A Vitamin Remedy for Poison Ivy
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A Vitamin Remedy for Poison Ivy

A Vitamin Remedy for Poison Ivy

Spring is here and the ground is bursting with young green plants of all kinds, including the dreaded poison ivy. I’ve been severely allergic to poison ivy for years, and just the sight of this plant makes my skin crawl!

I’ve become pretty good at spotting and identifying poison ivy and usually do a pretty good job at keeping far away from it.  But you don’t have to come in contact with the actual plant to have a reaction.  My worst rashes have always come indirectly from touching something that has had contact with the poison ivy plant: firewood, dogs, family members’ clothes after they went hiking, the goats, etc.

Ok, I’ve never shown these photos before, but so you don’t think I’m exaggerating, here are two examples of my bouts with poison ivy. As you can see in the first picture, my arms were so swollen, I couldn’t bend them.  In the second picture of my leg, you can see how red and “burnt” looking my rashes were.  Each year, the rashes grew worse; these were no longer normal poison ivy rashes.
Thankfully, I have come across a natural remedy for poison ivy that works so well that I have to share.  If you start this regimen as soon as you realize you are breaking out with a poison ivy rash, you can almost eliminate the swelling and itching.
I first came across this information in Be Your Own “Doctor” by Rachel Weaver, M. H. two years ago when I had my last major poison ivy attack.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to try it then, because by the time I had found and purchased the needed supplements, my rash had spread to over 60% of my body.  As much as I wanted to try a natural remedy, I decided to go to the doctor and get my usual dose of prednisone.
But now I had the supplements in the cupboard, ready and waiting for the inevitable next time.
Amazingly, it wasn’t till the next spring till I came down with the rash again.  I woke up one morning with my right eye half swollen shut.  My first reaction was to almost start crying. My second, more rational thought was to grab Weaver’s book.

The Vitamins for Poison Ivy

For poison ivy, Weaver suggests taking one capsule of Pantothenic Acid (b5) and 1,000 Mg of vitamin C (I use this brand) every 15 minutes for two hours. Then take the same dose every two hours for the rest of the day.
At the end of my first two hours of taking the supplements, I could already see the swelling was going down.  By the end of the day, the swelling was almost completely gone.  The next morning, my eye lids had swollen up a bit again, so I took a few more doses of the Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin C to bring the swelling back down again.   I. Was. Amazed.  I have always had to go on Prednisone if the rash got on my eye lids.

A few weeks later, I had poison ivy again, this time on my arm.  Again the results from vitamins amazed me. Instead of angry-red, swollen, oozing patches, I only had a reddish-colored, slightly raised areas to mark the rash.  The itching was minimal.   I was ecstatic!

 Why Does This Work?

 My next question was: why do these two vitamins, used together, cause such a decrease in inflammation?  Although Weaver did not offer an explanation in her book, I stumbled on the answer accidentally in Pat Coleby’s wonderful book, Natural Sheep Care.  In the chapter on vitamins, Coleby explains how Pantothenic acid and Vit C are vital for the adrenal cortex to produce cortisone.
In simpler terms, the vitamins B5 and C nourish your adrenals, and healthy adrenals produce, among other things, a natural anti-inflammatory.
  Later in the book, Coleby also states that, in humans, taking artificial cortisone has been known to stop the body’s adrenals from producing natural cortisone for up to two years!
Suddenly, everything clicked.  I had been taking prednisone, a corticosteroid- the same as cortisone, every year since I was a preteen. Sometimes several times a year. Each year, my reaction to poison ivy became more severe.  Why? Because each dose of prednisone was steadily decreasing my body’s ability to produce its own natural anti-inflammatory.  Scary!

Poison Ivy Prevention

 There is one truth I’ve learned about natural health: it’s a journey, not a destination.  Learning about the body’s adrenals glands lead to researching how to build up the adrenals, which lead to researching adrenal fatigue.
I had a lot of symptoms of adrenal fatigue, so I started taking Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin C daily to build up my adrenals.  I could write a whole separate article on adrenal fatigue, but to keep to this article’s theme, I’ll hold back. 🙂  Then why am I mentioning it?  Because several weeks ago, after I had been taking the daily doses of Pantothenic Acid & Vitamin C for a while, I again got poison ivy…but this time, it took me two days to figure out that it was poison ivy because the rash was SO light, wasn’t itchy, and disappeared in only a few days.  When I finally realized it was poison ivy, I was so excited.  My adrenals were working again!

