Poison Oak/Poison Ivy
Poison oak and poison ivy are allergic skin conditions caused by contact with the oils from the bark, flowers, leaves, and/or stems of the plants poison oak, ivy, sumac, ragweed, and primrose.
Symptoms include contact dermatitis or allergic symptoms such as a rash and blisters. In severe cases, symptoms can also include lethargy (fatigue), sleep disorders, and general discomfort and feelings of illness.
Know what these poisonous plants look like. Poison oak, ivy, and sumac grow as vines or bushes, and the leaves have three leaflets (ivy and oak) or a row of paired leaflets (sumac). When spending time outdoors in areas where these plants grow, avoid touching them and wear long sleeve pants and shirts. Also wash any clothing that comes in contact with the plants. Sometimes cases that do not go away are due to repeated exposure through contaminated clothing.
Some sensitive individuals may react or continue to be exposed to the oils of these plants by being around pets and other animals petting animals that have run through patches of the plants. They can also contract poison oak and poison ivy by inhaling smoke from the burning plants.
Caution: In cases of severe reaction that cause difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately. Very hot water from baths or showers can also spread the rash and exacerbate symptoms.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Visit here for information on the Dr Jeff McCombs Candida Cleanse.
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol:
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
Eat an organic, whole foods diet and avoid potentially allergy-causing foods, especially sugar, wheat, milk, and dairy products, including yogurt. Also avoid excess consumption of fruit, especially citrus and sour, as these foods may aggravate symptoms.
Other things to consider:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
At the first sign of outbreak take the following nutrients to minimize symptoms: vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Zinc oxide can also be applied topically.
Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day
Take Fivelac – one packet three times a day.
Digestive enzymes www.qnhshop.com
Organic apple cider vinegar – 1tsp with each meal
Allicin C – 2 capsules three times a day
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Alphabiotics www.alphabiotics.biz
Ayurvedic remedies include a paste or cream made from Neem, and buttermilk and potato can also be used. Mix the potato in a grater or blender. A ripe banana mashed with honey can also be applied.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The therapeutic principle of TCM is to clear away pathogenic heat and remove dampness. Consult a licensed practitioner who may recommend the following decoction :
honeysuckle flower, dittany bark, talc, coix seed, phellodendron bark, scutellaria root, oriental wormwood, plantain seed (wrapped with a piece of cloth before it is decocted ), atractylodes rhizome, flavescent sophora root, licorice root.
All the above ingredients are to be decocted in water for oral administration.
Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, melissa, neroli, eucalyptus, geranium, and/or juniper can help speed healing and relief of symptoms when applied topically to the affected areas.
Consult a licensed practitioner who may recommend the following:
- Rhus tox
- Arsen alb
These remedies should be taken alone and not in conjunction with other remedies but a licensed practitioner will advise.
Dulcamara, Rhus tox., Sulfur, Arsen alb., and Graphites, taken alone or in combination with each other can help speed healing. Petroleum and Psorinum are also effective homeopathic remedies, but must be taken alone.
Apply a poultice of equal parts of witch hazel, mugwort, white oak bark, and plantain to affected areas.
Jewelweed: The single most effective remedy for exposure to poison ivy or poison oak may be a plant closely related to the popular garden plants known as impatiens.
Jewelweed, or Impatiens capensis, has long been used as a remedy for skin disorders by indigenous North Americans. It apparently contains chemicals that neutralize the components responsible for the skin-irritating effects of poison oak, poison ivy and other irritants including stinging nettle, insect bites and ringworm. Folk remedies also recommend jewelweed poultices as treatment for minor injuries such as bruises, cuts, burns, sores, sprains and warts.
Topical Treatment: Rinse affected area with apple cider vinegar, and in the evening take a warm bath with apple cider vinegar or cornstarch. Aloe vera gel, witch hazel, baking soda paste, or a paste of activated charcoal powder are also good topical treatments.
The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.
Reflexology can help in the following ways:
- Regular reflexology treatment will stimulate the skin, promoting the natural process of skin foliation and renewal. Reflexology will help the healing process, softening and soothing the skin.
- Stress will be reduced as reflexology brings deep and beneficial relaxation allowing the body’s systems to rebalance.
The endocrine system responsible for the hormonal secretions will be regulated and any imbalances restored to their correct and finely-tuned levels. Consult a licensed practitioner who will work on the following areas: diaphragm, liver, kidneys, intestines, adrenals, all glands, thyroid. The Reflexologist will also take into consideration diet, particularly allergies, lactose intolerance and a possible adverse reaction to dairy products.
Potato – blended in a mixer or a grinder, can be applied anytime to calm the itching of the skin rashes.
Buttermilk – eases the itching from rashes, and also provides relief from acne. Also, mixing one portion of bleach with three portions of warm water, and applying it on the rashes over 2-3 days is a good home remedy for poison oak.
A ripe banana – this can be mashed and mixed with honey, to be applied on the skin for relief. Besides, Aloe Vera, which has innumerable medicinal and healing properties, can be applied on the affected area for quick relief.
Burdock roots – these have great healing properties, and tea prepared from these herbs can be applied on the blisters for instant relief. If the rashes spread over arms and feet, it would be a good idea to have an oatmeal bath with oats that have been soaked for some time in warm water.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT): This is proven to be beneficial because it reduces stress and help balance the energy system. Visit a licensed practitioner.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating poison oak and poison ivy: Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Chelation Therapy, Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Ondamed), Environmental Medicine, Homeopathy, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Home remedies for poison oak/ivy: blogs.rediff.com/allayurvedicremedies/2011/11/12/home-remedies-for-poison-oak-easy-and-simple-natural-cure
Home remedies with oats and honey: www.naturalnews.com/028791_poison_oak_remedies.html
Natural remedies for poison oak: www.naturalnews.com/023507_natural_poison_ivy.html
Poison oak – home Ayurveda cure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoFgcW-VdF8
Cure poison ivy/oak with jewelweed: www.naturalnews.com/036190_poison_ivy_remedies_jewelweed.html
Further Information (links and books)
Homeopathic Handbook for Poison Ivy and Poison Oak by DC. CCH Dr. Joel Kreisberg and Dr. Bill Gray MD;
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.