In these last days (if you don’t think we are in the last days see this link) more and more people are getting angrier, becoming depressed, letting themselves go, and even committing suicide. It’s no secret in the past few years our world has become more divided than ever and it’s only going to get worse. See this link to learn more about that. It’s apparent the enemy, also known as, the devil, uses the media to make this happen and many believe it. Sometimes it can be hard not to believe it especially if every tv station and social media platform is talking about it. See Matthew 24:24 below.
When we study God’s Word daily and the Prophecy of it, we won’t be fooled because we learned it’s supposed to happen, unfortunately many people don’t study it. A major problem today is people aren’t turning to God for their problems. Or they give up too soon. The Bible says God will take care of His obedient children, but since their sins are too enticing, they just use the excuse that they already tried with God. See Revelation 14:12 below. We need to be obedient to God’s Word, we need to be patient with our prayers and we need to have Faith. We need to do these things to show God our loyalty to Him.
I’ve heard people say that if they have to keep “rules” then they don’t want any part of God because that is wrong, and they shouldn’t have to do all that for God’s help. Then I ask them if they cheat on their spouse/significant other or back stab their best friends, and they all reply “no.” Then I ask them why not? They say because they are loyal and need them in their lives and wouldn’t want a divorce. Then I ask why they would marry, date or even be friends with people that give them “rules”? Some laugh and see my point and others say it’s different. In reality they know I am right but too prideful to admit it. Pride is very dangerous to have. See Proverbs 16:5. Before you jump off the handle, I am not saying you can’t be happy about things you accomplish, just don’t let it consume you, and never forget to give God the thanks first.
When we let God take over, our negative thoughts start to parish and more positivity come in. This is what God does, He fills us up with Love, Peace, Joy, Calmness, Healings, etc… I am not saying negative thoughts won’t ever come back because the devil will never quit, he wants to bring you down with him and will do whatever it takes. With God we become stronger to conquer these thoughts and issues in life. This is where faith, obedience and patience come in. There is nothing wrong with having discipline in our lives. We need discipline for many things, like passing a test, winning a race, losing weight, gaining weight, getting healthy, keeping your marriage/relationship happy, etc… We need to do these things in order for God to help and to show our loyalty.
It really is like being in a marriage, your boyfriend/girlfriend will not marry you if you are cheating on them. If you have a best friend that you never call and/or never want to be around until you need help, do you really think they are going to answer your call or help you? Of course not, because they know you are using them for your benefit. They know you really don’t love them because if you did you would be around or talk to them all of the time. How is this different with God? You never talk to Him, learn about Him or care to even have Him in your life until something bad happens. You can’t get mad at Him for not answering your calls either because He knows you don’t love Him and He knows you are just using Him until you get what you want, and He knows as soon as you do you go right back into your sin. God knows your heart and thoughts. Your best friends may not be able to read your mind or heart but like the Bible says “By their fruits ye shall know them.”
So instead of dealing with the same problems in your life every year or having history repeating itself every year, start the 2023 new year fresh with God and keep it that way. Let God run your household no matter what the cost, it may be painful at times, it may seem impossible, it may cause you to lose family or friends but in the end it will be worth it.
You may feel little in this world but when you hear the Words of our Lord say “……Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” you’ll feel bigger than the world and be satisfied.
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
2 Peter 1:1-2
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
Every one that isproud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall notbe unpunished.”
