steroid ster·oid (stěr'oid', stēr'-)
Any of numerous naturally occurring or synthetic fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings and including the sterols and bile acids, adrenocortical and sex hormones, certain natural drugs such as digitalis compounds, and the precursors of certain vitamins. Also called steroid hormone . adj. ste·roid·al (stĭ-roid', stě-)
Relating to or characteristic of steroids or steroid hormones.
Plantain is my go-to for skin irritations of all sorts. I’m currently curing my daughter’s eczema with it, for instance. I tried it on poison ivy to no avail, but I believe that’s because the poison ivy rash is akin to a chemical burn. I believe it may prove helpful in removing the calcium oxalate from the skin, per Angelyn’s suggestion, and it will likely clear up the irritation and provide relief pretty much immediately from the itch. It’s the remedy from ancient times for all manner of bug bites, including poisonous insects such as bee stings and spider bites.
This, of course, has all suddenly changed with the appearance of OPALS TM . An astute landscaper can now look over a customer's yard and with a high degree of reliability, give the entire landscape a numerical ranking. Actually, any landscape that would rank out at 5 or less, would be considered to be a fairly low allergy landscape; but in the near future, many customers may demand gardens that rate even better, 4s, or 3s, or even lower. It is actually possible to create an entire landscape now, from the lawns to the trees, that ranks out at 1. Such a landscape would in effect be completely pollen-free, and would also not pose any risks from contact allergy, or from what allergists often refer to as negative odor challenges.