Psoriasis refers to a form of skin condition that is characterized by red and silver patches on the surface of the skin. The condition also results in the formation of thick brown scale-like structures on the skin that are rough and hard in texture. Psoriasis patients not only suffer from the ugly formations on skin but also from a deep sense of insecurity and depression as a result of the condition. Therefore, it is important to treat psoriasis and what better way to treat the skin disorder than with herbs? Let us look at some of the herbs that are effective in treating psoriasis.
Aloe vera is an effective remedy for many skin disorders including psoriasis because the white gel like substance of the herb is known to contain anti-inflammatory properties that not only bring down the swelling but also control the eruption of rashes. Aloe vera also soothes the irritated skin and moisturizes it well to make it soft and supple. Apply fresh aloe gel every day on the affected area three times a day.
Milk thistle helps treat psoriasis by normalizing the functioning of the immune system; a sluggish immune system is often responsible for the development of the condition. The herb is available in supplement form and 150 mg of the pill should be taken twice a day.
Primrose oil is known to make the skin soft and supple and thereby helps improve the symptoms of psoriasis. Along with the application of the oil you can also consume the herb in pill form for treating the skin disorder. Take 500 mg of primrose oil twice a day.
Not a well known herb, yellowduck is used in combination with red clover and burdock for treating psoriasis. Both red clover and burdock are widely used in the treatment of many skin conditions. The three herbs should be mixed in equal parts and then steeped in a cup of very hot water for 10 minutes. Drink this herbal concoction three times a day.
Cayenne pepper is popularly used for weight loss purposes because of the presence of capsaicin. This active ingredient is also known for treating many other conditions such as inflammation, irritation and itching of the skin. Capsaicin creams are also used for treating muscular pain caused as a result of inflammation of the muscles. Apply cream containing 0.025-0.075 per cent capsaicin generously on the affected areas to treat inflammation and itching caused by psoriasis.
Lavender is a herb with a light and pleasant aroma that is normally used in homes to keep the air fresh and sweet-smelling. However, lavender is used for treating many skin infections including psoriasis because of its healing properties. Drinking lavender tea is known to soothe and calm both mind and body, which is very important during psoriasis.
Many people suffering from psoriasis also suffer from anxiety and stress that are the associated conditions. Lavender uplifts your mood and relieves sleeplessness as well. Applying diluted lavender oil will soothe the inflammation of the skin and also reduce the intensity of itching.