One of the things I love about fall is the poison oak turns red, making it easy to identify while hiking. I am one of those lucky ones (I’m being sarcastic here) that can get a very severe allergic rash from poison oak. Luckily, I live in the poison oak capital of the world! I have tried every remedy under the sun, including taking internally rhus toxicodendron (poison oak) to build up my immunity. The only relief I have found is the homeopathic Tecnu Extreme.
Tecnu Extremeis homeopathic, with the active ingredient being Grindelia Robusta, common name wild sunflower or gum plant.
If you are not familiar with the principles of homeopathy, homeopathic treatment involves giving extremely small doses of natural substances that mimic the symptoms of the same illness in healthy people when given in larger doses. The idea is that “like cures like.” I have successfully used homeopathy with all members of my family, including pets, but it is important to seek medical care when needed (not giving medical advice here!)
Tecnu Extremeworks by curing itching, removing poison oak oils, preventing the rash from forming, and speeding the healing of rashes. Since I have discovered this product, my poison oak rashes have been kept to a minimum. Tecnu Extremedoes not claim to be all natural, and it does contain alcohol. Other ingredients are not listed. I have used this product on my daughter when she has been exposed to a large amount of poison oak, and she has never gotten more than a single bump.
When I was pregnant, an old timer in our valley told me to be sure and get a good rash of poison oak during my third trimester. I didn’t have to try hard to get the rash! She claimed that my daughter would have natural immunity, and so far, she has. I don’t know if this is an old wives’ tale or sound advice, but neither of my children have ever experienced a full blown poison oak rash like their mother. It is possible they inherited their father’s natural immunity, but I like to think my suffering during pregnancy protected them.