Calamine Lotion, probably the best two words someone can hear when they have come from wandering in from the forest or woods and have come in contact with Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac or any other type of foliage that can irritate your skin. Calamine lotion can dry the oozing and weeping wounds of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac while also soothing the irritation of the most common skin rashes. Calmine lotion can also be used to soothe bug bites and sun burns.
Calamine Lotion has been in use since the 1830's as a treatment for everything from chicken pox and sunburns to bug bites and most importantly, contact with poison ivy, oak and sumac. No one is truly sure when or how Calamine came into the country but the Zinc that is a main ingredient in Calamine lotion comes from mines, mostly from those in the state of Arkansas.