You may be shocked to learn that approximately 3% of the world’s population- or 125 million people are affected by psoriasis, even though not much public health sensitization is placed on the condition.
But does that mean that you have to live with psoriasis and the associated symptoms, do nothing at all? Absolutely not.
There are many very effective natural remedies scattered around your home right now, many of which you can find in your pantry.
Instead of relying solely on prescription meds for management, how about you try some of these user-approved remedies next time?
Turmeric is a well loved spice on the Indian subcontinent, and is quickly catching on around the world for the taste it brings to delicious curried dishes. But did you know that Turmeric also has quite the reputation in Ayurvedic medicine, dating back thousands of years?
The primary active compound in Turmeric goes by the name curcumin and is the compound attributed for its potent anti-psoriatic potential.
Curcumin possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the flare-up on psoriasis lesions, or if they do, make them less severe.
You can either take advantage of Turmeric based topical preparations, consume more in your diet, or use a supplement standardized to contain curcumin. Have fun with trying our new varieties of curry!
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems that the number of uses you can find for apple cider vinegar (or just ACV) is truly innumerable. Of course it would be useful for psoriasis too!
When using ACV for psoriasis management, it is normally applied to affected patches of the skin for localized relief from itching, though consumption is not discouraged either.
Being an acidic compound outside the body, it is possible for you to experience burning at the site of application unless you remember to dilute it in an equal volume of water (1:1 ratio).
Following the use of ACV on the skin or scalp, you should moisturize appropriately in order to prevent drying out as well, a common complaint from persons new to using it for natural psoriasis management.
3. Aloe Vera
Who doesn’t love aloe vera? The quintessential moisturizing agent, this is one plant everyone should have cultivated in a pot around their home. Besides being excellent for use in emergencies such as allergic reactions or burns, aloe vera is also very effective in helping to manage psoriasis.
When the gel of the aloe vera plant is applied to psoriasis lesions, irritation and redness is relieved, along with annoying scaling.
If you are unable to get your hands on some raw aloe gel, at a minimum get a moisturizing product that contains some aloe.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has done well for itself, thanks to its numerous benefits.
However, first and foremost- Tea tree oil is not suitable for oral consumption. It is highly toxic when ingested.
When applied topically to the skin, it is a different story. It is highly beneficial in helping to manage psoriasis via this means, helping to remove scaling lesions and prevent bacterial infection if irritation resulted in damage to the skin.
All this in addition to anti-inflammatory properties and what you have is a staple in psoriasis management.
5. Olive Oil
While coconut oil is a very worthy competitor, olive oil nudges it out for the win when looking for excellent moisturizers to help alleviate psoriasis symptoms.
Able to naturally preserve moisture by forming an impervious barrier on the skin, olive oil also contains Omega-3 fats that help to reinforce the skin’s lipid layer to prevent water loss.
Just keep in mind application of olive oil during the day will have you very hot and sweaty, so it is better to use before bed.
Natural Remedies For Psoriasis- Summary
There are a myriad of other home remedies that exist which can help you deal with psoriatic lesions or flareups, such as shea butter, but the big 5 referenced above are what you should invest your time on first and foremost.
Psoriasis does not need to cause you undue worry, so go out and live the life you were destined for!