It’s best to talk with your doctor Before taking any remedy for your psoriasis. Some remedies can cause dangerous interactions with your medications. You should not take some remedies if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, or mood disorders. Moreover, stop using the remedy immediately should you experience side effects and tell your health care provider.
The Best Natural Remedies for Psoriasis
Here are some natural remedies that can help with your psoriasis:
- Aloe Vera
You can apply gel from the aloe plant to the skin up to three times a day. Some research show that it can help reduce redness and scaling that associated with psoriasis. No benefit has been shown from taking aloe in tablet form and it can be dangerous.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar was used by ancient cultures as a disinfectant, it may help relieve scalp itch from psoriasis. You can buy a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar at the grocery store and apply it to your scalp many times a week. Some people report that diluting vinegar with water on a 1-to-1 ratio can help prevent a burning sensation. Others report that they need to rinse the skin once the solution has dried to prevent irritation. Skip this remedy if your scalp skin is cracked or bleeding. If you have open wounds, vinegar will irritate your skin and cause a burning sensation. If it works for you, you should see results within a few weeks.
Capsaicin is the ingredient in chili peppers which make them hot. Added to creams and ointments, capsaicin blocks nerve endings that transmit pain. Researchers found OTC creams containing capsaicin can help reduce the pain, inflammation, redness and scaling associated with psoriasis. However, more research is needed to assess its long-term benefits and safety. Some people feel a burning sensation where capsaicin ointment is applied.
- Dead Sea Salts
Adding Dead Sea salts to your warm bath water and soaking in the tub for about 15 minutes may help remove scales and ease itching. Be sure to apply moisturizer to your skin as soon as you get out of the tub. You can see some improvement.
Oats are one of nature’s best skin soothers. There is no scientific evidence to support the use of oats in relieving psoriasis symptoms. However, many individuals with psoriasis report applying an oat paste or taking a bath in oats can relieve their itchy skin and reduces redness.
- Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is from the leaves of a plant that is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is believed that it has antiseptic qualities and it can be applied to the skin. Some people find using shampoos with tea tree oil helps relieve their scalp psoriasis. However, there are no scientific studies that prove the effectiveness of tea tree oil on psoriasis. Use tea tree oil with care because some people may be allergic to it.
This herb is being studied for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric has the ability to alter gene expression. The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular biology highlights turmeric’s ability to alter TNF cytokine expression. This is the reason some patients find it helpful in minimizing psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis flares. You can take turmeric concentrated in pill or supplement form or if you like curries, adding it liberally to your food. The FDA considers 1.5 to 3.0 grams of turmeric per day to be safe. However, we suggest that you consult with a naturopathic practitioner for help in determining the correct dosage for you.
- Oregon Grape
Mahonia is a powerful antimicrobial herb which plays a role in immune response. Studies show that applying a cream containing 10% mahonia is very effective in treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Mahonia should only be used topical unless under physician supervision because it is in the alkaloid family