More poison ivy cures
The quest for poison ivy cures delivered a rash (sorry) of e-mails, calls and letters. Tom Montgomery writes: "I am sure that all of the cures that you mentioned are fine, however, the best cure for poison ivy, stinging nettle, bug bites and other rashes is the weed that grows wild in West Virginia.
"Jewell Weed, or, as it is sometimes called, 'Touch-Me-Not,' will cure poison ivy in a couple of days and I have seen it cure stinging nettle in 20 minutes. It grows in shady, damp places; along ditches and creek beds most everywhere! I have some growing beside my house here in Dunbar. The best part of the weed is that it is free.
"I think it is of the impatiens family and the juice of the plant is what does the work."
Dielle Courtright writes: "I have lots of experience with poison ivy. My grade-school-age son loves to play in the woods all summer long and gets it every year ... sometimes worse then others.
"Here is what I have found that works the best, and in fact, I'm doing this with my son right now as he has it all over his legs. This will sound weird, but try it, it really works. To stop it from itching, run hot water (as hot as you can possibly stand it) on the area for a few minutes. This may require the shower or just the kitchen sink for small arm spots. Dry the area(s) and spray the Band-Aid brand pink calamine spray on it to keep drying the area out. Repeat whenever the area itches (which for me, I usually only have to do this twice a day). Try it ... it works! I got this solution off the Internet one year when we too were miserable with it."
Contact Charleston resident and Master Gardener Sara Busse at sjbu...@gmail.com or 348-1249.