In many areas of the country poison ivy is a part of life, especially when you live and work outdoors so much. While I personally find it to be just itchy and annoying my husband is allergic and a little poison ivy for him can turn very bad if we don’t take steps immediately to heal it up fast to prevent infection. This poison ivy paste can be made in minutes and it can be kept on hand during the late spring and summer months when this devious plant abounds. This is handy when your husband makes a living climbing telephone poles covered in the stuff!
Homemade Poison Ivy Paste
* This will keep covered in a jar for about 2-3 weeks in the fridge.
¼ Cup of bentonite clay
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
6-10 drops of peppermint essential oil
3-5 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops colloidal silver
2 tbsp aloe vera cream (Optional)
In a small bowl add clay and apple cider vinegar, it will fizz just let stand until mixture is stable. Add Peppermint Lavender and colloidal silver to the clay mix and slowly stir until fully combined.
You can use this mix just as it is this way however for more of a creamy consistency organic aloe vera cream can be added and it also helps greatly with discomfort from poison ivy.
Why this works: The Clay mixture pulls the poison ivy oils from the pores thereby drying it up very quickly. Adding the apple cider vinegar and colloidal silver prevents infection. The peppermint oil helps with discomfort and the lavender calms and soothes itchy skin.