Jewelweed (Impatiens biflora, Impatiens pallida)


Jewelweed is a flowering plant from North America that can be found in roadside ditches and marshy areas.
Jewelweed has been used for the treatment of poison ivy/oak. However, human studies do not support this use.
There is currently not enough scientific evidence available in humans to support the use of jewelweed for any indication.

Related Terms

Balsaminaceae (family), calcium oxalate, common jewelweed, Impatiens biflora, Impatiens pallida, pale jewelweed, pale touch-me-not, touch-me-not.

evidence table

These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Contact dermatitis (Poison ivy/oak skin rash) (Grade: C)
Although jewelweed has been used for centuries as a treatment for poison ivy/oak rashes, human study shows that it is no better than placebo.