Using essential oils for poison ivy is a natural way to help ease the itching associated with poison ivy, as well as the associated rash.
About Poison Ivy
Toxicodendron radicans, commonly known as poison ivy is a poisonous plant that has a clear oily sap called urushiol that causes an itching, irritation and sometimes painful rash in most people who touch it. The rash causes severe itching and is recognized by it’s red bumps and later oozing blisters. Poison ivy can be found growing in the form of a trailing vine, as a shrub, or as a climbing vine that grows on trees or other form of support. Poison ivy grows in most of North America, as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. It normally is found in wooded area, but can also grow on exposed rocky areas and open fields.
According to Wikipedia:
The deciduous leaves of poison ivy are trifoliate with three almond-shaped leaflets. Leaf color ranges from light green (usually the younger leaves) to dark green (mature leaves), turning bright red in fall; though other sources say leaves are reddish when expanding, turn green through maturity, then back to red, orange, or yellow in the fall. The leaflets of mature leaves are somewhat shiny. The leaflets are 3–12 cm (1.2–4.7 in) long, rarely up to 30 cm (12 in). Each leaflet has a few or no teeth along its edge, and the leaf surface is smooth. Leaflet clusters are alternate on the vine, and the plant has no thorns. Vines growing on the trunk of a tree become firmly attached through numerous aerial rootlets. The vines develop adventitious roots, or the plant can spread from rhizomes or root crowns. The milky sap of poison ivy darkens after exposure to the air. –Source
Over 350,000 people are affected by poison ivy annually in the US. The uncomfortable rash can last from 5-12 days. Essential oils can be used to ease the itching and help your body speed up healing.
Suggested Essential Oils and Products for Poison Ivy
Below is a list of essential oils and essential oil blends that may be helpful for those with poison ivy.
- Elevation Blend
- Roman Chamomile
- On Guard Blend
- On Guard Foaming Hand Wash
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Using Essential Oils for Poison Ivy
First of all, wash the effected area with soap and water, I would suggest using On Guard Foaming Hand Wash.
Then choose from one of the applications below. These applications can be applied as needed, but at least 3 times a day until the redness and itching are gone.
- Apply Peppermint, Frankincense, and On Guard Blend directly to the area without dilution.
- Apply Eucalyptus, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile to the area without dilution.
- Apply a cold compress with any of the oils listed above to help stop irritation.
- Cold Compress How-To: Fill a wash basin with 2 quarts cold water and then add the desired essential oils. Stir the water vigorously and then lay a towel on top of the water. After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water. Place the towel over the area. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap and another towel on top. Leave for as long as possible, 1-2 hours is best.
- Add 2 drops each Frankincense, Lavender, and Elevation Blend to 1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil.
If the area is too sensitive to touch, you may use a spray bottle to apply the essential oils, simply apply the oils you wish to apply into a spray bottle and use as needed.
You should also wash all clothing, tools, and other objects that have been exposed to the oil to prevent further transmission. I would suggest adding some On Guard Blend to the wash load as well.