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)
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.