Jewelweed, Poison Ivy Treatment from Nature
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Jewelweed Impatiens capensis Jewelweed is
best known for its skin healing properties. The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used by
herbalists as a treatment for poison ivy, oak and other plant induced rashes, as well as many other types of
dermatitis. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. Poultices
and salves from Jewelweed are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts,
and ringworm. Read on to learn to make your own poison ivy treatment ice cubes with Jewelweed.
The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native Americans and Herbalists, as a natural
preventative and treatment for poison ivy and poison oak; and is a folk remedy for many other skin disorders
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Jewelweed is a smooth annual; 3-5 ft. Leaves oval, round- toothed; lower ones opposite, upper ones
alternate. A bit trumpet shaped, the flowers hang from the plant much as a jewel from a necklace, Pale Jewelweed
has yellow flowers, Spotted Touch-Me-Nots have orange flowers with dark red dots. The seeds will 'pop' when touched
, that is where the name Touch-Me-Nots came from. The Spotted Jewelweed variety is most commonly used for treating
poison ivy rashes although the Pale Jewelweed may also have medicinal properties
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Jewelweed blooms May through October in the eastern part of North America from Southern Canada to the
northern part of Florida. It is found most often in moist woods, usually near poison ivy or stinging nettle. It is
commonly said that wherever you find poison ivy, you will find Jewelweed - however this is not true as Jewelweed
will not grow in dry places for long, and does not thrive in direct sunlight. Poison Ivy will grow in sun or shade.
Jewelweed often grows on the edge of creek beds. There is plenty of jewelweed in the wild, and it is not hard to
find once you learn to identify it. I recently read on a newsgroup that the garden variety of impatiens has
the same properties, though not as concentrated. However, the garden variety is much more suitable for cultivation
as its growth is easier to contain.
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Ways to Use Jewelweed
When you are out in the field and find you have been exposed to poison ivy, oak, or stinging
nettle you can reach for the jewelweed plant and slice the stem, then rub its juicy inside on exposed parts. This
will promptly ease irritation and usually prevents breakout for most people.
Jewelweed or an infusion made from boiling leaves of Impatiens capensis may be frozen for later use. Brew
chopped jewelweed in boiling water until you get a dark orange liquid. Yellow Jewelweed will not yield orange color
and may not be effective. Strain the liquid and pour into ice cube trays. When you have a skin rash, rub it with a
jewelweed cube and you will be amazed with its healing properties. It will keep in freezer up to a year. You can
also preserve the infusion by canning it in a pressure cooker.
Jewelweed does not dry well due to its high moisture and oil content. Do not make alcoholic tinctures from
Jewelweed because some people have had a bad reaction using jewelweed with alcohol. Use my Amazing Jewelweed soap,
salve and spray products made from jewelweed that is always fresh, never dried! And they do not contain alcohol
which may spread the oils. If they don't work great for you, and clear up rash within a few days; send them back
for full refund.
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Clinical Study on Jewelweed
"The Results of a Clinical Study, in which a 1:4 jewelweed preparation was compared for
its effectiveness with other standard poison ivy dermatitis treatments was published in 1958 (Annals of Allerty
1958;16:526-527). Of 115 patients treated with jewelweed, 108 responded ‘most dramatically to the topical
application of this medication and were entirely relieved of their symptoms within 2 or 3 days after the
institution of treatment.' It was concluded that jewelweed is an excellent substitute for ACTH and the
corticosteroids in the treatment of poison ivy dermatitis. The active principle in the plant responsible for this
activity remains unidentified." by Varro Tyler, PhD in his book HERBS OF
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