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Natural Remedies for Skin Rashes from Plants Holistic Approaches for Gaining Relief

Jun 30, 2023 09:31AM ● By Vandana Pitke, BHMS, MS CCH
The itchy and irritating rash caused by poison ivy, poison oak and sumac are an unwelcome and uncomfortable experience. These and other plants contain a resin called urushiol that triggers an allergic reaction in many individuals after skin contact.

Homeopathy is a holistic system of medicine that aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities. It is based on two main principles: the “law of similars” and that of dilution and succussion. According to the first, a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person can be used to treat similar symptoms in an individual who is ill. The second principle involves the preparation of remedies through a process of serial dilution and potentization, which is believed to enhance their healing properties.

Homeopathy offers several potential benefits when it comes to helping treat the aforementioned rashes.

■ Holistic approach: Homeopathy treats the person as a whole, taking into account their physical, emotional and mental symptoms, and addressing the underlying cause of the rash, rather than just suppressing the symptoms.

■ Individualized treatment: Homeopathy recognizes that each person is unique and the selected remedy is based on an individual’s specific symptoms and constitution. This personalized approach can lead to better outcomes and tailored relief.

■ Safety and non-toxicity: Homeopathic remedies are prepared through a process of dilution, making them safe and non-toxic. They can generally be used alongside conventional drug treatments without risk of adverse effects.

Several homeopathic remedies can be helpful in alleviating the symptoms associated with these kinds of poisoning or rashes.

Rhus tox: This remedy is often recommended when the rash is intensely itchy, accompanied by swelling and blister formation. The itching may worsen at night or in damp weather. The person may experience restlessness and find relief through both warm applications and baths.

Anacardium: When the rash is accompanied by intense itching and burning sensations, anacardium may be prescribed. The person may also experience restlessness, anxiety and a desire to scratch the affected area vigorously.

Croton tiglium: This remedy is indicated when the rash is accompanied by intense itching and burning, and there is a tendency for it to spread quickly. The person may experience a raw, sore feeling on the skin, aggravated by touch and scratching.

Ledum palustre: Used for poison ivy/ oak rash when one feels better after washing the area with cold water. Ledum is an antidote remedy for poison oak. Rashes burn in open air and discoloration can be seen after weeks of rashes or from other injuries; ledum can help heal the discoloration faster.

Graphites: This remedy is suited for cases where the rash is oozing, with a sticky discharge. The skin may be dry, rough and cracked. The itching may worsen in the warmth of the bed and the person may feel irritable and sluggish.

Kali Sulph: A cell salt, it is used for chronic and recurrent breakouts of the poisoning … the rash is  small, herpetic vesicles, forming a thin scab, with itching and oozing. Cell salts are different than homeopathy and help heal the body on the basis of mineral deficiency correction.

Grindelia: This can be used topically as a tincture  or poultice. Further, some of the more readily available topical home remedies include banana peel, aloe vera, sandalwood powder mixed with rose water, and ghee. Also, fresh cilantro juice has antihistamine effects and is a traditional remedy for rashes like from contact with poison ivy and allergy-related hives, and sunburn.

Vandana Pitke, a certified homeopath with a medical degree in homeopathy, a holistic healer and managing director of the Rhode Island Holistic Healing Association, also owns OM Homeopathy, located at 1099 Mendon Rd., Cumberland, RI. For more information, call 401-573-3757 or visit