Best Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

What is the best natural treatment for psoriasis?  This seems to be a question many are asking, especially with the onset of summer.  No one wants to wear shorts and swim suits that show their red, itchy, scaly almost “lizard-like” skin.  It’s ugly and quite embarrassing!  There are all sorts of creams and lotions and potions out there, but most of them don’t really help.

Psoriasis is actually an outward expression of what’s going on inside the body.  It is classified as an auto-immune disease  so the health of the gut plays a major role in flare ups.  There also seems to be a correlation to how well the liver is filtering toxins out of the body.

Here are a few herbs and natural treatments I have found to actually be helpful:

Cayenne

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Cayenne, or chile pepper, has an active ingredient called capsaicin which is the active ingredient in many over the counter pain relief creams and gels.  It is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. Research at the University Medical Center Freilburg in Germany show that over the counter creams containing capsaicin might help to diminish the redness & scaling as well as the pain & inflammation that results from psoriasis.  I prefer to take cayenne orally;  ointments containing capsaicin sometimes cause a burning sensation.

Dead Sea Salt/Epsom Salt

Soaking in a warm (NEVER HOT) bath with dead sea salt or epsom salt added helps to lessen the scaliness and itching of psoriasis sufferers.  Always use a really good moisturizer after soaking as salts tend to pull moisture from the skin.  You can use something as simple as a little pure coconut oil, or you can add a drop of tea tree oil to get even more benefits.

 

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Pliny the Elder, born in 23 AD in Como, Italy, prescribed milk thistle as a liver cleansing herb.  The active ingredient in milk thistle that performs this function is silymarin.  Silymarin, along with glutathiones, aids in the detoxification of the liver.  Milk Thistle is not an herb that will give direct relief of symptoms.  It is, however, an herb that addresses the root cause for psoriasis.

Oats

Oats have long been considered soothing and moisturizing to the skin.  You can take an oat bath using a cup of ground oats in a warm bath.  Alternately, you can mix a paste with some oats ground in a coffee grinder with a little bit of water.  Leave on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse and moisturize.

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An extract from the leaves of the Melaleuca tree, native to Australia, tea tree oil was first used by the Aborigines as a wound healer.  Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and can be applied directly to the skin.  Test a small place first, as some people are allergic.    As I stated in an earlier post, you can mix it with a little bit of oil when you moisturize as well.  You can also add a drop or two to your shampoo each time you wash your hair if you have psoriatic lesions in the scalp.  I would advise using an additional essential oil with a pleasant smell along with tea tree, as it has an odor that is offensive to some people.

Turmeric

Anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, turmeric is one of the best herbs for use in autoimmune disease.  It has been used for all types of skin conditions in India for quite some time.  The active ingredient, curcumin, has the ability to alter gene expression related to the immune system response.  Turmeric can be eaten in food and is used in many Indian dishes containing curry.  You can also take it in capsule form.  According to the FDA 1.5 to 3.o grams per day is safe, but you should consult with your health care professional about the appropriate dosage for you.

I hope that these few recommendations have given you a good idea of the best natural treatment for psoriasis and that you will possibly get some relief.

Please leave comments if you do try any of these suggestions and let me know your outcome, or if you have tried any of them in the past.

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17 comments

  1. Kendra says:

    Great site Debby,

    This is also one of my interests so I’m am really enjoying your site.

    My question about the turmeric is it only to be used internally? I cook with it as I sometimes make Indian cuisine but I’ve heard there are a lot of ways to use the spice.

    K

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks Kendra. There are so many ways to use turmeric. It’s great for curries, etc., but it also has topical uses for many skin conditions and I’ve even read that it whitens teeth! I have a friend who has actually used it as a whitener and she says it works. She says it’s freaky because it turns everything else yellow, but it does whiten her teeth. It’s been used topically in India for centuries for any kind of skin condition. Personally, I do not cook with it as I get nauseous when I smell curries??? go figure. I do take it in capsules and I have used it topically with great results.

      Thanks again for your comment and questions. Let me know your outcome if you experiment with it.

      Debby

  2. Elinor says:

    Hiya Debby,

    I found your article extremely interesting and insightful! My cousin suffers terribly with psoriasis and I have been keeping an eye open for anything new that she can try – I will definitely be forwarding the link to your site.

    I am an avid cook with the autoimmune disease Lupus. I was so interested to read some of your suggestions as traditional medicine is failing me currently. I have tagged you for further research but can tell already that this is a site I will be back to again and again. Thank you.

    Elinor 🙂

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks so much for the kind comments Elinor. As I also suffer with psoriasis I know exactly what she’s going through! I have found that the warm salt baths along with the tea tree oil helps tremendously. I also take Turmeric as a supplement. I just recently had a bad outbreak, which prompted that post, and it seems that it is just about completely gone now. I hope she gets some relief from some of my suggestions.

      Thanks again,

      Debby

  3. Yoko says:

    First I love your website!! I’m very interested in medical herbs and your post is very informative! I love to take a bath with bath salt and some dry herbs. 🙂
    Yoko

  4. Vic says:

    Healing with herbs is definitely something I agree with. I think we underestimate how some small ingredient can positively effect our health. I try to juice regularly and I have kind of a scatter shot approach to it. I like to put many different items in as long as they don’t conflict or taste nasty.. Sometimes its only the smallest amount but I feel it still gives us some health benefit.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks Vic. I have purchased a juicer, but I keep delaying using it. I think I’m worried about making a toxic tasting tonic, lol! Some foods just aren’t meant to go together. I guess it’s all a little bit of trial and error. Come back and visit soon.

  5. Debbie says:

    This is a very helpful website. You’re very knowledgeable about herbs and I feel this site will be very helpful to many that suffer w/psoriasis. My son suffers with it and I will be sharing this site w/him for help!! Thanks!!

  6. Duncan says:

    Love reading information on the power of herbs. My wife studied naturopathy for 3 years and is now a counsellor and the help she received from herbal mixture, Bach flowers and personalised nutrition programs was just amazing.

    A very interesting subject.

    Regards,

    Duncan

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for the comments Duncan. Bach flower remedies are wonderful too. My favorite is Rescue Remedy. I like to keep it on hand at all times. You just never know when someone might need it! My husband and I pretty much stick to a whole foods diet and that, along with a few herbs and supplements, has made a big difference in his health issues as well.

  7. daniella says:

    Hi there,

    This is a very helpful article!
    I My husband children has Psoriasis ,and it’s extremely annoying.
    They have tried many treatments , but unfortunately it’s still there.
    I am going to show them this article, I am sure they will be really happy.
    Thank you for this great blog

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