Nature is astounding in its sense of balance. Jewelweed, whose very name suggests its goodness, grows most often right alongside poison ivy. Jewelweed, with its dainty, vibrant orange speckeled flowers, it's tasty seed pods and lush green foliage, is a natural remedy for poison ivy. It is reported that if, at the first sign of exposure to poison ivy, the victim rubs the sap from inside the stem of jewelweed on the area, there will be no rash. If the person is not so quick and gets a rash, jewelweed will help to heal it.
For me it is inevitable that there will be poison ivy. The key is remembering to seek out jewelweed. Where is the poison ivy in your life? It may be the toxicity of relationships or a job that drains the life out of you. It may be the burdens of the news, with one tragedy layered upon another until a wall is built so high we begin to block out the cries for help from the other side. When you come in contact with it, act quickly. Find the balm of jewelweed before a rash begins to fester. If the blisters are already forming, find more jewelweed and stop the pain and discomfort. If someone around you is scratching in misery, you might be the jewelweed, or the guide to help them find it. Today I wish you the heart to seek out jewelweed and the hope to apply it.