Is 100% Prevention Possible?

I don’t know. Yet. Maybe in a year or two I will be able to answer this.  My theory is, yes, a healthy adrenal cortex could be the answer to complete poison ivy immunity.  I will update this post as I learn more.
If you suffer from poison ivy, I HIGHLY suggest you stock your medicine cabinet with both Pantothenic Acid and Vitamin C.  This poison ivy treatment works much better if you can start taking it as soon as you notice you are breaking out, so don’t wait till after your rash appears to order it. Or better yet, start taking these vitamins daily to boost your adrenals and hopefully reduce your future poison ivy rash.
I hope this information is helpful to you or to someone you care about.  Do you know someone who battles poison ivy rashes?  Please, share this article with them!
 Disclaimer:
The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only.You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
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12 thoughts on “A Vitamin Remedy for Poison Ivy”

  1. Great article – many thanks! I’m in much the same position as you with bouts of incredibly itchy, swollen, rashy skin – mainly on my upper body and arms/hands. I refuse to take prednisone ordered by my GP and antihistamines don’t work. I don’t know if the cause is poison ivy/oak but suspect it might be. Will now certainly try the B5 and Vit C remedy. Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for commenting! I hope the vitamins help you. I’ve only had a small amount of feedback so far, but all of the people that have told me they tried it were amazed at how well it worked.

      Have an amazing day!
      Sarah

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  2. Hi! I really appreciated stumbling across your post! I used the same info in Weaver’s book to help a horrible PI case I had last spring, but was a little unclear as to why it worked so well. Now I am interested in taking these vitamins daily – how do you determine the appropriate amount? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Korrie,
      I’m glad you found my article!

      I would start by taking the recommend daily dose on the bottle, and then going up or down based on how your body responds.

      I wish I could say that I’ve been good about taking my supplements daily, but I’m not, so I don’t have any exact “daily dosage” recommendation . I have good intentions, but usually when I start feeling edgy or panicky, I realize I have neglected to take them for a while.

      You might also like to check out https://www.mommypotamus.com/ . If you search her site for adrenal fatigue, she has tons of very good, easy to understand info. I first learned about adrenal fatigue from her, and then made the connection between my severe Poison ivy and adrenal fatigue.

      Thank you for writing! I love hearing from others that are using natural products to heal themselves.

      Have a lovely day,
      Sarah

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  3. With poison oak and other rashes, I take bowel tolerance levels of vitamin C (which usually prevents bad rashes in the first place). Also, I wet the skin all around the rash and rub ascorbic acid crystals into the rash. That burns a bit then stops the itching immediately and heals the rash in a few days. You can learn more about taking vitamin C to bowel tolerance to prevent and eliminate diseases from http://www.boweltolerance.org. Thank you for this blog entry.

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  4. Hi,

    Thanks for your article. I have had severe poison ivy all my life and usually get it on my entire body when I come in contact or sometimes just if it’s in the air I get a more minor reaction. I never knew it could be healed with adrenal support and am very grateful to hear your story and results. Is there a v-b5 mg dose you have taken which works?

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    1. I don’t have an exact dose for b5. I just let my symptoms dictate how much I take. I just keep upping my dose till the inflammation starts decreasing or my stomach tells me the dose is a bit too high.

      I really hope the B5/Vit C helps you.
      Thanks for commenting,
      Sarah

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  5. can this work even if u already have it got it about 3 days ago bad on one hand and if its poison oak or sumac does that matter does it work for all of them please get back when u can thanks and like nature want to work out doors a little to need to find something that works

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    1. Hi Josh,

      Sorry to hear about your hand! Ouch!

      I am not a medical professional, so this is just my personal opinion.

      I think the Vit C & Vit B5 could still help you, although you will find it works much better if you start using it on day one of your rash.

      I have never had poison oak or poison sumac, so I have no experience there. But since these vitamins support the adrenals, they should help with any inflammation in the body.

      Hope this helps,
      Sarah

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    2. Thought I could weigh in here, since my first time using this remedy was a good 3-4 days in to a horrible poison ivy rash, primarily on my face (eyes almost swollen shut, the works!). I felt immediate relief, and the swelling decreased daily.

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