Citation: Debra. "Traditional Medicine: An Experience with Desmanthus illinoensis (exp109139)". Erowid.org. Oct 13, 2016. erowid.org/exp/109139
I was suffering from a bad bout of poison ivy that left my eye swollen shut. Went for a walk and was mesmerized by this plant's beauty. When I got home I spent some time identifying it. What a coincidence (?) to find that it was considered a traditional remedy for eye ailments.
I went back to collect about 1/4 cup of leaves which I let steep in a cup of water for most of the day. When applied to my eye, the itch stopped almost immediately.
I believe the plant had called out to me and I am really grateful for the relief it provided.
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