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The Oils I Used For Poison Ivy Rash

Author: Richard R.
Date: 07-16-2007
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Word Count: 248
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 2286-OR
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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 poison ivy on my right forearm while transplanting a shrub. Soon after planting, I washed my hands and arms thoroughly with Castile soap.

When a rash appeared later that evening, I sprayed the area with LavaDerm, then applied a few drops of Lavender oil, then topped it off with the Melrose oil blend. My daughter had told me these oils were good for the skin. I repeated this treatment 2 or 3 times per day, for 3 days, topping the oils off with a warm, wet compress.

The arm's appearance most of the time continued to be quite red and inflamed. There was tiny bumps but no blisters. Also it continued to itch. The oils took the itching away for many hours, but touching or rubbing the affected area 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 was almost completely gone, the itching stopped and the bumps were gone. There were never any blisters. My guess is that washing with Castile soap was at least as important a step as were the oils. The oils, however, certainly did relieve the discomfort.

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