5 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Psoriasis (And Why You Should)

It’s smelly. It stings. And it’s got slimy, cobweb-like gunk floating around in it. Yet it’s risen to folk remedy stardom in the past few years and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

What are we talking about? Apple cider vinegar, of course.

This Swiss army knife of superfoodsdrinks is credited with such a huge array of health benefits, it seems there is nothing it and its stinky kin can’t do. It improves insulin sensitivity. It lowers blood sugar levels. It aids weight loss. It reduces blood pressure. It reduces the risk of heart disease. It can kill cancer cells.

But most importantly for us, it provides relief from psoriasis.

How? Truth be told, no one really knows for sure – there’s a real dearth of clinical studies detailing how or why ACV works for psoriasis, although there’s anecdotal evidence galore. Stories from people who’ve benefited from adding ACV into their lives are abundant on Earth Clinic, CureZone, Inspire, and Amazon. Here’s what they’re saying…

Sreenivas says:

I drank 1 tea spoon of ACV with 250 ml of water for about 2 weeks and I see 90% improvement. The color of my soles are still blackish but itching is gone and I am able to sleep well without taking any anti histamine tablets. I got psoriasis in 2007 on my hands and my feet. Cracks, blisters and discharges was something I have lived with while trying all kinds of creams, tablets… Etc. During the last 6 years I have visited quite a few dermatologists who told me that I have live with psoriasis or take some expensive injections with no guarantee of success. To all those who suffer from psoriasis, please try APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. It worked like magic for me and I am praying the psoriasis will stay away from me forever. Hope it works for you too.

Cam says:

Drank 2 tsps of natural ACV with 16 oz. of water each day and the red, painful, scaly condition just disappeared! This is the cloudy version of ACV with all the active nutrients. Not the clearer grocery store ACV. My skin was freaking me out and scary painful when acting up. And no I would not have believed something so simple would have worked.

Mid 50’s, when the condition appeared. I thought this Psoriasis was going to flat out eat me alive! Other benefits came along with the ACV as well. Elated, and thinking there is something to keeping PH in balance I have seen mentioned often.

Mark K says:

It is a long battle to beat psoriosis and I am not fully cured yet. What I can say is that I am winning – one milimeter of healed skin at a time.

As a fellow psoriosis sufferer you you know how embedded this condition is and how hard it is to beat. However, I would say that ACV is the WEAPON OF CHOICE.

So how do you go about using apple cider vinegar to relieve your own psoriasis? Well, you’ve got several options…

Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

How do you do it? This is one drink you don’t want to drink “neat” unless you want to be doubled over with a sore stomach (been there, wish I’d not done that).  What you’ll want to do is mix 2 tablespoons of ACV with a cup of water, fresh juice, or tea and drink it once a day, preferably before your biggest meal of the day.

Make sure that you opt for organic apple cider vinegar that contains the “Mother” – you know, that cobweb-like gunk swirling around at the bottom. As unappetizing as this stuff may look, it’s gold for your body as it’s made up of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria for your gut.

Why is this great? Although the exact reasons for how AVC helps psoriasis isn’t known, much of the vinegar’s benefits most likely come down to the enzymes and friendly bacteria created through its fermentation process.

On top of the gut health benefits, ACV is also a super alkalizer. Although it has a pH of a little more than 3 (the pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being extremely acidic and 14 being extremely alkaline), it has an alkaline effect in your body. And this is a really good thing since your body is slightly alkaline with an optimal pH level between 7.35 and 7.45. In order for us to stay healthy, it’s important to maintain this pH level, which can be challenging since most of us live very acid-forming lifestyles.

Do you get stressed throughout the day? That’s acid-forming. Do you drink alcohol, soda, or coffee? Again, acid-forming. How about consuming sugars and refined flour products? Yea, that’s acid-forming, too.

Parasites, viruses, bad bacteria, and degenerative diseases thrive in an acidic system, which is why the body fluids of sick people are either slightly more or very acidic, while the body fluids of healthy people tend to be slightly more alkaline.

