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Spring Means the Return of Poison Ivy–Homeopathy Can Help!

by | Apr 23, 2018 | Poison Ivy

homeopathy can heal poison ivy

Rhus Tox, sometimes known as Poison Ivy, with the smooth leaves. Leaves of three, let it be.

Are you allergic to Poison Ivy? I do not know if I am, but I definitely don’t want to get a reaction to poison ivy, just to see if I am. If you or I accidentally touch some leaves, don’t distress. Homeopathy rapidly relieves and heals poison ivy.

Poison Ivy is Nature’s Band-Aid

I grew up on a farm right by a lake. We played often in the grass and the weeds and the trees. I never had poison ivy. My mother insisted that we didn’t have any, and knowing what I know about Poison Ivy being nature’s bandaid, I am not surprised to hear this.

Sign warning of poison ivy off the trails.If you would like to know more about Poison Ivy being Nature’s bandaid (this sign in the photo has something to do with it) and some remedy suggestions on how to help resolve the symptoms and heal more quickly, keep reading.

Why is Poison Ivy is considered nature’s Band-Aid?  The reason for that is it tends to grow where the earth has been scraped.  Behind my house is a paved trail, and on the other side of that trail is park land.  Along the edge of the park land is Poison Ivy.   A couple years ago, the city came and dug it up.  Guess what? Two years later, it was worse than ever.  Nature’s Band-aid indeed.  It keeps us out of the forested Park Land. It prevents people from trampling on the cuts caused by the scrapers which moved the earth.

Yes, homeopathy can rapidly relieve and heal poison ivy, but the best way to prevent an allergic reaction to Poison Ivy is to recognize it.  The picture above is the poison ivy which grows on the path behind my house.  Specifically, pay attention to the plants with three leaves which have smooth edges.

Naturopathic Suggestions To Manage A Poison Ivy Outbreak

But sometimes, touching poison ivy is unavoidable.  For example, if your pet rolls in it and rubs up against you, you may then respond to the urushiol oils in the leaves, especially if you are particularly sensitive to Poison Ivy or Poison Oak.  If you think you are having a systemic reaction which has gotten into the blood stream, that is not how it spreads.  It spreads by scratching and getting the oils on the skin.  If you keep getting new breakouts, you are probably getting it from your pet. Washing with Fels Naphtha soap in the shower is the best solution.  Do not take a baking soda or oatmeal bath until you are certain all the oils have been washed off! According to the Mayo Clinic, you should be sure to get the oils off your skin. 

Aloe Vera gel can also be helpful for taming inflammation from Poison Ivy.

One of the worst reactions to Poison Ivy is when someone digs it up, lets it dry and then burns it.  It can be serious at least and fatal at worst for highly sensitive individuals.  Interestingly, homeopathic poison oak, or Rhus Tox, is an asthma remedy. Be sure to seek medical care if this happens to you.

A finger with poison ivy. Homeopathy can rapidly relieve and heal poison ivy.

Poison Ivy on a finger. Yikes!

Homeopathy Rapidly Relieves and Heals Poison Ivy

In addition to the naturopathic suggestions above, poison ivy and poison oak reactions can be helped by homeopathy.  Before you run out and purchase Rhus Tox, please note the following:

  • Wait until symptoms have developed clearly to start taking a homeopathic remedy.  Like any acute dis-ease, giving a remedy too quickly can obscure the picture and make it difficult to find the correct remedy to move the dis-ease along in a rapid fashion.
  • You may still have to go through all the phases of poison ivy, but you should experience less discomfort and it should take much less time than normal (normal is 10 days to 2 weeks).
  • If you find you are super sensitive to Poison Ivy, please contact us at Lotus Homeopathy to get some homeoprophylaxis for Poison Ivy, to help prevent the allergic reaction.
  • Where your breakouts are located can help determine which remedy is effective.

Important Remedies for Poison Ivy:

Managing symptoms, as suggested above is important, but managing doesn’t make it heal faster.  Homeopathy rapidly relieves AND heals poison ivy. Check out these homeopathic remedies.

Poison Sumac aka Anacardium Orientale

Anacardium Orientale

This remedy is poison sumac and is a close relative of Rhus Tox and they have similar symptoms.

