Treating Poison Ivy and Poison Oak with Epsom Salt
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Treating Poison Ivy and Poison Oak with Epsom Salt

Epsom salt can treat many types of health problems, include poison ivy and many other rashes.

Previously I wrote an article on how to get out splinters and stingers using Epsom salt.  This article got me to thinking about other uses for Epsom salt and I remember being treated for poison ivy with it as a kid. If you are unfortunate enough to have gotten poison ivy or poison oak then Epsom salt may be just what you need. The salt will dry out the rash and give you some much needed relief. 

Treating Poison Oak or Poison Ivy Rashes with Epsom Salt

An effective treatment for both poison oak and Poison Ivy Rashes is a Epsom salt bath. If your entire body needs relief it feels really good to lie in a tub with warm to hot water and Epsom Salts. Get the tub water as warm or hot as you like it or can stand it and while the water is running pour two cups of Epsom salt under the faucet in to the tub, that way the salt will distribute better. Then lay in the bathtub and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Be sure to set a time or have someone knock on the door and let you know when those 20 minutes are up because Epsom salt can be harsh on the skin and you don't want to soak in it for too long. 

I recommend doing a patch test on a small area of skin as you are filling up the tub to make sure you don't have a negative reaction to the Epsom salt before emerging your entire body in to the tub with it. 

If you have a rash but it is a small one contained to one part of the body then you can just make a paste out of the Epsom salt. You will need to boil the water and add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to each cup of water.  After you mix the hot water and the Epsonm salt put it in the fridge until it is cool enough to safely use on skin.  Wash the area where the rash is with cold water and pat it dry. 

Then dip a clean wash rag in the paste being sure to saturate it as much as possible.  Then lay the wash rag on the rash leaving it on for about 5 minutes.  If you have several isolated patches or a couple you can use a good quality paper towel for each of those spots. 

Do not use the same towel or wash rag on different spots. If you have more than one spot I recommend using a good paper towels one for each spot. I always keep a roll of Bounty paper towels around for special jobs.  I use cheap paper towels most of the time but I keep that roll of Bounty just in case and this is a perfect case for it. Be sure to thoroughly wash off the Epsom salt paste with cold water after you have soaked the area. Pat your skin dry with a good quality paper towel remembering to use a clean one for each area.  If you use a regular towel to dry off be sure to toss it in the laundry right away so there is no spreading of the infection. 


Other Uses of Epsom Salt

There are many different uses for Epsom salt include:

  •    A very relaxing soaking bath. Putting Epsom salt in the bath water can really soothe the body and muscles.
  • Foot scrub. Using Epsom salt is a great way to soothe and clean your feet after a hard days work or after hiking.
  • Tile and grout cleaner. Add Epsom salt to a dish cleaner and use it to clean the grout and tile in the bathroom and shower areas.
  • Relive itchy skin from bug and mosquito bites.

There are many ways that Epsom salt can help. You can find the recipes and more ideas at Epsom salt ideas. You can buy Epsom at many places including stores like Walgreens.

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Comments (5)

I have never used Epson Salts for treating poison ivy but I will have to give it a go the next time I get into some of that stuff. In the past I have always used Carmine Lotion.

We don't have any around here, thank heavens, but I'll keep this in mind, just in case.

Truly useful solution to cases of poison ivy.

Poison ivy sufferers will jump for joy with this information.Well composed.

EpsoM salt. CaLAmine lotion.