I know the pain and irritation of Poison Ivy! Red weeping bumps that drive you wild with itching. If you’ve just been in contact with poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac, read What to do if Exposed to Poison Ivy. There’s lots of ways to address the discomfort. Cool baths of oatmeal and baking soda, steroid creams, antihistamines are all on the list but there isn’t a cure yet. Here is a fantastic in-depth article all about our allergic reaction to poison ivy. One other treatment you might want to try is pine tar soap and salve.
Pine Tar has been a skin treatment for thousands of years, mostly to treat itchy uncomfortable skin conditions. Poison Ivy reactions are complex body response at the cellular level to the urushiol in the sap of plants. Poison ivy reaction is not fully understood nor is why pine tar works on itchy, troubled skin. However, Pine Tar probably works at several levels.
It is thought to
- beneficially break down cells.
- thin skin in problem areas
- contract the skin
- soften outer layer of hardened skin
- inhibit cell growth and division.
The above probably goes a long way to explain why pine tar
- decreases itching
- decreases inflammation
- slows the growth of micro-organisms.
- is an antibacterial and antifungal
You could try my Pine Tar Salve.
My Pine Tar Salve is worth a try. It also includes other helpful ingredients for itchy skin including Neem and herbal infusions. Check out the listing for why these ingredients are good. According to my customers, my pine tar salve has been helping their hard to treat itchy skin conditions a lot.
Keep in mind though that the Pine Tar Salve is black and could stain. Also, it has a strong smell of pine that some people like and others don’t.
You Could Also Try My Pine Tar Soap
Also, I have Pine Tar Soap, which is good for wide variety of issues, scalp itchiness, will sooth skin and will also stop the poison ivy from spreading. It is gentle for tender areas, might wash away initial poison sap, dry out itchy rashes and doesn’t stain!