Leaves of Three, Let it Be

Any country girl knows what poison ivy looks like, and we’ve got handy-dandy, rhyming, old-world adages to remind us if we forget.

But there are a few things that most people don’t know about poison ivy:
1) It can think, it can plot, and it is smarter than you
2) It has zombie qualities; if you kill it, it will still infect you
3) It wants to reproduce with human women, to make human ivy babies
4) If you let a goat graze on poison ivy in the spring, and you drink the goat’s milk, you won’t get poison ivy that season.

I don’t have goats anymore, so I have yet to try out that last bit of country wisdom, but the first three I can attest to.

BBC’s big old farmhouse clocks in at around a century old, and I’ve got a couple azaleas in the front yard that might be able to claim the same. They’re big. Bigger than me. Bigger than my car. So I thought, hey, I’ll cut those back a bit, and clean out the poison ivy creeping all through it. Good thought.

While wearing shorts. Bad thought.

I cut it down, tossed the little wilted, poisonous remnants, and then (it appears) proceeded to sit on them at some point during the day as I circumvented the azalea. Oops.  Long story short, those leafy little buggers have a heck of a reach on them, and I’ve got poison ivy in places that it’s not kosher to scratch in public.

So, does anyone have a goat that grazed on poison ivy in the spring?  That would be really helpful.

3 thoughts on “Leaves of Three, Let it Be

  1. Ouch! Get one of those plastic baby pools and just soak in salt water to help it heal. But it has to be a full moon while you're doing it. And you have to sing Bob Dylan songs and do the harmonica part yourself. And you have to have eaten exactly 48 cheetos and 2 brownies before entering the water 🙂

  2. Jess – oddly enough (and unrelated) I did that EXACT thing last night… it doesn't seem to have worked…

    SLD – I may have to break down and get me a goat. They're useful little buggers…

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