Psoriasis is an extremely irritating and uncomfortable skin condition that may be aggravated by certain medications, infections, or even stress. It is a chronic condition in which skin cells grow too quickly and move rapidly to the surface within days, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. For anyone suffering from psoriasis, is can be an extremely embarrassing condition and can seriously affect their quality of life.
Herbal Remedies for Psoriasis
Below are some of the best all-natural remedies to treat the symptoms of psoriasis.
1. Aloe Vera has been proven to soothe psoriasis flare-ups. It can be used as a lotion or gel and applied directly to the affected area up to 3 times a day. If not straight from the garden, look for a product that contains at least 0.5% aloe.
2. Capsaicin is a product that has been used by many generations and societies to relieve the discomfort associated with psoriasis. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in red peppers, but please do not apply red pepper directly to your inflamed skin! Find an over-the-counter cream that contains the ingredient to reduce pain, inflammation, and scaling.
3. Chamomile is another natural ingredient that has been used for years to treat inflammation and itching of the skin. One option is to brew some chamomile tea (or seep many tea bags, depending on the size of the area affected), let the tea bags cool, and apply directly to the affected skin. You may also be able to find the ingredient in some over-the-counter creams.
4, Tea tree oil has many skin benefits, and easing the discomfort of psoriasis is one of them as it is said to help remove dry, dead skin cells. This oil is believed to have antiseptic qualities, which is why it is also used to treat acne and many other skin problems. If you have psoriasis on the scalp, one option is to add a little bit of pure Tea Tree Oil to your shampoo. On other areas, the oil can be applied directly to the skin, or added to your lotion. It is best to test this oil on a discreet, unaffected section of the skin as it may cause an allergic reaction.
5. Apple cider vinegar. For those that suffer from scalp itch resulting from psoriasis, apple cider vinegar has been used to reduce inflammation and stop the itching. This is not recommended, however, if you have cracked or broken skin. In addition, this remedy may cause a burning sensation more than others. If you choose to try this option, be sure to purchase a high grade of organic apple cider vinegar and dilute the product for use.
Another popular option to soothe psoriasis is to take a warm (not hot!) bath and add ¼ cup of authentic Dead Sea salts, and soak for about 15 minutes. Epsom salts can also be used. Both salts may help shed scales and soothe itching; just be sure to moisturize thoroughly after your bath.
Another good ingredient to add to your bath is a cup of dry oatmeal. Many psoriasis and eczema sufferers use an oat paste (applied directly to the area) or an oat bath to soothe itchy skin and reduce redness.
When suffering from psoriasis, it is also important to stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet. This includes lots of organic fruits, veggies, and healthy fats, such as fatty fishes that are rich in Omega-3. And of course, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!