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
“And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
NOW ON VIDEO (Had to post it to Bitchute – YouTube BANNED it!) “It’s what climate change evangelicals do not want to hear: That there is no real climate change emergency now or disaster looming. That word comes from a new international study that concluded there’s “no evidence” of that climate emergency. The conclusion was […]
It’s important to study prophecy so you know about the prophetic events that has happened and the ones that are soon to come. We need to understand the Bible now more than ever. I think if more people studied prophecy and really understood it our world would be a little better because then they would see the importance of God’s Law and why we should obey it. I know when people see the word “obey” they get emotional, especially now a days. It could be anger, sadness, anxiety, or just arrogancy, and maybe it’s because they feel like someone is trying to control them or they think of a cult, well that is not what is going on here. The people of God want to follow God’s Law because they Love Him. God’s promises are amazing, and always having a protector feels pretty good, and Heaven is the best gift of all. People who truly love God want to show Him that they are worthy. Just like a relationship you have to prove your loyalty to your boyfriend/girlfriend so they will want to marry you. Or even a friendship, you have to prove you are a good friend. Do you think your friend would want you around or anything to do with you if you only went to them when you needed something? Of course not. Same with God, how do you think He feels when you only talk to Him when you need something, then get mad when your prayer isn’t answered. We need to prove our loyalty to Him as well.
With studying prophecy you will see how it matches up with what is going on in our world. You will learn all sorts of facts you would have never knew unless you studied it. A few examples; you’ll learn how the Sabbath was changed and who was behind it, you’ll learn about climate change is not real and why they are talking about it so much, what they are going to use this excuse for and who is behind that as well. Yes, just like the Bible said, “the winds will change” but there is a lot more to it. So start studying prophecy today so you can see what is really going on and so you can be ready for the events of the future. Below are videos and links to help you get started if you want to learn. And have your Bible ready, the King James Version not any of the new versions because those are corrupted (missing verses, changed verses or added verses). Don’t believe me? Click here to read about that.
Also, there are many more videos, information, prophecy study tools, etc but it’s just too many to list. If you are interested is seeing these click here or go to remnantofgod.org and go to the “PROPHECY” tab and this is where you will find everything. For free. God Bless.
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Can you imagine standing alone in front of God on Judement Day, and He asks you why you didn’t change for Him? You then start by giving excuses by blaming others but then realize there is nobody to blame but yourself. How sad would that be?
God gave you many opportunities to stop but you kept putting it off. Do you really think He is going to say “well done thy good and faithful servant?” These are the Words we need to be striving for. But if that doesn’t do it for you then try to remember what God said in Malachi 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” This means God does not change. His Word also says sin is not allowed in Heaven. This is why Jesus died for us, for our sins. So if you die without confessing your sins who will save you? There won’t be any second chances, and third party prayers won’t get you into a Heaven either.
Change your ways before it’s too late.
If you feel your whole life and/or family is messed up God can help you but you have to be the one to show God how serious you are. Actions speak louder than words.
My life didn’t change for the better until my Heart matched my words. Meaning, I started to do what I kept telling myself I wanted to do. I wanted to be happy. In order to do this I had to stop drinking, smoking, partying and living an unhealthy lifestyle. And doing this would SHOW God that I was serious and that I was doing this for Him, because I wouldn’t be able to get there without Him.
📢📢📢 You can’t fool God. He KNOWS your heart. Just because you lie to fool everyone around you does not mean you can fool the Creator, who made us. Pretending won’t SAVE you, but Jesus can.
Again, get closer to God before its too late. And remember third party prayers won’t get you in Heaven, only you can if you accept Jesus in your heart and change your unhealthy ways.
You have to prove to God that you are serious by changing yourself. And when you do, what how things, situations and the people around you change. God’s love, protection and Heaven is worth it.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.”Matthew 19:26 KJV
NOW ON VIDEO What I believe we need to do as a church family is to go over a sermon series that was boldly rejected by the SDA church back in 1888 that caused the Loud Cry to be paused until our day when the obedient remnant people will be standing in obedience to Jesus…
When you see this mountain top, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? The first thing that comes to my mind is: God’s power and Glory! But, for most people this is not their first thought; only because they have never heard, seen or been taught anything about this mountain … Mount…
I’m not a good writer but when I feel the need to write I write, especially if it means helping just one person. Recently, a friend of mine’s daughter committed suicide, she was only 20. This seems to be a normal thing these days with the younger crowd according to the statistics. I started thinking of all the funerals I’ve been to, and thinking how I never gave much thought of how bad some of these people are hurting inside and the long trauma some will experience going forward. Then I started thinking what their plan was on handling the pain. Will it be drugs? Booze? God? Then I started remembering what I usually saw at funerals, it all seems the same. It usually goes something like this: people are sad, distant relatives and friends get together for the funeral, some showing up for looks, some blame themselves, some fight over who was closer to them, some blame others, some set up family gatherings out of guilt knowing it will never happen, and then bam, it’s over. Before you call me heartless, let me explain.
