This plant is often called Touch-me-not because of its exploding seed pods.
I prefer the name Jewelweed
The plant below is what I think of when I hear Touch-me-not. How cool!?
Why the name Jewelweed?
It looks shiny and silvery underwater, like a jewel.
What is Jewelweed good for?
I don’t get it, both of our children have yet to get it *knock on wood* but my husband… he gets itchy, gross, painful blisters every year.
Years ago, during my search for Poison Ivy treatments and prevention, I came across tons of information about Jewelweed.
This was perfect, since I already had some growing in the woodsy part of my backyard!
Jewelweed usually grows near Poison Ivy. Its like Mother Nature tries to have a cure near by, just incase you need it 💚
To use Jewelweed immediately, break open the stem and rub its sap directly on skin. This will help to relieve itching, swelling and pain. Use it for almost any bite or rash.
Jewelweed contains antifungal, antihistamine, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The leaves and flowers can be added to salads and other dishes, or made into tea. Jewelweed seeds can also be eaten and taste similar to walnuts! The stems and leaves can be made into salves, soaps, sprays and more.