7 Natural Remedies for Psoriasis That Actually Work, According to Science

As anyone with our itchy, inflamed skin condition knows, the Internet is positively bursting with all sorts of natural remedies for psoriasis. And why not? Most of us are willing to try *almost* anything at least once, especially a solution that’s natural and presumably, safe.

And there’s plenty out there to try. From the bizarre to the slightly risky, there are psoriasis remedies galore.

But you know which ones are our favorites? The ones that are natural and backed up by science. Here’s a little roundup of the most effective natural remedies for psoriasis that have studies to back them up!

Oregon Grape

Oregon grape, aka Mahonia Aquifolium is quite possibly the trendiest alternative treatment for psoriasis at the moment. It’s long been known to herbalists for its ability to stimulate liver function, improve the flow of bile, cleanse the blood and bowels, and treat infectious conditions of both the stomach and intestines – all of which can help relieve psoriasis from the inside out.

But now both studies and media are pointing to oregon grape’s effectiveness as a antipsoriatic topical – applied on skin, this antimicrobial herb’s been shown to significantly inhibit keratinocyte growth, reduce inflammation, and soothe itchiness. One study showed that a 10% mahonia cream proved effective in treating mild to moderate psorasis and 84% of the patients in the study rated the Mahonia-treated psoriasis as good to excellent response.

Dead Sea Mud & Salts

This giant salt lake draws hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to soak away their ailments in its healing waters. Rumor has it even Cleopatra was a fan. But it’s not all legend and myth – the Dead Sea boasts seriously high concentrations of magnesium, calcium, bromide, silica, sodium, potassium and other skin-friendly minerals that are absorbed through the skin while soaking to improve blood circulation and skin barrier function, boost skin hydration, reduce inflammation, and promote cleansing and detoxification.

Plus, there’s both research (like this and this) as well as plenty of anecdotal evidence showing that skin conditions like acne and psoriasis are relieved by soaking in water mixed with Dead Sea salt. And Dead Sea mud is pure soothing, flake-relieving hydration. Add both into your life – the salts for your bath water to loosen and remove scales and the mud to smear on your psoriasis flareups for nourishing, moisturizing relief.

Black Cumin Seed

For such a simple folk remedy, black cumin, aka Nigella sativa, is damn effective. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antihelmenthic (in English, this means it destroys worms).

It’s best applied directly to cracked psoriasis ruptures where it suppresses the crazy proliferation of skin cells that cause all the flaking and scaling. At the same time, it also encourages proper epidermal growth and has been shown to be equivalent to tazarotene gel for healing psoriasis-affected skin.

Probiotics

Beneficial bacteria, aka probiotics, are definitely having their moment. They’ve been shown to improve a huge range of conditions, from acne to yeast infections. They’re even known to be helpful for chronic illnesses such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease.

And now more recent research is showing that there may be a link between psoriasis and gut microbiota – you know, all the good and bad bacteria that live in your gut. One study found that patients with skin psoriasis had less diverse microbiota compared to healthy people as well as a lower abundance of beneficial flora.

Another study points to a link between intestinal microbiota and skin inflammation. And yet another study shows that both probiotics and prebiotics are helpful for alleviating symptoms and improving adult dermatological conditions.

Sure, further research is necessary to understand the link between probiotics and psoriasis but as of now, we do know that probiotics are generally good for your health. And since there’s a good chance it can help psoriasis as well, this is one natural remedy that’s worth adding into your daily diet.

St. John’s Wort

Naturally anti-inflammatory and great for nerve regeneration in wounded skin, St. John’s wort has a special place in the world of skin-healing herbs. And if it works for you, it makes a very effective topical remedy for psoriasis – one small study with 10 participants with plaque-type psoriasis showed that redness, scaling and thickness were significantly reduced by using topical St. John’s wort twice daily for 4 weeks

Gotu Kola

This herbal remedy for psoriasis is effective for stopping itchiness and has been shown to slow the rampant production of skin cells, thus helping to inhibit flaking. It’s also known to be an anti-inflammatory and protect against infection.

Gotu Kola is best used topically in cream form – it’s not recommended you take this orally, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.

Turmeric

Ah, turmeric. This root that gives Indian curries their traditional yellow color is one natural remedy everyone with psoriasis should try. Why? Well, it’s got a load of good stuff in it, like iron, manganese, copper, and potassium but its true claim to psoriatic fame is curcumin.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is pretty multi-talented: It’s protects your skin from free radicals thanks to its potent antioxidant properties. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory that blocks your cell’s inflammation response. It inhibits an enzyme called PhK associated with overactive cell growth in psoriasis. And it speeds up the healing of broken, cracked skin by improving collagen and fibroblast density in wounds.

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