When you’re first diagnosed with psoriasis, it’s likely that you’ll be prescribed topical treatments to tackle the symptoms and make your skin less dry and inflamed.
These can have side effects and many people feel more comfortable experimenting with natural ingredients to try to control psoriasis symptoms and make them less obvious to other people.
Bear in mind that nothing can cure psoriasis so in both cases, the main goal is to keep the redness, flaking and scaling to a minimum, rather than get your skin back to how it was before psoriasis began to plague you.
Here are 4 natural remedies that you can use to help keep psoriasis symptoms under control!
Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which can potentially make psoriasis look less intense. In particular, applying it to affected areas can reduce inflammation and flaking, and can protect them from getting infected – especially if they’re prone to cracking, bleeding and developing pustules.
One of the best types to try is Manuka honey. This honey is native to New Zealand and Australia and comes from the Manuka tree. It has stronger antibacterial and antimicrobial effects than even raw honey so it’s got potential for more positive effects.
With Manuka honey, there are different strengths available. This can be a bit confusing but you’ll generally find that higher strength varieties has more potential for treating psoriasis symptoms.
There isn’t any definite evidence that honey can control psoriasis but some people have had success.
There isn’t any concrete advice about how long to leave it on your skin but 1-2 hours per day seems to be the norm.
Using honey can be a messy option given that honey is so sticky so it’s not the best choice if you’re going to be out and about. If you’re just going to be at home though, you’ve got more freedom to leave it on and let it do its business.
Have you noticed that coconut oil is a main ingredient in a lot of health and beauty products these days? This is largely down to its moisturizing ability, although this is generally refined coconut oil and doesn’t have the same benefits as pure coconut oil.
Because it’s so hydrating and moisturizing, coconut oil can be used to treat dry and flaky psoriasis patches. For scaly skin, it can help to loosen psoriasis plaques – although bear in mind that it doesn’t stop them from coming back and is only temporary relief.
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, a fatty acid that is antimicrobial and can kill inflammation, viruses, funguses and other microbes. This can be great for psoriasis as it can make the skin look better and help to prevent infections.
Not all coconut oil is of the same quality so you’ll need to be selective about the kind you buy. A lot of coconut oil is the refined variety but what you actually need is pure, organic, extra virgin coconut oil.
One of the spices that can be beneficial for psoriasis is cinnamon.
It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties but the really impressive thing about cinnamon comes from an ingredient called eugenol. This wonder oil fights against NF-kappaB, a cytokine that is believed to be a key factor in inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis (and also arthritis and Alzheimer’s Disease).
Studies have suggested that cinnamon can actually hinder the pathway of NF-kappaB, which is a big factor in its anti-inflammatory properties. Another plus point is the oil’s ability to affect 5-lipoxygenase enzymes. These white blood cells are thought to be involved in a range of inflammatory conditions, including psoriasis.
Using cinnamon in cooking and baking can add a dose of anti inflammatory power to meals and snacks!
Like cinnamon, turmeric is another spice that can have big anti-inflammatory benefits. It works in much the same way, with its phytonutrients having the ability to block NF-kappaB pathways.
Using turmeric in your cooking is an easy way to add some flavor to your meals, while also offering an anti inflammatory boost.
Over to you – have you used any of these to tackle psoriasis? Or have you gone down another natural route and had success? Let us know!