If you or a family member are prone to poison ivy rashes you might consider making these jewelweed ice cubes. Stored in the freezer when jewelweed is out of season, they are available year-round and are easy to use once they are made.
fresh jewelweed, leaf and stem water
Gather jewelweed, chop it up and place it a blender or food processor with just enough water to liquefy the herb. Strain jewelweed puree through a strainer lined with a cloth. Gather up the ends of the cloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Compost the herb and freeze the liquid in ice cube trays. To use, place ice cube over rash and let it melt onto skin. Keep applying as needed. The cold ice cubes along with the jewelweed help soothe the heat and irritation of the rash.
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Jewelweed and Friends
3-6 tablespoons water
Use the following fresh herbs:
1 handful jewelweed, 1 handful wild lettuce (leaf and a little stem),
1 handful yellow giant hyssop leaves Chop herbs and place in blender or food processor with just enough water to liquefy the herbs. Apply the puree to the affected area or strain through a strainer lined with cloth. Gather up the ends of the cloth and squeeze out all the liquid. Compost the herb and store unused portion in the refrigerator, or freeze the liquid in ice cube trays for future use.
Variation: You can also preserve the liquid by adding an ounce of vodka to every ounce of liquid. Place liquid in a spray bottle and mist on affected area.
Learn about the local wild herbs in your area to find out which ones can be used as antidotes for poison ivy you will be surprised at how many there are! At the same time you will begin to learn other useful information about the wild foods and healing herbs that grow all around you.