I had a rash on my right arm a couple of months ago, took ages to heal, and felt horrible. I couldn't figure out where I got it, it sort of looked like that of poison ivy, but I have none around here. Then this weekend, I was moving some black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars from my exhausted parsley plants to my rue plants, and a short time later, my left arm began to itch and puff up and in no time, I was covered with sore, weeping, itchy blisters. I had handled the rue as I placed the caterpillars in it, so I knew then that my earlier problem had also been the rue. The weird thing is, last year I was cutting sprigs of it to put in my caterpillar raising cages and never was affected.
It's disgusting looking, and worse feeling. I can't find any advice about how to treat and soothe it! Any herbalist out there with the secret? The area affected this time is much larger, and I'm pretty miserable.