Natural Treatment Options & Ideas For Managing Psoriasis
As if clinical treatment options for psoriasis weren't overwhelming enough - the opportunities to treat psoriasis with natural and alternative treatments are endless. Everyone and their mother has suggestions, ideas, and advice on what alternative treatment is best, but we know better. It's something we'll have to figure out for ourselves.
It's also important to talk with our doctor about the success of some of our natural approach methods. It's important to be realistic and remember that just because it is natural does not mean it is without side effects.
A look at some natural treatment options for psoriasis
Psoriasis is as unique as the person who lives with it, and every person's skin is different. This article is going to focus on some natural treatment approaches and ideas that I've recently come across that might help you in your skincare journey.
Treating scalp psoriasis, the all-natural way.
The scalp remains a really hard area to treat. It's such a struggle to access the skin comfortably. Of course, there are great over-the-counter and even prescription shampoos, sprays, etc. But we're talking all natural today.
These are the go-to ingredients that I find make a difference when treating my dreaded scalp psoriasis naturally.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Tea tree essential oil
- Dead Sea Salts
- Epsom salts
- coconut oil
What might be helpful is how to utilize and incorporate these alternative products. You can do what I call "soaks." A mixture of natural products to apply to your scalp and sock on your scalp for 20+ minutes. Rinse when ready. There are also "additions" which is just adding these natural products to your favorite shampoo or conditioner.
Then come "sprays" - products to spray on your scalp and leave in until your next wash.
A natural approach to genital psoriasis
Genital psoriasis can be a very sensitive area treat. Any type of product, medical or alternative, can be tricky. Coconut oil, vaseline, and baby powder have been helpful suggestions to help with soreness, relief, and sweat.
Cotton underwear (or no undies) is also a valid suggestion. It's important to be delicate and kind to ourselves - especially in these areas of our bodies.
What about psoriasis on the rest of the body?
Most of the above ingredients can be used in creams, bath soaks, and the like on the remainder of the body. Additionally, I love an oatmeal bath soak; this is single-handedly the one thing that has always worked and continues to help me.
Here's what I do. I take some dry oatmeal and drop about half a cup into a pantyhose toe tip. That's right, pantyhose. Cut those babies right at the foot and toss the remaining garment. Knot your new bath bomb and drop it into the hot water of your bath, allowing it to draw like tea for about 15 minutes.
Soak your body in the water for 20-40 minutes. This will help relieve all manner of itchy skin and inflammation. It can be used daily and even twice a day if needed.
Taking a look at natural supplements
Supplements and dietary changes can bring about good results too. It can be a difficult routine to stick to, and the results are always immediate, but I promise, the benefits are there. Of course, starting small may be the way to go.
Clean eating may be a good starting point. Adding vitamins and certain foods to your diet can also help - these include black pepper, turmeric, zinc, and magnesium. It is necessary to stick it out and allow 4 weeks to start seeing some results, and it is important to stay consistent.
Natural supplements always take a bit longer, but they can be beneficial with patience and perseverance.
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