Apple Cider Vinegar For Psoriasis

Apple Cider Vinegar For Psoriasis

Why Apple Cider Vinegar Is Good To Use With Psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar for psoriasis is a very clever idea, and an ideal home remedy for psoriasis. Use an apple cider vinegar (ACV), which is unfiltered and not pasteurized and made from whole organically grown apples, is the best type to use for psoriasis and will give you superior results.

Apple cider vinegar can be found in most local health food stores and you will even find a good apple cider vinegar in some general grocery stores.

Avoid white vinegar from the supermarket, and avoid commercial apple cider vinegars that have been pasteurized, filtered, refined, sterilized or distilled in order to make the product look good and more appealing to the general public. Unfortunately this extra processing destroys much of the lactic acid content, most of the benefits that were in the product in the first place. A quality ACV will look cloudy.

In the United States and Canada I recommend that you purchase a certified organic apple cider vinegar made by Bragg, I can highly recommend this brand. We have an ACV in New Zealand called Coral Tree, the product is certified biodynamic and like Bragg’s, one of the best to use. Please avoid the commercial white vinegar; this simply won’t give you the same results that a naturally fermented ACV will. Once opened, a good quality apple cider vinegar does not need to be refrigerated and has a minimum shelf life of 5 years. It is best to store it with the cap tightly closed and not in direct sunlight. Would you believe it, I have some Coral Tree vinegar which is more than twelve years old, and it is still highly useable ACV.

Apple cider vinegar is a food that can be used both topically, on the skin, as well as internally. It improves many aspects of your digestion, and will get your stomach and pancreas working better, and this in turn will allow to digest and absorb foods better. There are several ways you can use apple cider vinegar (ACV) when it comes to psoriasis, and I’d like to outline the three most popular ways. Spot treatments, internal treatments and using it in the bath.

Spot Psoriasis Treatment Using Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV can be successfully used as a local treatment; I recommend you make a compress. Use a washcloth and keep it for this purpose. Make up a solution of Bragg’s ACV, 1 part vinegar to 3 or 4 parts of tepid water. Soak the washcloth, and apply it as a compress directly to the areas affected. Hold the compress for up to a minute or even longer. Apply as often as is required.

For the worst affected areas you may like to use a cotton bud soaked in pure ACV and apply directly. Cider vinegar will make your skin’s pH a little more acidic and thereby reduce the irritation and itching you experience. Spot treatment is good to use at night to decrease irritation and itching, allowing a more comfortable night’s sleep. Leave the ACV dry without washing it off.

You can also soak your fingernails and toenails directly in pure ACV; this is a very powerful treatment and has helped many of my patients significantly. Leave your nails in the ACV for at least five minutes or more, and don’t wash your hands after, leave the ACV dry on your hands and feet. You can use a hair dryer on low to speed up the drying process.

Rubbing emu oil into your hands and feet after the ACV soak, you can read a lot more about the amazing emu oil in my book called Psoriasis – What To Do With Your Skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar In The Bath For Psoriasis

You can also use ACV in the bath, and this is a great way to treat your entire body or very large affected areas.Just add one to two cups of Bragg’s ACV to a bath of tepid water andsoak in the bath from 30 to 45 minutes. After you have had your bath, towel dry and moisturize your skin. You can read a lot more about what to do with your skin in Psoriasis – What To Do With Your Skin.

Internal Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment For Psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar has been widely used for over two centuries for many different kinds of ailments. I have seen many patients with psoriasis improve their digestion after they started to take ACV, and the dosage is generally one tablespoon in water before meals. Some folks sip ACV in water during meals to improve their digestion. You will notice over a period of time that your skin, hair and nails improve when you consume ACV regularly. Bragg’s ACV is safe to take, even if you have a yeast infection.

Turmeric And Ginger For Psoriasis

Turmeric And Ginger For Psoriasis

Why Turmeric And Ginger Are Good To Use With Psoriasis

Should you use turmeric and ginger for psoriasis? You may well be familiar with turmeric, the yellow spice commonly found in curry, or ginger, another spicy herb used in cooking and baking. I’ve been recommending the powdered root of both turmeric and ginger for psoriasis for many years.

These spices can come either as powdered or in their fresh form, and definitely make sense if you have psoriasis, because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

I’ve read many studies and articles on turmeric especially, as well as having spoken to many psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients over the years who have told me that they have received benefit from especially from using turmeric in their diet. Should you give it a go? What have you got to lose by trying; these powdered spices are cheap, especially when purchased in bulk at your local Indian or Asian store.

One thing I must tell you, you will need to be patient when using the spices turmeric and ginger in your diet, because results just don’t happen overnight. Expect to use turmeric for at least 4 to 6 months on a daily basis before you really notice a difference. But in saying that, I’ve seen some patients get great results within a month of usage.


