What to put on poison ivy rash

Poison ivy

Did you cross paths with poison ivy during a walk? Or perhaps a poison ivy plant just randomly grew on your yard? Whatever the case is, you’re here because you’re wondering what to put on poison ivy rash to relieve your symptoms. Poison ivy rash can make you feel very distressed, what with it’s itchiness and irritation. But no worries! You’re one of the many who have fought with this notorious plant’s consequences. Thankfully, there is a variety of natural remedies that can help give relief to your skin.

Among the natural remedies that can grapple with poison ivy rash symptoms are essential oils, which have a range of soothing and healing properties to provide relief from poison ivy rash. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of using specific essential oils in alleviating poison ivy rash symptoms and discuss products that you can put on poison ivy rash to reduce its symptoms.

Understanding poison ivy rash

Poison ivy rash blisters on human skin

Picture that in the depths of wilderness, an unsuspecting explorer comes across a fierce enemy, hidden in the lush greenery. Poison ivy, a cunning plant, is waiting armed with its potent weapon: urushiol oil. With an innocent brush against the leaves, the dangerous urushiol oil springs into action, invading the explorer’s unsuspecting skin. A few hours later, and the signs of the looming struggle emerge. A warning shot by the enemy, an itch, teases the skin.

As time progresses, the battlefield takes shape. The rash becomes visible, spreading its redness across the explorer’s skin. The itching intensifies, which is attention-demanding. The enemy’s touch triggers a persistent desire to scratch to relieve the discomfort. Yet, each scratch can lead to further irritation!

You can get poison ivy contact dermatitis if you touch the plant, inhale smoke from burning poison ivy, or when your skin comes into contact with an object, person or animal contaminated with urushiol. Urushiol is an oily resin released by poison ivy and is present in any part of this plant. When the skin comes into contact with this substance, a reaction called contact dermatitis occurs, leading to the development of rash. Some common symptoms of poison ivy rash include:

  • intense itching
  • redness
  • swelling
  • blisters
  • burning sensation

Urushiol is also released by poison oak and poison sumac, so you can get the same reaction when you come into contact with these plants. But some lucky people out there are resistant to urushiol, so their skin do not react to it!

See related: What are the different types of skin rashes?

Managing poison ivy contact dermatitis

If you got into contact with poison ivy or urushiol, it is essential that you rinse your skin with soap and cool water as soon as possible. This possibly prevents the occurrence of rash or minimizes its severity. Also wash the clothes you were wearing when you were exposed to poison ivy. But if you already have a rash, these are some remedies that can relieve it:

  1. Calamine lotion. Calamine has soothing properties and can help alleviate itching and reduce inflammation related to poison ivy contact dermatitis.
  2. Oatmeal baths. Oatmeal baths can provide soothing relief for a poison ivy contact dermatitis. The natural properties of oatmeal help calm irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and alleviate itching.
  3. Cool compresses. The cool temperature helps soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and alleviate itching.
  4. Oral antihistamines. Oral antihistamines block the action of histamine, a chemical released by the body during an allergic reaction. These medication can be beneficial in relieving the itching and inflammation of poison ivy rash.

What to put on poison ivy rash: essential oil salves

Mother Nature might have given you the rash, but Mother Nature also has the solution to relieve your symptoms! If you are suffering from this contact dermatitis type, you must have weapons of your own. CANhaveTODAY presents all-natural salves with some of the strongest anti-inflammatory essential oils that has the potential to relieve poison ivy contact dermatitis symptoms. A quick note: These products contain Sodium borate. The government of Canada does not recommend the use of products containing Sodium borate on open wounds, cuts, or abrasions.

The Protector: Waters Mist

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If you want a protective shield against bacteria and fungi, Waters Mist is the perfect choice. CANhaveTODAY’s Waters Mist contains the powerful tea tree oil, lemongrass essential oil, and cinnamon essential oil. These essential oils have plenty of benefits for skin issues, thanks to their potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties [Table 1].

