Impatiens capensis Other names:Pale Touch-Me-Not, Touch-Me-Not, Wild
Celandine, Spotted Touch-Me-Not, Speckled Jewels, Balsam Weed, Wild
Balsam, Balsam A’Florae, Slipperweed, Silverweed, Wild Lady’s Slipper,
I love these old names for plants they are so descriptive. You might
know Jewelweed by any of the above names. It is a member of the
Impatiens family and even the impatiens we plant in the yard have some
medicinal value against the below nasties of the wild.
Well, The weather is warm and it is time to get out in nature again. If
you are like me you like to hike and camp but there are some things
about nature that are not so much fun, like poison ivy and poison oak.
Jewelweed is a natural remedy and preventative for poison ivy, oak,
Jewel Weed is an effective natural herbal remedy not only for poison
ivy, but also for poison oak, okra spines, stinging nettle, and other
irritating plants; as well as bug bites and razor burn. Jewel Weed, is
also used for acne, heat rash, ringworm and many other skin disorders.
When traveling across the United States a few years ago I got bit by
chiggers and it proved effective for those rascally little buggers
which itch like crazy. Here are some of the other uses of Jewel Weed I
found in the herbal books. antiparasitic,digestive aid,diuretic,As a
diuretic, it is effective in cases of edema (dropsy).
liver stimulant,mildly laxative. In ointments, it can be used to treat
hemorrhoids and other varicose conditions.
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 came from. The Spotted Jewelweed variety is most commonly used
for rashes although the Pale Jewelweed may also have medicinal
properties. Jewelweed usually grows in wet spots next to creeks and
river beds. It grows in the vicintiy of poison oak, poison ivy and
stinging nettles. Yes, Mother Nature was very nice to us there. Jewel
weed’s nectar attracts hummingbirds.
If you step in a patch of poison Ivy or poison oak don’t rub it no
matter how much it itches as rubbing cause the oil to spread. Many
people even get the rash from their pets fur. If you can find Jewel
Weed you are in luck. Shred the leaves and put the juice on the rash
immediately. Fresh juice is best but if you can preserve it by freezing
ahead of time that works too. Freeze the leaves in ice cubes and
spread it on the rash. The tea is said to work like a preventive.