Lately I have been in a deep amour with Princess Jewelweed. Such beauty, such charm, such cheerful disposition! This plant grows where she’s needed- if there’s poison ivy about, it’s likely the Princess is there too to help you out should you need it. In the summer, jewelweed has very pretty, small orange or yellow flowers, and sometimes grows taller than I am. If you need to harvest some, just take a sprig, and let the plant live so others may enjoy jewelweed too. If you have a bug bite, or have been exposed to poison ivy, and have access to jewelweed, take some leaves or stem (flowers work too but I like to let them stay and bring more beauty into the world), crush it up and apply it to the area. In my experience, it helps a lot with the swelling, itching, and other reactions, in addition to being an excellent poison ivy rash preventative.
I make a jewelweed soap and salve/ointments.
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Especially good for poison ivy. Wash with this after exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites, stinging nettles, and other outdoor itches. We use this in my house as our shower soap all through the summer as a preventative- it’s also just a nice soap! $5/bar
Ingredients: Olive Oil infused with Jewelweed, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil (sustainably harvested organic), Aloe Vera Juice, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Calendula Petals, Oats.
Jewelweed Ointment/ Poison Ivy & Bug Rub
Apply this to skin before and after (washing first is a good idea) any possible exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, bug bites, stinging nettles, and other outdoor itches. Minimizes reactions, reduces swelling, and discourages mosquitoes and other bugs from taking a bite. Has a strong scent, most notably lemongrass! $7 for a 1.5 oz jar, $15/ 4 oz.
Ingredients: Jewelweed-infused Olive Oil, Beeswax, Jewelweed & Comfrey Tinctures, Aloe Vera, Apple Cider Vinegar infused with Jewelweed, Mint, Rosemary, & Lavender, Thyme-infused Sunflower Oil, Essential Oils of Lemongrass, Citronella, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, & Cedarwood.
May also contain Plantain, Sage, Oregano, Marjoram, Basil.
- 4 oz of Jewelweed Ointment
Jewelweed Soap before unmolding
- Wrapped Jewelweed Soaps!