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Jewelweed (Impatiens biflora, Impatiens pallida)


Related terms

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

  • 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.

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. GRADE *

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.

* Key to grades

A: Strong scientific evidence for this use
B: Good scientific evidence for this use
C: Unclear scientific evidence for this use
D: Fair scientific evidence for this use (it may not work)
F: Strong scientific evidence against this use (it likley does not work)

Tradition / Theory

The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.

  • Bee stings, burns, constipation, diuretic (increase urine flow), fevers, fungal skin disorders, hair dye, hemorrhoids, jaundice, measles, nettle rash, rheumatism, stomach cramps, warts (removal).


Adults (over 18 years old)

  • There is no proven safe or effective dose for jewelweed in adults.

Children (under 18 years old)

  • There is no proven safe or effective dose for jewelweed in children.


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  • Avoid in people with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to jewelweed (Impatiens biflora) or its constituents.

Side Effects and Warnings

  • Jewelweed has been used as a food source as well as medicinally to treat a variety of ailments. However, due to a potential high mineral content, it is considered dangerous when consumed in excess amounts.
  • Use cautiously if taking calcium supplements or if prone to kidney stones, as jewelweed may have high calcium oxalate content.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

  • Jewelweed is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women due to a lack of available scientific evidence. Jewelweed should be avoided due to reports of high mineral content, like calcium oxalate.


Interactions with Drugs

  • Not enough available scientific evidence.

Interactions with Herbs & Dietary Supplements

  • Jewelweed may have high calcium oxalate content.

  • This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (www.naturalstandard.com).

  1. Guin JD, Reynolds R. Jewelweed treatment of poison ivy dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis 1980;6(4):287-288.
  2. Long D, Ballentine NH, Marks JG Jr. Treatment of poison ivy/oak allergic contact dermatitis with an extract of jewelweed. Am J Contact Dermat. 1997;8(3):150-153.
  3. Zink BJ, Otten EJ, Rosentha M, et al. The effect of jewel week in preventing poison ivy. J Wilderness Medicine 1991;2:178-182.

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The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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