I know not all people who go to funerals are bad, but in a world of neglect and pride, bias and arrogance still exists. Every one of those people will be hurting in some way. Some will commit suicide but “within” themselves, meaning a little part of them dies and some don’t even know it. They go into a deep depression and sometimes isolate themselves. Those who used to be extroverts, become introverts. Those who used to be happy are always sad. The very weak ones sometimes end their life because they don’t know how to handle the pain. The stronger ones live with the pain but constantly have a dark cloud over them. People say it gets better with time, but does it? Maybe a little, but there will always be guilt and sadness for the people who think they could have helped, or for the people who think it’s their fault, or even for the people who fight over who was closer out of guilt. The fact is we all hurt inside and what matters now is how we deal with this pain.
As I mentioned earlier about my friend’s daughter killing herself, after she died everyone was in shock and didn’t have a clue she was feeling this way. From what I know this young girl grew up without a dad because he had addiction problems, he would come and go throughout her life so I’m sure her depression and neglect started young. As I was studying her social media pages, I could tell she was “seeking attention.” Although she never asked for help on her page, it seemed it was love and attention she was searching for. I scrolled through some sad posts, some were random pictures of herself that people call “selfies,” and if you really studied her eyes, you can see her pain, and I noticed she barely had any “likes” on her posts. I mention “likes” because unfortunately they are sought after these days, especially by the younger crowd, it’s because social media is “real life” to these people. People will do anything for a like, a follow, or just a view. They post half naked pictures, constant happy selfies or off the wall stuff in hopes of getting those followers. Social media is getting more and more dangerous and people don’t see it. The suicide rates for young women keep increasing every year! Even the failed attempts of suicide. In this past year alone, these attempts increased 26%. How sad is that? I remember watching videos of “how to kill yourself” or “how to cut yourself.” I am not sure if these still exist but I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it that’s why I looked it up on YouTube. Like this young woman who killed herself there are many more girls, boys, older women and men who hide their depression or misery. I have friends who are constantly posting how happy and great their lives are too. I remember sending messages to some congratulating them on their happiness and a few “liked” my message and some said thank you and one said, “it’s just a fake book post, not how I feel, Facebook can be deceiving.” So, you see, you never know how someone is feeling inside.
I have friends who aren’t afraid of admitting they see a therapist and one recently told me her therapist suggested posting her problems on Instagram to help with their depression. Maybe? But so does writing it privately in a notebook, right? Isn’t that kind of the same thing but better? The benefit of this is you won’t see posts that got you depressed in the first place.There are also studies showing how being off of social media will help with your depression. I know having someone to talk to helps but I don’t think they always give good advice. Another interesting thing I found out from friends is that their therapists see therapists too and are also on psychotropic drugs. I am not knocking people who are on them but I just know by research, case studies, testimonies, and my own health that eating a healthy diet and having proper exercise can actually prevent and cure these mental issues. Once in a while I have arguments about this but I have seen too much proof that this works to think otherwise. We can detox to good health, cure diseases, mental illness/issues, cancer, etc… but that’s a whole other topic. Back to the dangers of social media. Our world lacks role models, our role models are deformed living barbie dolls. Some of these social media “influencers” don’t even look like the pictures they post in real life and the ones that do, most of them look very fake, in a bad way. Yea some look good too but most girls think this is how they are supposed to look. Some of these young girls spend thousands of dollars to look like these people or they do “dirty deeds” to get the money to get plastic surgery. Unfortunately, this will not end because these ignorant young girls and boys look up to these so-called influencers. If Kim Kardashian posted more pictures about education, praying to God, eating healthy, reading the bible, or dressing appropriately, her followers would most likely do exactly what she does. Well, most would, our world is so corrupt it would take years to undue the brain washed minds. The real and most important truth that will change these minds is our GOD and most don’t understand this or don’t care and it’s most likely because God isn’t “cool” in their circle, or they never were taught about God-these people really exist.
