The weather was gorgeous here in New England for Labor Day weekend. As I was spending it alone, I decided to take my laptop outside and do some work out there. My kitchen counter is lovely, but my patio view is even lovelier.
Am I the only one who didn’t realize that you can’t see a laptop computer screen in the sun? So I took my laptop back in the house so I could see it, messed with the controls, (I mean I very carefully followed the Google instructions), and somehow managed to make the screen nice and bright so that I can now work outside! I must be a real blogger now.
I learned something else too, which confirms that one is never too old to learn. While pulling weeds this week, I had managed to contract a serious case of poison ivy. Oh, the itch! My lovely neighbor brought me a bouquet of jewelweed to solve my problem. Apparently jewelweed is a natural remedy for poison ivy and, lo and behold, that weed was one I hadn’t yet pulled up! It was running rampant in the damp areas of my yard near my little stream.
So this is what I did and you can too…
Split the largest part of the stem to find the juice
I smoothed the juice over the rash. Almost immediately, I felt better.
Make jewelweed tea
I chopped up the whole plant, leaves and stems, and boiled them in water until the “tea” turned bright orange.
Next, I strained out the greenery. The next step is to pour this lovely orange tea into ice cube trays and freeze.
Then, whenever I need it, I can pop out a cube and run it over an itchy part. Problem is, who has ice cube trays these days? So that step has to wait until I buy ice cube trays.
In the meantime…
I have what seems to be an unlimited supply of jewelweed in my backyard. The juice from the stems seems to work. Ah, relief.