For all of those suffering from a late-season bout of poison ivy, here’s a recipe for a jewelweed salve that is equally as effective as the homemade poison ivy relief spray I shared a few months ago.
The salve uses grapeseed oil because it is light and has an astringent quality to help dry up the rash which is often oily. Also, unlike other oils, grapeseed oil does not have a strong scent so there is no need to add fragrance or essential oils which could irritate the rash.
The most difficult part about making the salve is identifying jewelweed for the first time, if you’re not familiar with it. For tips on finding the plant, see this post.
Jewelweed Poison Ivy Relief Salve
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 ounce jewelweed (cleaned and chopped)
- .3 ounces beeswax
- 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E
- Clean the jewelweed like you would if you were going to eat it so you remove germs and bacteria that could cause your spray to spoil.
- Finely chop the stalk, leaves and flowers (if there are any). You won't have to use the whole plant. Most of the juice is in the lower part of the stalk so I take the section from the root to the first leaf node for the infusion.
- Tie the loose jewelweed in cheesecloth. Put the grapeseed oil and pouch of jewelweed into an oven safe dish. Heat for 3 hours at 200 degrees.
- Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool until you can handle the pouch of jewelweed. Then squeeze all of the oil out of the cheese cloth, while crushing the jewelweed to get all of the juice out too.
- Heat oil in double boiler, then add beeswax, stirring occasionally until melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vitamin E.
- Immediately pour mixture a container and let it sit uncovered for 24 hours to cool.
- Recipe makes 4 ounces.
- Plan for 15 minutes of prep time and 3+ hours of cook time.
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Today @NekoCase tweeted us at @AGreenRoutine and said she thought she over heated her jewelweed salve because there were browned bits that settled to the bottom of her salve. If this happens to you, don’t worry about it. It’s just small bits of jewelweed that made it through your strainer and were browned by the heat.
This is common when your working with plants. If it bothers you, you can remove more of the plant matter by straining the infused oil through a doubled up cheesecloth a few times, before you heat it.
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