I am a thirty year old male who has had psoriasis since I was six. Every summer I use ointment and sunlight to clear my skin from head to toe. Only to have it return in the fall and worsen throughout the winter. I recently visited a certified practitioner at my local natural health store who told me something very interesting. She ran a Limbic Stress Analysis on me (which is basicaly a new technology that asks your body questions in order to find out what your body does not agree with) and then reading from her computer screen she told me my body does not agree with dairy products and that it causes me skin inflamation. I then told her about my psoriasis. She recomended me a few products from the natural health store and also to cut way back on my dairy intake of course. This lady knew nothing about me. I was quite suprised. I will report back to this site in a few months to update. Hope it works...
I had been wheat-free for 7 months and my gas, acid-reflux and psoriasis went away. When you are on a wheat-free diet, it can cause other problems like constipation if you do not watch your fiber intake. I am now off the wheat-free diet and all has returned. I will be going back on the wheat-free diet ASAP.
[Eczema is listed on your emu oil page, but not psoraisis.]
I am a 54 year old female whose body erupted with a case of psoraisis upon moving from a Southern climate to a less Southern climate. (There is a history of psoriasis in the males in my family, but I had never had it before.)
I saw a doctor when my case quickly went from peeling "plaques" on my scalp, to my legs, back and stomach. The doctor gave me a mild steroid ointment and then progressed to much stronger steroid ointments and creams. I used the $600. Prescription shampoo and also a messy scalp oil. None of these things worked very well, if at all.
I trolled the psoriasis Web sites for alternative remedies and bemoaned getting the heartbreak of psoraisis after 54 years.
I tried tanning salons, an oil from India and glycerin. I also began taking vitamin D3 lozenges more regularly. None of these things worked.
THEN, purely by accident, I put some cracked heel foot softener on a bad patch on my thigh. I had purchased the foot softener at Walmart, 2 oz. For under $4. The softener contained emu oil and beeswax. The very next day, I noticed more improvement from this treatment than from any of the other things I had been using. I thought it was a fluke, so I continued to treat just that one spot more than once a day. WOW! That patch went away.
So I went back to the psoriasis cure Web sites and searched for emu oil. There it was, listed as a cure... For some, not all people. I also read a few medical study abstracts concerning the fact that emu oil absorbs through the skin very quickly.
I used up the 2 oz. of foot softener and cured all the patches on my body that I could reach. I also found a more expensive cream at the drugstore that was not yellow and greasy like the foot softener and contained a higher percentage of emu oil. Both of these cured all of my patches except for some hard to treat bumps left on my scalp. I never ended up buying 100% emu oil as the two weaker preparations worked for me. I continue to use both of them on any dry or suspicious-looking skin, and my heels!
(Delaware, Ontario, Canada)
I used a blend of essential oils. This blend consisted of Lavender, Frankincense, Copaiba, Peppermint, and Cedarwood. (Cedarwood being the most important ingredient). I gave to a friend who has suffered psoriasis for many years. He is now asking for more. He says it works!
My father is an 83 year old retired carpenter who has suffered from persistent eczema and psoriasis on his legs all his life.
Over the years he's just about tried everything to relieve it, all without much success. He was resigned to the fact that he would have to suffer with and be self-conscious about this distressing skin condition for the rest of his life. That was until one Christmas when I had made him the "joke gift' of an 'anti-aging skin cream' I had made that contained a mixture of essential oils renowned for their skin-rejuvenating properties. I bought the high quality base cream from a wholesale supplier and, using my knowledge of aromatherapy and essential oils, added plant extracts that have a long-held reputation of smoothing out wrinkles and improving the health and appearance of the skin.
On Christmas day, when my old dad unwrapped the 'anti-wrinkle cream' we all had a good laugh and I had a vague idea he might use it as a shaving cream or for his hands after he had been working in his garden. Unknown to me at the time, instead of massaging it into his wrinkles, he started applying the thick, rich cream onto a patch of psoriasis on his lower leg that had been there for decades and resisted all other treatments. Now you have to understand that my dad is of the 'old school'. A block of soap and some aftershave is all he every used by way of toiletries. He's also the most skeptical man on the earth when it comes to dubious claims made by face cream manufacturers and that suspicion has rubbed off on me.
Probably out of sheer desperation, he rubbed the cream into the affected area day and night for a few weeks (one pot goes quite a long way! ) until one day, completely out of the blue, he happened to mention in conversation that his skin was looking and feeling a lot better. Now I've seen my fathers psoriasis occasionally and, to be honest, it wasn't a pretty site. The skin was red, inflamed, dry and flaky but, with an incredulous smile on his face, he lifted up his trouser leg and the area where his psoriasis had formerly been looked completely normal and healthy.
