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poison oak (ivy, sumac)


Anyone know of any good natural remedies to alleviate poison oak (or whichever is prevalent in your region)?

Fortunately I have some leftover topical steroid cream from a bad case of PO last summer. But I wonder if tea tree oil or lavender essential oil might also aid in the healing process. I'm not talking about ways to avoid getting PO, but rather, once you've it, how best to combat it.

Any ideas? Scents of Peace? Anyone?
May 08, 2008 @ 12:08 am

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Feisty Redhead

tee tree oil

I don't know from experience but I have heard that tea tree oil is supposed to be really great for relieving/healing poison ivy/oak/etc. I have also heard that aloe vera gel works well, too. I'm sure there must be other things you can use as well but those are the two I've heard of that came to mind. Hope that helps!
May 08, 2008 @ 09:18 pm
Scents Of Peace

All purpose fix-em-upper . ..

A quick fix for pulling toxins out is to take the spice turmeric and a little castor oil (or olive if you don't have castor) and make a paste. Add a few drops of lavender, tea tree (either/or - or both) essential oils if you have them - otherwise just spice and oil. An even better concoction would be to add oatmeal to the "batter" . . .

Life has been hectic and somehow I overlooked this post - so sorry Spotty ;-(

Next time you're in a jam like that - if Miss Chickie is okay with it - email me for those who have my email address and let me know there is a post I need to respond to, especially a timely one like this.

It is never a bother for me to give a recipe or suggestion - ever !!! I think I wrote something last time you had the "itchies" Spotty ?? Maybe check the archives ??

BTW - this can be used for all types of skin irritations ;-)
Jun 05, 2008 @ 12:23 am

safflower oil

Rock on. Thanks Scents. Wouldn't you know it, as soon as on PO infection clears up, I got another! Grrrrr. PO is the bane of my existence out here in CA. I'm so glad we're looking to move soon. I will try your concoction.

Also, using my epilator has caused irritation on the skin on the inside of my lower legs (from the inside ankle bone up to the calf). For some reason just that section of my skin is irritated and often results in ingrown hairs and ugly red dots. I think its a result of being too dry as well as rubbed incessantly by my trouser socks (for work). I will try super hydrating them w/ your concoction.

I recently read that safflower oil is a good alternative to olive oil b/c its odor free. I assume the e/o is added so that you won't smell like a salad? This is my resource:
Jun 18, 2008 @ 07:14 pm

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