Cucurmin is the active ingredient found in turmeric root, and many studies have revealed that it is safe to take even in high dosages for prolonged periods of time. In some Asian countries, turmeric is used to treat all kinds of chronic conditions affecting the immune system, like skin cancers, scleroderma, various tumors affecting the skin, breast, colon and even the pancreas, but it is also used to treat psoriasis in India with good effect.

Cucurmin fights inflammation, protecting the cells of the body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, and inflammation, mainly due to the inhibition of nuclear factor KB. Cucurmin is also remarkable not only in that is strongly reduces inflammation, but it has also been found to be proangiogenic, meaning it promotes the development and growth of new blood vessels. These actions mainly occur due to the fact that turmeric can be used for prolonged periods of time in high dosages without causing toxicity or side effects.

The National Institute of Health in Washington DC conducted studies into psoriasis and turmeric and found that Cucurmin could be successfully used in the treatment of healing psoriasis skin lesions and reducing any inflammation. A study found that cucurmin-rich gel was applied to psoriatic lesions, more plaque reduction was noticeable, and in some cases an 8-week treatment resolved some cases entirely. Even the National Psoriasis Foundation has stated that turmeric can help to minimize any skin-flare ups due to psoriasis.

A good tip I recently discovered is that for cucurmin to work properly in the body in needs to be taking in a little oil or fat because cucurmin is a fat-soluble phytonutrient.

How To Use Turmeric With Psoriasis

There are different ways to use turmeric, it can be taken internally as well as applied topically and my suggestions are to try both.

Use 1 teaspoon per day in your drink, smoothie or mixed in with foods or snacks. Be sure to have some oil or fat, like coconut oil for example, as this will help to liberate cucurmin in your body more readily. In a dietary supplement form. Some psoriasis patients may want to take turmeric in as a capsule or tablet form rather than as the powdered spice on a daily basis. Turmeric stains clothing and utensils readily and you will need to be aware of this! My preference is for the raw powdered spice, because it is low-cost, and if used long enough and in sufficient dosage, then the results will be forthcoming. As a paste, turmeric can be applied externally to psoriatic lesions and areas of plaque. Make up a thick paste of turmeric and pure water in a glass bowl. It the mixture is too thin, just add a little more powder, if too thick, add a little more water. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave overnight for the best results. Cover with a gauze bandage to prevent the paste moving or staining any bedding or clothing. In the morning, remove the bandage and rinse gently with warm water. Don’t give up! I’ve had patients take turmeric powder for several months until they started noticing some improvements, and significant improvements after one year to the point where they hardly noticed any more psoriatic skin flare-ups! And when a flare did occur, it was quickly brought under control with an application of turmeric paste for three days in a row.

Curcumin is the most active ingredient found in turmeric, it affects the body’s immune system in different ways and has a most powerful ability to control several molecular pathways that have been linked with psoriasis. The incredible ability of curcumin to promote various pathways like gene transcription factors, inflammatory cytokine pathways and various growth factors means that it has been studied for the many potential benefits for skin conditions like psoriasis, skin cancers, dermatitis, acne, wound healing and even keloid scars.

Curcumin Dosage

You can take turmeric in a “non-standardized” dose as it is, the straight root ground-up, or you can take it as a standardized natural medicine. The normal adult dosage is between 300 to 700 mgs of a standardized curcumin product (capsule or tablet usually) three times daily with meals. I don’t think that there is a recommended dosage for children.

No Toxicity Reported With Turmeric

It is encouraging to note that unlike pharmaceutical drugs aimed at psoriasis, high doses of curcumin extracts have not demonstrated any toxicity, apart from nausea and very mild diarrhea. I have recommended turmeric for over twenty years and never heard of any adverse effects, and regularly hear good and even excellent feedback from patients.

Some research has shown that standardized curcumin extracts (oral cucuminoid C3 complex) may be of more therapeutic benefit than using just plain turmeric powder.

Turmeric Or Ginger for Psoriatic Arthritis?

What is the best to use with psoriasis, should you use turmeric or should you use ginger? If you have psoriatic arthritis, I’d like you to try powdered ginger, take one teaspoon a day mixed into a little water. Make up a paste first, and then add a little more water and then swallow, and have before meals once per day. I’ve found ginger to be of more benefit to the joints when it comes to reducing inflammation, and have received very good feedback from a few patients with psoriatic arthritis. Why don’t you try it, you have nothing to lose!

I have discovered through trial and error that ginger works better for the inflamed joints that those with psoriatic arthritis suffer from than turmeric does. About twenty years ago I used to work in a health-food shop when a lady with psoriatic arthritis came in and asked if we stocked a product called Zinax, apparently made by a company for arthritis. It turned out that a drug company had discovered that there was a good market for an encapsulated powdered ginger root product for arthritis. That product is still sold today by the same drug company, and carries a hefty price tag when compared with the powdered ginger root you can buy in bulk from your health food store!

