Jewelweed is a smooth annual; 3-5 ft. Leaves oval, round- toothed; lower ones opposite, upper ones alternate. A bit trumpet shaped, the flowers hang from the plant much as a jewel from a necklace, Pale Jewelweed has yellow flowers, Spotted Touch-Me-Nots have orange flowers with dark red dots. The seeds will ‘pop’ when touched , that is where the name Touch-Me-Nots came from. The Spotted Jewelweed variety is most commonly used for treating poison ivy rashes although the Pale Jewelweed may also have medicinal properties.
To Remove Toxic Oil: Mugwort OR Plantago leaves: rub leaves vigorously on the spot where you touched the plant to soak up the toxic oil into the leaves so that a rash will not spread &/or the area
(One less empty tube of Technu to throw into a landfill!)
After Oil is Removed: Aloe: cover affected area with leaf juice
After Oil is Removed: Elder Tree leaves & flowers: apply a poultice of the leaves & flowers atop the affected area
Bibliography: Richard Lonewolf
Database Entry: Distance Everheart 4-6-2013