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12 Natural Ways to Relieve Psoriasis

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12 Natural Ways to Relieve Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common autoimmune condition 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.

About 1 in 50 people will develop psoriasis at some point in their life. The disorder is typically chronic and varies in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage. It presents with thick, red, scaly patches on the surface of the skin that can get inflamed and start bleeding. Psoriasis can affect any area of the body, including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, and genitals.

Many people mistakenly believe it’s contagious, which brings a lot of stigma to the patients and causes mental suffering and isolation in addition to the physical ordeal.


In psoriasis, a type of white blood cell attacks healthy skin cells that die as a result of the assault. The unexpected death speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells and they start arriving to the outer layer of the skin faster than they would otherwise. At the same time, dead cells don’t get removed fast enough, which results in a pileup and creates the unpleasant patches.

There are different treatments for psoriasis, but they are often not effective or come with numerous side effects. Steroids, for example, treat the inflammation, but they can only be used for short periods of time or intermittently due to their adverse effects. But there are other, more natural, options.

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.

Topical applications contain 0.025% – 0.075% capsaicin 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.


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.

10. Turmeric

Turmeric can be used to relieve psoriasis due to its active ingredient curcumin.

According to several studies curcumin can “inhibit several inflammatory enzymes mainly involved in the inflammatory process of Psoriasis.”

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

Vitamin D plays an important role in preventing autoimmune diseases as well as other 12 common diseases. Researchers claim that vitamin D-based treatments increase the binding of a peptide called cathelicidin to DNA, which, in turn, inhibits the inflammatory response that triggers psoriasis.

According to research, your optimal vitamin D levels should be in the range of 50-70 ng/ml all-year-round. According to the article published in the British Journal of Dermatology, patients with psoriasis are often vitamin D deficient; especially in the winter months were this is the case for 80% of all sufferers.

Sensible exposure to the sun can help with psoriasis by boosting your vitamin D levels. You need to be careful not to overdo it as excessive sunbathing carries other risks connected with skin damage and aging. Also, if you get burnt, this can lead to a flare-up of 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.

UVB light therapy is another possible way that has shown to be effective. According to Henry Lim, chief of Dermatology at Detroit’s Henry Ford hospital, 70% of the patients with psoriasis get better when using UVB therapy.

Vitamin D Supplements for Treating Psoriasis

There is little scientific evidence for the use of vitamin D supplements in psoriasis. Nonetheless, many patients noticed that supplements and changes to their diet helped them clear their skin.

If you decide to go with vitamin D supplement, opt for vitamin D3 and take it in conjunction with vitamin K2 and magnesium to optimize its function and promote health (also make sure to read my post about the top signs of magnesium deficiency). Vitamin D is fat-soluble, so it’s good to take it with some form of healthy fat (for example, prepare your meal with coconut or olive oil) to help the absorption process.

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43 Responses to 12 Natural Ways to Relieve Psoriasis

  1. Tina says:

    I make a homemade Calendula cream with flowers I grow myself; they are soaked in olive oil for months, then I strain and add beeswax, lanolin and grapefruit seed extract and one of my friends uses it for her psoriasis and says it works great; her husband uses it for excema too.

    • Jenny says:

      Thank you for sharing Tina 🙂

    • Shahnaz says:

      I want to ask Tina that does she sell the cream

    • Judith says:

      I use cream from Olivier soap a little shop in our city down on Water Street, they use all non-chemical products and they have Calendula oil in it plus all the other ingredients that Tina has mentioned….it has cleared up my psoriasis completely and before that the dr. gave me steroids which didn’t do anything, I don’t really know why they waste the time to give it to people.

      • Muhammad Mansoor says:

        Brother kindly send me this soap. i will give u payment. request to u. i am in psoraises. this soap not available here at pakistan

      • Enoch Low says:

        Would be very grateful if you could email me the source where I could purchase this curing formula for my psoriasis. My email address is [email protected].

        Thank you very much.

      • Phyllis E Turner says:

        Could you please send me the name phone number and address of where I can purchase this for my psoriasis please I am desperate I have even shaved all my hair off to try and treat it better that way didnt help please help me. Thank you

        • Jenny says:

          I believe this is their website –

        • Fr Chris says:

          I personally under went Infrared) light aka laser treatment to get my psoriasis under control and now apply Argan oil of Morocco.Readily available I pay $10.00 for 100 ml at Walmart but look online at eBay. It keeps the scalp moisturized and makes your hair look good besides stimulating hair regrowth. I have regrown hair where I had scraped the follicle off my scalp.

