In trying to reclaim gardens after several years of neglect, I managed to grab a handful of poison ivy and am now nursing two hands that are very swollen, red and itchy. I have whipped up a concoction of jojoba oil, lavender, rosemary, tea tree and the itching is come under control! Of course, jewelweed is the best antidote for poison ivy but I am all out and cannot find any at the moment. It's not where I left it a few years ago! If you happen to have some in your area, it is a wonderful antidote for poison ivy. It's also very pretty and it's kind of fun the way the seeds shoot out of the pods--they shoot out over a few feet if you just barely touch them! Here's a picture in case you have need of this remedy!
You can take the leaves and rub on the rash or you can make a 'tea' of the leaves and stems by boiling in water, then freezing the tea in ice cube trays and storing in a plastic bag for later use. Isn't it amazing that something so simple works so well? Have a wonderful week,