Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.
There are five types of psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells. Psoriasis can occur on any part of the body and is associated with other serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and depression.
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
We know that there is help when it comes to supporting our immune system with essential oils. We have spoken about supporting all our body systems from the inside, which typically means starting with a healthy regime of vitamins and minerals.
Once you know you are doing all you can for your health on a cellular level, it’s time to look at specific body systems. It’s the immune system’s job to protect your body from disease. A healthy immune system produces antibodies that attack anything that is harmful, such as bacteria, toxins, cancer cells, viruses, etc. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue.
Support for the immune system that has already been compromised would help to reduce any symptoms, and help bring the body into a state of homeostasis (where the healthy body is able to defend itself against disease.)
This condition, in most cases, produces patches of red, inflamed skin that become scaly and flake off, or crack, leaving painful sores and cracks in the skin. Many times, these lesions are caused while the body is in a state of healing, as it works to eliminate toxins from the body.
What oils can help my psoriasis?
Some essential oils that may help during an outbreak are:
- Lavender, to relieve itching.
- Geranium, Frankincense, Helichrysum, and Myrrh, to support, soothe and help to repair the skin.
- Melaleuca, or Oregano (blended with a carrier oil) for infection.
- A nice, healthy slathering of extra virgin coconut oil, which is so beneficial for the skin!
You can also use Melissa to support recovery from psoriasis (also helpful for eczema and dermatitis) diluted up to 1:5 with coconut oil. Melissa can calm the inflammation that contributes to redness, swelling and itchiness, and it stimulates the metabolism, and tones and enlivens the skin.
I know that many times it can make your skin feel a whole lot better if you just have a good, old-fashioned soak in the tub! If you choose that route, why not whip up this great recipe for psoriasis-soothing bath salts!
Soothing Psoriasis Bath:
- 2 Cups Epsom Salts
- Bergamot 4 drops
- White Fir 2 drops
- Roman Chamomile 3 drops
- Helichrysum 4 drops
Add oils to Epsom Salts and then to warm bath – soak for 25-30 minutes 3 -4 times a week until symptoms get relieved and then once a week to heal skin issues.