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Poison Ivy and Homeopathy

As we hike and bike our way through the forests this summer, we should always be on the lookout for poison ivy. It affects some more than others but for those that are affected, it can be horrendous! Fortunately there are a few remedies that can work wonders and speed the healing while relieving the symptoms.

As always, it is recommended to get the help of a registered homeopath to help you decipher your specific symptoms and choose the most appropriate remedy.

Here are the most widely used remedies for poison ivy, (as well as poison oak and poison sumac):


This is quite often the best remedy for poison ivy. Swelling and rashes that itch intensely and burn when scratched. Scratching makes the itch worse but rubbing brings some relief. Symptoms are typically worse on the left side and worse at night. Warm applications and a warm bed aggravate the itching.

Croton Tiglium:

A rash with many blisters, often on the scalp or face in general., near eyes, on buttocks and genitals as well as lower limbs. Blisters ooze yellow, scratching aggravates the itching and leads to a burning pain. Light pressure brings relief but the person feels tight all over their body


Blisters ooze a yellowish and thick discharge, like honey. Skin has a crusty appearance, esp. in the joint areas, torso and limbs. Rough rubbing or scratching that tears the skin brings relief.


This remedy is useful when the pustules bleed and it brings relief. The person feels better in a warm bed, (opposite of anacardium), but is averse to bathing. May be some facial swelling, this person will be irritable and restless at night.

Rhus Toxicodendrom:

Opposite to Anacardium,hot showers bring relief to this person. Outbreaks are most common on the face, around the eyes, genitals and the palms of the hands.Skin looks angry and blisters can line up along a scratch. Symptoms improve with movement and with dry warm air. Resting aggravates the symptoms.

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