Surprising Home Remedies That Work
Psoriasis is a skin disease that develops when the immune system sends faulty signals that ultimately tells skin cells to grow too quickly. When this happens, skin cells pile up on the surface of the skin, causing thick patches to appear, called Psoriasis.
There are different kinds of Psoriasis and various ways of treating the condition. There are prescribed treatments that help, but maintaining the skin is key, and many home remedies are surprisingly helpful in maintaining healthy skin and treating the signs and symptoms of Psoriasis.
Aloe Vera – one of the most well-known home remedies for Psoriasis. Aloe vera not only softens the skin, it relieves the itching and burning associated with Psoriasis. Apply Aloe Vera directly to lesions three times a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar – also a popular home remedy, apple cider vinegar restores skin’s pH balance and helps control infections. It has a long history of being used to treat psoriasis according to the Psoriasis Foundation. Apple cider vinegar can be used as a soak, or a compress. To prepare an apple cider vinegar compress, add 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon water. Soak a washcloth in the mixture and apply it to the skin to ease itching.
Banana Peel – the peel of a banana contains natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and cooling properties that can help alleviate or reduce the severity of the symptoms of Psoriasis. It can drastically reducing skin irritation, including swelling and redness. In addition, the potassium and antioxidants within the peel have the ability to diminish the visibility of scars sometimes associated with Psoriasis.
To use banana peel simply remove the peel from the fruit (enjoy the fruit for internal benefits). Bend the peel inside out to expose the white colored inner layer of the peel and gently rub the affected area and surrounding skin to take in the vitamins and nutrients of the peel. Allow the moisture from the banana peel to dry on the skin – once dried, remove any excess banana pulp from the skin with a clean damp facecloth. Apply this treatment to affected skin twice a day.
Cayenne Pepper – believe it or not, the capsaicin in cayenne pepper (the stuff that makes it hot), helps relieve pain and itching by blocking communication to the sensory nerves. Capsaicin creams are readily available at drugstores – look for a capsaicin cream containing .025% to .075% capsaicin. It may take a week for the cream to work and it may cause an initial burning sensation when applied to plaques. Keep capsaicin away from eyes and mucous membranes.
Garlic – known for its anti-inflammatory properties, garlic can be used to help prevent or relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. That’s because garlic inhibits the enzyme that combines with arachidonic acid to cause inflammation. Since psoriasis sufferers have high levels of arachidonic acid in their skin, eating garlic daily may delay an outbreak or stop it from occurring at all. Eating large amounts of garlic may seem unappetizing or at least, socially restricting. You can consume garlic in capsule form – there are even garlic capsules that claim they do not have any unpleasant side effects.
Another way to use garlic to help treat Psoriasis is to apply garlic oil directly to the affected skin. Rub the oil into the plaques once or twice per day. If you are using garlic capsules, pierce the capsule and squeeze the oil onto the affected area.
Oils – this readily available treatment is effective for treating the plaques caused by Psoriasis. In fact most oils like coconut oil, emu oil, olive oil , flaxseed oil are effective. That’s because these oils contain beneficial fatty acids to nourish the skin while reducing inflammation and sealing in moisture to heal flaky skin.
You can apply the oil of your choice directly to affected areas or add oil to a bath to coat large areas of affected skin. If adding to a bath, try adding a handful of Epsom salts or sea salts for extra healing benefits. For a soothing bath treatment, add two teaspoons of the oil to a large glass of milk and pour the mixture into a warm bath to soothe the skin.
For those with scalp psoriasis, just massage warmed oil into the scalp to soften the plaques and make it easier for the flakes to be removed. Leave on for at least an hour before shampooing. For severe cases of scalp psoriasis, leave oil on scalp overnight, then shampoo.