Applying these essential oils to the poison ivy rash can help reduce itching, inflammation, and promote faster healing. Additionally, having these itchy rashes makes a person at risk of infection due to scratching, so Waters Mist with these essential oils can protect you from infection. With the protection of Waters Mist, you will gain a sense of security, knowing your skin is safeguarded in the face of contact dermatitis.

See related: Waters Mist, A Natural Bug Repellent for Skin

The Warrior: Soothing Juggernaut

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If you’re looking for an anti-inflammatory force to fight the symptoms of poison ivy contact dermatitis, Soothing Juggernaut is for you. Packed with frankincense, arnica, and cypress essential oils, this salve can fight inflammation symptoms, including itch, swelling, and redness [Table 1].

But there’s more! These essential oils have excellent activities in fighting fungi and bacteria that infect the skin, protecting your rash from further harm. To top it off, Soothing Juggernaut’s essential oils also have strong healing properties! With each application, Soothing Juggernaut unleashes it healing properties on your skin. You will find comfort in Soothing Juggernaut’s as it defends your skin and aids in the recovery from the damages of the poison ivy rash.

The Healer: Healing Legends

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Healing Legends is like the healer in a battle: it emerges in the middle of the conflict to rescue the skin as soon as possible! This mighty healer steps in to mend the damage inflicted by the rash. This salve’s main ingredients are frankincense, myrrh, and bergamot essential oils, all of which are strong healers of skin damage, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobials [Table 1].

While repairing the damage, Healing Legends also makes sure that no further harm will be done to the affected skin by protecting it from other factors like infectious microorganisms and inflammatory damage. Healing Legends will work its magic, soothing inflammation, promoting skin rejuvenation and instilling a sense of calm in the middle of chaos. Witness the transformative effects of Healing Legends on your ‘battle-worn’ skin yourself!

See related: Natural Antibiotic Ointments for Pus-filled Skin Lesions

The Sniper: Sparkling Rain

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Sparkling Rain is like a silent sniper in the clash. This moisturizer, containing grapefruit essential oil and chaga mushroom extract, becomes a precision weapon against poison ivy rash. Sparkling Rain takes aim at dryness and skin irritation, releasing a refreshing cascade of hydration.

Like a skilled sniper, this moisturizer targets discomfort, delivering soothing relief where it’s needed. Your skin can continue its battle with poison ivy, empowered with this hydrating force!