Using Ginger Powder With Psoriatic Arthritis

Try making a rather stiff paste that you apply to joints, wrap some cling-film plastic around the joint (no too tightly!) and then a little gauze bandage. Leave overnight, and gently wash the ginger powder away in the morning. You can get an even better effect by grating the fresh ginger root (no need to peel it) and packing this around the affected joint/s, wrap with cling film and leave overnight. Take one teaspoon of turmeric powder as instructed above each day when applying the ginger to the affected joint. Be patient! Results will come with the persistent use of ginger and turmeric.


I’ve heard many doctors tell me that patients need to be careful when taking turmeric or ginger long-term, especially if they are taking conventional medications. If in doubt, ask your naturopath or doctor who has experience in complementary (alternative) medicine. I’ve never seen any problems occur, even with patients who have been taking high blood-pressure medications, sleeping pills, antidepressants, etc.

I’m often perplexed why medical doctors worry about recommending patients to consume more natural foods, herbs and spices, believing they “interact” with the toxic drugs they themselves prescribe. Doesn’t it make more sense for a doctor to first recommend for example curcumin or ginger, rather then immediately place their patient on a drug targeting the symptoms of psoriasis? Of course it does, but their lack of training in this area can tend to make them down on things they are not up on.

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Aloe Vera For Psoriasis

Aloe Vera For Psoriasis

Consider Aloe Vera For Psoriasis

Aloe vera for psoriasis makes sense, aloe vera is a succulent plant that grows in many countries, and has been grown and used by many cultures for thousands of years. Modern research supports it use in many ailments, including different kinds of burns, wounds, many different kinds of digestive problems and just about every kind of skin ailment known to man, including psoriasis.

Aloe’s soothing and cooling properties make it an ideal addition to any psoriasis treatment program, and I highly recommend it as part of the Psoriasis Program. It is perfect to use on a daily basis to settle irritated skin and to help prevent flare-ups, and unlike steroidal creams that are harmful to use internally and externally (long-term especially), aloe vera causes no side effects.

When applied topically, aloe vera provides a very soothing as well as cooling action and reduces itching, irritation, burning and redness of the skin. It moisturizes and strengthens the skin and aids in healing the skin. Here is some useful information for using aloe vera for those with psoriasis, you will get the maximum benefit from following the following tips:

Buy several plants, grow them outside in full sun, but be sure to cover them in winter if you live in an area prone to frost. I learned the hard way and lost most of my aloe one cold winter, I now place a hessian sack on the plants on nights when I’m certain a frost is imminent. Grow in large pots and move to a sheltered frost-free position is another option. You will always get the very best results by using the fresh aloe leaf gel, as opposed to any processed leaf extracts, like gels, creams or lotions. Aloe is especially good for dry, itching, red, cracked and irritated skin. Apply the gel straight from the leaf once or twice per day. Apply the fresh aloe gel to any skin that has been exposed to the sun, especially good for sunburned skin. Dry skin is particularly benefitted from aloe gel, apply it on thick and leave on affected area as long as possible. You will be amazed how well this natural skin healer works, better than any of those expensive chemical concoction creams, lotions or potions you will even get from a skin “specialist”. If you can’t grow the plant or obtain it, be sure to look out for a high-concentration aloe vera in your skin formula. Amazing as it may seem, but there are several clinical studies that have shown that aloe vera is considerably more effective than topical steroids, when the aloe product contains a concentration of 70 percent or more.

Anti-Aging Effects Of Aloe Vera

Aloe is so mild, it can even be used on a baby’s skin, but has also shown to have many anti-aging benefits for those with much older skin. Not only are wrinkles reduced and scarring healed more quickly, aloe contains many different natural compounds that aid in healing and regenerating just about any affliction of the skin. Aloe vera gel or juice with an organic rating (like the aloe you grow at home) are often used in expensive anti-aging cosmetic products like those fancy anti-wrinkle creams, skin conditioners, make-up, lipsticks and facial masks. Aloe vera products for natural skin care are heavily promoted, but should be promoted much more widely for every kind of skin condition, including acne, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Organic aloe gel and juice are used in cosmetic products like anti wrinkle creams, skin conditioners, facial masks, make up and lipsticks. It also improves the effectiveness of sun screen products and relieves heat on the skin that is caused due to sunburn.

Home Remedies For Psoriasis

Home Remedies For Psoriasis

Treatment Of Psoriasis With Home Remedies

Home remedies for psoriasis are sought after by many who suffer with moderate to severe psoriasis. The treatment of psoriasis can be a real pain for anyone who has ever suffered with the red patches of flaky skin. It can be itchy and unsightly and recurrent doctor’s visits and medications can get both tiresome as well as expensive.

