Jewelweed: A Good Weed Indeed!

Do you like hiking, but don’t like the thoughts of brushing up against poison ivy?

Cast your worries aside with this precious plant Nature provides for us in her outdoor medicine chest, commonly known as Jewelweed (Impatiens Capensis) or Spotted Touch-Me-Nots.  Jewelweed sports spotted flowers of yellow or deep orange that explode a seed pod when touched. It can generally be found growing from June through September, and grows in very moist soil, deep in the woods or near the edge of a wood line and can be found within close proximity to poison ivy.

If you find you have brushed up against poison ivy, immediately find Jewelweed and crush the stem to release the sap, rubbing it on the area of skin that has been exposed.  This will help to counteract the oil from the poison ivy and alleviate the possibility of an allergic reaction.  Crushing the leaves and stems can also make an effective itch relief when rubbed on irritated skin.

The anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory components in the plant  have also been used as a remedy for eczema, bruising, burns, and insect bites.

So when your first-aid kit isn't handy, reach for Nature's first-aid kit instead.


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