Jewelweed is a short, three to five foot tall annual plant with oval leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers that hang down from the plant like jewels on a necklace. Jewelweed grows best in humid woodlands, often in the same places as poison ivy or stinging nettle, both of which it can help protect against. Jewelweed especially flourishes along creek beds and generally blooms from May through October.
The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native Americans and Herbalists, as a natural treatment for poison ivy and poison oak; and is a folk remedy for many other skin disorders. Jewelweed works by counter-reacting with the chemicals in other plants that cause irritation.
Jewelweed grows naturally here on Acorn Hill. We harvest jewelweed along with plantain and comfrey to make our own Poison Ivy Soap.