14 Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

Home Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy Home Remedy Relief

Poison oak is a climbing shrub that is similar to poison ivy and poison sumac. If you don’t know what it looks like. It’s easy to accidentally come into contact with it.

Instead of spending a week in itchy, swollen misery, use these home remedies for poison oak. They can ease your symptoms and help you heal quicker.

How to Treat Poison Ivy Rash?

If you’ve come into contact with poison ivy. You know how uncomfortable it can be. Instead of waiting it out, you can calm your itchiness with these home remedies for poison ivy.

These remedies work best when you use them as soon as possible after being exposed to poison ivy, so jump into action as soon as you feel the itching start.

1.Baby Powder

As long as you have all the necessary ingredients, this is one of the fastest working home remedies for poison oak. As soon as you realize that you’ve been infected, use this remedy to keep it from spreading.

  1. Wash the area affected thoroughly. Rub the area with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Sprinkle baby powder over the rubbing alcohol. Rub it in slightly to form a thick paste.
  3. Wrap the affected area with gauze to allow the area to heal.

2.Oatmeal Paste

Creating a paste out of oatmeal can offer quick relief from poison oak, especially the itching and burning caused by the shrub. All you need for this remedy is oatmeal and a food processor.

  1. Pulse 1/4 cup of rolled oats in a food processor until the oats are in small pieces. Add water to the dried oats until they form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your skin in a thick coat, making sure that the entire affected area is covered.
  3. Allow the oats to dry. Wash the oats off of your skin with warm water.

3.Banana Peel

While banana peels are usually just discarded as the barrier to the actual fruit they contain, they are one of the best home remedies for poison oak. They can temporarily stave off itching, redness, and swelling.

  1. Peel off a thick chunk of banana peel.
  2. Rub the inside of the banana peel all over the part of your skin that is affected by poison oak.

If you feel itching coming on, you can hold the banana peel against your skin to help minimize itching.

4.Oatmeal Bath

This is one of our best home remedies for poison oak when you have a large area of your body that has been affected. Other remedies can be difficult to apply to large areas of skin, but an oatmeal bath allows you to soak all of your itchy skin at once.

  1. Sprinkle 1 cup of rolled oats over a warm bath. Allow the oats to soak for a few minutes.
  2. Sit in the bath for 30 minutes, making sure that the areas affected by poison oak are fully submerged in the oatmeal bath.
  3. After you get out of the bath, do not wipe the oatmeal off your skin. Air dry instead. The oatmeal drying on your skin will offer ongoing itching relief throughout the day and night.
  4. Repeat each night as desired.


Poison oak exposure can cause blisters, leading to painful burning and itching. Honey is a healing food that can help your body heal faster and fight off any infections that may have gained access to your body via the poison oak.

  1. Mix 1/4 cup of honey with 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Stir to create a thin paste.
  3. Rub the honey mixture onto the affected areas of your skin. Make sure all areas affected by poison oak are completely covered.

6.Baking Soda

Baking soda is excellent for neutralizing acid, making it one of the most efficient home remedies for poison oak. Using this remedy quickly after exposure to poison oak can make it much easier to deal with.

  1. Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of water.
  2. Stir to create a paste.
  3. Rub the paste onto the affected skin.


Cucumber has cooling properties that dull the burn of toxic poison ivy oil and provide relief to inflamed, itchy skin.

  1. Slice a cucumber.
  2. Place slices of the cucumber on the areas that have been affected by poison ivy.
  3. You can also mash up peeled cucumber slices to make a paste.
  4. Rub a thick layer of the cucumber paste onto your skin.

8.Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol cools the area, but that’s not what earned it a spot on our list of home remedies for poison ivy. It draws oil from the area and keeps it from spreading to other areas of the skin.

  1. As soon as possible after touching poison ivy, saturate 1 cotton ball in rubbing alcohol.
  2. Dab it on the affected areas.
  3. Replace cotton balls often to avoid spreading the oil.

9.Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is used in many home remedies, and it also works for poison ivy. Its acidity kills toxins and soaks up the poisonous oil of poison ivy.

  1. Tear a brown paper bag in half.
  2. Soak both halves in apple cider vinegar.
  3. Once they are saturated, place the paper bag parts on the affected areas.


Coffee beans have chlorogenic acid, an acid with anti-inflammatory properties. This remedy is very convenient when you have a cup or 2 of cold coffee to use up.

  1. Make sure your coffee is completely cooled before using it.
  2. Pour 1 cup of cold coffee over the affected area and let it soak in.

11.Aloe Vera

Just as aloe vera can take the sting out of a sunburn, it can take the burn out of a poison ivy rash. Keeping an aloe vera plant on your windowsill keeps it available whenever you need it.

  1. Tear 2 or 3 leaves off of an aloe vera plant.
  2. Cut a small slit in each leaf.
  3. Squeeze the gel out of the leaves.
  4. Rub the gel directly onto the affected areas.

12.Hot Water

This method had to go to the top of the list. This is the best method that you use to stop the itching of a poison ivy rash. You can either do this in a shower or a sink if the rash is on your arms. 

Turn the water on and let it get very hot. You want the water to be as hot as you can tolerate it but not so hot that you burn yourself. Once the water is as hot as you can take it, put the affected area in the flow of the hot water. This should feel amazing and the itch will completely be gone for a few hours.

13. Antihistamines

Poison ivy rashes are an allergic reaction to the oil that the poison ivy produces and gets on your skin. Antihistamines work by reducing an allergic reaction, so this method will also work. 

A common antihistamine is Benadryl. Benadryl comes as a tablet, capsule, or cream. All of the products work well at stopping the itchiness, but the cream will probably work the quickest.

14.Do Not Scratch

Scratching is your first reaction to something that is extremely itchy on your skin, but don’t do it! Scratching the itch is not going to make it go away! It will most likely make it worse and cause it to take even longer to go away. 

This means that scratching that itch may provide you with temporary relief, but you’ll be itchy for a longer amount of time in the end.

But you need to get that itch to go away, don’t you? 

So, instead of scratching, try patting the itch. This will work pretty well at temporarily relieving the itch without irritating the rash as scratching does.