The Top 10 Best Essential Oils For Psoriasis

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Since August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, here is a continuation of our series on natural treatments for psoriasis.

Aromatherapy is useful in the treatment of many conditions, and can be especially helpful in the case of psoriasis. Dry skin is especially bad for those with this condition, since it increases the possibility of outbreaks. Dry skin tends to be itchy, which causes scratching, and even minor skin irritations or injuries can cause a plaque to form. Carrier oils and essential oils not only treat the psoriasis, they also help to keep the skin moisturized and reduce itching and irritation that could encourage new outbreaks.

There are many essential oils (and carrier oils) that can be helpful in treating psoriasis. Some are directly active against the psoriasis; and others are useful because of their detoxifying effects, their ability to reduce stress, their moisturizing ability, their antibacterial effect or their support of the liver and/or the immune system. (Because psoriasis is sometimes linked with psoriatic arthritis and other immune disorders, it is thought that it may be related to an immune system dysfunction.)

There are several oils that are especially helpful, and the top 10 are included here:

  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer, as well as having antibacterial properties. It is effective in the treatment of psoriasis, acne, eczema, and many other skin conditions as well. Read this article from the archive for more info: How & Why You Should Use Coconut Oil For Your Skin
  • Andiroba oil: The myristic acid in andiroba oil signals skin cells when it’s time for them to stop growing, which prevents overgrowth and scaling. This oil also contains linoleic acid, which restores the normal life cycle and stops uncontrolled growth of skin cells. Click here to take a look at andiroba oil on Amazon.
  • Borage seed oil: Contains large amounts of Gamma Linoleic Acid, and rejeuvenates the skin, helping to control psoriasis.
  • Cajeput oil: Stimulates the skin and is a mild counter-irritant, which eases the irritation of psoriasis.
  • Copaiba oil: Anti-inflammatory, and prevents secondary infections associated with psoriasis.
  • Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil also contains large amounts of Gamma Linoleic Acid, and works in the same way as borage seed oil.
  • Jojoba oil: Traditionally used in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin conditions, and is also an excellent moisturizer. Further reading: How To Use Jojoba Oil To Cure Acne
  • Juniper oil: Stimulates the circulation and purifies the blood.
  • Lavender oil: A traditional treatment for psoriasis and other skin conditions; it reduces itching, eases stress and anxiety, and prevents secondary infections.
  • Tamanu oil: A healing tropical oil used in treating psoriasis and other skin conditions, it is also a rich, soothing moisturizer.
There we have the top 10 essential oils for naturally treating psoriasis.

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