12 Natural Ways to Relieve Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated disease that affects the skin. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that cause overproduction of new skin cells. The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is believed to have a genetic component.
Many psoriasis sufferers look constantly for psoriasis treatments, and although there is currently no cure for psoriasis, various psoriasis treatments can help to control the symptoms:
1. Capsaicin Cream
Cayenne pepper is one of my favorite spices, and I wrote in the past how cayenne pepper can revolutionize your health. The active ingredient in cayenne is a substance known as capsaicin. This chemical is usually used to relieve pain by acting on the sensory nerves by hindering the transmission of a neurotransmitter responsible for transmitted pain signals to your brain. However applying a topical cream, ointment or gel containing capsaicin can also help to relieve psoriasis symptoms. According to one study, applying capsaicin cream to the skin relieved itching and skin lesions in people with psoriasis. The concentration of capsaicin in these applications can vary. Higher concentrations can cause a burning sensation to the skin, which improves the longer you use it.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, topical applications contain 0.025% – 0.075% capsaicin and may be applied directly to the affected area up to 4 times a day. Pain may get slightly worse at first, but then may get better over the next few days. Capsaicin should be applied regularly several times a day, and it usually takes 3 – 7 days before you notice substantial pain relief. Don’t apply it to the sensitive areas near the eyes and mucous membranes and don’t forget to wash your hands well and avoid touching your eyes after using capsaicin. It’s always a good idea to test capsaicin cream on a small area of the skin before extended use.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Another favorite home remedy is using apple cider vinegar (ACV) which can be an effective soothing agent. ACV is very acidic so it makes the pH levels in the skin more acidic, thus reducing irritation. You can use ACV in several ways:
1. Prepare a compress – dampen a washcloth with warm water, and then add the mixture of 1 part of ACV with 3 parts of water. Apply the compress to the affected area for a few minutes several times a day.
2. ACV bath – add 2 cups of ACV to a bath of warm water, and soak for 20-30 minutes. Then shower to remove the ACV.
3. Add 2-3 drops of ACV to 2 tablespoons of your moisturizer and apply to the affected area.
4. Drink ACV solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV with a glass of water.
You can see other great uses of ACV in my article 10 uses for ACV for great health and at home. Using ACV is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has fantastic cleansing ability and its alkalinity in warm bath helps to sooth these skin irritations. Dissolve 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda in the bath and soak for 20 minutes. Alternatively to reduce itchiness mix 1 1/2 cups baking soda into 3 gallons water and apply to your itchy patches with a washcloth soaked in the solution. Repeat it several times.
4. Coconut Oil
In the previous article about the many health of coconut oil you could see how versatile this oil is. Coconut oil is also being used to relieve psoriasis as well as other skin irritations. A common recommendation is to add 2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil each day to your diet. You can add it to smoothies or spread it on your toast for example. Another way to use coconut oil is to apply it topically onto the affected area 3 times per day.
5. Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt Bath
Soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a good way to sooth irritated and itchy skin. Just add 1-2 cups to your bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes, 2-3 times a week to reap the benefits. You can also use Dead Sea salt for this matter. When you get out of the tub apply a moisturizer to the skin. Read here more about the most extraordinary uses for Epsom salt.
6. Colloidal Oatmeal Bath
Colloidal oatmeal is simply oats ground into an extremely fine powder. When added to bathwater, it creates a milky dispersion that prevents the oatmeal from settling rapidly. You can make colloidal oatmeal at home by grinding the oatmeal into the finest powder possible, so it dissolves easily in your lukewarm bath. Colloidal oatmeal helps smooth and comfort itchy, scratchy and dry skin. Make a lukewarm bath before going to sleep whenever necessary.
7. Omega 3 Fish oil
Research has suggested that taking daily omega 3 fish oil may bring some improvement for psoriasis sufferers. Omega-3 help psoriasis because of its anti inflammatory effect. According to Mayo Clinic website, psoriasis is less common in populations whose regular diet includes cold-water fish containing omega-3 fatty acids. However there are mixed study results as to whether fish oil supplements are effective in reducing inflammation and improve psoriasis symptoms. You can find more information about omega 3 and which foods contain it in my article about the amazing health benefits of omega 3. Taking omega 3 is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.
8. Aloe Vera
Preliminary research suggests that applying pure aloe vera gel may improve symptoms of psoriasis and can help reduce redness and scaling. Apply it directly to the affected area up to three times a day. Also read my article about the best uses of aloe vera for great and healthy skin.
9. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is believed to have antiseptic properties and although there are no scientific studies about the effectiveness of tea tree oil on psoriasis, some people report that their symptoms have been improved after using it. Many people suffer from psoriasis on their scalp so they can use shampoos with at least 5% tea tree oil or buy tea tree essential oil on its own and add it to their regular shampoo. To add the oil to your existing shampoo, add 10 drops for every eight ounces of shampoo in the bottle. Then shake the shampoo bottle to distribute the tea tree oil thoroughly. Rub the tea tree oil shampoo into your scalp and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with water, repeating once per day. It soothes itch and reduce flakes. If you want to apply it directly on the skin, you can mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil into a few teaspoons of aloe vera gel or carrier oil and apply to the skin. It is recommended to do a skin test first on a small patch to make sure that you are not sensitive to it. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.
According to Livestrong website, turmeric can be used to relieve psoriasis due to its active ingredient curcumin, which is responsible for inhibiting skin growth factors that lead to psoriasis scales. Make a thick paste by mixing turmeric powder with water and spread the paste onto the affected area before bedtime. Wrap the area with a gauze to keep the paste in place and leave overnight. Then remove the gauze and wash the turmeric paste off of your skin using warm water. It will temporarily give your skin a yellow color. Also read my article about 12 reasons you should eat more turmeric.
11. Licorice Cream
Licorice is known to help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In one study, licorice gel, applied to the skin, relieved symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness. A gel with 2% licorice worked better than one with 1%. Other studies have found licorice to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to control swelling and redness.
12. Vitamin D
Boosting your vitamin D levels can help you with psoriasis. Vitamin D is also used in commercial treatments and comes in the form of lotions, creams and ointments. These can be used in combination with other treatments and are applied directly to the affected area. In mild cases of the condition, vitamin D creams proved to be effective in 50% of the patients. You can read more about vitamin D and psoriasis in my article how to fight psoriasis with vitamin D.
If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This e-book will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs: