2. Cold coffee
As weird as it sounds, there are references to cold coffee being used to alleviate the itch and pain of poison ivy. Coffee contains a substance known as chlorogenic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help to reduce the swelling and discomfort. Simply soak any soft item, like a cotton ball, a tissue or a clean handkerchief, in a strong solution of cold coffee and hold it on the affected area. Do not rub, this will only aggravate the problem. The coffee will help to soothe and minimize the discomfort.