Impatiens capenis for Poison Ivy Itch

Erik Van Lennep
Wed, 18 Mar 2020 07:56:23 PDT
Wow, I love the squishy bag trick!
I've used Impatiens capensis juice mixed with fresh cucumber juice, and
comfrey juice as an after-sunburn balm very successfully (immediate
soothing and not even any skin peeling later on); also shared it with a
number of friends, all who had the same results. You can store extra as ice
cubes, and they're handy that way for immediate application as needed.

I've heard that as a poison ivy prevention, the Impatiens is much more
effective than it is as a cure. It has saponins which create a barrier
against the urushiol, and then afterwards enable it to be more thoroughly
washed off the skin.

And back to the spring cleanup thread, where poison ivy grows, it's
perfectly possible to get the rash from dry stems before it leafs out
again. I know from very itchy experience!


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On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 14:59, Judy Glattstein <> wrote:

> Forgot to include this in my previous message.
> When Impatiens capensis or I. pallida is nice and tall - love this weed,
> so easy to pull even when 5 feet tall - pull before flowering. Remove
> root portion. Stuff into large gallon or 2 gallon plastic bag. Squoosh
> up, right through the bag, then hang at an angle so juice can run into
> the bottom corner. When you have extracted as much juice as you can
> discard the crushed stems and freeze the juice in ice cube tray
> portions. Now you have it available to rub the cool, soothing, frozen
> juice over the itch, sting, or whatever.
> I forget who told me about this but I am grateful.
> Judy in New Jersey where rain is forecast for tomorrow so I had better
> get outside today
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