ACV helps your body maintain proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state, which probably plays a huge part in its curative properties. So drink up, okay? Just make sure you dilute it first.

Take an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath

How do you do it? Fill a tub with warm-hot water and add 1 to 2 cups of apple cider vinegar. Soak and relax for about 30 minutes, letting the naturally anti-fungal vinegar soak into you skin, your hair and your scalp.

When you’re done, either rinse off in a cool shower or let the vinegar water dry on your skin.

Why is this great? Because vinegar is naturally acidic, it helps restore your skin’s pH balance which returns your skin to an optimal, slightly acidic pH which makes it difficult for fungi, bacteria, and yeast to survive. Result? It soothes psoriasis and other skin problems and is also good for urinary tract infections, acne and breakouts, and even helps reduce body odor.

Spritz on Some Apple Cider Vinegar Spray

How do you do it? You don’t have to soak in a bath to get the benefits of ACV on psoriasis – you can simply spritz in on your red, flaky areas to get its antiseptic, pH-balancing, itch-relieving qualities quick. Just keep in mind that ACV is very acidic so you don’t want to apply this directly to your skin – it can burn! Instead, you’ll want to  dilute the ACV at least 1:1 with water before using it on your skin.

Once diluted, pour it into a spray bottle so you can spritz your harder to reach areas or apply it on a cotton ball or pad and dab your infected areas with it. If your mixture is at a 1:1 ratio, you’ll want to wash it off after around half an hour but if you dilute it further (say, 20% ACV and 80% water), feel free to leave it on overnight.

Why is this great? ACV helps restore your skin’s natural pH balance to make it hostile to the growth of unwanted fungi and bacteria. It also promotes better blood flow in the small capillaries of the skin for faster healing as well as helps lift scales and relieve itching.

Do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse for Scalp Psoriasis

How do you do it? Dilute the ACV 1:4 with water (25% ACV and 75% water) and gently pour the solution onto your scalp, taking care it doesn’t get into your eyes. You’re going to let this rinse sit on your scalp for 5 minutes, so take the time to give yourself a scalp massage with your fingers or with a scalp scrub to better loosen and lift scales and flakes.

Rinse it off with cool water and dry your hair as usual. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell lingering – it goes away when your hair dries.

Why is this great? Apple cider vinegar is strangely, wonderfully effective at loosening those pesky scales and getting rid of scalp itch. The ACV rinse is also very clarifying for your hair – if you’ve had waxy buildup or limp hair (which can happen when you transition to all-natural shampoo and your hair is detox-ing), ACV is a god-send as it’ll leave your hair soft, shiny and super clean.

Make an Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Mask

How do you do it? If your scalp is chronically, incorrigibly dry, this hair mask recipe is a super effective, all-natural way to give it some much-needed hydration quickly. You’ll want to combine coconut oil, Manuka honey and ACV in a 2:2:1 ratio (so, 40% coconut oil, 40% Manuka honey, 20% ACV). Mix it all together and apply the mask to your scalp.

Leave the mask on your scalp for 20 to 30 minutes. The Manuka honey is perfectly grainy so you can use its little grains to gently exfoliate your scalp scales while the mixture works its magic.

Why is this great? This ACV scalp mask is a DIY wonder – it helps lift scales, relieves itchiness, and leaves your scalp nourished and hydrated. The ACV goes to work destroying bacteria and fungi, restoring your scalp’s natural pH and removing buildup on your scalp and hair while the coconut oil contributes its own antibacterial and antifungal properties (thanks, lauric acid!) and seals in moisture to your scalp and hair.

Manuka honey is another antibacterial heavy hitter (make sure you look for one with a UMF rating of over 10), thanks to its high methylglyoxl content. This stuff is a potent anti-inflammatory that’s a godsend when you have cracked, broken skin or scalp from psoriasis – it’s naturally wound-protective since it’s a hydroscopic which pulls moisture our of bacteria in infected areas and allows wounds to heal faster. It also promotes moisture, helps break down old skin cells, and fights infections, bacteria and fungi without irritating your skin or scalp.

 

 

 

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