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Gluten Free, Tar Ointment

Posted by Nicole (New York, Usa) on 08/13/2012

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!


Glycerin

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Posted by Muslartorlando (Orlando, Florida) on 01/18/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)
01/19/2011

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".


Glycerin
Posted by Brian (Vancouver, BC Canada) on 01/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Glycerin (psoriasis)

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.

Replied by Ron
(Los Angeles, CA)
01/13/2009

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.

Replied by PR
(Houston, Texas)
01/14/2009

Thanks for the information. I think this could be very helpful. Will add it to my medicine cabinet.

Replied by Brian
(Vancouver, BC Canada)
02/10/2009

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.
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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.

Replied by Brian
(Vancouver, BC Canada)
02/10/2009

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.
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Hopefully, we are on the road to being clear w/out having to continue to move on to stronger steroids, or worse. Thanks again!

Replied by Maria
(Vineland, New Jersey, Usa)
10/24/2011

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.

Replied by Rose
(West New York, Nj)
11/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Replied by Muslim
(Oslo, Norway)
11/29/2012

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.

Replied by Rose
(West New York, Nj)
12/07/2012
4 out of 5 stars

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

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Posted by Bea (Burbank, Ca, Usa) on 04/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Stonefieldsian
(Auckland, New Zealand)
04/12/2011

Can you describe in more detail how you mixed and applied glycerine and zinc oxide? Thanks.

Replied by Bea
(Burbank, Ca)
04/12/2011

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!

Replied by Nc1966
(Chattanooga, Tn, United States)
05/26/2011
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

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.

Replied by Sheila
(San Diego, Ca, Usa)
05/27/2011

Instead of a tanning bed, research far-infrared lights.


Herbal Remedy

Posted by Sam Ayaan (London, UK) on 04/11/2014

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.

Replied by Denise
(Milwaukee, Wi Usa)
02/08/2015

Can you tell us what the ingredients were?

Replied by Rose
(New Jersey)
11/30/2018

Can you provide the name of this ointment? and its ingredients?


Herbal Salve

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Posted by Marsh57 (Denver, Co) on 09/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My elderly father had a horrible case of psoraisis. After researching I made this salve many times for him:

1/2 cup shea butter; 1/4 c castor oil, 1/8 cup aloe, 1 oz almond oil; 1/2 t Vitamin E, 5-10 drops lavender, 5 drops tea tree, 3-4 drops Myrhh & Frankencense essential oils. Melt over low heat, mix and apply. You can also add Neem.

The massage therapist we had seeing him 2x week called to ask what it was... she was amazed at how it helped heal in in a couple months and loved the way her hands felt. The thick skin disappeared on his elbows but we didn't have the oppty to see how it worked on the scarring as he passed. Liver detox is also important.

Replied by Mama To Many
(Tn)
09/09/2017

Dear Marsh,

Thank you for sharing your amazing salve recipe. I am sure many will be helped with this.

Your father is blessed to have you.

~Mama to Many~


Herbal Tea Mix

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Posted by Andreea Laza (USA) on 10/14/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Herbal Tea Mix for Psoriasis:

Mix together:

  • 10 gr of oak bark
  • 30 gr willow bark
  • 40 gr common mallow
  • 20 gr earth smoke
  • 20 gr walnut bark
  • 30 gr greater celandine
  • 50 gr nettle
  • 30 gr heath speedwell
  • 30 gr marigolds
  • 20 gr yarrow

Add 1 tsp. of the herbal mix per 250 ml of water, bring to a simmer, and leave for 1-2 minutes.

Drink 1.5-2 L of this tea per day.


Homeopathy, Vitamin D, Omega 3 Fish

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Posted by Shadow (Uk) on 05/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I've had severe, widespread psoriasis my entire life ( nearly 45 years) and I have gone into remission three times, miraculously and rapidly due to the following. Each time it eventually returned many years later, but only due to extreme stress in my life.

  • First: homeopathy. Each person has a unique remedy, different for everyone. Need to see a homeopath though, not over the counter pills.
  • Second: Took 10.000iu D3. In two weeks it was gone... like a miracle.
  • Third: Took 4000mg omega 3 fish oils per day. It took a few weeks and it was gone.

