We live in the woods! Seriously, down a mile long dirt road with nothing but trees. oh and plenty of poison ivy. I have taught my kids to know what it looks like and try to avoid it. But inevitably, one of them will get it at least once a year. I guess when you are playing you forget to look where you are playing sometimes.So I always make a batch of yarrow salve to have handy for when they break out.
Wearing long pants and long sleeves while playing in the woods can be helpful for preventing poison ivy and ticks. I have the kids take off their “play”clothes in our mud room and hop right in the shower after a long day of playing tin the woods.
Washing with a grease busting soap , such as dawn dish soap or pine tar soap can help break down the poison ivy oils that cause the rash. So if you think you may have been exposed wash with cool water (warm will open up the pours allowing more oil to get absorbed by your skin) and scrub with a de-greasing soap.
If you do start to break out , this salve will help with the itch and promote quicker healing.
Fresh Yarrow leaves
1 1/2 to 2 cups Olive oil
1 oz. Bees wax
1 tsp.peppermint oil
1 tsp tea tree oil
- Place large handful of yarrow leaves in a mason jar and cover with oil. Let infuse for 2 days. Strain out with cheese cloth and repeat two more times to infuse oil with yarrow.
- place 1 cup of yarrow infused oil in a double burner. Add one once of bees wax, 1 teaspoon tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon peppermint oil. Allow wax to melt , stirring thoroughly.
- Pour liquid into a mason glass jar with a lid and allow to cool.store in a sealed jar in a cool dark place.
Uses for your Yarrow Salve:
- Bee Stings
- Bug Bites
- Stop bleeding in minor cuts
- Rashes (poison ivy, poison oak)