Jewelweed aka Touch Me Not
Updated: Aug 21
Many Native American groups employed Jewelweed as a medicinal herb, and it is still popular today. It’s most frequently used externally to treat itching and skin irritations. Jewelweed is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and anti-fungal properties, which are helpful in soothing poison ivy, nettle stings, bug bites, eczema, and other skin issues.
I forage for jewelweed throughout the spring and summer months so I can have a supply of jewelweed infused oils on hand year round for creating my Itch Be Gone salve. Here in Western North Carolina itchy rashes aren't just a scourge of the warmer months. We are out hiking year round here. Also it's easier than you think to pick up poison ivy from cutting firewood. It's still an irritant when it's cut down. We keep jewelweed salve handy to soothe those itchy rashes whenever they pop up! You can find it in my store or if you're lucky enough to have jewelweed growing nearby try your hand at making some! I love it!!!