The Best Relief for Poison Ivy
My Iyengar Yoga Teacher in Australia, Shandor Remete, always told the class, as we were holding a pose for 3 minutes or more, and our muscles began to shake, that pain was an illusion and that only Love was real. It always got a laugh out of the group and helped distract our minds from the intensity of holding a pose like Warrior. Even the most gentle posture in yoga, if held long enough, your muscles will begin to talk to you and sometimes loudly.
In the summertime, it is not unusual for children to run unsuspectingly into (or rather run around in) poison ivy. Unfortunately, for my husband this summer, he was practically rolling around in it and didn’t know until a day or so later. Poison Ivy has a wonderful way of “keeping you in the moment” as all you want to do is scratch the incredibly itchiness away. Again, unfortunately, itching only makes the situation worse.
After trying drug store cortisol chemical solutions it was clear that the store bought options were not bringing any relief. Talking to friends, I learned about the “Old Wives Tales” or is that “Old Wise Tales” that say Oatmeal brings relief. After doing some research on the internet, we learned that Oatmeal helped a lot of Poison Ivy sufferers. My husband had a very bad case, as it was on both arms, both legs, and on his torso. This is the natural approach that worked the best that would be safe to do with your children.
Directions for relief:
Draw a shallow cool bathtub of water and put in the following:
4. Aloe Vera Gel
We would put approximately 1 cup of each of the four ingredients into the cool tub water. The itchiness feeling would subside for about 2 hours and then my husband would have to take another Oatmeal bath. It will probably save your drains from clogging, and also make it feel less like sitting in a bowl of porridge, if you grind the oatmeal flakes in a coffee bean grinder. The picture shows the oatmeal in the bowl on the right is how it looks when poured out of the bag in flakes. The bowl on the left is what it looks like when it has been put through the coffee grinder. It comes out like fine powder.
This is a wonderful teaching opportunity to talk about “Mind over matter” and the fact that “pain is an illusion”. Clearly, any distractions from the itchiness is a good thing.
Janet Williams, B.Ed, RCYT is a certified Primary/Junior Teacher, Yoga Instructor and Author of the Award-winning book “What I See, I Can Be: A Guided Yoga Flow for Children”. Concerned about the childhood obesity issue and high anxiety kids face, Janet created easy to use Kids Yoga Resources so that Parents and Teachers could get their children active and fit – and calm and relaxed. Janet offers a “95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training Certification” that is recognized by Yoga Alliance and is excellent for parents, teachers, daycare providers, youth leaders and health care professionals.
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