Skin can be a very fickle thing when you have certain conditions that cause you trouble. Eczema, Rosacea, acne and other skin troubles can be the cause of a great amount of discomfort and even pain. One of the most frustrating skin conditions that is experienced by men and women alike is psoriasis.
Basic About Psoriasis
Psoriasis is one of those pesky chronic skin conditions that is identified by dry, itchy, flaky patches that are often red and inflamed. Patches of this red, irritated, and flaky skin are often seen on the elbows, scalp, hands, and feet. Although this can be an embarrassing condition, there is much hope for minimizing the symptoms and discomfort simply by using essential oils for psoriasis.
Of course it is always wise to see a doctor for such conditions, but some people with milder cases would prefer to avoid taking the strong medications that doctors prescribe. Steroid creams and other therapies can not only be expensive but also contains potent chemicals which are unnatural. In addition, some people find that certain situations such as a dry skin or stress cause psoriasis to be exacerbated. Essential oils can help with these flare-ups to minimize the causes as well as relieve the painful and embarrassing symptoms.
Essential Oils for Psoriasis
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to provide natural options for relief of psoriasis symptoms as well as helping to eliminate some of the causes. Here you’ll find some “recipes” for blends that can help in a natural way with psoriasis, making use of the oils by either applying directly to the skin or by diffusing them in the air and breathing them in for stress relief.
Essential Oil Lotion Blend for Psoriasis Skin Relief
2 drops Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
2 drops Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
2 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
2 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Add to 1 teaspoon of a natural skin lotion and apply to skin twice a day or as needed.
Essential Oil Blend Recipe for Psoriasis
3 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
3 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)
3 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Mix together with 1 teaspoon of coconut or other carrier oil and rub onto affected areas.
Alternative Essential Oil Blend for Psoriasis
4 drops Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
3 drops Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
3 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
2 drops Rose (Rosa damascena)
1 ounce carrier oil such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil
Mix well and store in dark-colored glass bottle. Apply as needed to affected psoriasis areas.
Essential Oil Aromatherapy for Psoriasis
Using scent is one of the best ways to relieve stress which can, in turn, minimize all sorts of other health ailments. Stress is suspected to be a cause, or at the very least an irritant, for psoriasis. Lavender is one of the most well-known and effective essential oils to relieve stress when used in the form of aromatherapy. Other essential oils that can be used to relieve stress by diffusing them into the air are roman chamomile, frankincense, rose, bergamot, and ylang ylang.
Essential Oils for Psoriasis and their Relief Properties
The essential oils listed in the recipes and suggestions above all have their own individual benefits that go far beyond simply helping with psoriasis. Here you can understand each oil individually and why it helps to relive the symptoms and causes of psoriasis, as well as some of the other incredible qualities that these particular essential oils have.
Frankincense essential oil is often best remembered for its biblical reference. While it has been used for thousands of years, frankincense essential oil continues to be valuable today. Useful for a variety of medical needs, this oil is useful for psoriasis because, when used for aromatherapy, it helps to overcome feelings of stress and anxiety, providing relaxation and peace. In addition, when used topically frankincense offers keeps cells healthy and regenerates new ones. This oil is consistent in helping to speed up healing of skin and to stop wounds from bleeding.
Lavender essential oil is an excellent reliever of stress when diffused in the air and breathed in. Also, lavender oil has the added medicinal benefits of being an antiseptic (preventing the growth of bacteria or other organisms), analgesic (diminishing pain), and anti-inflammatory (relieving swelling). One of the most recognized scents of all of the flowers, lavender is well loved by most people.
Patchouli essential oil has an earthy and musky aroma and offers great benefits for reduced chapping in the skin. Patchouli provides relief from inflammation and skin irritation, as well as protecting the skin from developing infection. In addition, patchouli aids in speeding up the healing process for wounds and cuts while encouraging scars to fade. And, as an added bonus? Patchouli is also known to be an aphrodisiac! But do be careful because it is very strong and may be offensive to certain people who are sensitive.
Roman Chamomile essential oil promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which is great for psoriasis prevention. Also, Roman Chamomile is used to reduce inflammation and promote healing of the skin. It can be added to bath water, or diluted with a carrier oil and massaged on the troubled areas of skin. It is known to be extremely soothing to skin that is irritated or inflamed.
Rose essential oil not only has a lovely scent that can reduce stress, but it also has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties which keeps the skin healthy and prevents infection. As an astringent, rose oil also tightens and lifts the skin, and the antioxidant properties speed up healing. As an added bonus, rose essential oils are helpful for fighting against depression as well as stomach and digestion issues. Rose oil should be used in a blend rather than alone, partially because it is very expensive in its purest form. Rose blends well with geranium, clove, jasmine, and Palma rosa.
Tea Tree essential oil has a slightly medicinal smell, but is an excellent antiseptic that heals and prevents infections in the skin. This is especially helpful in fighting against psoriasis as the areas can become cracked and become susceptible to infection. Tea tree essential oil may also help reduce the itchiness that is caused by the rash and dryness of psoriasis.
Thyme essential oils are exceptional as an antiseptic and work well in essential oil blends as an antibiotic. Do be careful because thyme oil can be toxic if ingested in large doses and can create problems with blood pressure if used topically in an extreme manner. Thyme can irritate skin for those who are allergic, so check on a small unaffected portion of your body prior to putting on your psoriasis.
Psoriasis can be a very discouraging and uncomfortable condition and sometimes even the strongest of prescriptions do not provide relief for some people. Trying out these blends of essential oils for psoriasis allows you to take the health of your skin into your own hands and fight your skin condition in a more natural manner. Using aromatherapy for stress relief and essential oil blend recipes to apply directly to the skin can minimize symptoms and offer relief that you can feel good about.
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