Poison oak and poison ivy are plants with an oily sap called urushiol that causes an itchy rash when it comes into contact with the skin. Infection by poison oak or poison ivy is recognized by redness and itching of the skin, a rash, red bumps, and later oozing blisters. A rash caused by poison oak or by poison ivy usually lasts from 5 to12 days.
Wash skin with soap and water as soon as possible after contact. If rash and itching develop, add 10 drops lavender and 10 drops Roman chamomile to 4 oz. (120 ml) calamine lotion. Apply a small amount on affected areas up to twice per day as needed.
The information on this page is from the book Modern Essentials: A
Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, published
by AromaTools®. Please refer to Modern Essentials for additional
information, research, and usage suggestions.
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