Information on Jewelweed

Latin NameImpatiens spp.
Other NamesTouch me not
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsIntegumentary system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoAn annual shade-loving plant often of wet areas from the Impatiens family which grows to 2 feet tall with thin, grey-green leaves, a jointed stem, and slipper-shaped yellow flowers.
DescriptionThe fresh juice or leaves of jewelweed are used externally in the treatment of various skin problems, such as poison oak, ringworm, warts, hemorrhoids, and nettle sting. Internally, the tea or tincture is used (rarely) as a diuretic and as a mild laxative.

Jewelweed has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Fresh LeavesFresh leaves crushed and applied to the skin
TinctureExternal use

Ailments Treated by Jewelweed

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Poison oakanti-inflammatorytincture externally
Ringwormanti-inflammatorytincture externally
Hemorrhoidsanti-inflammatorytincture externally


Felter, H.W. and J.U. Lloyd. 1983. (1898). King's Dispensatory. Portland, OR: Eclectic Medical Publications.
Wren, R.C. 1988. Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs. Essex: C.W. Daniel Co. Ltd.