any of a number of plants (genus Impatiens) of the balsam family, bearing yellow or orange-yellow flowers with short spurs, and seedpods that split at the touch when ripe
Any of several plants of the genus Impatiens having yellowish spurred flowers and five-valved seedpods that burst if touched when ripe. Also called touch-me-not .
Origin of jewelweedPerhaps from the fact that dew and rainwater collect in jewellike beads on their water-repellent leaves
(countable and uncountable, plural jewelweeds)
- (US) Impatiens, especially Impatiens capensis and Impatiens pallida.
- Either the plant itself (which grows wild in the Eastern United States, particularly in damp environments) can be rubbed on exposed skin, or a soap product made from Jewelweed (e.g.
- The leaves of jewelweed (Impatiens spp.), which often grows near poison ivy, may neutralize the poison-ivy allergen if rubbed on the skin right after contact.
- Another formulation known as Jewelweed is popular as a natural home remedy for skin irritation, partly because it is considered so simple to make.
- Jewelweed, tea tree oil, and aloe vera are not recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as treatments for poison plant rash.
- The sap of the jewelweed plant (Impatiens capensis) is thought to be helpful in binding to and removing urushiol from skin.