Few things can dampen an experience in the wilderness faster than poison ivy, oak or sumac. The waxy oils that coat the leaves of these plants can lead to painful rashes that will itch like you wouldn't believe (until you've experienced it) for several days or even weeks afterward.
For a huge number of people, the itching is so intense that they have to go to the doctor to get a prescription itch medication, which rarely does more than slightly dull their itching, never eliminating it completely.
Before there were hydrocortisone and Benedryl, there were wives' tale methods. Like many wives' tale methods, it turns out that this one works, and it is reported to work better than any modern medication.
Learn this excellent trick on the next page for the next time you find yourself suffering from these debilitating rashes.