Re: [CH] epidermal epistle

Lorraine Heidecker (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 09:30:22 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Walt!

Read with interest your posting about using habs to treat poison ivy/oak 

A "home" remedy that also works well is to gather up some manzanita 
leaves and boil them in water to cover plus a little until you have a 
dark green "tea".  Cool this and apply it to the rash with a cotton ball. 
(DO NOT - as a friend of mine did, soak a bandage in the stuff and tape 
it to the rash area!)  

Leave the rash areas exposed to air as much as posible.  My experience 
with this is that it dries up the rash in a day or so and it cuts itching 

I don't know if manzanita grows in Virginia.  It grows wild all over the 
Sierra foothills here in California.  If you have trouble finding it wild 
you could try an herb store.

Peace, love and peppers