Let me tell you a little bit about integrity and morals, it seems like they don’t exist anymore. Nobody wants to be “authentic” or “natural” and it’s sad. Being honest, true and having respect for yourself died a long time ago when body issues came into play. If it’s popular, they do it or want it. I felt like this before, I’m sure we all have. It’s like having a tattoo, they all have them. Again, I see all these posts about “be authentic, real, different and natural” from people who aren’t. Being authentic, real, different and natural is not doing what everyone else does because it’s cool, it’s doing what is right and healthy for you. Staying natural is a minority now, and soon will be unheard of.
In conclusion, losing a loved one, having bad thoughts or depression is hard to cope with. Click here and click here to read about bad thoughts. So, how do we deal with the pain from losing a loved one? How do we deal with feeling alone? How do we deal with feeling guilty? How do we deal with feeling unloved? How do we deal with hating ourselves because we think we are dumb? How do we deal with hating our bodies? That’s easy, with God. Before you roll your eyes and throw your laptop/phone across the room, let me explain.
When was the last time you felt happy? When was the last time you felt sad? Did you ever pray? Did you ever learn about God? How? What were you taught? How were you taught? Did you ever read the Bible? If so, how often? Most importantly, how did it make you feel? We all have different experiences in life with God. I hear many praises of how God healed them or their family member, even their animals. I heard praises of people getting promoted out of nowhere, it’s an encouraging feeling hearing all of the blessings’ people get from God. Here are some links of amazing praises from people from all around the world. There are years of testimonies to listen to but here are the last few testimonies Sabbath we had. Dec042021Nov06202110202021 We have them every month on Sabbath! Check out our times and days we have fellowship. Click Here.Truth is, God can make the impossible possible. He can change minds, situations, feelings, He can make you feel happy. Now think about the bad memories people made you feel in the past. Maybe you were physically abused or verbally abused by a spouse or whomever you were dating. Maybe you grew up without a dad or mom, maybe you were abused as a child, maybe kids at school teased you. Most of us have bad memories and sometimes it’s these old feelings that haunt us. Feeling unloved is a big one especially if you had only one parent growing up or witnessed a parent walking out of your family. Whatever the issue is God can make these bad feelings disappear, you won’t have to feel those feelings anymore. What do you have to lose by putting your trust in God? Some friends or time? For one, if your friends can’t respect your beliefs then you should not have that friend in your life because this is not a true friend and this is the kind of friend who will eventually betray you. If you are worried about wasting time, then think about all of the time you wasted on your current problem/issue that you still have today. One thing you can be sure of is God won’t ever make fun of you, God won’t ever stop loving you, God won’t ever betray you, God won’t ever call you bad names, God won’t ever physically abuse you, God won’t ever spread lies about you, God won’t ever make you feel jealous, and God won’t ever walk out on you. Prayer is a powerful thing. So, you need to get close to God so you can have these Blessings poured upon you! Some people asked me what they can do to get closer to God so here are a few things I always recommend:
Pray every day, talk to God, be real. Get on your knees and tell Him your problems and ask for help. Speak from the heart. You can ask for anything, and you can tell Him anything. God knows your heart so He knows how sincere you are. I don’t ever leave my house without praying and asking God for protection and help for the day as well as praying for others too. I also don’t ever go to sleep without praying to God, and asking for protection and asking Him for forgiveness of my sins I committed that day and I always ask Him to help me to overcome those sins too. Sometimes when I am alone driving or walking I talk to God in my head. I always like to have God on my mind, it is a good feeling. Especially when I first wake up or before I go to bed.
