Recipes: Grandmother Esther’s Rhubarb Torte and Poison Ivy Cure

It is a good remedy for a poison ivy rash and the dessert is excellent.

The Swedish Farmer's Daughter

Rhubarb season is in full swing here in Minnesota. This recipe for Rhubarb Torte was a favorite of my Grandmother Esther. A rhubarb season did not go by while she was on earth that she did not make us this delicious dessert.

Besides being great in desserts, cakes and muffins, rhubarb has medicinal properties. It can help treat a poison ivy rash. Growing up on the farm, I have used this treatment method many times myself with good results. The chemistry of this treatment is, that since rhubarb is very acidic and poison ivy is a base, the rhubarb neutralizes the effects of the irritating oils of the poison ivy on your skin and dries up the rash.

If you are having a localized skin reaction to poison ivy, all you need to do is to break a stalk off of rhubarb and rub the juice on your poison ivy…

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