not let the leaves touch you. The oils from poison ivy can spread from your clothing or even pets to your skin. Everyone also reacts differently to poison ivy. While itching it doesn't make it spread, the 2nd time your come in contact with poison ivy will most likely be worse than the first.
While spending time outside make sure to keep areas most likely to come in contact with the plant, covered. Wearing high socks or pants while hiking can help.
What you will need:
- 2 Tablespoons Distilled Water
- 2 Tablespoons Natural Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 10 Drops of Poison Ivy Blend
Roman Chamomile essential oil is known for its soothing & calming abilities and is good for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Roman chamomile essential oil is also great for bug bites, skin allergies & rashes like poison ivy.
Peppermint essential oil contains high levels of menthol, a naturally occurring organic compound. Menthol not only cools the skin, but has medicinal properties.
Eucalyptus essential oil contains menthol, which helps numb the itch, take away the pain and cool down the inflamed skin. It’s best to dilute it before use as it has a tendency to burn & irritate the skin if applied alone.
Myrrh essential oil is is known for its ability to heal, moisturize and hydrate skin. It is an effective essential oil to treat poison ivy rashes. It is also an antiseptic which can aid in minor cuts, burns, stings, bug bites, allergic skin reactions and poison ivy/oak/sumac.
Frankincense present in many skincare products for its ability to heal the skin. Frankincense has been known to dry up poison ivy sores and heal the affected area.