- Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)
- liver herbs favored by herbalists to treat psoriasis include burdock (Arctium lappa) and milk thistle (Silybum marianum). There also might be a connection with your immune system and to food allergies. You can treat both your liver and immune system with bupleurum root (Bupleurum chinensis) and pau d’arco bark (Tabebuia spp.).
- Stress usually worsens psoriasis, so taking relaxing herbs such as valerian (Valeriana officinalis) will help. Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), taken internally, help reduce skin inflammation.
- Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), a distilled bark extract, is a mainstream psoriasis treatment in Germany. The most successful natural ointment I have used is a combination of aloe (Aloe vera) gel, witch hazel, vitamin E oil, menthol, tea tree oil, pine tar, cedar leaf oil and clove oil.
- Treating the surface helps symptoms, but to treat the full disease, herbalists slowly balance the body systems involved in psoriasis. The treatment centers on reducing inflammation in the skin, healing the tissue of the skin if necessary, and eliminating the source of the irritating contaminants through the liver, kidneys and large intestine. Anti-inflammatory botanicals reduce skin symptoms. The best skin anti-inflammatory I know is green vegetables. Use as large a percentage of green vegetables in the diet as possible. Once the skin inflammation begins to quiet down, try gotu kola (Centella asiatica), the most impressive herb I have seen for treating connective tissue damage, to heal the underlying structure of the tissue.
- TIP: wash with herbal cleansers designed for dry skin instead of soap, which can irritate and dry the skin more.