    • laura says:

      i book marked the site but the recipe is gone now. 🙁 can someone send it to me or repost it? thank you

  2. marcus says:

    i”ll been having this problem simce on last 13 years ago, can u provide some successfull reference to me as really need it. thanks in advamce for your kindness.

  3. caoimhe fee says:

    Very useful

  4. Angela says:

    Just to share some information. I have psoriasis on my scalp for at least 20 years, I have seen doctors and also tried tar shampoo over the years but somehow my psoriasis remains the same. Recently I included flaxseed meal in my diet and I have seen improvements on my psoriasis. Now my scalp no longer have red patches and flaky.

  5. Deno says:

    Hi Marcus,

    Pls stop dairy products immediately , I was having severe rashes on my scalp and neck which was extremely itchy
    Also use natural soaps and salicylic acid shampoo and avoid fragrances .

    Use turmeric and coconut oil as moisturizer as well

    Hope it helps


  6. Marisa says:

    I have hyper keratosis – a less common form of psoriasis any aids for that?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Marisa, I personally don’t know. There are several references in the web about holistic treatment for it, but I don’t know how effective or trusted the sources are. One thing that I did see in trusted websites such as is that sometimes a lack of vitamin A can make things worse (although there are other causes as well) so perhaps it worth checking your vitamin A level. Also read what Livestrong website says about the nutritional aspect –

  7. KEM says:

    I have psoriasis for many years and tried what ever i could just to get temporary relief,without success.Is there any product out there that i can try,that will ease the itchiness and patches.


    • Brittany says:

      I’m 15 and I suffer from psoriasis. For temporary relief I use clobetasol ointment and it helps clear mine up to not very noticeable within a day or 2. To keep it calmed down I use it about every other day and you just apply a thick layer in the morning and night and it helps a lot! It makes your face look shiny so if you’re older than me (since I’m so young and homeschooled I can use it more without others seeing me) I suggest at night! And you might want to wear an old shirt if you have it on your scalp and face like I do because it does tend to leave greasy looking marks on your shirts ): but I really like this and it helps me a lot! Hope I’m any help to anyone! (:

      • Scott says:

        Careful with the clobetisol as it tends to make your skin crepelike very thin I’ve been using it on my hands and the skin gets so thin it makes holding anything painful.

  8. KELVIN says:

    i found psoriasis went when i stopped eating chocolates and dairy products

  9. NatureGirl says:

    I know varies Naturopaths that cure people of their psoriasis. They say it is almost always a yeast overgrowth problem within the body. There are different supplements that help get rid of the yeast but diet is also very key. Sugar feeds the yeast so it has to be eliminated. Also, a GOOD probiotic is key as well. Just thought I would throw that out there.

  10. Donna Bennett says:

    Can you tell me how to get the recipe that Laura mentioned on August 13? Thank you

  11. Muhammad Mansoor says:

    I am in psoraises ….i try lot of doctors but in vain. someone help me as a brother to send medicine i will pay it. but sisters and brother me in too pain. thanks. no good medicine of psoraises available here.

    • Christy StArno says:

      I have also had psoriasis for 15 years, I know how much of a pain it is. I have heard that if you eliminate sugar from your diet, it will get rid of it, or help a lot! Dairy is suppose to be bad for it too. I’ve found it hard to stop eating sugar and dairy! But it helps me to put aloe vera on my skin, and it also goes away from being out in the sunlight. It never stays gone! But that stuff helps me at least. Apple Cider Vinegar has helped too, but doesn’t smell or taste very good! But rubbing it on my skin that is effected has helped as well… I’ve also heard that Vasoline, or Petroleum jelly works well (its greasy though). I’ve never found anything that works great though. I think Aloe Vera gel, spread on my skin, has worked the best for me so far… I hope you are able to find some relief! I will let you know if I find anything that works great! Take care…

    • Christy StArno says:

      Their is this cream that they sell at the $1 store, I’ll send you some of that if you give me an address to send it to. You don’t have to pay me, its very cheap, I don’t mind sending you some to try? If you’d like? Let me know :). I’ve tried it and it does help! If you’d like some, just let me know where to send it to…

  12. Paul Koti says:

    Can you Please inform how we can get a relief for Hives Skin irritataion. Doctors advised to use Anti histamine drugs like Fexofenadine Hcl. Not able to get even after usage for 3 Months. She is Suffering a lot from evening till morning. You advise will certainly helpful.

