Botanical Poison Ivy Antidote?
robison1 at husc9.harvard.edu
Tue Jul 7 23:53:35 EST 1992
Any help on this would be appreciated. It is long-standing lore
in the camping world that the juice of jewelweed* (a wild impatiens)
is an antidote for poison ivy. Does anyone know of _any_
scientific study which has attempted to prove/disprove this claim
or (if true) determine the mechanism.
* called such because of the silvery appearance of the
leaves. Also known as touch-me-not, for the exploding
seedpods characteristic of impatiens.
Thanks, (and apologies for the common names -- don't have a
Peterson's guide here).
Program in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
robison at ribo.harvard.edu
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