How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

Want to know how to identify poison ivy effectively? If you want to avoid the aggravation of the dreaded poison ivy, this infographic with relevant tips and ideas will certainly help you!

How To Identify Poison Ivy Like An Expert

Poison ivy is unfortunately well-known for very nasty reasons. Every parent must warn their kids of this infamous plant before they’re allowed to explore the outdoors. Living in a wide and woodsy area, I’ve been warned of it myself early on.

Knowing the effects of poison ivy, perhaps made me wary of it–I dare not inspect the plant up close. Anything that resembles the plant sends a signal for me to stay as far away from it as possible. Poison ivy is even one of the reason why camping far out in the woods is a no-no for me.

If you’re missing out on a lot of fun outdoor activities because of poison ivy, this infographic should help.

What Is Poison Ivy?

What Is Poison Ivy | How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

Poison ivy or Toxicodendron radicans, despite its common name, is not actually an ivy but a member of the cashew and almond family. It can be a vine, a bush, and an undergrowth, but it’s more commonly considered a weed–and an unwelcome one at that. All the parts of poison ivy are poisonous, from the leaves, branches, seeds, and flowers.

While poison ivy is common in the wild, some adventurous ones could grow in your yard. Make sure to use protective clothing when getting rid of poison ivy, and avoid burning them if you don’t want allergic reactions from the smoke.

One alarmingly amazing fact about poison ivy is how well they adapt to carbon dioxide. They’ve been flourishing as of late, thus indicating the increase in the carbon dioxide level in our atmosphere.

How To Identify Poison Ivy

Revisit or introduce yourself to these catchy rhymes in this infographic. They are easy to remember so you can be guided and aided on how to identify poison ivy.

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Effects Of Poison Ivy On The Body And Its Treatment

Effects Of Poison Ivy On The Body And Its Treatment | How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

Effects Of Poison Ivy On The Body And Its Treatment | How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

What’s causing the allergic reactions from poison ivy is the urushiol, which is a clear, oily compound found in the sap of plants. It causes an itchy, irritating, and painful rash in most people who are allergic to it. The effects can be mild to severe depending on the frequency and amount of exposure to urushiol.

Traditional treatment such as calamine lotion and Burrow’s solution relieves discomfort, but have been shown to be ineffective. Amazingly, homemade treatments such as aloe vera, oatmeal, and baking soda have been recommended by dermatologists as treatment. You can also check out this natural poison ivy treatment that works.

Plants Which Are Just As Poisonous

Plants Which Are Just As Poisonous | How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

Plants Which Are Just As Poisonous | How To Identify Poison Ivy | Homesteading Safety Tips

Although poison ivy has been the subject of dread and isolation, there are other plants that are just as dangerous. The western and eastern poison oak, poison sumac are also poisonous and even resembles poison ivy to some degree. You can also follow up on these tips to know more about poison ivy or check here to know more about the three poisonous plants.

Get more tips here on how to identify a poison ivy in this video:

Now you know how to identify poison ivy whenever and wherever you see one. You also know not all green leaves with pointed leaves are poison ivy. Next time, you can avoid feeling the wrath of a poison ivy or calm down when brushed with a leaf.

So, will you be able to identify poison ivy now? Share your thoughts below in the comments!

While poison ivy is a plant to avoid in the wild, make sure to check these edible wild plants to help you survive in the wild.

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This post was originally published in March 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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