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Psoriasis | What is it and natural ways to treat it

what is psoriasis and how to treat it naturally

Recently, a great friend of mine asked me to recommend some essential oils for psoriasis because she has been struggling with the disease and nothing really has seem to be working anymore.

To be frank with you, I wasn't very familiar with psoriasis so I had to go do some digging myself in order to point my friend in the right direction.

Psoriasis: What is it ?

Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by patches of red, scaly skin that may itch or burn. It typically involves scalp, elbow, knees, hands and feet but other areas can be affected as well.

Although it is said by the general medicine that the cause of psoriasis is unclear, after doing some research I found out many doctors have stated and agreed that the lead cause of psoriasis is due to a condition called leaky gut.

One interesting fact that may prove that the condition is in fact caused by an issue generated in the gut is that inflammatory bowel movement is 3 to 7 times greater in psoriasis patients compared to the general population.

Now, one thing everyone agrees on is that the disease is genetic so while it cannot be cured, it can certainly be treated by lowering the factors that trigger a flare.

Factors that trigger psoriasis

Controlling the condition and knowing what aggravates it can help you make better choices that will lead to a decrease in symptoms.

There are several factors that can trigger a flare of psoriasis, here are a few of them:

Poor diet



Certain drugs such as blood pressure medications and oral steroids


How to naturally control your psoriasis

Considering psoriasis is a condition that starts in the gut here are three main steps to take in order to maintain the disease under control.

#1 - Feed your body the right foods

Diet is key when dealing with psoriasis because the main issue lies within the digestive system and its gut lining, it is extremely important that you feed your body the food it needs to build a healthy skin and to also protect you gut lining.

Many psoriasis patients swear by the paleo and/or keto diet, which are high in fat and protein, and claim to have seen major results after starting the regimen.

Here are some foods to include in your diet

Poly and monounsaturated fats - helps build better and stronger skin.

Ex: coconut oil, almond butter, butter (not margarine), olive oil

Probiotic Rich Foods - Helps support good bacteria needed for a healthy gut

Ex: Goat milk yogurt, Goats milk, Kefir

Fiber - Helps your body digest foods better

Ex: Berries, cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, leafy greens, chia seeds, flax seeds

Protein - Needed to rebuild healthy skin

Ex: Organic grass fed beef, eggs

Omega 3 - Helps with rebuilding of the skin

Ex: Wild caught fishes such as tuna, mackerel, arctic char, sardines

Chicken broth - High in collagen, detrimental for skin slaticity and health

Herbs - Great to reduce gut inflammation

Ex: Dandelion, turmeric

# 2 - Get rid of the toxins

Think of your liver as the filtration system of your body. The more toxins you put into your body the more your liver has to work to filter it and stop those same toxins from going into the rest of your body.

Now, if you have a leaky gut syndrome it means that your liver is so saturated and there isn't enough good bacteria to rebuild that wall to stop those toxins from escaping and being released into the blood stream and sometimes even reaching the brain.

With that in mind, when the liver can't do its job properly, the body finds a different way of releasing the toxins and you guessed it right, it's through the skin.

Toxins could be anything your body rejects and it is a threat to your immune system, that can be cigarettes, drinking, foods that damage the gut lining such as conventional meat products, hydrogenated oils and most importantly, sugar.

I would also like to add some other ones that no one else mentioned but I believe it may be worth avoiding which are perfumes, body lotions and even sun block.

Majority of these products contain ingredients that are very toxic to the body. Take perfume for example, the amount of fragrance that needs to be used to make your most delicious perfume smell the way it does is highly toxic not only to your skin but also to your respiratory system.

So, be sure that you are not only detoxifying but also staying away from products and substances that are toxic to your body.

# 3 - Supplements & Vitamins

Taking vitamins and supplements will help in the creation of the right biochemical process your body needs for healthy gut and skin.

Here are some supplements to consider and to ask your doctor if they are right for you.

