Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also called Touch Me Nots, or simply Imaptiens, is an effective remedy for Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Stinging Nettles and other rash causing plants. In fact, in clinical studies, Jewelweed has been shown to be every bit as effective as cortisone based creams for the treatment of rashes from poisonous plants.
Salves and poultice preparations from Jewelweed have been used in folk medicine for a very long time. Native Americans were usingÂ Jewelweed as a folk remedy when the Europeans first came to the Americas.Â Jewelweed can also be used to treat insect bites, bruises, cuts, sprains, eczema and ringworm
Jewelweed often grows in the same areas as Poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Stinging Nettles. If you are out in the woods and you become exposed to either of these plants you should look around immediately for a patch of Jewelweed.
Take a stem from the plant and crush it or slice it with a knife and rub the juices onto your skin. Not only will this quickly ease the itching and irritation, if done quickly enough it will prevent the rash altogether.
While fresh Jewelweed works best you can prepare an infusion for later use if you like. Cut up the leaves and stems and boil them in water until it becomes a dark orange color. You may then strain the solution with a cloth or fine screen and pour it into an ice tray.
The next time you, or one of your friends or family, has a skin rash you simply rub the affected area with a Jewelweed ice cube. The liquid can be stored in your freezer for about 12 months.
A Jewelweed infusion may also be preserved by canning it with the use of a pressure cooker.
It should be noted that Spotted Jewelweed is the most effective variety. Spotted Jewelweed has orange flowers with red spots, while the Pale Jewelweed has yellow colored flowers. Pale Jewelweed does have the medicinal properties, but it is much weaker.