Hiking in the wilderness can be treacherous for many reasons. Wild animals, cliffs, getting lost... the list is endless. However, over the weekend I ran into something I haven't experienced in years... poison ivy. As I sit here fighting the urge to scratch. I decided to look up some home remedies to treat my affliction, hoping to alleviate my discomfort while sharing some knowledge that may one day help another that contracts the itch while hiking in the Colorado wilderness.

1. Baking Soda: I already use this to whiten my teeth and exfoliate my skin. Apparently, if you make a baking soda paste to rub on the afflicted area it helps to get rid of the discomfort.

2. Oatmeal Paste: Use the paste of very warm cooked oatmeal to relieve the itching. Make sure it's not too hot, or you'll have another problem.

3. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: You don't drink it, you put it on the rash to suck out the toxins.

4. Banana Peel: Apparently, the inside coating of a banana is known to cool down the affected area.

5. Cucumber and Watermelon: both of these are known to have a "cooling sensation" when in contact with the skin. you are able to make a paste with these ingredients to relief the itching

(Source: Global Healing Center)