Rabbott's Remedies, The Natural AlternativeNature speaks to us in many ways, although never more evident than in the voice of Ruth Abbott. A certified herbalist, Ruth speaks honestly with a comforting and important message. Ruth believes "to heal oneself, one must do more then eat the berries." Medicine plants are Ruth's primary passion, however, treating the whole person and focusing on one's individual needs is what makes her unique. Let's look at poison ivy/oak/sumac
The cause of the rash, blisters, and infamous itch is urushiol, a chemical in the sap of poison ivy, oak and sumac plants.
Reactions, treatments and preventive measures are the same for all three poison plants. Avoiding direct contact with the plants reduces the risk but doesn't guarantee against a reaction. Urushiol can stick to pets, garden tools, balls, or anything it comes in contact with. If the urushiol isn't washed off those objects or animals, just touching them--for example, picking up a ball or petting a dog--could cause a reaction in a susceptible person. (Animals, except for a few higher primates, are not sensitive to urushiol.)
Urushiol that's rubbed off the plants onto other things can remain potent for years, depending on the environment. If the contaminated object is in a dry environment, the potency of the urushiol can last for decades,
Almost all parts of the body are vulnerable to the sticky urushiol, producing the characteristic linear (in a line) rash. Because the urushiol must penetrate the skin to cause a reaction, places where the skin is thick, such as the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands, are less sensitive to the sap than areas where the skin is thinner. The severity of the reaction may also depend on how big a dose of urushiol the person got.
Quick Action Needed
Because urushiol can penetrate the skin within minutes, there's no time to waste if you know you've been exposed. "The earlier you cleanse the skin, the greater the chance that you can remove the urushiol before it begins to penetrate the skin," says herbalist Ruth Abbott. Cleansing may not stop the initial outbreak of the rash if more than 10 minutes has elapsed, but it can help prevent further spread. Recommended is to carry this product with you at all times when venturing out!
How to deal with the Rash
If you don't cleanse quickly enough, or your skin is so sensitive that cleansing didn't help, redness and swelling will appear in about 12 to 48 hours. Blisters and itching will follow. For those rare people who react after their very first exposure, the rash appears after seven to 10 days.
Because they don't contain urushiol, the oozing blisters are not contagious nor can the fluid cause further spread on the affected person's body. Nevertheless, Ruth advises against scratching the blisters because fingernails may carry germs that could cause secondary infections.
The rash will only occur where urushiol has touched the skin; it doesn't spread throughout the body. However, the rash may seem to spread if it appears over time instead of all at once. This is either because the urushiol is absorbed at different rates in different parts of the body or because of repeated exposure to contaminated objects or urushiol trapped under the fingernails.
The rash, blisters and itch normally disappear in 14 to 20 days without any
treatment. Few can handle the itch without some form of relief. Ruth recommends Rabbott's Poison
ivy/oak/sumac external formula. It's primary ingredient consists of jewelweed (known for it's high content of selenium).
In conjunction with the external product Ruth also recommends an internal blood cleansing formula (found under
products-custom formulas). This helps to speed up the healing process & detox the body.
Good Luck & Careful where you step!