Every year I try to collect a bundle of the fresh herb to brew into a tea. This tea can be frozen in ice cube trays to apply to bug bites and rashes. It can also be used to makes creams and soaps particularly suited for inflammatory skin conditions. I’ve been making cold process bar soap with a tea made from jewelweed for years. This gentle soap is effective at removing the oily resin that causes the poison ivy rash.
My husband who is an avid fly fisherman often sees jewelweed around the springs and streams he trout fishes. This weekend he brought a bundle of the plant home for me from his fishing trip. This is how to process fresh jewelweed into tea.
Bring the water to boil and then cover the plant material with the water.
The tea quickly begins to turn orange.
Cover the pot with a lid and let it steep 6-8 hours or over night at room temperature.
Then strain the rest of the liquid through a fine mesh strainer.
I also fill as many containers I can full of twenty ounces of the tea. These each serve as the watersoluble phase of a five-pound batch of my jewelweed soap.