Eastern Crews and Poisonous Plants

On the Hazards of the East list you saw not two, not three, but four different types of poisonous plants. Who’s ever even heard of poison parsnip? Good news though- most poison plants are easily identified and therefore easily avoided, you just need to keep your eyes peeled! Here is a handy guide to help you identify poisonous plants found in the East.

Things you should know….
• Check out the poisonous plant ID sheet (link). Do a hunt around your campsite, kitchen, latrine site, and worksite with your members to determine where the plants are. You might even want to flag some areas to avoid if they are particularly overrun with the herbaceous offenders!

• SCA is including IvyBlock in select caches where poison ivy (PI) is known to be an issue. By no means is its use required, but it could be really helpful! The active ingredient in IvyBlock, bentoquatam, actually absorbs the oil of the plant before it comes in contact with your skin, thus preventing the irritation and the other effects of exposure. Sites that will be receiving IvyBlock will be given more information in their equipment cache to make sure that they understand the proper use and any risks associated with the product itself. If IvyBlock wasn’t included in your cache but you are finding yourself engulfed in PI on a daily basis, check out the drugstore or outdoor outfitter near your site.

• Technu is also a must-have for crews with lots of poisonous plants around. Technu comes in a wash, wipes, and spray and helps to eliminate the urushiol oil if your skin has come into contact with it. Having ritual Technu washes at the end of each day with your crew can go a long way towards preventing PI outbreaks and clinic visits! You can get Technu at most drugstores or outdoor outfitters.