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Essential Oils for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac


Essential Oils for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Sumac

As the weather keeps getting warmer, we’re all itching to spend more time outside. There are many amazing things to do in the great outdoors like hiking, camping, and gardening. But you know what we’re definitely not itching for: bug bites, sunburns, and poison ivy! While we’ve talked about how essential oils can help with bugs and sunburns before, we haven’t shared our favorite essentials oils for poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac.

There are several cooling and soothing essential oils that make caring for rashes much, much easier. Among our favorites are Spearmint, Lavender, and Roman Chamomile. Spearmint provides a gentle cooling sensation that’ll help provide relief, while Lavender and Roman Chamomile are relaxing, and soothing to the skin because of their anti-inflammatory properties. When paired with our natural Aloe Vera Jelly, these essential oils will leave your skin soothed and far less itchy. Let’s take a look at two of Plant Therapy’s soothing and natural DIY remedies for poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac.

Woman running aloe vera jelly on her arm

Soothing Aloe Rub

What you will need:


Mix Aloe Jelly and essential oils in a squeeze bottle. Shake well. Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cider Vinegar and apply it to the rash. Let it soak in. Once dry, apply the Aloe Jelly mixture and enjoy sweet relief!

chamomile on a towel

Skin Soothing Oatmeal Bath

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cups Quick Cooking Oats
  • 3 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 1 drop Palmarosa
  • 2 Tbsp of bubble bath or body wash
  • 1 small box of baking soda
  • Muslin Bag
  • String

What you’ll do:

First, pour oats into a bag. Next, add the essential oils to the bubble bath and then to the bag of oats, remember to securely tie it with the string. Run a bath and dissolve the box of baking soda in the water while the tub is filling, then add the oatmeal sack too. Use this soak up to three times per day.

Have any other tried and true natural remedies for poison ivy? Let us know in the comments below!