We recently moved to a location where poison ivy is very prevalent. My little girls get bug bites and poison ivy like they are going out of style, so I wasn’t surprised when they both had a rash show up after a few weeks in our new locale. We had always used typical over the counter medications for it, but sometimes the alcohol ones would sting and it seemed like the area still itched after an application. So, this time I decided to try a homemade remedy of apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, roman chamomile oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil, and water instead.
The first time I put the concoction on my daughter’s arm she said it stung, but she had just been scratching it and I think it was open a little bit, so I am sure the apple cider vinegar stung! Be sure if you use this on your kiddos that you make sure they haven’t been recently scratching. So, I wiped it off, told her we would wait a little bit, and try it again. A few hours passed and we tried it again.
I dipped a cotton ball in the liquid and dabbed it on. We put it on again before bedtime as a precaution, but she hadn’t been complaining about any itching. And she didn’t the next day, either! This stuff got rid of the itch in one day! With one application! Seriously, you’ve got to try it; it’s awesome.
Want to try it? Here’s how:
Poison Ivy Itch Reliever
2 Tbsp water
3 drops tea tree essential oil
3 drops roman chamomile essential oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil
dash of kosher salt
Directions: Mix all ingredients together, making sure the salt dissolves. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply to the affected area as needed. Mixture can be stored in the fridge for a few days. I stored it in a glass baby bottle, so then I could just shake it up whenever I needed it next.
I hope this helps next time your family gets a spot of this nasty rash. If you tried it, I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Do you have another go to home remedy for itchy rashes? I’d love to hear that, too!