Probiotics - Helps increase beneficial bacteria growth in the gut. Be sure to buy a high quality product. You may want to ask your doctor what would be the best strain for you and amount to take daily.

Hydrochloric Acids containing HCL with pepsin - It helps break down proteins and since part of what causes psoriasis is poor protein digestion this supplement is great for anyone experiencing a break out after consuming protein. ONLY to be taken when protein is consumed!

Fish Oil with EPA-DHA - It supports the body in fighting infection. The recommendation dose is 1000 mg per day, however, consult your doctor for a more precise and customized dosage.

Milk Thistle - It helps detoxify the liver. Can be taken in tea form or supplement.

Digestive Enzymes - Promotes healthy digestion by helping the body break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Can be taken in supplement form or by eating foods with natural enzymes such as pineapple, papaya and many others.

Vitamin D - Vitamin D is the key supplement to take when treating psoriasis. It helps regulate both the immune and neuromuscular systems. It is so detrimental to humans that the body has the capability to make it on its own when exposed to enough sun light. Can be taken in supplement form, by eating foods rich in vitamin D or having a sufficient amount of sun light exposure regularly.

Essential Oils for Psoriasis

Essential oils are a great way of getting your psoriasis under control. Oils contain many great properties that helps the body fight diseases and infections such as anti bacterial, anti oxidant, anti viral and many other properties.

Now, considering psoriasis is a skin condition that starts in the gut, the best oils to help in the treatment are the oils that are effective in detoxifying the liver, helping to maintain a healthy gut as well as skin regeneration.

Here are some oils that may help in treating psoriasis

Helichrysum - Used in anti-aging products for its rejuvenating benefits to the skin.

Thyme - Provides cleaning and purifying effects for the skin

Lavender - generates growth of hair cells and has a soothing effect on the skin

Chamomile - Promote youthful looking skin and hair

Cedarwood - Helps to keep skin looking healthy

Bergamot - Provides skin purifying benefits

Tea tree - Cleanses and rejuvenates the skin

Geranium - Promotes the appearance of clear, healthy skin

How to use essential oils to treat your psoriasis

There are so many ways to use the essential oils and you can get really creative with it. You can use it topically, diffused and you can even ingest some of the oils.

Check out these DIY's and ways you can use the oils to help you in the process of getting your psoriasis under control.

DIY Psoriasis bath bomb

1 Cup of organic baking soda

1 Cup of coconut oil

10 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drops of chamomile essential oil

10 drops of helichrysum essential oil

Mix it all together in a glass bowl and then pour it into a silicone ice cube tray and store it in the freezer. After they are frozen you can take each one out of the ice tray and wrap them separately but you will want to keep them stored in the freezer.

DIY Psoriasis shea butter moisturizer

1 cup of natural plain shea butter

1/2 cup of coconut oil

5 drops of geranium essential oil

5 drops of tea tree essential oil

5 drops of chamomile essential oil

5 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix everything in a glass bowl and store it in a mason jar. Use it daily as a skin moisturizer and lotion

DIY Psoriasis Bath Salts

3 Cups of Himalayan Pink Salt in Rock Forms

1/2 cup of coconut oil

10 drops of lavender essential oil

10 drops of chamomile essential oil

10 drops of bergamot essential oil

Mix it all together in a glass bowl and store it a mason jar container. Add about a handful to your bath.

DIY Psoriasis Hair Mask

1/2 cup of Olive Oil

5 drops of Thyme Essential Oil

5 Drops of Cedar wood Essential Oil

5 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Mix it all together in a glass bowl and apply to dry hair and massage into scalp. You can also let it sit for a couple of hours before washing for a deeper treatment.

Finally, remember that psoriasis is a condition connected to genetics so while you may never be able to completely get rid of it , you can certainly keep it under control by eating the right foods for your body, keeping the toxins out and adding essential vitamins and supplements to your diet.

Research references

Modern Essentials - A contemporary guide to therapeutic use of essential oils

Dr Josh Axe

Mayo Clinic

Dr Ken D Berry

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