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This thread is in reply to a blog post by donnabking entitled "The Dreaded Poison Ivy In The Garden".
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 17, 2014 8:40 PM CST
Oh, you poor thing. And bleach, oh no! That can only make things worse no matter what 'some people' say. Bleach is harmful to your skin.

Go get some Bentonite clay; better yet, send your husband to the store since he is so helpful. Rolling on the floor laughing

The Bentonite clay works for the poison ivy rash and lots of other things, too. Here is a link with a bit more info:
http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/2014/05/10-summertime-uses-fo...

I recently got a bit carried away while pulling out some ragweed down the road and stepped on an ant mound. About 100 ant bites. After soap and water, I soaked in an Epsom Salt bath then applied a paste of Bentonite clay, sea salt and water.

It's not attractive but who cares. The itch stopped immediately. Two days later...practically all better.

Next time remember to wear long sleeves, gloves and duct tape. The duct tape will seal your gloves to your sleeves and eliminate the gap that exposes skin. ...um, I mean, next time put the gloves and duct tape on your husband and point him in the direction the poison ivy. Rolling on the floor laughing

The brand I happened to have was Redmond - stuff is so pure you could actually eat it.
http://www.redmondclay.com/about/

Hope you're all healed before the six weeks; happy anniversay to you both. Thumbs up
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Sep 22, 2014 7:23 PM CST
Oh, my Greene, the bleach worked like a charm, the itching had stopped as soon as I got out of the 5 minute soak from the bleach water, and next morning, no rash, no bumps, no itch, it was all gone. A miracle. I was amazed. The clay sounds interesting though.
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
Rabbit Keeper Critters Allowed Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages
Herbs Region: Georgia Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Composter
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greene
Sep 22, 2014 7:36 PM CST
Bleach is necrotic to tissue. Bleach kills skin cells and the wounds will take longer to heal. (Lately everyone has learned the same is true for hydrogen peroxide.)
If you are happy with your remedy, then I am happy for you.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"

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