Arguably the best time of the year is summer due to all of the outdoor activities and new and exciting adventures. However, bicycle rides and camping outdoors can sometimes lead to some nasty bruises caused by poison ivy, sumac and oak. The itchy, blistering rash that is caused by these plants is a result of a oil known as urushiol which is contained inside the leaves, stems and roots and it can easily stick to your clothes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Thankfully, if you get a rash such as this, it is not contagious. However, it can be extremely uncomfortable for the person due to the redness and itchiness. Other symptoms other than those include blisters and swelling. A tipycal rash from oak, sumac or poison ivy will usually last for a week or two and then disappear on its own. But nobody wants to sit through that time and simply endure the pain and discomfort. That is why in the text below we have some home remedies you can do to alleviate yourself of the pain.

Turmeric and Lemon Juice

This is a thick paste like substance that is equal parts turmeric, lemon and lime juice. Simply apply the paste over the rash, letting the skin absorb the paste over fifteen minutes. This paste will do wonders for the nasty rashes.

Baking Soda

Mixing three teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon water is also an excellent way to help yourself. Just apply the paste you made on the area and let the mixture dry and flake off. You can also use some gauze pads if you are making a larger solution.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Due to the extreme potency of the apple cider vinegar, it is quite effect at killing the poison that causes the rash in the first place. Just soak a paper bag in apple cider vinegar and then place it over the rash. In about 10 to 15 minutes, your rash will be gone.


Oatmeal is not to be expected on this list, but it is here. It can help in drawing out the poisonous serum that is causing the rashes. It is recommended to pour the oats in a pot and dipping the affected area, or you can apply it directly as a compress.


As you might or might have not known, the cucumber has cooling properties. You should cut the cucumber in slices and place the slices directly on the affected area. You can also put the cucumber in a blender and apply the paste on the rash.


The buttermilk is filled with proteins and minerals that are able to draw out the fluids and poisons from the rash. A home remedy you can do is to mix salt, buttermilk and vinegar and apply the mixture directly on top of the rash. Alternatively, you can mix some warm water with the buttermilk and use this instead.

Dishwashing Liquid

This remedy is not widely known, but it is a very useful one, since you can find dishwashing liquid or soap in your kitchen. Just apply a few drops of it on the rash and let it sit for some time. Do this every day until the rash is completely gone. Keep in mind that you can also use this remedy for mosquito bites as well.

Watermelon Rind

We all know the process for eating a watermelon. You eat the insides while throwing out the rind. Well, if you didn’t know, you can use the rind as a cold compress to help soothe the rash caused by a poison ivy.

Use these home remedies or find the one that suits you the most to make this summer the best one yet!