Read His Word (the Bible). Even if you don’t understand it, eventually you will. Prove your loyalty to Him. Read the King James Version, stay away from the “new” and “revised” Bibles, there are a ton of verses missing, added and changed. God frowns upon people who change His Word, just because it’s easier to understand doesn’t mean it’s right. It’s like you writing an article for a magazine and someone changing the whole meaning of it. Would you be happy about that? I doubt it. If you are going to read a revised one anyways keep the King James Version next to you and compare, you’ll see what I am talking about. Click here to read about the bad bibles.
Keep the 10 commandments, yes they are still valid today, click here to read about it. And understand the commandments, these are His rules He made for us to live by. It seems like the 4th commandment is the one commandment that is always twisted. “Keep the Sabbath Holy,” the Bible says the seventh day is the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), NOT the first day (Sunday). Why would you go against what God’s Word says? Because a preacher said it’s ok? God says “…He does not change” In Malachi 3:6, why would He say that if He didn’t mean it? The Bible also says in Revelation 22:14 “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” It also says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever” in Hebrews 13:8. Read about theSabbath Here. If your pastor talks against what the Bible says then you need to leave that church.Be a leader not a follower.
When you start to feel evil around you, or having bad/anxious thoughts. Cast out the devil. You do this by saying “leave devil in Jesus name!” You have to say “in Jesus name” after it. And you have to say this out loud because the devil can’t read minds, only God can. You don’t have to yell it or scream it, you can just say it. And then pray for help.
Be a good role model. Be yourself, how God made you.
YOUR LIFE IS WORTH LIVING – The Bible says God does not give us anything we can’t handle, there is always a way out. It may seem like your life is crashing down but WITH GOD your life will be the best life you have ever lived! You being dead has NO benefit to anyone, especially your soul. Killing yourself is still a sin, it is the sixth commandment. The Bible also said that no sin is allowed in Heaven, so if you kill yourself (sin) where do you think you are headed? FYI- The Bible also says God winks at our ignorance, meaning, if you did not know it was a sin you will not be judged by it. So STAY ALIVE- Get to know God, He is waiting for you.
-To the girl who thinks she isn’t pretty enough, you are. You are enough for God and this is all that matters. You don’t have to ruin your natural body to please others. The Bible says You are …”fearfully and wonderfully made…” Psalms 139:14. Looks aren’t everything, but your morals, integrity and devotion to God is. Looks won’t get you to Heaven or make you happy.
-To the person who feels unloved, you are loved. You are loved by God and this is enough. Get to know God so you can feel His love and blessings. Family and friends can be tricky when it comes to showing love and emotions. Some have problems they hide that they take out on those close to them because they don’t know how to deal with their own emotions, pray for them too. I’m sure they love you they just have different ways of showing it. But God can change this too. He can change the people around you as well. He can take away the bad people and bring in the good. Being alone isn’t bad, especially when you have God. When you let God lead your life you will see a lot of changes and they will be for the best, you may not realize it right away but you will one day.
-To the person who thinks they aren’t good enough, you are. You are good enough for God and that is enough. Maybe you are struggling financially or physically or maybe you are homeless; God can change all that. We all have some kind of talent and maybe yours is changing something in this world. Maybe you have a talent of talking with people or helping others. God will help you get to where you are supposed to be in your life. Miracles do happen but you have to be willing to let go of your troubles and let God take over your life 100%, this means being sober, trusting God, reading His Word, and keeping His 10 commandments.
-If you are in an abusive marriage/relationship that you can’t get out of God can help you. God works in mysterious ways. He can change your situation or even change your spouse/loved one. Through your dedication to God there will be changes and it will benefit you for the better. I have seen this first hand of God changing situations, changing the minds of people that were once thought impossible, taking bad people away, bring good people around, punishing bad people, etc.. God is our Armor, His Word says: ”…vengeance is mine; I will repay, sayeth the Lord..” This means He will fight your battles for you. You just have to change your life to be better with God and will you. He will keep you, your children, and your family safe if you let Him. God knows our hearts, so get on your knees and pray for help and a better life with Him.