If you have been diagnosed with psoriasis and have had this condition long term, you will have seen the expenses associated and may be surprised to discover that effective treatment of psoriasis does not always have to be expensive. There are many different types of effective natural treatments for psoriasis.

It is easy to find different natural home remedies right in your kitchen. They are cheap, easy, and most people won’t even have to leave the house to even some of these things. So lets examine some of the best home remedies for psoriasis.

Moisturize Psoriasis Skin With Oil

Oils are outstanding to apply to the skin of those with psoriasis, especially natural oils rather than the commonly recommended mineral oils, which are based on petrochemical by-products. Try gently warming up a little olive oil and massaging it into affected areas of the scalp, if that is the type of psoriasis you have, leave it in for a minute or so and then shampoo as usual. The olive oil helps remove flaky skin. Emu oil works to help soothe damage to the skin, I think it is one of the best to try with psoriasis because of its outstanding moisturising properties. You can add it directly to the skin or mix it into a bath, allowing it to soak into the skin. Olive oil and a normal, everyday organic vegetable oil can be added to the bath as well to soak the skin. A clever thing to do is to add into the bath some Epsom salts which can help heal wounds faster and keep swelling and itching at bay.

Essential and Infused Oils For Psoriasis

It is best to obtain the smallest quantity of several of the following oils, and to trial them for a period of a few weeks to see how they affect your skin. You will find that one or just a few oils will really appear to suit your skin, whereas other oils seem to flare the skin up and make it feel worse. Different oils seem to work for different people. My favourite choices would be jojoba and emu oil.

It is a good practice after your bath or shower to use natural organic oils to seal in the moisture and soothe irritated skin, and the best products to use are aloe vera gel, infused calendula oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, emu oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, neem seed oil, St. John’s Wort oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil or any oil high in GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) or Omega 3 or 6 essential fatty acids.

Treat Psoriasis With Propolis

I have recommended propolis products with psoriasis for over twenty years and generally get great feedback from those who track down a good quality propolis ointment or cream. Propolis research has shown that propolis offers antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal, and even antiviral properties. It is often called “Russian Penicillin” in acknowledgement of the extensive research that has been done by the Soviets.

I would rate propolis as one of the most valuable properties of all the natural bee hive products because it has shown to have true immunostimulating characteristics. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, propolis does not supress the immune system, but instead boosts it. You are probably aware that antibiotics are not discerning, they destroy all bacteria in the body including the friendly and necessary flora required for healthy functioning. Propolis is a great product to use on the skin in the form of a cream or ointment, and all psoriasis patients are recommended to try this wonderful healing agent.

Treat Psoriasis With Baking Soda

Baking soda is a most effective way to treat the itchiness associated with psoriasis. Simply dissolve 1/3 cup of baking soda into 4 litres of water, and then soak a washcloth into this mixture. Wring out the cloth and then apply it directly to the affected skin. Baking soda can help relive itching. Repeat this several times as required.

Apple Cider Vinegar And Psoriasis

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a long history of being used to help ease burns as well as to help soothe and calm inflamed and itchy skin. ACV can be effective when used to dip in fingernails or toenails which have been affected by psoriasis. ACV can also be applied directly to plaques, those red, itchy and patchy areas, using a cloth or cotton swabs. A good topical mixture of apple cider vinegar is a one to four mixture, use one tablespoon of vinegar to four tablespoons of water. For a larger quantity, make up one cup vinegar to four litres of water

Coconut Oil Remedy For Psoriasis

Coconut Oil has been found to be an excellent natural treatment for relieving psoriasis. You can either take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil each day by adding it to your coffee or tea, or you can apply it topically onto the affected area 3 times per day.

Emu Oil To Treat Psoriasis

One of the best ways to control the build-up of skin that occurs due to psoriasis is to make sure skin is well moisturised. Emu oil is a most effective moisturiser, so simply apply a small amount to the affected areas each day. It is also important to apply moisturiser within a few minutes after a bath or shower. My advice is to avoid petroleum jelly and Bio Oil, which are products made with by-products from the petro-chemical industry.

Sunlight Exposure To Prevent Psoriasis

Many doctors prescribe artificial ultraviolet light treatments to patients suffering from psoriasis. A less expensive alternative is to simply get more sunlight! Exposure to the sun can enhance the production of Vitamin D, which has been found to be effective at treating psoriasis.

Colloidal Silver For Psoriasis

For stubborn areas of plaques, try applying liquid colloidal silver, a powerful germicide and natural antibiotic which will help to hasten the healing of many heal the skin problems associated with psoriasis. Again, it is worthy of a trial lasting a few weeks before you decide it works or not. Some folk swear by colloidal silver ointment for skin lesions.

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