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For Poison oak and related rashes–Jewelweed is another of Mother Nature’s wonderful remedies found in the wild. It is a well-known remedy for poison ivy but has also been used to treat everything from bug bites to razor burn to acne. It is most potent when the liquid found in the stem of the plant is rubbed directly onto the affected area. If you want to have it around for use when it’s not in season, though, making a simple salve by simmering  the fresh plant and oilive oil  to save for later is a viable alternative to using it right in the field.   A tea made from the leaves and drunk also eases the itch and speeds healing from the inside.  Both can be keep in the fridge until needed.

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