  • Itching is so intense that the person who needs Anacardium digs the nails deep into the skin. Then after scratching the skin is burning and stinging.  (Apis)
  • The lesions start out as pinhead sized blisters which then grow and get bigger to become large lesions. The vesicles (blisters) become yellow (Graphites) and develop a red ring around them.  Eventually there are raised crusts which heal from underneath.  (Graphites)
  • Worse:  From becoming Warm, or warm air.  Heat of the bed (Sulphur).  Scratching
  • Better:  Scalding hot water.  (Rhus Tox) Rubbing (not scratching)  Eating (which tends to be true with Anacardium in general).
  • Location:  Anacardium is a left sided remedy (Sulphur) so the outbreaks will tend to be on the left side but do not have to be.  Neck, torso, underarms, scrotum, inner thigh.

Rhus Toxicodendron (Rhus Tox)

This is homeopathic poison oak or poison ivy (There is some dispute which it is).  But not everyone needs it when they get Poison Ivy.  In fact, over the years, I have only recommended it a couple of times.

  • Restless and nervous from the itching.
  • Better: from heat, such as hot baths or showers or heat of the bed.
  • Worse:  Cold air, in the morning in bed, Getting wet, scratching, being touched
  • Location:  Along fingers, Hands, face, groin, folds of skin
Bees on honeycomb

Apis is one of the remedies that can rapidly relieve and heal poison ivy.

Apis Mellifica

Homeopathic bees.  This remedy is quite the opposite of Rhus Tox.

  • As with all Apis breakouts, there is burning, itching and stinging, as from a bee sting.
  • Reddish bumps but not many blisters or vesicles (They may appear later.  See Graphites.)
  • Worse from Heat (Sulphur), with a great deal of swelling and heat in the location of the breakout.
  • Better from Cold or ice.  A cold shower, or an ice pack provides relief.
  • Location:  Face, around the eyes (yikes) forearms, hands.


  • Tiny vesicles with fierce burning and itching.  Barely tolerable, much like the burning with a UTI, for which this is a number one remedy.
  • Itching is relieved by scratching, but then it moves and appears elsewhere.
  • Itching and burning is triggered and aggravated by the touch of clothing. Cantharis has a general aggravation of clothing and it is very specific to aggravating the skin.


  • Intensely itchy and burning, as with all things Sulphur.  Also, sulphur states in general have a tendency to a secondary infection and this is true with Poison Ivy as well.
  • Dark red in color. There are vesicles (blisters) and pustules (discharge that is not clear).  The rash will be moist.
  • Scratches the skin raw and bloody seeking relief from the itching.
  • Worse:  At night, becoming heated in bed.  Washing, especially a warm shower.  Heat, sweating, touching it with wool! (Wool seems to be popular for clothing for all seasons, so be aware.)
  • Better:  Icy and cold applications. Removing blankets. Cool air, such as from a fan blowing on the affected parts.
  • Location:  Folds of the skin, face, palms, elbow and knee pits.

Graphites  (Graphite)

  • Graphites is most useful in later stages of poison ivy outbreaks.  It can be confused with Anacardium, which tends to have similar yellowish discharges.
  • When you have thickened skin, and the lesions have crusted over and there are dry yellowish crystals, it is time to consider switching to Graphites.
  • There may be a thick, honey like discharge from the rash.
  • Worse: Becoming heated in bed (Sulphur) and worse in general in the evening and night time.
  • Better:  Once the skin has been scratched raw.  (Anacardium is worse from scratching)
  • Location:  Elbow and knee pits, folds of skin, neck, groin.

Dosing Homeopathic Remedies for Poison Ivy

The remedies readily available in the store generally can be purchased in a 30C potency.  Take a dose 2-3 times a day.  If the symptoms change, or it doesn’t help after 2-3 doses, switch to a different remedy.

There are many other Poison Ivy remedies (44 total), but these are the most commonly used ones.  If none of these remedies seem to describe your condition, schedule an Acute Consult by clicking the Book Now button, for help finding a better match.

If you are prone to getting Poison Ivy and would like to have a small Poison Ivy kit of these six remedies and the prevention remedy, to make sure you can get started with the right remedies immediately, click here to order.


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Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

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