Sweet Fern is not actually a fern, but a shrub that grows 2-3 feet high. It tends to be found in dry sandy soils beneath pine trees where the ground is acidic. Sweet Fern leaves have a pleasant aroma when crushed.
Sweet Fern has long been used by many cultures as a natural remedy for the dreaded weeping rash that comes from poison ivy. The leaves are boiled until the tea that results is a dark color. Apply the tea to the rash to provide fast itch relief. The weeping should also stop within a few hours. This allows the rash to dry up and begin the healing process.
Spring has finally arrived, and with that comes the danger of a brush with poison ivy. 7 Acre Farm has prepared Sweet Fern Tea Bags to help you with any poison ivy outbreaks you may get this season.