Home Remedies for Treating and Healing Psoriasis 

Psoriasis is a skin condition caused by a faulty immune system and genes. 
Skin cells build up on the surface of the skin due to their rapid rate of growth. Lesions form on the skin due to building up of  dead cells. 
There are five types of psoriasis: inverse, plaque, erythrodermic, guttate and pustular. The most common type is plaque psoriasis. 
Plaque or psoriasis Vulgaris appears as white or red patches of thick scaly lesions.   

Avoid Psoriasis Triggers

Alcoholic Beverages  

Sunburns or excessive sun exposure. 

Extreme cold and dry heat (Invest in a humidifier for the home to keep the air moist.)

Try to avoid or reduce the stress in your life. Stress is a major factor in triggering psoriasis breakouts. 

Some medications (Inform doctor you have psoriasis)

Common infections such as strep throat, thrush, and upper respiratory infections can trigger psoriasis outbreaks. 
Scratches, bites and skin injury can cause an outbreak. Wear long sleeves, gloves and use bug sprays.  

Psoriasis Healing Foods 

1. Avocado

Add avocados to your diet for their beneficial natural oils, which moisturize the skin from the inside out. Eat several a week to see noticeable results. Avocados are also great used as a topical treatment. Mash an overripe avocado then add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply to affected areas and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes rinsing with cool water when finished. 

2. Leafy Greens

leafy greens such as watercress, broccoli, spinach the all are rich in vitamins that target the hair and scalp. Many claim cilantro is a miracle cure! So start incorporating leafy greens and cilantro into your daily diet. 

3. Turmeric

The turmeric spices are believed to help heal cancer in addition to delivering many health benefits. Many claim it's a tremendous healing spice for treating skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Incorporate turmeric powdered spice into your diet or take a supplement. For a healing drink mix, 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric into a 6-ounce glass of warm milk sweetened with honey. 

4. Nuts 

Eat walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds which all contain oils that nourish the scalp and skin promoting healing from the inside out by moisturizing the skin for less skin cell build up. Or ingest 1 teaspoon of flaxseed oil a day to keep skin hydrated from the inside out. 

Topical Psoriasis Treatments 

1. Epsom Salt

Wet hair before washing and apply a handful of Epsom salt to scalp and massage for several minutes to exfoliate dead skin cells. Then wash hair with mild shampoo or head and shoulders and finish with a rinse of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and leave on. 

2. Moist Compresses 

Soak or apply moist compresses to the affected area to hydrate and soften thick patches of psoriasis to soften built-up skin cells for easier exfoliating without irritating skin. 

3. After Bath Moisturizer

"Blot" skin after bathing or showering then immediately apply a heavy ointment-based moisturizer while skin is still moist. Immediately after showering the skin is more absorbent and applying a moisturizer will prevent water from evaporating from your skin keeping skin hydrated. 

4. Overnight Moisturizer

To improve redness and scaling apply an ointment-based moisturizer to your skin and wrap with plastic wrap leaving on overnight and washing off in the morning with cool water. This overnight treatment will soften built-up skin cells for easier natural shedding. 
5. Baking Soda and Salt

Mix baking soda, salt, and an ointment based lotion to create a fine grainy paste. Gently apply to infected areas then allow mixture to dry before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Use baking soda mixed with lotion if the skin is highly irritated. 

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