[NAFEX] [off topic] Nettles

Hal Love lovehd at comcast.net
Fri Apr 27 13:05:28 EDT 2007

Jewelweed does relieve the itching from poison ivy, but you should only use
it fresh. Don't try to make an extract from it, as this has been reported to
cause a severe reaction in many people.

I have found that scrubbing the rash area with soap and water, followed by a
facial cleansing mud mask, really speeds up the healing. Let the mud
completely dry, wash it off, and repeat as often as needed. The clay in the
mud mask binds and neutralizes the urushiol, and usually clears up the rash
in just a few days.

-scratching the poison ivy rash on my arm as I type

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doc Lisenby" <longdistshtr at shtc.net>
To: <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] [off topic] Nettles

> We call "Jewelweed", "Wild Columbine" down here. The delicate flowers are
> light orange color.  It is common along streams and branches, especially
> those which transverse cultivated fields. Some folks eat it as a green in
> salads.  It is supposed to be a Native American remedy for poison ivy
> contact dermatitis and at one time it was an ingredient of a patent
> medicine.  I have also heard that the Native Americans fed their children
> poison ivy leaves to develop an immunity tolerance to it. (sic!)
> The leaves shine when placed under water due to surface tension effect
> "Jewelweed".  I felt slighted as a boy because I never developed
> to poison ivy and couldn't try this remedy. I have recommended gently
> sandpapering the early vesicles and washing with lye soap before cortisone
> ointment came along. Calamine lotion looks like it helps and many people
> believe it works. It takes two weeks to heal with calamine lotion,
> days without it.  May keep you from scratching the urticarial lesions and
> spreading the urushiol containing oil.
> Doc Lisenby
> SoCar.
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