Psoriasis can be a severely limiting condition. While there is not yet a cure for psoriasis there are a number of home remedies that can help easy psoriasis symptoms, softening the flaky, itchy plaques associated with the condition and helping the skin to heal.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is full of raw enzymes and useful bacteria that can have a positive effect on many bodily systems. This substance is widely considered as one of the most beneficial home remedies available. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar can be a problem if it is over-used but soaking or rinsing psoriasis-affected skin with a solution of diluted apple cider vinegar can play a major role in reducing itching and discomfort.
Epsom Salt Bath
Care has to be taken not to over-expose psoriatic skin to hot water, but a bath of lukewarm water with Epsom salt can provide some relief from dryness and itching. It is best to add around two cups of Epsom salt to a bath full of water and soak in it for around 15 minutes.
Oatmeal is packed with vitamins and minerals such as selenium, manganese, and iron, all of which are ideal for healing and feeding damaged skin. Many psoriasis sufferers who have tried an oatmeal bath attest to its effectiveness at tackling redness and inflammation.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Keeping your skin moisturised is a vital part of psoriasis care. As soon as you begin to experience dryness, or immediately after bathing, apply a good natural-based moisturiser to help prevent your skin becoming too dry. Any moisturiser based on vegetables, such as olive oil moisturiser is a good choice. By applying it generously to affected skin, you can seal moisture in and introduce nourishing nutrients.
Aloe vera is among the most popular home remedies for skin conditions and has been used for centuries to add nourishment to dry skin, heal wounds and soothe soreness and inflammation. It can be extremely effective in minimizing psoriasis scaling.
Tea Tree Oil
Distilled from the leaves of the Australian Tea Tree, tea tree oil is toxic if ingested but has many topical uses, including in cases of psoriasis. Applying tea tree oil to the skin can help to prevent damaged tissue becoming infected and loosen scales.
Milk thistle is another popular and widely used home remedy. The collection of flavonoids found as the active component in Milk Thistle have long been valued for their ability to improve kidney function, repair liver damage, reduce inflammation and boost skin health.
Not all of these remedies will work for every person with psoriasis and it may be necessary to try all of them to find the one that is most effective. But as long as you keep your doctor updated about any herbal or other products you are using to treat your condition, home remedies can play a big part in easing the worst psoriasis symptoms.