Jewelweed is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Be careful not to confuse jewelweed with potentilla, since both are known as silverweed.

People take jewelweed by mouth to treat mild digestive disorders, as well as rashes caused by poison ivy. Some people also apply jewelweed directly to the skin for poison ivy.

How does it work ?

Jewelweed contains a chemical that is said to help improve itching and rash after you touch poison ivy, but there is limited scientific information to back these claims.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Poison oak and poison ivy dermatitis (rash). Some small studies shows that applying jewelweed extract or juice to the skin does not help treat or prevent rashes caused by poison ivy, but applying a jewelweed mash directly to the skin may help.
  • Mild digestive disorders.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jewelweed for these uses.

Side Effects

Jewelweed is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin. No significant side effects have been reported.

Special Precautions and Warnings

Jewelweed is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin. No significant side effects have been reported.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking jewelweed if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions ?

We currently have no information for JEWELWEED overview.


The appropriate dose of jewelweed depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for jewelweed. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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