Healing Poison Ivy
This article discusses how to recover from Poison Ivy exposure. We will review the physical, biochemical, psychological, and metaphysical aspects of exposure and recovery. Using the healing suggestions given in ALL parts of this article will bring about the fastest, most complete relief. However, using any single part is helpful as well.
Please note: This is not intended to replace the advice of a physician.
Make and apply this scrub as quickly as possible to pull out the irritants; if exposure is very recent, like within a few minutes, use latex gloves to mix and use:
1/2 cup olive, sesame, or sunflower oil, cold pressed
1/2 cup part BATHERAPY bath salts (the green kind) (this contains minerals and compounds that help detox the skin)
10 drops (or more) of Tea Tree, and/or Eucalyptus, and/or Peppermint essential oils
Mix, then scoop into GLOVED hand and scrub VIGOROUSLY on skin. RINSE WELL. TOWEL DRY. When scrubbing, you want to exfoliate the skin. This gets off the dead cells that contain the irritating oil.
The mixture above contains components that can help pull out the irritant, as well as soothe the site.
Use as often as needed.
TAKING BENADRYL AS DIRECTED OR AS DIRECTED BY A PHYSICIAN, AND USING CALAMINE LOTION can also help alleviate symptoms of exposure.
An oil in the plant (called Urushiol) causes an immune reaction. (For the technical folks, two different molecules in the catechol subclass of organic compounds comprise urushiol; the difference is in the R groups. It is the R group of the benzene ring that is the culprit:
Urushiol breaks down in the skin. T-Cells recognize the breakdown products as enemies. The T-Cells send out molecules called Cytokines. Cytokines are wide-spread signal flares telling the body that something is wrong and needs to be attacked. White blood cells get the signal flare message and respond to the call, morphing into all-out-war machines called Macrophages on the way to the site of concern. Unfortunately, the Macrophages can go a bit nuts, and damage surrounding tissues. This excessive immune response is what causes the reaction in poison ivy exposures.
THE MORE EXCESSIVE THE IMMUNE REACTION, THE LARGER THE RASH. Some people do not have excessive reactions when exposed. They process the irritant with no problem. Why the difference?
Also, please note, it is the EXCESSIVE immune response that causes the rash. What if the macrophages only attacked the breakdown product of urushiol and left healthy tissue alone? This is most likely what happens to people who are exposed to poison ivy and DON’T get the full blown rash. The macrophages just clear what needs to be cleared, no rash. So why do macrophages attack healthy tissues in some people and not in others? This is what scientists focus on when they research food allergies or seasonal allergies… why do some people go into anaphylactic shock when they eat peanuts and other people eat peanuts and peanut products with no problem? It is a similar question with poison ivy reactions. The biochemistry of an overactive immune system is fairly well known. However what to do about an overactive immune system is somewhat known, and can be well managed, with steroids and other means.
What I would like to do now is introduce the connection between emotion and the subconscious to the immune system.
I have learned, and will address more extensively in later posts, that ALL dis-eases and dis-orders are rooted in the subconscious. For many people, this is difficult to grasp to varying degrees, given that we are taught that emotion is separate from the physical world, and that, more specifically, the events that occur ‘internally,’ i.e., thoughts, feelings, have no correllation to what is happening ‘externally,’ i.e. car accidents, cancer, poison ivy exposure. (How can a thought correllate to accidentally stepping into poison ivy? How can an emotion be related to the subsequent reaction to it?)
Is there a psychological/mental cause to the reaction one gets from poison ivy exposure?
The answer is YES, there is.
So what is the emotional trigger?
It is a combination of ignorance or innocence and anger. What kind of anger? Well, the innocent kind. The kind that looks pretty and grows everywhere. The kind that is not outward, but INWARD. It is the pattern in life, perhaps beginning in childhood, in which the innocent steps into an angry situation and gets shrapnel from it.
Perhaps the sufferer of poison ivy exposure had that happen in childhood, and perhaps the person now has a pattern in life in which they find themselves in a seemingly innocuous situations at home or at work, and something in these situations affect them adversely.
It may be a situation like this:
A parent asks a child to run an errand, and it seems like no big deal. But the child may feel danger. The child may not know how to cross the street without feeling safe, or the child may be afraid of encountering a negative situation. The adult does not know the child is feeling this (or in some situations doesn’t care!) And the child doesn’t feel they can share how they feel. The child stuffs his feelings, and continues into the ‘dangerous’ world their parent has unknowingly or uncaringly sent them.
So now there is a pattern in the psyche of the child that a foray into certain areas of life may hold danger, but they must go anyways. The subconscious will find ways to run this program throughout life, because this part of the mind has been taught this program.
POISON IVY IS NATURE’S REMINDER THAT THIS PATTERN IN THE PSYCHE(or some version of innocence into danger) NEEDS TO CLEAR.
Actually, at least two subconscious patterns need to clear, that of going into dangerous situations, and that of absorbing anger or taking hits from the dangerous situation. (Also, attacking oneself in the situation may need to clear.)
The person may not know consciously all of this has happened, because they have trained themselves to not know, and they react to the situation later, such as catching a cold or feeling depressed. Again, they don’t know why they have the reaction.
What if we didn’t react to poison ivy? Well, obviously then it wouldn’t be poisonous, and we might even grow it as a decorative ivy. And goats that eat it wouldn’t have toxic poo.
Seriously though, what if we didn’t react to poison ivy? And actually… some people don’t. Why don’t they?
Because they are not programmed to.
ULTIMATE HEALING TO REACTING TO POISON IVY:
What if it chose, or what if YOU chose to have your body process the substance in a non-angry, not-reactive way? Is it possible to do this?
Deactivate the reaction program.
Is it possible to not accidentally bump into poison ivy?
Deactivate the accidentally-bump-into-poison-ivy program.
How your immune system reacts is controlled by various parts of the brain. Many of those parts are also the same parts that function in the emotion arenas.
Where you actually walk or travel is controlled by your conscious mind AND your subconscious mind.
IF there is a correlation to life events in which a person goes into seemingly innocuous situations and gets adversely affected, these programs need to clear too.
WHAT TO DO:
Now what I am about to share may seem strange, different, etc… even more strange than what I have already shared. I have been in the healing professions for over 13 years, and before that I spent 10 years as a research scientist studying human disease and health. So I know what I am about to share is new, different, strange… but I know it works.
You can actually change the way you react to poison ivy.
I could tell you how here, but I would be repeating the work of Robert Smith. It is easier if I just point you into his work on how to clear dis-ease and dis-order, and ask you to apply the technique he shows to the poison ivy reactions.
By the way, my son began learning this technique when he was about 3. It is really, really, easy. It involves three parts:
connecting to the symptom, tapping a few acupuncture points on the head, and vocalizing your intent.
To do this, go to the youtube videos produced by Robert Smith, creator of Faster EFT. His archives are on his website,
scroll down to Latest Updates, and click on the link called Youtube Faster EFT action Playlist. This takes you to videos that show you how to learn a simple, powerful, FREE technique to heal.
I use this as one of my techniques in my sessions with clients. It’s incredible.
It can help you heal anything. Like poison ivy reactions.
Again, I must use the disclaimer that I am not a physician. If you are having an emergency, please go to a medical doctor or ER.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.