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Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, that causes extremely dry, flaky, and itchy skin. It results from the formation of extra skin cells on top of the epidermis, causing the skin to become thick and almost scaly in nature. Unfortunately, it’s regarded by conventional medicine as a lifelong condition, with no permanent cure available as of yet. Here are 10 home remedies and herbs you may use to alleviate the itchiness.

Natural Remedies

1. Aloe Vera Gel

Available in a gel form, aloe vera is a favorite home remedy for burns, sunburns, and insect bites. It’s also one of the gentlest ingredients you can use for psoriasis, keeping your dry skin moisturized. It’s especially useful when stepping out in the sun, protecting your skin from UVB-damage, and may also be used in the form of a carrier oil (as a base gel), whereby you can add 12 drops of one of the below oils to 1 fl.oz (30ml) aloe vera gel.

2. Calendula Essential Oil

The calendula plant, also known as pot marigold, works wonders on skin conditions because of its firming and hydrating properties. It can also prevent skin damage caused by the environment, aging, and weather changes.

3. Peppermint Essential Oil

Due to peppermint’s cooling sensation, it’s an effective remedy in relieving itchiness and discomfort caused by dryness. Used in moderation, it will prevent damage to already irritated skin.

4. St. John’s Wort Essential Oil

St. John’s wort has long traditions in herbal remedies. It’s a popular plant used for its anti-depressant properties. However, it may also be applied topically to treat minor wounds, burns and skin irritations. St. John’s wort has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, all of which are beneficial to people who suffer from this skin condition. Prior to use, it’s important to consider any contraindications as it shouldn’t be used with some medications.

5. Sunflower Seed Base Oil

Studies conducted on this base oil, have shown that it improves the health of the skin barrier, promoting elasticity and integrity, as well as improving overall hydration of the skin. It may be used alone, and is an excellent alternative to the more expensive moisturizing oils available, without compromising the oil’s effectiveness to rehydrate the skin.

6. Licorice Essential Oil

The licorice plant has been found to alleviate symptoms associated with psoriasis. In a 2013 study, licorice extract was used on a dry, itchy, and inflamed scalp (similar symptoms to this skin condition). It was found that licorice was able to improve skin moisture and reduce itching and dryness. It was able to normalize the skin’s lipids, improving hydration and texture of the scalp.

7. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Dry and cracked skin that results from psoriasis is often prone to wounds and infections. However, using tea tree essential oil can be beneficial in keeping skin bacteria-free. Tea tree extract is a natural antibiotic that can fight bacteria, viral, fungal, and protozoal infections found in the skin. Tea tree contains potent anti-inflammatory properties which can directly target inflammation caused by psoriasis.

8. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile is an effective skin care ingredient for psoriasis. In a 2011 study, it was shown that German chamomile can relieve itching and inflammation when applied twice a day on skin lesions. Chamomile has also been shown to relieve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis by regulating the body’s immune response system to allergens – this is especially important for people affected with psoriasis, whereby your skin immunity is altered and sensitivity is increased.

9. Gingko Biloba Essential Oil

This supplement is normally used for memory and neuronal health, however, it can also be used to maintain skin health. Applying the essential oil (blended with a carrier oil) to the skin will help moisturize deeply.

Using Natural Remedies with Care

To get all the benefits from the following herbs, most will require that you use their essential oils (natural extracts from the core of the plant). These oils should be applied topically. However, as they are very potent, they should be handled with care. With this in mind, essential oils should never be rubbed directly onto your skin unless they have been diluted with a carrier oil (such as a cold pressed coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, or sunflower oil).

Take a bath: Add 6 to 10 drops of the oils in a bath, diluted in 1 tablespoon milk or honey, dispersed in water. Mix the water in the bath well before entering.

Apply Topically: Add 12 drops of the essential oil to 1 fl.oz (30ml) carrier oil, and massage directly into the skin.

DISCLAIMER: While these natural remedies will help alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, it is always important to consult with, and get a proper diagnosis from, a medical physician.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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