Oh, Autumn how we love thee! The air gets cooler, the days
get a little bit shorter, and the wonderful world of color
fills the skies with gorgeous hues of red and orange. As the leaves
gently fall to the ground, we naively think we are in the clear.
We are in the clear of the summer pain. That horrible plant
is finally dormant. That horrible poison oak and ivy plant that
caused us to itch all spring and summer long is gone. It has shed
those leaves of death (or that's how we see them), and we are in
the clear for at least a couple of months...
If you thought that the above was true, don't worry you are not
the only one. Unfortunately, just because it is out of sight,
it should not be out of mind. Even though the plant has shed
its leaves the urushiol oil that causes those lovely rashes do not
go away. The oil can remain active for several years, and every
part of the plant can carry it. The leaves on the ground, the bark
of the plant, and even the roots can all contain the oil.
Now that I have officially crushed your dreams, you are
probably wondering how in the world do I spot the plant now?!?! That is
unfortunately not always easy. The "leaves of three let them be"
motto is no longer applicable. The Tec Labs offices are located in
the beautiful Oregon Willamette Valley. We have wonderful scenery
and a couple of trails right across the street from us. On one of
those trails, there is poison oak (we promise we didn't put it
there). The two pictures to the right were found on those trails.
The top picture you can clearly tell this is poison oak. It has the
leaves of three, shiny, and climbing that poor tree. The bottom
picture is just one week later. That former itch trap is now just
some unassuming vines that look like everything else! We get it, it
It is a common misconception that Tecnu® is just for the spring
and summer months, but don't pack up your Tecnu® with the rest of
your summer items. It deserves a permanent spot in your medicine
cabinet because poison oak and ivy are out there and that rash will
find you no matter what time of year it is.