Jewelweed's benefits are fairly limited, but the plant is used to treat the rash and itching of poison ivy and athlete's foot, notes Mother Earth News. Rubbing the ground-up plant onto the skin where the itching or rash occurs can quickly stop the reaction. It is mostly used by survival experts.Continue Reading
Jewelweed, unlike many other medicinal herbs, has very few uses; however, it is much easier to use than ointments or creams when a person is out in the wild. All you have to do is rub the plant itself against the area and it should start working fairly quickly.
Jewelweed is fairly easy to spot in the wild because of its blooms of bell shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors and are covered in speckles. Jewelweed is also known to grow nearby poison ivy making it even more effective as a fast remedy.
Along with its ability to treat poison ivy rashes, jewelweed is also said to help with insect bites and mosquito bites when applied directly onto the bite, reports Mother Earth Living. This herb is also used in many products that are used to treat eczema and other skin ailments.Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements
Oregano oil is taken by mouth to treat sinus pain, swine flu, allergies, arthritis and intestinal parasites, and it's applied to the skin to treat canker sores, ringworm, athlete's foot, acne and psoriasis among other conditions. The oil is extracted from a plant called oregano. The leaves of the plant are used to make medicine for treating respiratory tract disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and urinary tract infections.Full Answer >
MedlinePlus names tea tree oil as a possible effective treatment for athlete's foot, mild-to-moderate acne and fungus infections of the nails. The oil is also used as an antiseptic for treating stings, insect bites, boils, vaginal infections, herpes, sore throats and ear infections. According to WebMD, little research has been done on tea tree oil, but some studies consider it a safe and effective treatment for infections.Full Answer >
Mother vinegar, a kind of apple cider vinegar, has many health benefits such as helping to prevent cancer, relieving heartburn and helping with weight loss, according to the Gerson Institute. The "mother" in apple cider vinegar refers to the thick strands of sediment floating at the bottom of the bottle.Full Answer >
According to WebMD, a rash from poison ivy can only be spread through the oil of the plant. Contact with any part of the plant, such as the leaves, stems and roots, or touching any item such as clothing or pet fur that comes into contact with poison ivy also causes the rash. The blister fluid does not spread the rash.Full Answer >