Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, or Spotted Touch-Me-Not is native to the Eastern and Midwestern United States. It is often found in moist ditches and along creeks. When ripe, the hanging seed pods contain seeds that explode out of the pods when they are lightly touched, hence the name 'touch-me-not.' The juice of the leaves and stems is a traditional Native American remedy for skin rashes, including poison ivy.
Once you can correctly identify the plant, simply break a stem and rub the juice on bare skin to prevent against or after contact with poison ivy. Jewelweed also helps soothe the sting of nettles, bug bites, hives, or any red, itchy rash.
Our Jewelweed is ethically harvested in the wild.
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