Psoriasis is a very common skin disorder and is cause by faulty metabolic functions or a drop in the body’s immunity system. This skin disorder affects both sexes and race and is commonly found in people between the ages of 15-30 years old. With psoriasis the skin becomes thick and then develops red, silvery patches that resemble scales and leaves people with this skin disorder with constant itching and pain. Psoriasis mainly affects elbows, scalp, knees, the skin behind the ears, and the trunk.
Although this is not a contagious skin disorder it still leaves its recipients with pain, irritation, and inflammation. However, there are some home remedies that you can try to ease the symptoms that psoriasis causes.
OATMEAL: has been tested and proven to help with the symptoms associated with psoriasis. However, the types of oats that you will have to use are not your everyday oats that you use to make your favorite oatmeal for breakfast. The kind of oatmeal that you will have to use is powdered oatmeal, which you can make yourself with the use of a blender. What you will do is simply put a few handfuls of the powdered oatmeal into a bath filled with lukewarm running water. Since the powdered oatmeal is so fine, it will almost instantly start turning into a milky, slimy consistency. When you start your oatmeal bath make sure that the water is still lukewarm and stay in the water for around 30-45 minutes. Not only will the oatmeal bath bind to the skin but it will also help keep your skin stay moisturized while reducing the soreness and redness. This method will help your psoriasis condition so much that you won’t look at oatmeal as just a breakfast meal again, but as a natural and beneficial method to easing your psoriasis pain.
LICORICE: although many people cringe at even the taste of licorice, you won’t have to worry about eating any licorice. Licorice is an old remedy that has been used for many years and it doesn’t have to be ingested as the sole source to helping psoriasis symptoms is by external application to the affected areas that hold the psoriasis patches. Licorice is useful in the treatment of psoriasis because it contains glycyrrhetinic acid, which is present in the veiny stems of the licorice. The compound that is found in the licorice stem has anti-inflammatory properties which helps with the soreness and redness that psoriasis causes. In this treatment option you can do one of two different methods, get licorice root and boil it down until the water is evaporated or you can just as easily use some concentrated licorice tincture that is available at your local pharmacy or nutritional store. What you will need to do is drip around 3-4 drops onto a cotton ball of sterile gauze and then apply it directly to the skin where the psoriasis patches are found.
CHAMOMILE: is another old remedy for psoriasis that had been used by many people and first originated in Europe. This particular plant contains the compounds called flavonoids, which has been tested and proven to have anti-inflammatory properties, which is why this is a great method for treating psoriasis. However, make sure then when using this method of treatment that you don’t have hay fever at the time of consuming chamomile. Chamomile is a part of the ragweed family and because of that it produces tons of pollen. The best and most effective way to use this treatment method is as compressions or body dressing. What you will need to do is to take a handful of chamomile flowers and one cup of hot water and wait for the flower to welt; this process takes around 25-30 minutes. After that process is complete you will want to strain the flowers out and soak a clean towel in the water and chamomile mixture. After you have soaked up the mixture in the clean town you then wrap the towel around the affected areas. This is a great and simply way to cure your psoriasis symptoms.
ALOE VERA: is a very good herb and the gel that you get out of the Aloe Vera plant has tons of benefits. You simply apply Aloe Vera gel, either in raw form or processed over the affected areas. You can also take Aloe Vera gel and combine it with a vitamin E solution and apply the mixture of the two to the psoriasis patches. You can also mix it with turmeric powder and create a powerful concoction also. Make sure to check with your doctor before applying this to your skin because the FDA has not yet approved this treatment for psoriasis symptoms.
Useful Treatment Tips
** Boil four marigold flower heads in approximately four cups of water for two minutes and then let the mixture cool. Massaging this mixture on the affected areas, and then washing it off with a mild soap, will reduce skin irritation. A few drops of lemon juice or cider vinegar can also be added to the rinsing water for a better wash.
** Hot epsom salt baths also are widely used for the treatment of psoriasis. The skin absorbs the salt and improves your blood circulation. After bathing in the salts, apply olive oil to your skin.
** You may also want to try one drop of oregano oil and two drops of calendula oil mixed together in one cup of olive oil. After you have made up the mixture you then apply the mixture to the affected area.
** De-veined cabbage leaves can also be applied to the area that is affected by psoriasis and can relieve the symptoms dramatically.
** You may also want to make sure to take regular sea bathing or you can simply apply sea water onto the areas of skin that need to be treated and not only will you find a dramatic difference in the symptoms but also less of an occurrence.
** You can also try a mixture of aloe vera gel and olive oil. Simply mix the two together and then apply this to the affected area. The Aloe Vera will help with the pain of psoriasis and the olive oil acts as a moisturizer preventing the skin from drying out and becoming itchy.