Can Baking Soda Help Psoriasis?

I remember as a child that we always had boxes of baking soda everywhere. If we got a bee sting my parents would make a paste and put it on the sting. If we ran out of toothpaste we would use baking soda to brush with. I remember my grandmother mixing it with water when I wasn’t feeling good to help ease my stomach pain. I’m not sure if any of these remedies was helping me or causing more harm than good.

So many uses for baking soda!

We didn’t have the traditional cleaning supplies that we used today. Baking soda was used to clean the floors, silverware, grease stains, coffee stains, get rid of odors. It was used for everything. Oh, how could I forget that we used it as deodorant too!

Sometimes I think about all the stuff that was given to us by our elders. They live to be in their 90’s and they never went to a doctor. The one thing I did notice was that almost everything they ate or drank came from the earth. Everything was made from scratch and they cooked a lot with baking soda.

Baking soda may help reduce itching

I have had psoriasis for 55 years and would scratch until I would bleed. My parents would make a baking soda paste to help with the itching. Research shows that baking soda can ease itching and minimize the symptoms.1 If you can’t afford a trip to the Dead Sea, baking soda might be the next best thing. This could be our “do it yourself spa.” It may help reduce flares but was not intended for long-term use.

We know that baking soda can be used for many things. When I was at my worst; covered from head to toe in scales, I would take baking soda baths which seemed to help my psoriasis. I would put in a half cup of baking soda in my water and soak for 15 minutes or so. Remember this is not a cure, but it did give me some temporary relief.

Adding baking soda to your bath

There is a benefit of using it in bath water. The main function is to help with skin irritations and to give some relief to the scabs and the redness. I believe that there are different strokes for different folks. This may work wonders for some people, but not help others at all. There is always new research showing how they have proven different things do work. I am grateful for the research that is being done to document any treatment options and find the accuracy before revealing it to the public.

We know baking soda is being used to treat a lot of things, such as bee stings, certain minor infections, rashes, and hives. Who knows maybe the benefits of this will work miracles in skin diseases worldwide. We will wait and see.

At home remedies our grandparents used

This could be a convenient and cost-friendly way to help manage symptoms of many autoimmune diseases, but I wouldn’t suggest starting to drink baking soda as a way to treat any illness without some direction from someone who knows what they are doing. There’s no way to know how much baking soda you need to drink and the time frame.

My father will be 85 in a few months. He gets up 3 days a week and goes to work. I ask him when he started using baking soda. He said he could remember his mother giving him baking soda to drink as a child. He has been mixing a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water every morning for over 60 years now.

Instead of going to the store and buying all those expensive products; just try baking soda. It’s good for acid reflux and heartburn. It can also help you to have a clean, fresh breath. It can be used for sunburns and I always keep a box in the refrigerator for freshness.

I’m hoping that more studies are done on this. I think our elders were on to something.

Editors note: Since psoriasis and psoriasis treatments affect each person differently and what may work for one person may not work for another it is important to review your psoriasis treatment options with your doctor and inform them if you plan on starting or stopping a treatment.

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  1. Scaly skin and bath pH: Rediscovering baking soda Milstone, Leonard M. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , Volume 62 , Issue 5 , 885 - 886. Accessed online at https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(09)00493-9/fulltext

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