Exploring Holistic Alternatives
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Oatmeal - Simply boil up the oatmeal in water as you normally would.
Let it cool for a few minutes, then apply warm to the effected
area, Ideally, the mixture should be applied until a thick layer
forms. It will harden as it dries. Most sufferers swear by this
treatment, which is sometimes combined with a tablespoon or
two of baking soda for extra relief from itch and oozing.
Baking soda - This treatment has also become a classic homemade
cure, made by mixing 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon
of water until a thick paste forms. Apply to the rash and let
dry. Another tried-and-true method for many poison ivy sufferers
is full immersion in a soothing baking
Vinegar - Just sprinkle liberally on rash or blisters for instant relief
Although the smell may not be to everybody's liking, vinegar seems to
help draw out the "poison" from poison ivy while it
also helps healing. White
distilled vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, seem to work best.
Banana peel - Touted by many as a homemade "miracle cure",
the inside of a banana peel rubbed on poison ivy rashes seems
to bring instant, cooling relief.
By some accounts, banana skins may even do the trick when all
other poison ivy treatment fails.
Anacardium orientale: This remedy is often helpful for rashes that come from poison oak, or other kinds of contact dermatitis. An intensely itching rash with swelling and
fluid-filled blisters may appear. Itching is worse from applying heat or contact with hot
Apis: When a rash is the result of an allergic reaction and takes the form of hives, or if a rash is very pink and swollen with burning or stinging pain, this remedy may be useful. Discomfort and swelling are relieved by cold applications.
Belladonna: This remedy is useful for conditions with sudden onset that are hot, bright red, and throbbing. Rash may be accompanied by fever.
Bryonia: A bumpy, hot, and dry rash may respond to this remedy. Discomfort may be worse from heat and touch, although applying pressure or lying on the affected side often
soothes the itching. If illness accompanies the rash, the person wants to lie completely still
and be left alone.
Graphites: Rashes with eruptions that ooze a sticky golden fluid, then crust over, may be relieved with this remedy. Itching is worse from warmth and worse at night.
Ledum palustre: This remedy is indicated for a puffy and swollen rash. Both the swelling and the itching are relieved by cold applications.
Natrum muriaticum: This remedy is often helpful to people with chronic rashes at the margin of the scalp or in the bends of the knees and elbows. The skin is oily in most areas,
but the rash looks dry and scaly. Itching is often worse from physical exertion and the person
may feel worse from being in the sun. Natrum muriaticum can also help if hives break
out during emotional stress, especially grief or romantic disappointment. A person who needs
this remedy often has a tendency toward herpes.
Rhus toxicodendron: A blistery rash that burns and itches intensely, and is much improved by applying heat or bathing in hot water, may be relieved by this remedy. The person usually is very restless, wanting to pace or constantly move around.
Sepia: Dry skin with a scaly reddish or brownish rash suggests a need for this remedy. The person may be chilly and better from keeping warm—but getting too warm under covers or clothing, and especially sweating, makes the itching worse.
Sulphur: Red, irritated, itchy, burning rashes that are aggravated by heat and washing may respond to this remedy. The touch of clothing, especially wool, can cause a rash
or make it worse. Scratching seems irresistible, but disrupts and irritates the skin.
Eruptions may be dry and scaly, or moist and infection-prone.
Urtica urens: Eruptions that resemble nettle-rash, with blotches that sting and burn intensely, may be soothed by this remedy. Scratching makes the symptoms worse. Applying cold
or water may aggravate the condition. Rashes that come out from eating shellfish, from being
overheated, or along with rheumatism often bring this remedy to mind.
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