  13. Dimitra says:

    I tried all the above….but nothing works for me.

  14. Reema Nrv says:


    my mom has psoriasis. Jojoba oil or Avocado oil (cold compressed) is very effective iv used it on my mom and shes got great relief and have got rid of the patches as well. Topical application is required.

  15. Fakruddin says:

    I had psoriasis from 15 years i used homeopathy medicine. Now i am completely cured from this. Please consult any homeopathic doctor like Dr.Batras.

    • Adeel says:

      Dear Fakruddin, Can you please provide the contact Dr. Batras. i believe homeopath and diet is the only cure for it. have it since 1986 and feedup.

  16. gina v says:

    Thanks for all the additional helpful tips! Had been suffering from skin rashes and psoriarsis myself for quite sometime til i read about in a (small leaflet or pamphlet) book of vitamins and it mentioned something like Vitamin A and B helps a lot in dealing with skin problems like psoriasis. Plus,it also mentioned to refrain from using hoarse soap or soap that has antibacterial properties because this will make it worse. I tried using organic liquid soap (from Healthy options store) and it works,the itching was reduced and eventually stops! I also refrain,if not,stopped eating poltery products or chicken especially the skin. I gathered that these are loaded with growth bormones and antibiotics that when consume,it attributes to having psoriasis. Right now,im psoriasis free,Thank God!

  17. Posh Paula CA CMT says:

    Psoriasis needs to be treated rather aggressively. It’s very important to use a scrub to get rid of the dead skin cells so that the other treatments have a chance to get to the root cause. One good scrub is 2 Tblsp blue cornmeal, almond meal, or hazelnut meal, 1 Tblsp honey (manuka if you can get it), 2 drops bergamot, 2 drops rosewood, 1 drop helichrysum, 1 drop myrrh. Mix all together into a paste, add a few drops of water if necessary for consistency. Massage into area, rinse, go to next step. Take a bath with 2 C Dead sea salts, 4 drops bergamot, 2 drops chamomile, 2 drops helichrysum, 2 drops tea tree. Soak for 30 mins. Last, mix 1 oz jojoba, 1/2 oz hazelnut oil, 10 drops borage oil, 10 drops evening primrose oil, 8 drops bergamot, 4 drops chamomile, 4 drops helichrysum, 4 drops sandalwood, 2 drops clary sage, 2 drops neroli, 2 drops ylang ylang. Apply as needed. Hope this helps someone out there!

  18. Patti says:

    i have used banana skin to relieve the itchyness and redness. I think the potassium helps too so I eat a moderately ripe banana each day and rub the inside of the banana skin on the psoriasis. Not too ripe though or skin will become black and sticky! Otherwise I apply organic coconut oil which loosens plaques.

  19. Fr Chris says:

    Forgot to mention that Argan oil is also available in shampoo as well as conditioner and even a “hair mask”. I find that if I lather up a good head of suds and massage it into my scalp (95% covered with plaque psoriasis)for 20 minutes. Rinse, apply the Argan oil conditioner let set on scalp / hair 10-15 minutes then rinse. I then liberally apply the Argan oil to hair and once again massage it into the scalp. Your hair and scalp will readily absorb the oil. I follow with a comb and my hair is coming back not to mention it looks great and is healthy. I saw this on Dr Oz when he had a naturopathic doctor as a guest discussing Psoriasis and treatments. I’ve tried Natural Coconut oil to no relief.The Argan is the only really cost effective treatment for me that actually WORKS!
    Regardless of what you try I pray you find relief from this insidious affliction! DON’T GIVE UP KEEP TRYING UNTIL YOU FIND THE REMEDY THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

  20. Nicole Hardy says:

    ACV and aloe vera gel, and also oatmeal, have all helped me. Take care with tea tree oil – I’m super-sensitive to it and it made everything miles worse. Also, we can’t get capsaicin in the UK/Ireland, except possibly on prescription. Keep trying different things and different amounts until you find something that helps. I also have seborrheic dermatitis and have found that any kind of oil, even coconut, tends to make it worse. Take care with scented products or perfume/deodorant/body spray, even liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and deodorant. It gets expensive trying things to find out if you’re sensitive to them and they change too, and then usually what happens is they stop making/selling the one you know is OK!! But you just have to keep going.

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