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Poison Ivy and I are not friends. Half of the time, I don’t even see it. I think the oil lurks in my wood mulch or I touch it hidden among my plants. Every year–especially when it gets hot and humid, I get those obvious bumps and familiar itch. With 10 year of gardening under my belt, and countless rashes, here’s what poison ivy remedies works for me to reduce my misery.
My Favorite Poison Ivy Remedies
Tecnu–my #1 choice!
Tecnu may not be a green product but I use it every time I come in from the garden. It helps with poison ivy and other oils from plants that can cause dermatitis. I am highly sensitive to thistle, pumpkin vines, etc.
The key to success with this product is you must use it within two hours of contact. Wash for 2 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
The Company lists a window of 2 to 8 hours but I haven’t been that lucky.
How does it work? The product remove the poison ivy’s urushiol oil before the rash starts.
If you do get those unsightly and completely bothersome rash, you can still use the product to lessen the duration.
I tend to use it with caladryl or clay when I get a rash. (See below.)
Before gardening season, buy a bottle (or now) and keep it under your sink. Be sure to wash anything that touches plants (arms, legs, and hands) each time you come in from the garden. You will thank me later.
Always wash your clothes, shoes, gloves and tools too. I throw my work clothes and gloves in hot water. You can use tecnu for your tools too.
Prior to using this product, I used caladryl and slathered it on hoping it would dry up the rash. For me, caladrly doesn’t stop the itching but it does dry up the rash.
But recently Hubs told me about benetonite clay. I wasn’t surprised it work since I used wet dirt in the garden and put it on the rash. Surprisingly that works. (More about dirt later.)
I simply make a slurry which is similar to pancake batter and put it on the rash. In about 15 minutes, the itch is gone and the clay hardens. I am now on day four and the rash scabbed over.
(I use this one.)
Plain Old Dirt
I am serious.
One time I had the rashes everywhere and just wanted to have a scratch fest. Now I understand why dogs roll in the grass.
You know what I am talking about if you ever had poison ivy.
I simply wet dirt from one of my vegetable beds, and applied it.
It stopped itching. I was blown away.
The problem is dirt doesn’t stay on your skin as well as clay does so it is a temporary measure.
But if you need something, grab some dirt.
I use the store bought of all of the above out of desperation. However if you want to make your own, use this recipe. (Notice the recipe has benetonite clay in it.)
It does help to dry up the rash.
Dress for success:
If you know you will be around poison ivy, wear long pants, gloves, and long sleeve shirt. Strip outside and throw your clothes and gloves in a bag. Wash them immediately.
Remember my 2 hour rule? Be sure to clean yourself up after exposure.
What hasn’t worked for me:
I am a sucker for all natural solutions but they don’t always work for me. I have tried the following poison ivy remedies without success:
- banana peels
- apple cider vinegar . It helped to dry up the rash but didn’t stop the itching.
- Baking soda
- oatmeal. (It helps for a little bit but not the itching.)
- Jewelweed soap after I got the rash. (It is now growing among my raspberries!)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hot showers
- one percent hydro-cortisone (the over the counter product)
Interesting Perceptive on Friction:
I haven’t tried this yet but thought it was really interesting. This YouTube video explains that simply using a wash cloth with soap removes the oil. The key to its removal is friction and to be sure you wash everywhere you could have possibly touch.
(Um, your face…)
Yes. I have taken steroids for poison ivy. It spread all over my body a couple to times so you can imagine how fast I run to my Tecnu when I think I touched it.
If it spreads or gets infected, please see a doctor.
Join the Conversation:
What poison ivy remedies have worked for you?
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If I had to pick one vegetable that is extremely easy to grow, Swiss Chard would be my #1 pick. While other greens are wilting or bolting from the heat, Swiss Chard just laughs at the heat and flourishes. In addition, it is a stunner in the garden with its bright leaves and matching ribs. You could easily plant it among your other landscape plants to create a part edible landscape.
As you can tell from the picture, its leaf has an odd shape. Its leaf resembles a goose foot. Swiss Chard is a member of the Goosefoot family, of which beets and spinach are also members.
This colorful wonder is a powerhouse vegetable containing vitamins K, A, and C. In fact, one chopped cup of this vegetable provides 300% of your vitamin K daily requirement. Vitamin K consumption improves bone health, which reduces the risk of bone fractures.
In addition, it is a good source of potassium, iron, magnesium and dietary fiber.
Swiss chard also contains high levels of nitrates. Consuming high level of nitrates lowers blood pressure, enhances athletic performance and reduces the amount of oxygen needed during exercising.
And, there is more!
Swiss chard contains alpha-lipoic acid which lowers glucose levels. In turn, it increases insulin sensitivity and prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in diabetics.
However, if you suffer from kidney stones, WebMD advises that you should skip this vegetable. It is high in oxalates, which decreases the body’s absorption of calcium and can cause kidney stones.
When to Plant?
Swiss Chard is a cool weather plant although it doesn’t bolt like spinach or broccoli when the weather turns warmer. According to Cornell University, plant seeds 1/2 to 1 inch deep 2 to 3 weeks before your last expected spring frost. However, it doesn’t like prolonged freezes which can make it bolt.
I actually plant my seeds indoors under grow lights the same time that I plant broccoli and my other cold weather plants. Sometimes our Springs are just too cold to follow Cornell’s suggestion so I tend to plant a week or two before the last Spring Frost.
I also cover the plants if a frost is expected.
Plant in full sun; however, it will need afternoon shade when the weather becomes warm. In addition, Swiss Chard likes consistent watering.
I plant mine where it receives some afternoon shade with my other cold tolerant plants.
One year my Swiss Chard bolted since I just ignored it and didn’t pick it. Plus, I might have planted it to early in the season when it was too cold. (Take a look HERE.) In fact, Swiss Chard is a biannual and will flower in its second year if it survived harsh winters.
And sometimes, it does grow back which surprised the heck out of me.
To keep it healthy, pick often and always leave the smaller inside leaves.
Swiss Chard Varieties:
There are many varieties of Swiss Chard to choose from. Cornell Garden Based Learning contains a list of different varieties. My favorites from the list are as follows:
- Verde De Taglio Swiss Chard (Thin leaves and mild spinach like taste.)
- Rainbow Swiss Chard–(Multi-colored stems and leaves)
- Bright Lights (Dark-green, bronzed, moderately savoyed leaves)
- Orange Fantasia’ Swiss Chard (It contains golden-orange stalks. It can be slow growing.)
- Scarlet Charlotte’ Swiss Chard ( Need something outstanding in your flower beds? This one has magenta stalks and deep green leaves. Cornell notes that it is very ornamental.)
The University lists different seed companies that sell the Swiss Chard varieties. Be sure to check the seed availability from my favorite heirloom seed companies too.
Swiss Chard Recipes
How can you not be in love with this vegetable? Here are some recipes to get you started:
- Kielbasa Sausage and Vegetable Soup–the Rising Spoon
- Swiss Chard and Mushroom Frittata–This is So Good
- Mediterranean Risotto with Chard--Studio Botanica
- Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onions–Studio Botanica
- Cider Braised Swiss Chard with Apples–Dr Karen S Lee
- Lemon Garlic Rainbow Swiss Chard–AllRecipes
- Swiss Chard with Mint and Pistachio Nuts–Summer Tomato
- Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin–Smitten Kitchen
- Swiss Chard with Chickpeas, and Couscous–Real Simple
- Greek Swiss Chard Pie–Martha Rose Shulman (NY Times)
I hope I inspired you to either grow Swiss Chard or at least cook with it!
Join the Conversation:
What is your favorite way to eat Swiss Chard?
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