Sometimes psoriasis leaves my skin feeling so uncomfortable that I wish I could step out of my own body. Like pants after Thanksgiving dinner, it feels like my skin is a size too small for my body. In addition to treatments discussed with your doctor, sometimes psoriasis relief is waiting in the kitchen cabinets.
1. Coconut Oil
Out of this list coconut oil is my favorite option. It’s a great moisturizer because it holds the moisture in. It works on your body and on your scalp. Apply with caution to your scalp if you’re looking to make a good impression because your hair will look greasy. But it smells like vacation!
2. Olive Oil – 3 Ways
Topically: When applying olive oil topically, it works better before bed because it can be messy. After a shower rub a little bit of olive oil directly onto the dry patches. Wear soft clothing you don’t mind getting stained because it’s greasy. You’ll wake up with your skin feeling incredibly moisturized. Due to its emollient properties, olive oil will keep the drying skin supple and less prone to damage. The anti-oxidants will encourage normal skin growth.*
In the Bath: Combine two teaspoons with a cup of milk and add the mixture to your bath water.
Scalp Psoriasis: Massage warm olive oil onto your scaly patches and comb out. It will help soften the dead skin and make the plaques easier to remove.
Pro Tip: For topical application and scalp psoriasis, apply the olive oil with a spritz bottle
3. Oatmeal Bath
If you want a mess, just throw some oatmeal into the hot water. Otherwise, listen to the below instructions for max benefits.
- Use a blender, food processor or coffee grinder to blend oatmeal into a fine powder
- Before pouring into the tub, mix a tbsp with water to confirm it absorbs
- Pour oatmeal blend into running warm water and stir
- Soak for 15-20 minutes and rub onto skin
- When getting out, pat skin dry with a soft towel and moisturize
Another great kitchen staple that has multiple uses on psoriasis symptoms*
Cooking: Add a spoonful to your favorite recipes, including soups, rice, chicken, etc. In addition to health benefits, adds great flavor and coloring
Tea: Boil a TSP of ground turmeric with 4 cups of water, simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey or lemon to taste.
Topical Paste: Combine 1 part turmeric powder with 2 parts water in a pan, simmer to form a thick paste, cool, and store. Apply to the skin. This is a good option to consider covering in plastic wrap, see below.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar + Water
ACV has antiseptic properties that can be soothing on psoriasis. Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with warm water and apply directly to psoriasis plaques. You can apply directly to your scalp as well.
Pro Tip: Do not apply to cracked or bleeding spots! Discontinue use if burning occurs during or after application.
Great for managing psoriasis itch and makes yummy salad dressings too!
6. Plastic Wrap
Hear me out on this one. It feels weird, but it’s a great option for pinpointing stubborn spots that are particularly irritating. After applying medication or moisturizer, wrap your body in plastic wrap. It helps keep the application in place and keep it on your body instead of rubbing off on your clothes or bedding.
All cases of psoriasis are unique, so please don’t get frustrated if these home remedies do not work for you. These ideas should not replace the current treatment plan that you’ve worked on with your healthcare provider. These ideas are to help when you are feeling uncomfortable and need quick relief. That psoriasis relief is waiting for you in the kitchen cabinets.