Jewelweed is best known for its skin healing properties. The leaves and the juice from the stem of Jewelweed are used by herbalists as a treatment for poison ivy, oak and other plant induced rashes, as well as many other types of dermatitis. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation. Poultices and salves from Jewel-weed are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains, warts, and ringworm.
Slice the stem and rub its juicy inside on your skin where itchy.You can also brew chopped jewelweed until you get a dark orange color. I was thinking, hmmm my jewelweed is yellow how can I get orange color? Well, what I have here is the yellow kind, not the red one and not as effective (so they say from what I read). Strain the liquid and pour into ice cube tray. When you have a rash, just grab one of these cubes and get instant relief. They also said, that you can keep it, up to a year. I don't know about that, because when my ice trays stays in the freezer for a while the ice disappeared. :D They also suggested to canned it, that maybe I can do.
Isn't nature great! Yes, and I am learning every day about wild plants medicinal uses. It's very easy to make and they grow every where in your yard. More MMY, click the link to see more and to join.
Lebanon (LATSOF/SkyWatch Friday)
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