6 Psoriasis Soothers From Your Kitchen Cupboards
A. L. Tudor May 10, 2013 (updated Nov 9, 2013)
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Virgin coconut oil
Many natural oils are known for helping moisturize the skin, but virgin coconut oil may be new to you. This oil, which is solid at room temperature, can be used topically as well as taken internally. Try adding a tablespoon to your morning coffee, or use it for cooking in place of other oils.
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Vinegar is getting a lot of attention, and not just for its use as a salad dressing. These days, environmentally conscious consumers use it in place of chemical cleaners, but it also has a handy use for skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. You can take vinegar by the spoonful, or try filling a clean squirt bottle with one part vinegar to three parts water, and spraying it onto affected areas, then letting them dry.
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Bicarbonate of soda has been used by heartburn sufferers for years, but when added to bath water or applied with water to the skin it can help ease itching.
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To increase the itch relieving properties of topical creams and lotions, try wrapping or taping plastic wrap over the lubricated area so lotions don't rub off or dry too quickly.
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The same properties that make aloe vera a sunburn soother can also help soothe irritated skin--especially skin that is healing from a psoriasis plaque. Keep an aloe plant, so you can snap off a piece when its needed, then wrap it up and keep it in the fridge.
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Like coconut oil, olive oil works both inside the body and as a topical ointment. If lotions irritate your skin, try warming a few drops of olive oil up in your hands and then using it as a light moisturizer.