No one likes having problem skin, and both eczema and psoriasis can pose unsightly patches almost anywhere on the body. Wouldn't it be great if you could help heal them and/or their symptoms naturally?
Always keep in mind that you know yourself better than anyone, and you owe it to yourself to take responsibility for your own health.
I've always been one to look for natural remedies instead of synthetic cures for all ailments, so in that same vein, after working with essential oils for many years, I've researched, experimented, and spoke to lots of people about what works for them. And granted, there is never a one-size-fits-all magical pill or treatment (in fact, some cases are virtually indestructible) but I gathered the best natural remedies and essential oils that (most times) can help alleviate or even eradicate eczema and psoriasis all together in one place. Essential oils are one of those natural remedies that can help even the toughest of cases. I am always truly amazed at the wonders of our natural world. Try adding essential oils into your daily life, and you might be amazed at the results.
So what is the difference between eczema and psoriasis?
Eczema is a very common skin disorder that plagues many with itchy, dry, red or inflamed skin which may include oozing or crusty sores, scabs and even eruptions and lesions. It is not contagious but is usually the symptom of some sort of allergy or stressor, and is very difficult to get rid of especially if you don't know the allergen cause.
Psoriasis is not contagious; it's basically the skin making too much skin caused by an immune system malfunction, and triggers may vary. Psoriasis is not activated by allergies, but by the immune system over-reacting which may also be initiated by stress (environmental factors), medication, infection, or injuries, as well as genes. Psoriasis causes an overproduction of skin cells which causes thickening of the skin usually on the scalp, elbows, eyebrows, knees face, wrists or hands, even nails. If you are unsure of what type you have please see a dermatologist or GP (general practitioner) before attempting any of these techniques.
Things You Can Do
First and foremost, see your dermatologist, naturopath or general practitioner to diagnose your problem before trying any of these suggestions. If you have eczema, it may be caused by an allergen that you are unaware of and this may rid you of the problem completely.
Stay away from anything with fragrances, such as; laundry detergents or softeners, dish detergents, or any other harsh cleaners with inorganic materials as these may amplify your symptoms, and use gentle, organic cleansers such as liquid castile soaps and natural cleansers with hypoallergenic ingredients. Or make your own natural cleansers and home cleaning products.
Avoid inorganic materials in your clothing and stay away from wool or synthetic fibers, and wear 100% cotton as well as using 100% cotton sheets on your bed, you'll stay cooler and it allows your skin to breathe better.
Also, avoid stress whenever possible. Stress can exasorbate symptoms and make it much worse. Try to use calming techniques like; Meditation, Qi Gong or Qigong (breathing techniques), or anything that helps quiet the mind and calm the body.
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Essential Oils Best for Eczema and / or Psoriasis
If you are experiencing itching, redness, swelling or inflammations, try some of these techniques to soothe your skin:
Draw a tepid or lukewarm bath and add approx. 3-6 ounces each of; epsom salt, baking soda, whole milk, and colloidal (or regular) oatmeal. Then add a few drops of any of the following essential oils:
Essential oils best for eczema and/or psoriasis;
Linden (lime blossom),
Don't use too many drops, in this case less is more, so don't exceed 15 drops total in a regular bath, as essential oils are very potent. Start out with a few drops and go up from there if you aren't getting any relief.
The best essential oils I've tried are a mixture of; German or Roman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Rose, Rose Geranium, Patchouli, Myrrh, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Tea Tree and Lavender, but any of the above oils will work fabulous. Try experimenting weekly to see which essential oils work best for you. Chamomile and Rose seem to work best for calming the itchies.
Make yourself an anti-itchy spray to carry with you. Use an 8 oz empty spray bottle, and add 4 oz. of pure rose water (or rose hydrosol). Then add about 3-4 oz. of cooled chamomile tea, and 3-4 drops of either, rose, chamomile or lavender essential oils. Shake well and spray on itchy areas. Works really well.
Natural aids for eczema & psoriasis
Dab & moisturize:
After emerging from your bath, dab (don't rub) towel over problem skin, and use natural oils and butters to seal in the moisture to soothe irritated skin such as; calendula infused oil, shea butter, mango butter, cranberry seed oil, jojoba, avocado, kukui nut, emu, borage, evening primrose, neem seed oil, St. John's Wort oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil or any oil high in GLA (Gamma Linoleic Acid) or Omega Fatty Acids. You can even add a bit of organic aloe vera gel for more healing power.
Other moisturizing options:
Make your own moisture-remedy by adding a 5-12 drops of healing essential oils to your natural oil moisture sealer and benefit even more. Add 5-12 drops of your chosen essential oils (such as R. Chamomile, Lavender, Frankincense & Myrrh, or any of the oils mentioned from the essential oil list above) to natural moisturizers such as; 8 ounces of MSM cream, colloidal oatmeal/ cocoa/shea butter lotion, or natural cold pressed oils like almond, avocado, olive or any aforementioned oils. Use whenever needed to ease and soothe dry, itchy skin. Best to apply after shower or bath on clean skin twice a day.
Make your own salve by heating one ounce of oil to approximately 1/2 teaspoon of melted beeswax and 3-15 drops essential oils, for a lovely healing salve. Remember, when using essential oils; less is more. Or you could even infuse fresh herbs in the oils before adding the wax for more healing power; herbs like calendula, St. John's Wort, plantain, comfrey, black walnut and burdock, chaparral, or Echinacea. How to infuse the herbs in the oil: warm the oil and steep the herbs, strain, and use in your salve.
Other techniques to lessen psoriasis or eczema symptoms:
Make a cold compress by soaking a cotton towel in approx. 8-10 ounces of cool water with 2-3 drops total of German Chamomile or Roman Chamomile essential oil added, (others may be substituted such as; Geranium, Lavender, or any of the above essential oils mentioned will work fine). Even chamomile tea works.
Taking and applying liquid colloidal silver (a powerful germicide and natural antibiotic) has helped many heal the skin problems associated with eczema. Read more about this by checking the resources at the bottom of this article.
Eat healthy, drink enough water, and try drinking the following mixture daily: 3-4 tablespoons flaxseed oil, one tablespoon each of; black cumin oil, evening primrose oil, sesame oil, hemp seed oil, borage oil, sunflower oil, pumpkin seed oil, (or any oils high in Omega 3 and 6) and to make it taste better (as well as emulsify the oils) add; organic apple cider vinegar, organic ginger root, coconut sugar (in Asian stores) or pure palm sugar, and a bit of Himalayan crystal salt. It certainly can't hurt as all these ingredients are supposedly very good for you anyway.
Make sure to see a doctor for diagnosis.
Avoid harsh synthetic fragrances and soaps.
Dab & moisturize.
Essential oils for eczema and psoriasis; Atlas Cedarwood, Bergamot, Cajeput, Camphor, Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Linden (lime blossom), Myrrh, Palma Rosa, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea tree, Yarrow, and Ylang ylang.
Other natural oils for eczema and psoriasis; Calendula infused oil, cranberry seed oil, jojoba, avocado, kukui nut, emu, borage, evening primrose, neem seed oil, St. John's Wort oil, rosehip seed oil, hemp seed oil and other oils with high Omega 3 and 6.
Other ingredients to soothe itching, swelling and inflammation; Baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, or regular oatmeal, strawberry leaves, liquid colloidal silver, and anti-itch spray (rose hydrosol, chamomile tea, and lavender essential oil).
Thanks for reading, and best of wishes in all your endeavors.
Resources & More Reading:
WebMd on psoriasis causes
InfoBarrel article "Natural and Home Remedies for Eczema"
InfoBarrel article about Qigong meditation