As I said before, my father has always been very suspicious of so-called 'alternative' treatments such as aromatherapy, so I was fairly certain there was no 'placebo effect' (the belief that something will work makes it work regardless of it's actual effectiveness) at work here but I can't say I was surprised that it works.
I have been convinced of aromatherapy's therapeutic properties for many years, have studied the subject extensively and have successfully used home-made creams containing essential oils to treat my family's skin problems. My research led me to create a natural solution to eczema and psoriasis.
You are going to need either a natural cream (no mineral oil, SLS, artificial perfumes or petrochemials) or use a pure vegetable oil. I recommend either coconut oil, avocado oil, black seed oil or rosehip seed oil as all of these are well known as natural treatments for eczema and psoriasis.
If you use about 100ml of vegetable oil or cream, aim to add four drops of frankincense, lavender, camomile, sandalwood, neroli, carrot seed and geranium.
Test the cream on the inside of your elbow or knee and leave for 24 hours. If there is no adverse reaction, apply the cream or oil morning and evening and you should see an improvement.
If it worked for my father and many others who have tried this formulation, it should work for you!
Simon, Thanks for your helpful post regarding an eczema relieving cream. You mention adding 4 drops of 7 herbal items (frankincense .... geranium). Is that 4 drops of each or .... ? Also, what do you estimate the shelf life of the cream might be; should it be kept refrigerated? Thanks for sharing your findings about this cream.
(Auckland, New Zealand.)
Fasting will CURE psoriasis. It's hard to do tho. I was hospitalized for 3 months as a child due to my psoriasis, I have done PUVA, injections, and tons of horrible meds. Then I tried fasting. Cured it. There is a book on fasting called the miracle of fasting. GET IT.
Flowers of Sulphur
Flowers of Sulphur for Psoriasis Burn
flower of sulfur have worked wonders for me. I just lightly rub in the powder and it instantly starts working and is healing my fingers. Its magical.
Cure for Psoriasis - Folic Acid
I had psoriasis for a year and a half. The patch on my knee just kept growing and would go through cycles of horrible itching redness, then purple, then flakey and so on. I started taking Folic Acid for other reasons and in a couple weeks I noticed my psoriasis was getting better and then shortly after completely disappeared. I have been free from that torture for 5 months now. I was completely shocked and so relieved.
(St Charles, Mo)
I had psoriasis on one elbow and on the heels of my feet for more than 6 years. The psoriasis went away after going completely Gluten free for about 3 months. From time to time (about once a month) I would eat something containing wheat and the psoriasis and a rash on my forehead would begin to come back. In my case and that of many other people, going gluten-free helps to clear up brain fog and helps to give you more energy.
Several recent articles that I have read about people being sensitive to gluten, state that there may also be a relationship to Roundup for people who are "gluten sensitive". Although wheat is not a gmo crop, Roundup containing glyphosate is frequently used on wheat crops (and many other crops). Do your own research on this by using the search - "is roundup the cause of gluten intolerance" - to find more details about this. Though I have gone gluten free, this has not fully worked to resolve several other health issues.
Something that really did help to resolve fatigue and brain fog is D-Ribose Powder (1 1/2 teaspoons taken in water in the morning). A friend gave me the book "From Fatigued to Fantastic" by Jacob Teitlelbaum, M.D. The book addresses chronic exhaustion, achiness, brain fog, poor sleep, recurrent infections and more. The author is the Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. On page 34 of the third edition, it is suggested that one use D-Ribose as studies showed an average increase in energy of 45% and overall well-being of 30% from this single nutrient. In my case, I found the energy increase to be closer to 75-80%.
The rest of the book discusses other supplements that can improve one's condition - some of which I was already taking. (See reader comments on Amazon.com for more input - 163 reviews as of 10/17/14). If you do research on D-Ribose, you will find that many dedicated athletes use this supplement. At first I thought I qualify more as a couch potato than an athlete and maybe this is not for me. But, I gave D-Ribose a try and found it really cleared my mind and gave me the energy that I needed to complete my daily To Do List. D-Ribose is not just for athletes and older people but for anyone experiencing fatigue and brain fog. It is suggested that one use this in the morning as it really does clear your mind and could keep you from getting to sleep at night. Sorry to have gone slightly off-topic, but D-Ribose is such a great find that I included it here.
RE: psoriasis. it will be cured by a completely GLUTEN FREE diet. it is amazing...
