Anne’s Poison Ivy Home Remedy

Our Poison Ivy Experience

Poison ivy treats everyone differently. The oil on poison ivy leaves, called urushiol, can trigger an allergic reaction in the form of a rash that spreads easily across the skin. Levels of sensitivity towards the urushiol vary greatly, from severe reactions that require treatment with steroids, to mild rashes.

Ever since he was young, my son Matt has been extremely sensitive to poison ivy. Beginning in fourth grade, he started getting poison ivy rashes on his face almost every summer. This was especially difficult for him because he loves spending time outdoors.

For years, I treated his poison ivy the conventional way. When he was younger, he required steroids, but as he has gotten older the severity of his allergy has declined and he doesn’t use them as much anymore. Additionally, he has learned to catch and treat a poison ivy rash early on. He uses poison ivy soap after spending time outdoors or working in the yard to wash off the oil before it can spread.

A serious rash that has spread can still take weeks to fade treated with conventional methods such as steroids or calamine lotion. In recent years, I have perfected a home remedy that has given us the best results possible.

My son says that this remedy has worked better than anything we have bought over the counter.

Several of the key ingredients come in the form of essential oils. It is important to find oils that are made with quality ingredients that do not contain any toxic additives. I use doTerra oils, which you can buy though my website here.

The Peppermint essential oil dries out the rash so that it does not spread, and lavender and frankincense sooth the skin.

I hope this recipe brings relief to any poison ivy symptoms you or anyone in your family may be experiencing!



  • 10 drops of Peppermint DoTerra Oil
  • 10 drops of Frankincense DoTerra Oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender DoTerra Oil
  • ¼ cup Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon water


  • Mix all ingredients except water.
  • Add water, blend into paste, and apply to irritated areas.

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