Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects both men and women and frequently shows up in individuals between the ages of 15-30 years old. It can show up anywhere on the body but is commonly seen on the elbows, knees, shins, scalp and lower back.
Psoriasis can be hereditary. It can be brought on by stress, anxiety, illness or cold and damp conditions. It’s symptoms include: dry cracked skin that might bleed, red patches of skin that are covered with silvery scales, itching, burning or soreness, swollen and stiff joints, and distortion or pitting in the nails.
There are many herbal and natural things you can do to help your skin if you have psoriasis. The best natural treatment is sunlight. Start by spending about 10 minutes each day in the sun. Avoid overexposure. You don’t want your skin to burn. It could take a few weeks before you begin to notice a difference. You can also talk to your doctor about laser or light therapy. This is a natural remedy that takes place in a doctor’s office. Either way you go the key to successfully helping your psoriasis is consistency.
If you’re not taking a multi-vitamin adding one to your diet could also improve your symptoms. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins C, A, E, B complex, and also selenium.
Along with vitamins there are also several supplements that may help. Go to your local health food store and look for oregano oil, milk thistle or evening primrose oil. Some people also say that Turmeric has helped with their psoriasis. You can both purchase this in pill form or as a spice and put it in your food.
Try taking a bath with yarrow twice weekly. Yarrow is a common wildflower that grows all over the US in fields and along roadsides. You can either pick these flowers yourself or purchase the leaves at a health food store. Once you have yarrow leaves take a handful of them and boil them in about 16 ounces of water for 15 minutes. Strain out the leaves and pour the water into your bath.
In addition to yarrow and herbal supplements there are several things you can put directly on your skin to help psoriasis. Things like oregano oil, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, tea tree oil, and oatmeal can give you some relief.
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