Hiking and biking in a park or woodland are two most popular outdoor activities, but some plants and trees can turn your outing into a frightening and miserable experience. For example, a Poison Sumac (Toxicodendron vernix), found in dark forests, pine woods, and wet areas, can cause various problems for you. Direct skin contact with this plant can cause various problems, such as allergic reactions. The complication can lead to itchy rashes, redness of the skin, and infections. Poison oak, poison ivy, and other similar plants also cause the skin problems.

Fortunately, bananas, Baking Soda, and yogurt can help to treat some of the symptoms until a medical professional can be consulted.

In the event that you inhale the smoke from a fire with branches on it, medical treatment is s advised to happen as fast as possible. When the plant is burned, inhalation of the smoke may cause a rash on the lining of the lungs, causing extreme pain and possibly fatal respiratory difficulty.

Baking soda

Found in every kitchen, baking soda is one of the most common remedies that may help you cope with poison sumac. It helps relieve redness of the skin, itching, and rashes. Take two to three tablespoons of baking soda and include a few drops of lemon juice in it. Prepare a paste, and apply it to the infected skin area.


You can prepare oatmeal paste at home – apply it directly on the affected skin area. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal powder with one teaspoon of honey and two to three drops of lemon juice. Make a thick paste, and use it three times per day or until you see improvements. Alternatively, you can drink oatmeal milk for itch-relieving.

Apple cider vinegar

Mix three teaspoons of organic Apple Cider Vinegar with one teaspoon of almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply it directly on the infected skin, and repeat the process two to four times a day for noticeable results. Apple cider vinegar also has excellent antioxidant properties and helps prevent wrinkles, pimples and dark circles.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the best-known extracts to ease treat the discomfort of poison sumac. Regular massage of aloe vera oil also prevents wrinkles and fine lines. You can apply aloe vera gel directly on the infected skin area. Make aloe vera a part of your daily diet for incredible results – prepare the mixture by combining aloe vera and honey.


Cucumbers are best known for their cooling effects – so you make cucumber a part of your daily diet. They can be useful for poison sumac too. Take two tablespoons of finely crushed cucumbers (or cucumber powder) and mix it with one teaspoon of honey. Include a few drops of lemon juice, and apply it on the affected area. Repeat the process three times per day or until you see improvements.