I was without for years, and only severe prolonged stress made it return. I'm currently back at the homeopath, and it's working again.

I made no other changes during these; ie diet or lifestyle.


Honey

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Posted by Trina (St. Helens, OR) on 04/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

My mother has psoriasis on her feet - i talked her into using Honey to stop the bad itch. I worked instantly. the itch was gone. She reports that she dont like the sticky tacky feel of the honey but it worx. And she will use it more in the future when in a pinch.

Replied by Solange
(Huntington Beach, Ca)
01/24/2012

Banana peel rubbed on psoriasis, google it. I am in the process of noticing an improvement from doing it. It's worth a try.


Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Robin (Redding, Ca) on 06/23/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have a friend who had psoriasis really bad. It covered her whole body, her head too! I told her to take food grade (35%) hydrogen peroxide drops in a glass of distilled water as follows,

1. Take for 30 days.

2. Start with 1 drop day one, day 2, 2 drops, day 3, 3 drops continue to 21 drops if anytime you feel nausea back off a drop for a day and continue, take no more than 21 drops until the 30 days are up.

That was almost a year ago and her skin is clear and healthy! Hasn't had a outbreak since!

I've been reading a lot about hydrogen peroxide, is it safe to use in treating hep c?


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Helen (Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Usa) on 12/03/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Age 66. I have had single areas and multiple of what I called psoriasis (not diagnosed) for years. About 3 weeks ago, I got the typical rash, redness, and thickening on both forearms and chest. I have used peroxide 3% full strength rubbed on areas with good results. It still takes months to completely get rid of it but it works. It takes longer, too, when scratched or shaved over areas. The most recent is looking much better already.


Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Captaintoker (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 01/31/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I use a pint about 2-3 cups of h2o2 in the bath water, use a rag to remove the scales without discomfort and for a few days it's at ease. I'm sure used often it would work a lot better. Does work with eczema great also.


Iodine

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Posted by Maria (Florida, US) on 07/17/2015
5 out of 5 stars

A friend of mine ask me about how to cure psoriases in her toe nails. Her doctor said it was not of fungal origin. I did some research and find that Iodine 3% cam be used in the area. She did it and in a months + or - it was gone. I believe psoriases is not fungal in origin but related to toxins in the body.


Iodine
Posted by Kbruce (Hendersonville, NC) on 02/21/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Oh my I can't believe iodine as a cure for psoriasis is not on this site. My sister came to visit for a week earlier this month. She was covered in psoriasis scales on her elbow, knees, wrist and inside the palm of her hand, also with scratches and lesions from scratching herself. I was shocked to see how aweful it had gotten since the last time we visited. She had been to Drs and Dermatoligists and spent thousands of dollars and no help. She spent hundreds on single tubes of cream that didnt even stop the itch let alone get rid of her psoriasis.

I had just started on Lugol's solution for my own symptoms of low iodine ie no energy and hair falling out... So I told her about the lugols and mentioned that in my reading about it, I heard it could help Psoriasis! She agreed to try it and started putting it on, after a couple of hours she stared at me in disbelief stating she had not itched or scratched since putting it on so put it on again. She and I were both excited the next day when here psoriasis was 50% gone! Needless to say by the end of the week all she had was a small patch where it was the worst on her wrist and probably due to the fact that she didnt use it as much the last couple of days because she didnt want the discoloration on her wrist when we went out for the evening! I'm still in shock that nothing helped her for years and in one week she's 95% cured of Psoriasis!! I sent the bottle home with her and she continues to improve...

I just hope this helps someone since I saw it with my own eyes how beneficial even 2% Lugol's solution is. I imagine the 5% will work even faster but it did work for her maybe you too:)

PS She did take a couple of drops in water each day as well as topically!

