6 Steps to Cure Poison Ivy Naturally

6 Steps to Cure Poison Ivy Naturally

I am an avid runner – the deeper into nature I can venture, the better. Because of this affinity for connecting with trees, plants, sunshine & nature while I get my workout on, I find myself dealing with poison ivy at least once a year.

Last week I was struck again (for the 3rd time since I’ve lived in Austin) but this time the poison ivy set up on my right eye, all around my nose, upper lip and left hip – don’t even ask ☺.

When my eye first started to swell I thought it may be a food allergy but considering I pretty much eat the same 10 things every day, that didn’t seem likely.

Here I am at work with a homemade eye patch (thanks Brady!) as the swelling began:


By that evening, this is what I looked like (as you can see, I’m no longer smiling!):


I ran to CVS panicking, I was pacing the aisles arms full of Benedryl, calamine lotion, cortisol cream and the likes. A small voice came over me and said kindly, “Carly, what in the hell are you doing?!” I live and teach a real, natural lifestyle and here I am in straight up freak-out-mode with arms full of chemicals. I slowly put the boxes down, backed away from the CVS and drove away determined to find a natural poison ivy treatment.

4 days later, here I am (still a little swollen on the right eye but I’m getting there!):



So despite all the advice to go immediately to the doctor or fill my body with unnecessary chemicals, here is how I cured myself naturally:

1. Collodial Silver – Collodial Silver is a liquid mineral supplement that fights infection and is otherwise known as “nature’s antibiotic.”

I took 10 drops 2 – 3 times a day for 1 week to help boost my immune system.

In a special report written by Dr. Alex Duarte, he cited the following uses for Colloidal Silver:
External Infections: eye, ear, nose and throat infections, dental infections, sinus infections, poison oak, poison ivy, rashes, burns, cuts, bites, athletes foot, fungal infections (including athlete’s foot), acne, diabetic ulcers, and bed sores.
Internal Infections: common cold, allergy, Asthma, Bronchitis, Pneumonia, fevers, Herpes infections, Hepatitis, Epstein- Barr, yeast infections, vaginal infections, bladder infections, middle-ear infections, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Hemorrhoids, Influenza, intestinal troubles, Nasal Catarrh, Tuberculosis, boils, Meningitis, Chronic Eczema, Colitis, Diarrhea, Enlarged Prostate, Tonsillitis, Rhinitis, Strep Throat, Sprue, Staphylococcus Infections, ringworm, Typhoid, Whooping Cough, Shingles and Warts. (From http://www.discoverynews.us)

2. Tea Bags – I utilized tea bags by soaking them in hot warm for just a few moments (to saturate the tea) and then using them as a compress on the poison ivy. I would wrap the tea bag in a thin wash cloth and then apply it to my eye. This was extremely soothing – I did the warm tea compress 2 – 3 times each day while my eye was still inflamed.

3. Witch Hazel – A gentle, soothing astringent. Since the poison ivy was all around my eye, nose and lip I used a cotton ball or Q-tip to spot treat the area of posion ivy.  It’s cooling and helps relieve the itch immediately.

4. Aloe Vera – This can be applied liberally to the area to relieve itch and assist with healing.

5. Jewelweed – Jewelweed is nature’s antidote to poison ivy but not so easy to find.

“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.”

6. Rest – Rest & I don’t have a very solid relationship. I am an extremely busy on-the-go type of gal and get antsy when I don’t feel like I’m being productive. While healing, I gave my self 3 days of grace to rest, relax, get lost in movies and read a book front to back. Amazing and beneficial! I was a new woman by day four.

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  1. Hi Carly,
    I’ve had poison ivy every year since I can remember. A few years ago, I decided to put colloidal silver in my eyes when I was exposed to poison ivy. It prevented my eyes from becoming inflamed and have been using it since. I have also used silver gel (made by Natures Sunshine) to my eyes and even my vagina to relieve the rash. Thank you for supporting colloidal silver as I’ve been telling family and friends how it is such a great product. My nurse told me to give up gardening after I went to the doctor time and time again to get prescription medicine and a shot to relieve the itch. No way was I going to NOT garden. So, I gave silver a chance and now I’m not afraid of the 3 leaves that appear in my flowers. I just started using aloe and it helps with the itch also.

  2. As for the silver, you took ten drops orally? Or in the eye. I’m sorry but I’ve never heard of that and my husband may have poison ivy in his eye and trying to give him so relief. Thanks.

  3. God bless you and thank God you’re fine now .. My seven years old daughter poisoned with a plant in her legs and it was really hard time for both off us and after a huge number and doses of medicine she’s well now thank God . But with your experience I’d like to take your advice cause she keep complaining from an electrice feeling like a pin in her leg .. Should I worry about that .

  4. I use castor oil when I have poison ivy 3-4 time a day direct in the rash, after castor oil aplications you stop itching.

  5. I have inpatients growing out front is that what you are referring to and if so how does one use it for poision ivy?

  6. What kind of tea bags do you suggest? I also suffer every spring and I am so thankful I came across your post. Thanks again for everything you do.

  7. Thanks for this article Carly. What brand Colloidal silver do you recommend?

    • Carly Shankman

      No particular brand – anything you buy at a reputable health food store or organic shop will be just fine. Best of luck!

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