PSORIASIS

ESSENTIAL OILS

Geranium. Known to revitalize body tissues.

Myrrh. May relieve red, dry and flaking skin by reducing inflammation.

Tea Tree and Manuka. Soothe irritated and infected skin; relieve dry, flaky skin.

Lavender and Frankincense. Soothing to the skin; helps reduce inflammation.

Research
In laboratory studies, geraniin (an active compound in geranium) protected against nephrotoxicity (kidney toxicity) by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammatory response.

Home Remedy
Revitalizing Salve. Mix 5 drops of geranium oil and 3 drops of myrrh oil with 1 teaspoon of shea butter; rub the mixture onto any areas of concern twice daily. Oils can also be added to your body wash and lotion.

Background
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system. It mostly affects the skin and joints, but it also may affect the fingernails, toenails, genitals and inside of the mouth. Approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S. have psoriasis. It occurs in all age groups but is primarily seen in adults. With plaque psoriasis (the most common form), skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches. The scaly patches, also known as psoriatic plaques, take on a silvery-white appearance. Up to 40 percent of people with psoriasis experience joint inflammation that produces symptoms of arthritis; this is called psoriatic arthritis. Patients with psoriasis have an increased incidence of low self-esteem, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Suggested Supplements

» Hydrochloric Acid. Helps with protein digestion and may help decrease psoriasis flare- ups. Take 1 to 3 capsules per meal.

» Omega-3 + Vitamin D3. Reduce inflammation and have been shown to improve psoriasis symptoms. Recommended dose is 1,000 to 12,000 milligrams of omegas and 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily.