How To Use Essential Oils for Psoriasis Relief

Using Essential Oils for Psoriasis Relief

Using essential oils for psoriasis can help you relieve the itchy, dry, red patches of this chronic skin condition in a natural, holistic way. 

Two commonly recommended oils are Roman chamomile and tea tree. Blend either of those essential oils with a carrier oil and apply to your skin, spot testing first to make sure you don't have an adverse reaction.

If you have never used essential oils, start with a dilution of one drop essential oil in 10 drops carrier oil. You can then potentially make the blend as strong as 50/50.

Carrier oils that may especially help relieve psoriasis include wheat germ, rosehip seed, borage, and evening primrose, but it's OK to use other carrier oils.

Psoriasis Relief Blend

The Essential Oils Desk Reference recommends the following aromatherapy blend for psoriasis relief:

  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops tea tree
  • 2 drops patchouli
  • 2 drops Roman chamomile

Blend the essential oils with at least 8 drops of carrier oil (more if you tend to be sensitive or have never used these essential oils.)  Spot test before applying the blend to a large area.

Cream with Essential Oils for Psoriasis

For symptom relief of psoriasis, The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils suggests:

  • 4 ounces Carlson vitamin E cream
  • 4 drops bay laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • 5 drops carrot seed 
  • 5 drops geranium 
  • 20 drops lavender 

Blend the essential oils into the vitamin E cream. Apply to your skin as needed.

Psoriasis Stress Relief Diffuser Blend

To relieve stress that can worsen psoriasis, Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home suggest diffusing the following blend in an aromatherapy diffuser: 

  • 2 drops rose 
  • 2 drops German chamomile 
  • 1 drop clary sage 

Psoriasis Relief Decoction 

Another suggestion, from Healing With Aromatherapy, for a psoriasis flare-up is to drink two to three cups of licorice root decoction a day and use some of the decoction as a compress. 

Caution: Do not use licorice root if you have high blood pressure.

To make a decoction, simmer one teaspoon licorice root in one cup of water for 20 minutes.

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