-I know many people are sick of hearing about God, I know some personally. And these are the people who aren’t truly happy, or dealing with some kind of issue for years but think the government or some other human being is going to make it better, and still they wait. I’ve heard it all! Like “where was God when I needed Him.? Or why didn’t he cure my sickness? Or why did He let this person die? I can say the same thing about our government and/or medical professionals. I don’t have all of the answers but I know God has perfect timing for everything, He also has a reason why He allows things to happen. I really think everything happens for a reason. God isn’t an evil tyrant but the devil is. All bad comes from the devil. When we let God lead our lives, He helps us. He is our protector. He will take care of you IF you let Him. His Word promises us. I know people are embarrassed when it comes to God because in order for us to be obedient children, we have to keep His 10 commandments and let Him lead. This is called discipline. Discipline is key to conquer everything. Look at the top athletes, they win because of discipline. Or small businesses that become millionaires, they were dedicated and never gave up and kept going and they got what they were looking for. This is the same with God, you can’t give up on Him because He didn’t answer a prayer or because something goes wrong in your life you have to believe and understand He is your only solution to your problems. You have to dedicate your life to Him, let Him lead, show your loyalty to Him by being an obedient child of God and you will be rewarded and you will finally feel satisfied, because God is enough.
Have you ever gotten an allergic reaction to one of these poisonous plants? Continue reading to find out how to never get it again.
Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is a noxious weed commonly found growing in home landscapes, along roadsides, in forests, and even in urban areas in North America. Its toxicity is based on an active irritant called urushiol, an oily resin contained in all parts of the plant. When urushiol comes into contact with any part of the skin or internal organs of a person, it can cause a rash . Pets are less likely to be troubled by poison ivy but are occasionally affected by it as well.
Below is a picture of poison ivy. Remember, it turns colors and looks different as it matures and even has buds on it. Click here to learn more about poison ivy.
Poison oak is not an oak but a low-growing deciduous shrub. Its stems and leaves contain urushiol, a natural oil that causes a severe skin rash any time of the year, even in the winter when the shrub has no leaves. The plant is native to north America and as such has significant wildlife value: Birds like robins like the berries, songbirds feed on its berries during fall migration, and other birds feed on the insects that live on poison oak. Furry pets are usually not affected by poison oak, with the exception of a dog nose or the underbelly where the coat is thin.
Below is a picture of poison oak, poison oak sometimes can look very similar to ivy. Remember, poison oak also turns colors and looks different as it matures, and also has little buds on it too. Click here to learn more about poison oak.
Poison sumac is a shrub or small tree that can grow as tall as 25 feet. It sports eye-catching red stems, along with medium-sized green leaves, which turn to a red-orange in the fall. Best planted in spring after the last frost, sumac grows at a moderate rate. Plus, the plant is native to North America, so it won’t upset the natural balance of flora. Poison sumac contains the same toxin, urushiol, that’s found in poison ivy and poison oak. While poison sumac affects humans, animals don’t seem to be bothered by it. Birds and other wildlife even eat the berries from poison sumac plants. However, pets still can carry the toxic resin on their coats if they come in contact with the plant, which transfer the oil to your skin when you come into contact with the pet.
Below is a picture of poison sumac. Remember, poison sumac also turns colors, changes the way it looks and has buds/berries on them. Click here to learn more about poison sumac.
What’s your story?
