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The Oils I Tried For Poison Ivy Rash

Author: Richard R.
Date: 07-16-2007
Views: 7,442
Word Count: 224
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 2286-OR
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Scientific Studies: 1

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My daughter, who is also my sponsor, asked me to share my recent use of oils with poison ivy. I will do so, however, I don't consider my experience conclusive.

I was pretty sure I had a "brush" with the ivy on my right forearm while transplanting a shrub. Soon after planting, I washed hands and arms thoroughly with castile soap.

When a rash appeared later that evening, I sprayed the area with LavaDerm, then put Lavender on, then topped it off with Melrose, which my daughter had told me was very healing. I repeated this treatment 2 or 3 time a day for 3 days topping the oils off with a hot wet compress.

The arm's appearance most of the time continued to be quite red, rashy, and
tiny bumps--but no blisters. Also it continued to itch, itch, itch. The oils took the itching away for many hours, but touching, rubbing started it up again. I did vary the procedure a bit by using the hot, wet towel first to open the pores, then the oil combo, then the compress again,

Ten days later the rash is almost completely gone, the itching stopped, the bumps gone. There were never any blisters. My guess is that washing was at least as important a step as were the oils. They, however, did relieve the discomfort.

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Supporting Scientific Study
itching-(Pruritus) - "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link

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