 Waters MistSoothing JuggernautHealing Legends (with Frankincense)Sparkling Rain
 Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus)Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)Arnica (Arnica montana)Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquuu)Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
AntibacterialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [25]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [64]Moderate to Strong [77]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [102]Strong [119]Strong [129,130]
– AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [65]Moderate [42]Moderate [90]Mild to Strong [102]Strong [131]
– CellulitisMild to Strong [1,2,4]Strong [42]Moderate to Strong [42]Strong [129,132,130]
– ItchMild to Strong [1,2,3]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]Moderate [64]Strong [91]Strong [103]Strong [129]
– Skin infectionsMild to Strong [1,2,3]Mild to Strong [27]Strong [42]Mild to Strong [53,54,55]ModerateStrong [78]Strong [90]Mild to Strong [104]Strong [119]Strong [132, 130, 133]
Anti-inflammatoryStrong [5]Strong [28]Moderate to Strong [43]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [79]Strong [92]Strong [105]Strong [120, 121, 122]Strong [134, 135]
   – AcneMild to Moderate [3]Strong [26]Strong [42]Strong [65]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [90]Strong [106] 
   – SwellingStrong [5]Strong [28]Strong [118]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [79]Strong [92]Strong [105]Strong [120, 121]Strong [134]
AntifungalStrong [5,6]Mild to Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [44]Mild to Moderate [55]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [80]Moderate to Strong [93]Moderate to Strong [107]Moderate to Strong [119]Mild to Strong [136, 137, 138, 139]
   – Athlete’s foot (Foot itch)Strong [7,8]Strong [29]Moderate to Strong [45]Moderate to Strong [42]Strong [81,82]Moderate to Strong [94]Strong [108]Strong [140]
   – ItchStrong [9,10]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate to Strong [42]Moderate [81]Moderate [90]Strong [140]
AntimicrobialMild to Strong [1,2]Strong [30,25,31]Strong [42]Mild to Moderate [53,57,58]Moderate to Strong [64, 42]Strong [83,84]Mild to Strong [90,93]Mild to Strong [102,107]Strong [119,123]Strong [140, 141, 142]
Antioxidant (fights skin damage and aging)Strong [11,2]Strong [32,33,25]Moderate to Strong [46]Strong [59]Mild to Strong [66]Strong [80]Mild to Strong [90]Mild to Strong [109]Strong [124, 125]Strong [142]
AntiparasiticStrong [12,13]Mild to Moderate [34]Strong [47]Mild to Strong [67,68]Strong [80]Mild to Strong [95] Strong [126]Moderate [143]
Antispasmodic (relieves muscle spasms)Strong [14]Mild to Moderate [35]Moderate to Strong [57]Moderate to Strong [69,70]Strong – Muscle spasms – Menstrual cramps – Restless leg syndromeStrong [96] – Intestinal spasms  Strong [110] – Intestinal spasms
Insecticidal (Kills insects)Strong [15]Strong [36]Strong [48]Mild to Moderate [60]Strong [71]Strong [80]Moderate to Strong [97]Strong [144, 145]
Moisturizing (for dry and/or cracked skin)Moderate to Strong [16]Moderate to Strong [49]Strong [72]Moderate to Strong [85]Strong (Very Strong with Frankincense) [98]Strong [111]Strong [127, 128]Strong [146, 147]
Reduces bruisingModerate to Strong [17]StrongStrong [50]Moderate to Strong [61,62]Strong [73]StrongModerateModerate to StrongStrong [148]
Very Strong
Reduces celluliteStrong [18]– Moderate to Strong [42]
Reduces hyperpigmentationModerate to Strong [19]Mild to Moderate [37]Strong [51]Strong [63]Strong [74,65]Moderate [86]Moderate [63]Strong [112]Mild to Strong [149]
Very Strong
Reduces or relieves painStrong [20]Strong [28,38]Strong [56]Strong [75]Moderate to Strong [87]    – Joint pain    – Arthritic pain    – Muscle painModerate [99]Strong [113]Strong [151]
Repels InsectsStrong [21,22,23]Moderate to Strong [39,40]Strong [48]Strong [76]Strong [88]Strong [100] Mild to Moderate [114,115]Strong [144, 145]
Treats crampsStrong [57]Strong [89] –
Heals woundsStrong [24]Strong [41]Moderate to Strong [52]Strong [56]Strong [65]Strong [42]Strong [101]Moderate to Strong [116,117]Strong [150]
Table 1. Properties of the ingredients of CANhaveTODAY’s products.

Relieve poison ivy rash with CANhaveTODAY

In your battle with poison ivy, you can rely on the soothing touch of Waters Mist to the strong presence of Soothing Juggernaut, the transformative powers of Healing Legends, and the refreshing force of Sparkling Rain. Together, these ‘allies’ will fight valiantly to provide your skin comfort, protection, and rejuvenation, and will help it emerge from this poison ivy rash stronger.


What is poison ivy rash?

Poison ivy rash is an allergic reaction that occurs hen the skin comes into contact with urushiol, an oily resin found in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. It typically leads to redness, itching, and blister formation in the affected area.

How can I identify poison ivy plants?

Poison ivy plants have a triple-leaflet formation, earning them the well-known adage, “Leaves of three, let them be.” However, these plants can display various appearances throughout the seasons.

How can I relieve the maddening itch and discomfort of poison ivy rash?

You can apply cool compresses and use over-the-counter topical and oral remedies to relieve the itch of poison ivy rash.

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