kbruce

Replied by Midwestmad
(Rochester, Minnesota, Usa)
04/29/2013

I hope you're following the procedures for iodine supplementation. As iodine replaces bromine in your system, it leaves the bromine to float free in your bloodstream and it does some very bad stuff to you if you let it build up. For me, I was craving so much salt it was ridiculous and I was feeling more and more run down. I went to my functional medicine doctor and told him I thought it was possibly bromine detox. It turns out it was interfering with my body's utilization of magnesium. That is a pretty serious consequence. You can't foot with bromine detox. However, it is pretty simple to deal with. You must ingest chloride (in the form of unprocessed sea salt or, if your sodium sensative, I saw that ConcenTrace Trace Mineral drops contains a decent amount of chloride. ) If you don't already have it, search for a document called "The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine." It has some great tips for dealing with all the concequences of iodine supplementation. I found it here: http://home.comcast.net/~jocy1/junk/The Guide to Supplementing with Iodine.pdf

FYI: The ultimate cause of psoriasis (and many degenerative diseases) is leaky gut (resulting from poor diet and excessive toxicity. ) A functional medicine doctor will help heal your sister from the inside starting with, I presume, cleaning up the gut (getting rid of infection) and working to kill off the systemic candida (fungus) in her bloodstream, etc. (I've been working on cleaning up my system for the past year and the number of changes are immense! ) I wish you both luck!!!

Replied by Karen
(Rochester, Mn)
02/25/2017

Suffering from severe psoriasis since 2009, mayo has given me so many drugs to try and steroids none of which gets to the root of the problem, lost alot of work over this condition. What did they give you to kill off systemic canida(fungas) in the bloodstream? and is there a functional Dr.in dermatology? making homemade salves they feel good but need to get to the root of this problem asap. I refuse drug therapy cuz it causes problems with your organs. At least once a yr end up in the hospital for 2-3 days being wrapped up like a mummy, with steroids and vanicream. This calms the condition but does not take it out of my body. Gonna find out what test they need to do for fungas. Wish me luck.

Replied by Jay
(Ontario, Canada)
02/25/2017

Hey Karen. Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), is great for addressing fungus issues. Some have reported noticing results starting within minutes and I cleared up a spreading fungal infection (both the spreading and the original infection site) completely within a few days. All traces are gone. You can check on line for more information on GSE but I think it is a very easy and safe thing to try.

Regards, Jay

Replied by Rachael
(Chicago, Illinois)
03/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you SO MUCH for the info on iodine and on bromine detox! I have only got tiny spots of psoriasis in the 48th year of my life. Popping open a capsule of vitamin D3, and applying it would provide relief, and heal it. But this latest spot on my eyelid has been a really bad problem that would not go away. AND it came up as soon as I started iodine supplementation, for the first time since moving the farthest north I have lived in my life (Chicago suburbs).

So I read the PDF Guide to Supplementing With Iodine which you provided. And then I went and took 1/2 tsp of sea salt in some water, and then drank as much fresh water as that made me need. Also, I had quit taking iodine for a couple of days, as I noticed it made the psoriasis flare up way worse. Finally, my eyelid is mostly healed up! In ONE DAY! The PDF says that the chloride part of sodium chloride (salt) binds to the bromide that the iodine supplementation set free, and then the bromide (which was causing the psoriasis, as my body was trying to detox it) gets peed out.

I had no idea that bromide is probably causing me so many health problems. The PDF says iodine is needed in all the organs in our bodies, especially the ones with mucous linings. I think this also solved my HORRIBLE acid reflux problem. The acid reflux is suddenly gone, after one tsp of salt, too. Here's my logic on why: Acid reflux is caused by a bad bacterial overgrowth in the stomach, which weakens the sphincter and lets the acid out into the esophagus. Iodine kills bad bacteria, but leaves the beneficial bacteria. But iodine couldn't help my stomach until I took the salt that removed the bromide, or bromine, or whatever form that stuff was in.


Jojoba Oil

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Posted by Judy (Canberra, ACT Australia) on 11/17/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I have psoriasis behind my ears and at times it weeps and is so painful. Having had it for at least 10 years I tried cortisone in the early days but my inner instinct turned me off it very quickly. I've tried all sorts of so-called remedies since then. On this site recently I read somewhere about Jojoba oil and have used it with great success on my psoriasis. It is so soothing and clears it up within a couple of days. If I miss a day, however, it returns, but not as bad as previously. Although the Jojoba oil isn't a permanent cure-all it's the best I've used. The extra virgin or virgin is the best and you can buy it from any health store. Another bonus: it's absolutely beautiful on your face and body, is inexpensive and goes a long way as well.



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