With the warmer weather we start venturing outdoors to go hiking, biking, and exploring. I love to encourage the kids to get outside and play in the fresh air. Unfortunately, there are times we may come along some poison ivy without notice and you need to know effective homemade treatments. These pesky little plants love to spread rashes all over the body, quickly. Learn how you can treat poison ivy with essential oils in these recipes.
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Essential Oils for Poison Ivy
To treat the itchy rash, I put together some of my favorite essential oils for poison ivy with apple cider vinegar as a base.
- Lavender is soothing and gentle to the skin when applied.
- Roman Chamomile is a favorite at our house to help speed the healing process.
- We use Peppermint all the time for itching, bug bites, and other skin irritations.
- Eucalyptus is a great tonic and cleanser and will help keep skin healthy through the healing process.
Essential oils aren’t going to prevent a poison ivy reaction if you have sensitivities to the plant, but the spray recipe can help remove any lingering poison ivy oil from your body and the gel will help soothe itching, irritated skin. Powered by essential oils to help prevent infection, relieve pain and heal skin, these recipes are a one-two punch that will knock out your poison ivy pain.
Homemade Poison Ivy Relief Spray
Before spraying your rash, always shake your bottle between uses. This helps prevent any settling of your ingredients. If you do not have a glass spray bottle on hand, you can apply a few drops of the mixture to your poison ivy rash with a smooth t-shirt style rag. Use as needed for relief from itching and inflammation.
- 1 tablespoon of 190 proof alcohol
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- Distilled water to fill the rest of the bottle
- 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 drop of Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
- 1 drop of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 oz. Glass bottle spray bottle
- Add essential oils to alcohol, stir, and add to the bottle.
- Mix water and apple cider vinegar in a separate container.
- Dissolve sea salt in water/vinegar mix.
- Carefully add to the EO mixture in the spray bottle to fill and mix together.
- Store in glass bottle no more than 2 days before using.
- Spray the infected area, as needed, and rinse off with cool water to break up and wash away the oils of the poison ivy.
This blend is perfect for using immediately after contact to help dry up any of the remaining oils from the exposure.
Poison Ivy Relief Aloe Gel
Here’s a blend with aloe gel that will last longer on the shelf and can be applied during the healing process. It uses aloe gel and essential oils for a healing lotion.
- 2 oz PET flip top bottle
- 1 drop lavender
- 1 drop roman chamomile
- 1 drop eucalyptus
- 1 drop peppermint
- Thickened aloe jelly
- Add aloe and essential oils in a small glass and mix thoroughly until the gel takes on a milky appearance.
- Using a funnel and a spoon, pour the mixture into your flip top bottle.
- Apply as needed until your skin no longer itches.
Poison ivy doesn’t have to slow you down too much when you enlist the power of natural medicines to help you heal!