The mucilaginous aloe like substance within Jewelweed has been used as a traditional healer and well known folk remedy to help sooth a variety of skin ailments including irritating contact dermatitis resulting from poison ivy, nettle, mosquito bites, insect stings and sunburn. To build upon this traditional remedy of using the plant applied directly as a poultice – before or after the onset of a reaction, I followed a tip in the Peterson’s Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs and took preventive precaution recognizing these seasonal occurrences and made jewel weed ice cubes.

To read more, check out my full article in Self Reliance Illustrated Issue #22