Gluten Free, Tar Ointment
I felt the need to give feedback on this site after finding success after struggling with psoriasis on my scalp for 5 years. Your comments and suggestions have made all the difference to me, so maybe mine can be of help to you. For years I had thick scabby buildup on my scalp that would itch and flake horribly. I always told myself that I wouldn't take harsh prescription drugs until the psoriasis really started to affect my daily life. As of recent months, it began to take its toll on my emotional well being. I had tried shampoos, herbs, coconut oil, moroccan oil, apple cider vinegar, and various other remedies. I had tried a tar shampoo 4 years ago, and saw no change with it.
However, recently I have gone gluten free (for my digestive system) and it has been three weeks and I feel better. A WEEK ago I started putting a tar ointment on (Psoriacin) and I am almost completely clear! I had also been taking coconut oil everyday, but I really think putting the tar ointment on before bed, and shampooing in the morning with a salicydic acid shampoo REALLY helped me. I am almost completely clear! I hope this helps any of your struggling with this condition!
Just wanted let you guys at Earthclinic know what an amazing site this is! Long story short.. I've had psoriasis my whole life since I was 17 years old and in my senior year of high school. I would just get these annoying patches of scales around the peaks of my hair and occasionally under my eyes. At that time I lived in the Florida panhandle ( Fort Walton Beach, FL) and was at the beach at least 2 times a wk. I don't get nearly as much sun now that I'm landlocked in Orlando, FL and the condition has only gotten worse the past few years.
I came upon your site by accident one day while I was in research mode and looked into several 'cures/remedies' and found out about glycerin. I went to a local chain's website and had to order some after going to 2 locations and them not actually having it in the store. I'm at the end of my 1st wk and WOW!! What a MIRACLE.. This 8.5 oz bottle of glycerin did what cortisteriod creams never were able to do! Its almost gone in less than 8 days.. And for the first time in years I've not had to use any makeup to cover up the 'condition'!
I've also had tremedous success with the epsom salt / borax for nail fungus!
KUDOS to ya'll for an AMAZING SITE!
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
Reading about your symptoms of psoriasis and nail fungus it makes me think that you suffer from Candida therefore creams will help you for a while but won't make your symptoms disappear. Right now I am reading quite a good book about Candida but doing the diet might be more than I will manage as it is quite strict. I am not sure that I will be eating potatoes with salad alone, for example as you can't mix quite a lot of foods. Worth reading if I were you..... The title is "Beat Candida through diet".
In about 2002, animal model studies at Georgia Medical School established that Glycerin (glycerol) suppressed excess skin growth and foliation, and re-established normal layering. It also doubles healing speed and halves scarring. I've been using it with great success since on psoriasis flare-ups.
It penetrates the skin readily in 10-15 minutes, and is infinitely miscible with water (hygroscopic). So any excess rinses away instantly, or can be wiped with a damp cloth.
It is 3-carbon alcohol, syrupy, tastes sweet, and is an approved food supplement used in large quantities in everything from ice cream, to soaking raisins (to hold moisture in), to toothpaste, cosmetics, and skin lotions. Can be diluted to spray on, or applied by hand or on a cotton swab. For the scalp, apply 15 minutes before showering.
Works quickly, and suppresses itching better than most medications by calming the cells' cytokine output, it seems.
VERY inexpensive. Spreads readily and thinly, no rubbing in necessary.
Use for injuries, burns, sunburn, etc. also. Your skin will thank you.
(Los Angeles, CA)
Hello Brian, would please indicate the brand name you are using and how long does it take to see the effect, i it perment or temporary?
EC: Whole Foods sells a good brand of glycerin singers use to coat their throats before performing, also for sore throats. For external use, most pharmacies and groceries stores will have it in stock.
(Vancouver, BC Canada)
The "external use" type in drug stores is USP, which is actually pure food grade glycerin. The labelling is obsolete; it is also safe for oral or internal use, according to FDA guidelines. (A GRS food additive.) The vegetable glycerin, such as NOW brand, is specifically labelled as safe for internal use, if you are worried.
In general, its action is to re-establish normal skin layering, and suppress autoimmune attacks on the skin. It apparently "breaks" a runaway positive feedback system that directs destructive biochemical action designed to fend off invasive organisms, but ends up harming the skin.
An interesting secondary use I've found is sinus clearing; if you're stuffed up, rub a bit just inside each nostril. Over the next 20 minutes or so, the blockage will gradually soften, liquify, and drain naturally. Repeat as necessary.
(Vancouver, BC Canada)
Ron; Sorry I didn't reply properly.
The effect is "permanent" if you persist until AFTER all discoloration has disappeared (carry on a few days). It may recur, but hitting it quickly at the first sign will stop and reverse it.
