I am excited about this one, as we have poison ivy growing everywhere here, I just try to stay out of it, and jewelweed is natures answer to this. Grandma Gardener did an excellent post on this one a while back, and she was so generous to send me some seeds. After all this rains stop, I want to find a spot to plant it.
as always good information here http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/j/jewelw08.html
and following from here http://www.learningherbs.com/poison_ivy_remedy.html
Jewelweed is a plant that is going to grow in wetter conditions, such as near a stream.
How to use Jewelweed...Pick a bunch, crush it, and rub it on exposed parts of your body that might come in contact or have already come in contact with poison ivy. It is a juicy plant.
It is more effective before the oils set into your skin that cause the rash.
Knowledge of jewelweed coupled with awareness is the true poison ivy remedy.
I have never been able to identify this, I am thinking now it may grow near creek bottoms here
Information here too http://www.bestdeal.org/essential-oil/jewelweed.html
I also looked for recipes for making jewelweed soap:
http://www.geocities.com/arts_crafts_soaps/Recipes.htm towards the bottom of this page is the jewelweed
http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=200257 this is a forum with good information
another discussion here http://forums.organicgardening.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5641078301/m/2241039151
found these soaps online