Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

POISON IVY

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No trek through the Great Outdoors seems to be complete without at least one unfortunate run-in with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac, all of which cause itching, redness, and pain. These symptoms are caused by an irritant called urushiol, an oily resin that sticks to skin, clothing, gardening tools, and other items. See your doctor if your eyes or mucus membranes are affected, or if the rash seems to be spreading.

Peppermint Spray

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH SPRAY TOP
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Peppermint essential oil cools burning and soothes itching quickly. Use this remedy immediately after bathing or showering.

4 ounces unflavored vodka

20 drops peppermint essential oil

1.In a glass bottle, combine the vodka and peppermint essential oil.

2.Cap tightly and shake well before each use.

3.Spray directly onto the affected areas.

4.Let the area dry before dressing.

5.Repeat as often as needed.

Eucalyptus–Lavender Spray

YIELD: 4 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH SPRAY TOP
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Get your cool on with this healing mix of eucalyptus, lavender, and witch hazel. One spray spritzes away itching and burning and leaves skin feeling calmer and more refreshed.

1 tablespoon eucalyptus essential oil

1 tablespoon lavender essential oil

3 ounces alcohol-free witch hazel extract

1.In a glass bottle, add the eucalyptus and lavender essential oils to the witch hazel extract.

2.Cap tightly and shake well before each use.

3.Spray directly onto the affected area.

4.Let the area dry before dressing.

5.Repeat as often as needed.

Peppermint–Kelp Bath

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 30 MINUTES

If you anticipate a run-in with poison ivy, keep the peppermint essential oil, dried kelp, and sea salt on hand so they’re readily available when you need them. The sooner after exposure you use this treatment, the better it works.

10 drops peppermint essential oil

3 tablespoons dried kelp, wrapped in cheesecloth

3 tablespoons Dead Sea salt or Himalayan sea salt

½ cup baking soda

1.Run a cool bath and add all of the ingredients.

2.Submerge yourself in the tub and soak for at least 30 minutes.

3.Pat your body dry when finished. Apply peppermint spray, eucalyptus-lavender spray, or another leave-on poison ivy remedy.

4.Put on loose clothing made of a natural fiber such as cotton.

5.Enjoy this healing bath once or twice daily while suffering from poison ivy.