I know we’re all in the gardening mood now that the weather has turned the corner so I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to share with you my natural poison ivy remedy. This is what I use to rid myself of this nasty, itchy, rash. The smart thing to do would be steer clear of it, but it never fails I get it every year….and not just a few blisters I am normally an extreme case. When I was a kid I would take the doctor prescribed steroids for it, but there’s not a chance of that now. I don’t like taking anything unless it’s a last resort.
Years ago I combed the internet trying to find something that would work naturally, and after trial and error and combining things from different posts here’s what I’ve come up with. Not only is it cheap it also saves on a doctor bill and prescription costs.
Any Stick Deodorant & Fels-Naptha Soap
That’s all you need to cure it, and here’s what I do once it’s to the blister stage (hopefully you can wash and catch it before it comes to this). I recommend any time you’re outside working wash immediately after coming in and use the Fels-Naptha soap, it will remove the oil and that’s what causes the blisters.
1. Once you see blisters scrub them with a shower scrubbie loaded with Fels-Naptha soap (this is a little painful because it’s opening up the blisters but it must be done). I normally do this in the shower.
2. Pat the blisters dry with a clean towel and immediately cover the blistered area with stick deodorant (any brand works just make sure it’s not the gel formula).
3. If the blisters are oozing wrap with sterile gauze and cover with clothing.
I do this 2-3 times a day until it’s dried up, and it works every time.
My brother and I are both very susceptible to the nasty stuff and I remember as a kid he had it so bad his face was unrecognizable and the bottoms of his feet were covered and he couldn’t walk. Lucky me had it all over my face when I was supposed to be in my brothers wedding. I ended up reciting the poem from the balcony over a microphone so no one could see me, talk about feeling like a freak.
I’ve always been able to find the Fels-Naptha Soap at Walmart in the cleaning section (never have I found it by the body soap). I also can find it at my local grocery store, but that may be because it’s an old time soap and our town in filled with old timers who are loyal to certain products. I recommend buying a bar and keeping it on hand, just for this occasion.