The speed varies with the type and severity and duration. But, here's an example quote from someone on the psoriasis.org site:
"Just wanted to pop on and say thank you for the mention of glycerin.
My son has had P since he was 4 or 5......and the patches on his elbows and knees during the winter are awful. I went to Walmart and bought some glycerin this week. This morning, the patches on his elbows are gone! And the most stubborn patch on his knee is healing up very nicely. The $3 bottle of glycerin has done what the $500 creams could not, I am thrilled. I don't know if it will last, but I am happy to not have to continue to put steroid creams on my young child night after night.
Hopefully, we are on the road to being clear w/out having to continue to move on to stronger steroids, or worse. Thanks again!
(Vineland, New Jersey, Usa)
If you use a natural soap, you will be putting glycerin on your skin everytime you use it! The chemical reaction known as "saponification" creates soap and glycerin molecules from mixing water, lye and fat molecules. The makers of those "beauty" or "bath" bars that are sold, draw out the glycerin and use it to make lotions to rehydrate your skin, so they can increase their profits. I get my handmade, vegan, natural soaps for a great price.
(West New York, Nj)
I have had severe scalp psoriasis for the past 6 years. I have tried every natural remedy imaginable, but nothing has ever worked. After reading the info on this site regarding glycerin, I decided to give it a try. I have been using it for 8 days now, and cannot believe that the itching and flaking are almost gone. I am wearing a black top today, and NO FLAKES. I am so happy, and will continue to use the glycerin with hopes that it will go away and never return. It's a miracle!!!
Hi Rose, I wonder if the glycerin just moisturized your scalp that made scalp stop being dry and flake off. Coud you give more spesifikk about that. Are you cured or did you just manage the flaking of the psoriaris?? I dont kritize you. The reason I ask is because I have a friend who suffers something alike. I wonder if it CURES it, if it does I would remember this and recomend this to him as well as others. Thank you for even submitting something you have found to help. I wish you good health. Have a nice day/night. Friendly Greetings from a Muslim.
(West New York, Nj)
The glycerin has moisturized my scalp and has reduced the scaling and itching tremendously. I have been using it for 16 days so far, and I can't say that I am cured but it is a major relief. I will continue to use it because it is safe and has no known side effects for external use, and hope that it will eventually cure my psoriasis because I've tried every natural remedy available and nothing else worked.
Glycerin, Zinc Oxide
I really appreciate this wonderful site. In March of last year, I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my calf and did I everything imaginable to heal it and a year later, the wound just kept getting bigger and bigger. It started out the size of a dime and now is the size of a grapefruit.
On Saturday, April 9th, a friend of mine told me it looked like Psoriasis to her. I looked at pictures and it did seem to look a lot like what I have. I think perhaps the bite affected my immune system and combined with the stress just would not heal.
I immediately bought the glycerin and the zinc oxide recommended on Earth Clinic and I am in shock as I write this the following Monday, April 11th. The improvement is miraculous. Where it was bumpy, purple and scaly, it is now flat and pink and clearly healing. I am so grateful. Thank you so much for creating this wonderful site with so much great information and so well put together.
(Auckland, New Zealand)
I just alternate between the two. During the day, I apply the glycerin for a couple of hours and sometimes mix the two, however they do separate. I apply the zinc oxide at night. I'm using Desitin for diaper rash. It has the highest percentage of zince oxide that I could find (40%) In any case, it is working and my leg is healing more and more daily. And I cannot tell you how happy I am. It was a scary nightmare watching my skin being eaten away for a year.
I also added vitamin D (5000 I. U. 3X a day) and Zinc tablets as supplements.
And this week, I am going to use a tanning bed. Even though I live in California, I don't sit in the sun ever and I have very white skin. And according to what I read here, UV light is a therapy doctors use.
Thanks Earth Clinic! You rock the planet!
(Chattanooga, Tn, United States)
Double check on the tanning bed. My research showed that they had little to none of the range of uv light that had an impact on psoriasis and of course they are known to be hard on your skin long term. The uv therapy that is considered safest and most effective is UVB narrowband. Good luck!!! And I hope you check back in with good results and more info to share with all who are at war with this condition.
(San Diego, Ca, Usa)
Instead of a tanning bed, research far-infrared lights.
I had bad psoriasis on scalp, tried everything mentioned above but worked temporarily. It was spreading rapidly on my scalp and my ears. Luckily I went back to my country and found an ointment from a herbal doctor which cleared it all after only three applications. I don't have no scaly scalp anymore and thank God I m free from it and here doctors still say that there's no cure for it.