How to Make Jewelweed Ice CubesChop the stems and leaves from one or two Jewelweed plants and place in boiling pot. Cover the plant material with approximately five cups of waters. Bring pot to a boil and allow to continue boiling for five to ten minutes. Strain the plant material from the liquid. The liquid should appear orange in color. Allow to cool. Pour orange liquid into ice cube trays for freezing. When solid, pop out the cubes and store inside a freezer bag or container that is labeled "Jewelweed" along with the date of preparation. Jewelweed ice cubes will retrain their potency in your freezer for up to twelve months. For application rub ice cube topically as needed to treat skin rashes and itching.
Alternatively, forget the boiling process, you can simply freeze ice-cube sized portions of blended plant materials (flowers, stems, and leaves) for later use.
Note: Amy Jeanroy, About Guide to Herb Gardens, points out in her overview of Jewelweed Herb, that it loses its effectiveness when dried.
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References: Jewelweed, Poison Ivy Treatment from Nature, altnature.com; Jewelweed Poison Ivy & Skin Rash Folk Remedy, www.folkremediesforyou.com