Tuesday, June 12, 2012
JUNE 12, 2012 I AM NOT TELLING A LIE- POISON IVY IS NOT POISONOUS
" Always tell the truth, that way you don't have to remember what you said. " Mark Twain
Did Mark always tell the truth ? He wrote as Samuel Clemens so writing as another name--is that a lie
Lying may refer to:
Lie — a deliberate untruth.
Lying (position) — a horizontal position
Lying (film) — a 2006 film
Lying (song) — a song by Australian band
Do you lie ? I used to and I can now admit it. It was as a child- those little white lies and when not in recovery I told many lies. Today, I try to the best of my ability not to lie. I am also intolerant of those who do lie. There are some signs of lying. Some come in the way of expressions. Body Language of Lies: Look for these signs and expressions. Not everyone will have them. Since I am in contact daily with individuals I have been quite perceptive in asking questions after I look the patient over. I also shake each patient's hand to see if dry or with sweat. I want to feel their hands for signs of anxiety, dry or cold hands.
• Physical expression will be limited and stiff, with few arm and hand movements. Hand, arm and leg movement are toward their own body the liar takes up less space.
• A person who is lying to you will avoid making eye contact.
• Hands touching their face, throat & mouth. Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear. Not likely to touch his chest/heart with an open hand.
There are also emotional gestures.
• Timing and duration of emotional gestures and emotions are off a normal pace. The display of emotion is delayed, stays longer it would naturally, then stops suddenly.
• Timing is off between emotions gestures/expressions and words. Example: Someone says "I love it!" when receiving a gift, and then smile after making that statement, rather then at the same time the statement is made.
• Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”
• Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, )instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc.
Poison ivy, oak and sumac are NOT poisonous plants. I think everyone has had one of the 'poisons' at least once in their life. I know I have had it more than once when I was a child. The danger is the contact with the allergen called urushiolir. I have seen patients allergic to only one, but generally if allergic to one you are allergic to all three.
After being exposed the rash and itching can last from a few hours to days. It sometimes can spread. It sometimes really needs a Rx from the medical doctor for steroids, but only in extreme cases.
There are even some who have said to build up immunity by eating small amounts of the plant. You can try this, but I can also tell you of a case of poison oak of the throat from eating one. It was painful to swallow and did require some steroid use to ease the swelling
So if you are gardening or just exploring in the woods and notice you have touched one of these plants, get home and do the following, Wash the oil off with soap and water immediately it should be cold water.
There are over the counter medications (OCT) however as an herbalist I know prefer the other plants that can help or alleviate the pain and rashes. For those that MUST always have a large supply of calamine lotion nearby , the one plant that is very useful is Plantain. No ,I do not mean a banana.
Fresh plantain poultice is always helpful. During the Earth Medicine conference at the Temple of the Green Clovers, two herbalists told stories about the use of plantain. One was for an infection at the site of a cancer skin removal. The other was from wasp stings. Native North American Indians used plantain as the chief remedy for rattlesnake bites.
The plantain is one of the nine herbs invoked in the Anglo Saxon Nine Herbs Charm intended for treatment of poison and infection thorough the preparation of the nine herbs, according to Breverton's Complete Herbal ( which is based on Culpeper's The English Physician and Compleat Herball of 1653)
It was later used for rabid dog bites.
The Nine Herbs Charm is an Old English charm recorded in the 10th century in the Lacnunga manuscript The charm is intended for treatment of poison and infection through the preparation of nine herbs. The numbers nine and three are mentioned frequently within the charm and are significant numbers in Germanic paganism and later Germanic folklore.
The charm refers to nine herbs:
Stune -Lamb's Cress
At the end of the charm, prose instructions are given to take the above mentioned herbs, crush them to dust, and to mix them with old soap and apple juice. Further instructions are given to make a paste from water and ashes, boil fennel into the paste, bathe it with beaten egg - both before and after the prepared salve is applied. Further, the charm directs the reader to sing the charm three times over each of the herbs as well as the apple before they are prepared, into the mouth of the wounded, both of their ears, and over the wound itself prior to the application of the salve.
I would stick to the Plantain ( Plantago major ) for poison ivy. It is much simpler but I was interested in the Nine Herbs Charm.
The other herb for the poison ivy is " Jewelweed" I love jewelweed if available. I have had much success with aloe and comfrey as a spray. I even used peppermint essential oil - 1 -2 drops in 6 oz of water. Put in a spray bottle. I sprayed this over the rashes and there was great relief
Garden all you want. Try to stay out of the woods as best you can
Top two photographs: Plantago major
Bottom two photographs: Poison Ivy: Photo credit : 7song