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Poison Ivy

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Poison IvyPoison OakUrushiol is a clear liquid that is within the sap of poison ivy, poison oak, and the less common poison sumac.  When this sap comes in contact with the exposed skin of most people is will cause an itching rash.  The scientific name for the rash isToxicodendron dermatitis. 

Poison oak is pictured on the left, poison ivy on the right.



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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Birch, EucalyptusC, Frankincense, LavenderC, Myrrh, Protective Blend, Peppermint

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Roman ChamomileC, RoseC

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Suggested protocols:

Apply Peppermint with either Frankincense, Myrrh, or Protective Blend directly to the area neat (without dilution).  If the area is too sensitive to touch use a spray bottle.  At least 3 times per day until the redness and itching are gone.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Penne - Any suggestions on how to help someone that's gotten into poison ivy or poison oak?

Rob - I had a friend that used Peppermint and Protective Blend 3 times per day (neat) and after about the third day, it was all dried up.  It normally takes about 2 weeks.

Jan - I have heard that Myrrh and/or Peppermint are both very good on poison ivy and poison oak.

John - Frankincense works well as does Peppermint. Apply neat any time it itches and at least three times daily.


MaryAmber - Our family just returned from a weekend camping trip.  Their was poison ivy everywhere.  I am already broke out and I have our clothing to wash.  I am not trying to be paranoid but I am hoping that someone else has had to wash clothes with poison ivy oils on them and has some tried and true tips to help. 

Julie Ann - I used Birch and Peppermint on the poison ivy I got last summer and the results were dramatic!  It dried up before it even got started.  I would think about soaking the clothes in a large tub with those Birch and Peppermint in them in hot water without touching them.  Then put them in the wash.  


Randi - I have poison ivy areas that are lingering.  I've read Peppermint, Frankincense and Protective Blend.  If the area is a large area, how do you cover it with oils without using or wasting a lot?

Kathy – Just put a spray top on the bottle and spray 1 time over the area.  They make spray tops that fit the oils bottles.

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