Poison Ivy Facts & Relief

Poison Ivy : Leaves of Three – Let It Be!

If you have ever encountered poison ivy and have dealt with the skin irritation that most commonly follows then  you know the long term lasting effects from this plant.   It almost  seems unfair how poison ivy attacks.  If you are not aware of the ‘three leaf’ warnings a peaceful afternoon in the country garden can turn ugly with skin irritation.

First I want to share with you some basic facts about poison ivy.  From the photo above you can see what the plant looks like.

DID YOU KNOW that if you have open cuts on your legs and you walk through a patch of poison ivy you could end up in the Emergency Room?  Always wear long pants when you are removing weeds via a ‘weed-eater’.

DID YOU KNOW that if you burn poison ivy and it is inhailed you could end up in the hospital.

DID YOU KNOW poison ivy is spread by touching something that has touched it. If is commonly spread by touching the leaves, but yanking the vine out by the roots anytime of the year can leave you with a rash.

DID YOU KNOW that the oil from poison ivy is extremely stable and will stay potent forever.  You can get a rash from clothing or tools that have the oil from last summer.

What Can Be Done To Prevent The Rash?

They say within an hour of touching or coming in contact with it you should rinse with lots of cold water.  Hot water will open your pores and let the oil in.  Up to six hours washing with alchol may help remove the oil but many say after 1/2 hour the oil has already begun to soak in.  I believe it has alot to do with your skin type as well.

#1 : know what the leaf looks like and STAY AWAY!

Green Salve Wins The Poison Ivy War

I’m not sure what is in Green Salve by Motherlove but I do know it provided INSTANT relief from my spring encounter with poison ivy.    Not only did I use it but my daughter who went ‘fearlessly’ into a wooded area to garden with poison ivy all around her with no gloves and shorts became iritation and itch free with in minutes of using green salve.  

How did I come in contact with this product by Motherlove? IF I tell you Twitter…. would you really be surprised coming from me?!

One afternoon while sharing on the networks how my garden was growing I happen to tweet out about the discomfort I was having with the poison ivy I had came in contact with.  It was painful to network not to mention simple gardening tasks.  I received a comment from @MotherLovePR .  Within days she was kind enough to send me a jar of the all natural herb remedy Green Salve.    With in minutes of applying the rub the itch was gone!

I’m excited to announce that Motherlove Herbal Company are tonight’s sponsor on #gardenchat.  Five lucky participants at tonights #gardenchat will receive a jar of Green Salve to try for themselves.    JOIN US tonight on #gardenchat from 9-10 p.m.for more details and to enter to win.


8 thoughts on “Poison Ivy Facts & Relief”

  1. Sadly, I did know most of that. My sisters are hyper-allergic and I have sat in the emergency room with them on more than one occasion. I am the designated poison ivy killer. I didn’t become sensitive until after my 40th birthday. Go figure. I have dealt with neighbors burning wood contaminated with poison ivy (ambulance ride for little sister); reinfections from washed clothing shared from one little sister to another (it did not wash out), and more. I am itching from talking about it.

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    • OH MY WORD … Jeavonna is that is horrible! Thank you for sharing your story on my blog so others realize that Poison ivy can be beyond dangerous!

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  2. Just two weeks ago a fellow hiker told me my leg brushed up against poison ivy. But I didn’t have anything to worry about, as I ALWAYS hike with long pants tucked into my hiking boots and long sleeves. (they can be rolled up when it’s hot and rolled down when I’m in a thick area). Funnily enough, the man that told me this ended up brushing up against it himself and every time we were near a stream of water he had to stop to put it on his leg. He said he never gets a rash though. Like you mention, I think it depends on skin type. knowing my luck I’d be the one that would have to go to the ER regardless of what I tried or used. LOL

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  4. You’ve spent a day in the woods or a day doing yard work when you brush against the leaves of a poison ivy or poison oak plant. Or maybe you didn’t notice the plants, but you’ve developed a streaky rash with red bumps that turn into weeping blisters. You can treat the itchy allergic reaction that comes from exposure to poison ivy and poison oak resins with either drugstore remedies, home remedies or prescriptions corticosteroids. The rash may last from 1 to 3 weeks, but the symptoms usually peak between the fourth and seventh days.`.’;

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