1. The Importance of Omega 3s
Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed, nuts and especially fish has been proven to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. It is recommended that you take in about 5 g of omega 3 fatty acids each day, so taking supplements as well as adding source foods to your diet is a great way to get all you need. Flaxseed is available as in oil, powder and whole seed form and can be added to salads, pastas, smoothies or cereals. Fish may be the best source of omega 3, particularly albacore tuna, salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel.
2. Soothe the Scalp
Dry, itchy and sometimes painful scalp is a typical symptom of psoriasis. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for psoriasis, particularly for the scalp where oils and other materials cling to the hair. It not only helps to cleanse and disinfect the hair and scalp, it balances the Ph, soothing itch and irritation. Dampen dry hair thoroughly with apple cider vinegar and then wrap in a towel or shower cap. Allow the vinegar to set for at least 20 minutes and then rinse with a mild shampoo that does not include sodium laurel sulfate as an ingredient. Once your hair has dried, gently massage the scalp with a fifty-fifty mixture of aloe vera gel and jojoba. Continue daily until your symptoms subside and then repeat occasionally to prevent itchy scalp.
3. Sea Salt Soak
Add about a cup of sea salt to a warm bath tub to help exfoliate dead skin cells and soothe psoriasis. While warm water can help to soften psoriasis plaques and wash away dead skin cells, hot water can actually irritate the skin, so make sure that the water is warm enough to be comfortable, but not so hot that it steams or turns your skin red. You can also use sea salt scrubs and body washes daily to help control your symptoms.
4. Olive Oil All Around
Olive oil may be nature’s best skin care product, as it soothes dry skin, helps prevent aging, fights acne and helps to slough off dead skin cells. Olive oil can be applied directly to affected areas as often as needed and will not clog the pores or irritate sensitive skin. It can be applied lightly as a moisturizer, heavier to deeply penetrate plaques or used as a soothing massage oil for the entire body.
5. The Healing Rays of the Sun
While we all know the dangers of too much sun exposure, but many doctors feel that the benefits of the sun outweigh the risks when it comes to treating psoriasis. Sunbathing is one of the best treatments for psoriasis and can bring you fast relief. Remember to cover unaffected parts of your body with minimum 15 SPF sunscreen and take caution not to burn. In the winter months or to supplement your sunshine, UV lamps inside your home can be extremely helpful.