I am sure we all have stories of how we came in contact with a poisonous plant, so I will share mine. When I was younger we went on a short vacation to a friend’s farm. Back then one of my favorite things to do was to climb trees. There was an old silo covered in vines that I climbed up. (but the ladder was not covered in vines) And later went back down and continued to play with the rest of the kids. So the next day we went home and it wasn’t until that night when I felt and saw the effects. I woke up in the middle of the night and looked in the mirror because my face felt funny and to my surprise it was very swollen, both eyes were swelled shut, I could see out of one eye a little bit. And for some reason I just went to back to bed, I figured I would tell my parents in the morning. I guess I didn’t think it was a big deal. So early that morning I woke up my mom and she rushed me to the ER for treatment. They told us it was an allergic reaction to poison oak. I stayed in the hospital a couple days while they pumped me with medicine and then I went home after my swelling went down. Now that I am older and reminiscing I know I did not change my clothes, take a shower or even wash my hands after I got down the silo, even if I touched those vines I doubt I would’ve washed my hands anyways, I was a kid. This just shows how the poison can stay on surfaces for a long period of time from cross contamination, I know I wasn’t the first or only person who went up that silo. If you have any stories put them in the comment section, I would love to hear them!
So what’s the poison that’s toxic to us?
It’s called urshiol. The scientific name is toxicodendron. Urushiol is an oil contained within the sap of poison ivy, oak and sumac, and after injury to the plant, or late in the fall, the sap leaks to the surface of the plant, where under certain temperature and humidity conditions the urushiol becomes a blackish lacquer after being in contact with oxygen. Notice how it says “oil”? Have you ever tried to wash oil off of your hands? It takes a more aggressive wash to completely come off. And majority of the time most will still find oil on themselves since it wasn’t washed off good enough. There is a scientist, Jim Brauker, Ph.D who made a video showing you exactly how to wash off this poison to avoid the skin reaction. He also explains and shows you why it’s hard to wash off, he compares it to motor oil. This is a good video with a lot of good information.
If you ever do get a reaction that doesn’t need medical attention you can try these natural remedies:
Wash Up If you know you’ve touched poison ivy, go immediately to the nearest sink and wash every affected area with cool water and soap. If you catch it quickly enough and get the oil off your skin, you may be able to stave off a rash, or at least, lessen the severity.
Aloe Vera is one of the best-known remedies for sunburns and other skin conditions. You can make your own soothing aloe vera gel from fresh aloe vera leaves to reduce itchiness and heal the rash.
Apple Cider Vinegar Like baking soda, apple cider vinegar can soothe a poison ivy rash by restoring skin balance. Also like baking soda, you can add it to a bath, or simply dip a cotton ball in a little apple cider vinegar and dab it on the rash.
Baking Soda Paste Baking soda is soothing to the skin, helps to restore pH balance, and helps to draw out toxins. You can put it in a bath, mentioned above or, make a paste with three parts baking soda to one part water, and dab it on a poison ivy rash.
Jewelweed: You can find bottles of this plant online, which contains an essential oil that lowers many plant poison reactions. Witch hazel is used in a similar way to treat skin and might be more readily available than jewelweed.
Echinacea: Echinacea can be taken in supplement form or used as a tincture to lower histamine reactions. Mix one part echinacea (tincture form) with three parts water, then apply the mixture to the skin several times per day with a compress.
Bentonite clay: It’s easy to make a homemade anti-itch cream using this clay, which helps dry up blisters and reduces swelling. Apply a small amount to the affected area, let it dry until it forms flakes and then gently rinse with water.
Colloidal oatmeal (or regular oatmeal): Try soaking in a bath with colloidal oatmeal, which can soothe blisters. Oatmeal contains substances, including avenanthramides and phenols, that have anti-inflammatory properties and help relieve itchiness. (4) You can also use regular oatmeal to make a bath if you can’t find colooidal oatmeal online or in drug store. (5)
Essential oils: Topically applying essential oils for allergies like geranium, rose, helichrysum and lavender can improve rashes by lowering inflammation. Simply add three drops of oil to a compress and apply to the area three times daily. If you have sensitive skin, you can mix three drops with a half teaspoon of coconut oil to further dilute it and reduce its strength.