LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - When people are outside in their yards or in the woods, they have the possibility of encountering poison ivy. Here are some natural home remedies that can cut down on itching, scratching, and the chance that it will spread to other parts of your body.
1: Cucumber calms the rash
Either place slices of this cooling veggie on the affected area, or mash it up to make a cucumber "paste" and apply to the skin for soothing relief.
2: Banana peel cools the itch
Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on poison ivy-affected skin is an old wives tale that could provide relief because of the peel's cooling qualities. Watermelon rinds are another food some people swear by to cool it.
3: Apple cider vinegar kills the poison
One way to apply it is to soak a brown paper bag in apple cider vinegar, then place it on the rash to draw out the toxins.
4: Aloe vera beats the burn
Just like it soothes a nasty sunburn, the gel from an aloe vera plant can work wonders on a poison ivy rash. Apply the gel directly to the skin from the leaf or use a store-bought product for a quicker remedy.
5: Running water lessens the severity
Washing the affected body parts in cool running water immediately after contact can help minimize the size of the developing rash. Hot water can open pores and allow more toxic oils to seep in to your skin.
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