If you’re into hiking or gardening, there’s a good chance that you’ve come into contact with poison ivy and experienced the symptoms: from an itch to a rash, and will gradually end with skin blisters. Epsom salt has been used as a remedy for skin inflammation, which results in a red rash appearing on your skin, and this is why Epsom salt is proven effective in treating your poison ivy itch.
What makes Epsom salt effective is its magnesium content. Magnesium is proven to reduce skin inflammation, whatever may be the underlying cause. Your skin’s pores will absorb the magnesium from your Epsom salt bath or lotion or cream and help get rid of toxins that are causing the inflammation, thereby providing you relief from the itch, swelling, and pain.
How To Get Rid Of Poison Ivy Itch Using Epsom Salt
There are three ways of how Epsom salt can save you from scratching those poison rashes and blisters. If you weren’t able to stop yourself from scratching your skin, the bacteria under your fingernails might cause a skin infection, which may lead to pus developing. So, to prevent poison ivy infection from worsening, you better store Epsom salt in your pantry.
Sprinkling Epsom Salt in Your Tub Water
More than just a sprinkle, actually. Put two cups of Epsom salt into your warm tub water, then soak for a minimum of 12 minutes and 30 minutes max. Soaking in Epsom-salt-infused water will not only relieve your itch but will also give you a relaxing bath since magnesium sulfate also reduces muscle soreness and aches. Put the salt under running water or position it right under the faucet to make the process quicker.
For best results, you can add half a cup of baking soda. You should do this once a day for a week or until the itch dissipates.
Mix two spoonfuls of Epsom salt in a cup of cold water. Soak a cotton washcloth in the mixture, don’t completely wring the water out, then apply to affected areas for 5 minutes. Applying a cold compress is one of the fastest and easiest ways to stop the itch and pain.
Create an Epsom salt paste
Epsom salt paste is for smaller rashes, and therefore, safe to apply regularly. Put a teaspoon of Epsom salt in a cup of hot water. Mix them until the salt is completely dissolved. Put the mixture in the fridge to chill it, and leave it there for 20 minutes.
Before you apply the paste on the affected skin:
- Make sure you clean the affected areas and pat them dry before slathering the paste.
- Use a washcloth or a paper towel in applying the cream.
- Leave it on your skin for 5 minutes for better results. If your rash is in different spots, make sure you don’t re-use your washcloth.
- Use a different washcloth for every different spot, or use a disposable paper towel.
How To Prevent The Rash From Spreading
What makes the rash from poison ivy is forgetting to wash your hand or cloth that came in contact with poison ivy’s plant oil. So, it won’t spread on your body or to others by scratching, well, unless you haven’t washed your hand yet.
The spots on your skin that have the rash were due to the plant oil coming directly into contact with the areas. If you see that a “new” area has a rash, it’s because your skin absorbs the oil at different rates. It didn’t spread. Other compromised spots just had a later reaction. Even if the blisters burst, the fluid inside won’t affect other areas of your skin.
To prevent the spread, make sure you take your clothes off and clean your hands thoroughly, or better yet, cut your fingernails. After that, get the Epsom salt from your pantry, and choose from the many ways mentioned above.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. So, when you’re out gardening or hiking, use the right gloves. Use nitrile-coated gloves, and wear a long sleeve shirt or clothes that won’t expose your skin. Don’t use rubber gloves to clean your clothes that have the plant oil on from the poison ivy since the oil can still penetrate the rubber. Use vinyl or cloth gloves instead in washing the clothes.
Have A Safe Epsom Salt Solution Ready
When your body starts itching and you start to panic, it’s better to have an Epsom salt solution stored in the cabinet in your bathroom. A solution that is safe to use for your whole family.
Skinfully Rich has gentle scrubs that are with the right mix of Epsom salt. Our Epsom salt scrubs have a quality lotion base that will nourish your skin and have essential oils that nourish your skin even more. If you want to make your own Epsom salt scrub, you can do that, as well, and we will let you choose what natural fragrances you wish to add.