Posted by Missy (Lake Forest, Ca) on 03/19/2014
[YEA] It started as mild scalp psoriasis when I was 17. By the time I turned 21 it turned into an aggressive red itchy scaly patch on the back of my head above my neck. I blamed it on hair dye. Then I finally gave up and got a prescription steroid cream, after a week of use, my psoriasis disappeared. In the case I would get a slight itch, I would dab on the cream and it went away.
I was psoriasis free for years until I hit 33. This time it started out as small dot on my hip. When one spot would subside after using prescription steroid cream, another one would appear somewhere else. It would eventually show up on my groin and the crease of my leg and hip. Stress would cause flare-ups, along with spicy foods, and sugar. Sugar was a guaranteed trigger. I decided to take the natural route. I tried taking many products including vitamin D oil, primrose oil, coconut oil, flax oil, apple cider vinegar, chia seeds, kefir, and curcumin. Externally, I tried sweet almond oil, and oil of oregano (heavily diluted w/ a carrier oil), I don't recommend oregano oil as it is very powerful and can cause serious burns. All these items seemed to work for me somewhat, but didn't relieve the symptoms entirely.
In my searches for natural cures on the web, time and again I would see the words Leaky Gut and Inflammation relating to psoriasis. As a last ditch effort I resorted to going on a leaky gut healing regimen. I took out the bag of flaxseed meal, I had used for baking, that I kept in the refrigerator. I mixed 2 Tb with water and had it first thing in the morning. If you let it sit, it will become thick much like Metamucil. I had no flare ups that day and slept like a baby all night. I've been taking this every morning for the last 5 weeks. As a bonus side effect, it curbed my appetite and kept me full. I'm confident to say that it works for my psoriasis. Really, truly works.
Flaxseed meal had been known to help with Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, Weight Loss, and lowering LDL Cholesterol. Psoriasis has been linked to insulin resistance, cholesterol, and obesity. I find this interesting as diabetes type 2 and psoriasis runs in my family.
Aside from flaxseed meal, I am also drinking Slippery Elm tea. I found the Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat w/ slippery elm and licorice tea at my local super Target and decided to give it a try. Slippery elm is a folk remedy used for upset stomach. I don't mind the taste at all, but I should warn that it has a mild laxative effect.
Lastly, to help heal my gut, I don't eat after 7pm. If I get hungry, I drink water or have tea with almond milk. It was hard for me for the first couple weeks, but I stuck to it because the benefits definitely outweigh the costs.
So do just these 3 steps:
- Drink flaxseed meal and water in the morning
- Avoid Fried foods, Spicy foods, and Sugar
- Don't eat after 7pm, drink water instead
I am so glad I can share my experience with you all. The efforts I made were so simple and easy to do. Please give it a try, you really have nothing to lose. I hope that this could be the answer to other people out there like myself who want to treat this ailment using a natural remedy.