I’ve taken many client emergency calls regarding poison ivy over the years.
She has no issue leaving her mark.

What I’ve found to be fascinating is that some people are prone to poison ivy, while others never get it. My husband and son seem to get a taste of poison ivy’s medicine every year — multiple times a year — and I almost never get it.

According to Dr. Axe, roughly 85 percent of all people are sensitive to the oils found in the poison ivy plant. When a person is “sensitized” to poison ivy’s oils, the skin touches the oils and they enter the immune system, causing a histamine response. In about 15 percent of people, this reaction becomes severe.

Symptoms of this allergic reaction may include mild to severe redness, rash, itching, burning and/or oozing blisters.

For those who are allergic to poison ivy’s toxic ingredient, urushiol, having home remedies on hand during the summer months is crucial.

Thankfully, the poison ivy rash itself isn’t contagious. It cannot be spread from body part to body part or from person to person.

One of the most important things to do after being exposed to the urushiol of a poison ivy plant is to wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water. The quicker the toxic compound is removed from the skin, the less time it will have to react and cause irritation.

After this, apply either bentonite clay or activated charcoal topically to the affected areas; this will draw out any remaining toxin.

Next, you should take homeopathic antidotes for poison ivy; these will help the body’s vital force overcome and neutralize the toxins. The main homeopathic remedy for poison ivy rash is Rhus toxicodendron; three to five doses can be taken daily for the first few days.

Rhus tox should absolutely be part of your first-aid kit!

In tougher cases, if a different remedy is needed, consider Croton tiglium or Anacardium orientale. Typically, Croton tiglium works better on rashes that occur on the face, whereas Anacardium orientale works better on rashes that appear blistery.

In addition to homeopathic antidotes, herbs that are helpful for clearing the toxins out of the bloodstream include yellow dock tincture or red clover tincture. Both of these have the ability to facilitate detoxification and serve the body as powerful blood cleansers and lymph cleansers, inciting and increasing the action of lymph glands throughout the entire body. The longer the blood stays “dirty” the longer you are likely to deal with the rash.

To minimize the inflammation reaction of the body, take high doses of vitamin C and Protease Plus. Protease is an enzyme that’s powerful at quickly breaking down proteins in the body… it’ll help break down antibodies and histamines associated with allergic reactions. The incorporation of these can clear up even the most extreme cases.

Topically applying essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium, rose, helichrysum and lavender can improve rashes by lowering inflammation and helping with pain. Simply add three drops of essential oil to a compress and apply to the area several times daily. If you have sensitive skin, you can mix three drops of essential oil with a half teaspoon of coconut oil to further dilute it and reduce its strength. I recently had a client swear that Frankincense worked like a charm to clear up a reaction on her son.

Miracle II Neutralizer Gel applied topically greatly reduces the itch.

If you feel like you are being tortured by poison ivy, I highly encourage you to fully tune into her medicine.

Louise Hay, author of, “You Can Heal Your Life,” (definitely check out this life-changing book) teaches us that this rash is about letting something get under your skin or feeling defenseless.

Poison Ivy Emotion: Feeling defenseless and open to attack

Poison Ivy Affirmation: I am powerful, safe and secure. All is well.


If you are under attack and using all the remedies but not getting better, this may be the Universe simply trying to get your attention about your true emotions, alignment and choices.

For several of my tougher cases, using the affirmation in addition to the remedies accelerated our healing in big ways.

To fierce healing & trusting your remedies,



PS. What natural remedies have you found useful to helping heal from poison ivy? Share with me in the comments below!