Parsnip Burn - My Worst Gardening Mistake: My encounter with phytophotodermatitis (PPD) after a morning in the garden. Learn what it is and how to avoid it and treat it it needed.

My Worst Gardening Mistake - Parsnip Burn AKA Phytophotodermatitis

Parsnip Burn - My Worst Gardening Mistake: My encounter with phytophotodermatitis (PPD) after a morning in the garden. Learn what it is and how to avoid it and treat it it needed.

Wild Parsnip sap causes burn like blisters

Wild Parsnip sap causes burn like blisters

Wild parsnip: Carmarthenshire park warning over dangers - BBC News

Wild parsnip: Carmarthenshire park warning over dangers

Wild parsnip: Carmarthenshire park warning over dangers - BBC News

Wild parsnip: The plant that can put you on the hot seat.  © David J. Eagan

Wild parsnip: The plant that can put you on the hot seat. © David J. Eagan

Wild Parsnip (roots editable) BUT the plant produces a compound in its leaves, stems, flowers and fruits that causes intense, localized burning, rash, severe blistering from the sap and discoloration on contact with the skin on sunny days. This reaction is not brought on by contact with the foliage of the plant, only by contact with the sap. BE CAREFUL!!

Wild Parsnip (roots editable) BUT the plant produces a compound in its leaves, stems, flowers and fruits that causes intense, localized burning, rash, severe blistering from the sap and discoloration on contact with the skin on sunny days. This reaction is not brought on by contact with the foliage of the plant, only by contact with the sap. BE CAREFUL!!

“Comfrey contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that speeds would healing and stimulates growth of new skin cells.”  This burn cream recipe also includes one ounce each of dried plantain, calendula and St. John’s wort to bump up the healing power a little more.

My Worst Gardening Mistake - Parsnip Burn AKA Phytophotodermatitis

“Comfrey contains allantoin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that speeds would healing and stimulates growth of new skin cells.” This burn cream recipe also includes one ounce each of dried plantain, calendula and St. John’s wort to bump up the healing power a little more.

Wild Parsnip burns! Worse than Poison Ivy? That’s right. Did you know you can get third-degree burns from a weed that’s commonly found in most gardens across America?

Wild Parsnip burns! Worse than Poison Ivy? That’s right. Did you know you can get third-degree burns from a weed that’s commonly found in most gardens across America?

Nasty stuff: Wild parsnip will chemically react with sunshine to leave sever blistering burns on your skin. Learn to recognize it in all life stages. Kill it with broadleaf killers or pull out the entire root (be careful). Remove and trash seed-heads to stop the spread of this invasive weed.

Nasty stuff: Wild parsnip will chemically react with sunshine to leave sever blistering burns on your skin. Learn to recognize it in all life stages. Kill it with broadleaf killers or pull out the entire root (be careful). Remove and trash seed-heads to stop the spread of this invasive weed.

Beware Wild Parsnip!  Tell your kiddos to watch out for this plant!  IT burns!

Beware Wild Parsnip! Tell your kiddos to watch out for this plant! IT burns!

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