PW Tip #1: Poison Ivy Salve

PW Tip #1: Poison Ivy Salve
June 3, 2019 Christina Mullin

This magic elixir is what her grandmother doused her with when she had gotten into a patch of the dreaded poison ivy. There was always a jar on hand under the kitchen sink.


Orange jewelweed (which is an invasive weed that grows in the garden and along roadsides)

Witch Hazel


Roughly chop the jewelweed (stalk & leaves) and fill a

1-pint wide-mouth Mason jar. Cover with witch hazel and secure the lid. Store in a cool, dark place for about a week. Strain the jewelweed from the witch hazel and discard, saving the liquid. Dab on the poison ivy with a clean cotton ball for relief. It will both tame the itch and dry out the rash.