Cucumber calms the rash
It’s not exactly a day at the spa, but using cucumber slices is a simple poison ivy treatment. Either place slices of this cooling veggie on the affected area, or mash it up to make a cucumber “paste” that you apply to the rash for soothing relief, says Rebecca Baxt, MD, a board-certified dermatologist with BAXT CosMedical in Paramus, New Jersey. Check out these tips on how to identify poison ivy so you don’t get it in the first place.
Banana peel cools the itch
Rubbing the inside of a banana peel on poison ivy-affected skin is an old wives’ tale that may have some truth to it; the peel’s cooling qualities could provide itch relief. An application of watermelon rind is another poison ivy treatment some people swear by. Although there’s no science to back up these remedies, it may be worth a try.