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Living with psoriasis can be
embarrassing and uncomfortable, and even
more so when it’s on your scalp.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that
produces scaly, raised, reddish patches
that sometime cover the entire scalp and
may extend beyond the hairline down the
neck, onto the forehead and the ears.
The cause is unknown; however, it’s
believed to arise from a weakness in the
immune system causing skin cells to
proliferate too quickly.
Psoriasis commonly occurs on any skin
surface on the body. It can be mild with
barely noticeable, itchy patches or
severe with thick, crusty lesions and
intense itching leading to infections
from scratching. Intense itching and
scratching of the scalp can accompany
temporary hair loss. Hair generally
grows back after the lesions are
Various natural supplements, alternative
medicines, shampoos and dietary measures
can help to reduce symptoms and
alleviate the underlying problem.
Your diet affects not only how your body
processes foods, but how well they move
through your digestive tract and whether
they make your immune system stronger or
weaken it. A healthy diet should not be
overlooked when working to heal
• Eat a wholesome diet filled with
organic and whole foods. Include fresh
fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole
grains. Add fish oil or flaxseed, both
high in omega 3 fatty acids; and get
plenty of folic acid by eating foods
high in folate, such as broccoli.
• Get lots of fiber in your diet to help
your digestive tract remove toxins.
Leave the skins on fruits, potatoes and
other root vegetables for a high-fiber
boost. Replace bread, flour, and other
processed grains with whole grains to
benefit from additional nutrients and
• Consume fermented foods that provide
live, active cultures high in probiotics
to help keep the colon clean and
stimulate healthy digestion. These foods
include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut,
pickles with live cultures, kim chi.
Read more about probiotics and the wide
range of fermented foods available in
this article: Superfoods loaded with
probiotics deliver a variety of flavors
and span seven food groups http://www.naturalnews.com/036785_superfoods_probiotics_fermented_foods.html
• Drink clean, fresh water mixed with
the juice of half a lemon to flush
toxins from the blood stream. Do this
twice daily to help balance your body’s
pH and keep yourself in a more alkaline
• Eat less meat and poultry if you have
psoriasis and you’re over weight. Meat
digestion produces purines which are
broken down into uric acid. Excess uric
acid creates acidosis and being
overweight aggravates the problem.
Acidosis fosters numerous health
problems that can find their way to the
skin through a weakened immune system,
aggravating psoriasis of the scalp.
• Reduce the amount of animal fat you
consume. The animal fat is deposited in
the liver, where added toxins must be
cleared, and whose effects may damage
the skin and worsen psoriasis on the
head and elsewhere. If you do eat foods
containing large amounts of animal fats,
make them free range, grass fed or
organic to reduce the amount of toxins
you’re feeding your liver.
• Use oregano essential oil to reduce psoriasis of the
scalp. Oregano is known to possess potent anti-viral,
anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. Place 5-10 drops
in the palm of your hands and rub on the scalp. You can
also use oregano oil for psoriasis on your body. Do a
test area first to check for allergies. Repeat this
daily until you see the patches reduce in size and
color. If the psoriatic patches are painful or the skin
is broken, mix the oregano essential oil with a mild
carrier oil like olive, coconut or almond oil to keep it
from stinging your skin.
• Expeller-pressed, refined, organic coconut oil, is one
of the healthy fats rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
It’s also unscented. Gently apply a small amount on your
scalp and skin to soften psoriatic patches, then wash
out with a natural coconut oil shampoo. If you like the
scent of coconut, use extra-virgin oil. Consuming
coconut oil in foods is another way to boost your immune
system and help your skin heal.
• Apply 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter to your hair and
scalp nightly, washing it out in the morning. Shea
butter is a natural healing agent for skin and has been
known to help some people reduce psoriasis plaques.
Use homeopathic remedies to help resolve psoriasis on
the scalp and elsewhere on the body. Psoriasis is not
something you should self-treat. Consult a knowledgeable
One of the primary remedies for skin ailments, Sulfur is
often used for the treatment of psoriasis. The person
needing sulfur may have dry, itching, scaly patches on
the scalp that may burn and feel worse after being
scratched or washing the hair. Itching and pain are
worse in the evening, especially in bed. Other psoriatic
patches may appear on the body in skin folds and may
become infected. The individual may feel irritable,
depressed, be forgetful, and be aggravated in a warm
room or by hot applications.
Psoriasis skin patches appear tough, leathery, cracked
and sore. Itching is improved by scratching; and like
Sulfur, the individual may scratch the patches until
they bleed. Patches may ooze a honey-like glutinous
fluid that dries on the skin and causes additional
itching. Patches may appear on the neck and ears as well
as the scalp.
The person who needs Calcarea Carbonica may experience
skin problems and psoriasis made worse during the
winter. Psoriatic patches may ulcerate and are slow to
heal. The person may be easily fatigued, chilly, feel
sluggish, be overweight, and have cold, clammy hands and
Psoriasis may appear in many places on the body, as well
as on the scalp and may appear dry and stiff-looking.
The person may have itching of the patches which is not
improved by scratching, but is made better by warm
applications or in a warm room. There may be a strong,
unpleasant odor emitting from the skin and scalp. The
person needing this remedy may be a man or woman with
hormonal imbalances and circulatory problems.
Staphysagria is often needed by people who develop
psoriasis after experiencing some kind of suppressed
loss or grief. It is also useful for those who have
psoriasis with suppressed anger. Although the plaques
can appear anywhere on the body, the scalp is the
predominant area. The individual may appear to be meek,
mild-mannered and easily embarrassed along with having a
strong sense of indignation and internal anger.
Petroleum is indicated for an individual whose symptoms
are aggravated by emotional stress, especially during
the winter. The skin is dry and cracked, especially on
the finger tips and palms. Overall, the psoriatic
patches on the scalp are extremely dry, itchy and flaky.
Skin becomes easily infected looking leathery and tough.
Use of topical products containing petroleum jelly or
petrolatum are strongly discouraged.
Sources for this article include:
Materia Medica and Repertory, William Boericke, M.D.,
Synoptic Materia Medica I , Frans Vermeulen, 1992
Repertory of the Homeopathic Materia Medica, James Tyler
Kent, 1987 Indian edition
ABChomeopathy.com: Sulfur for Psoriasis
Encyclopedia of Health: Homeopathic Remedies for
Living Well With Psoriasis
CureZone.com: Psoriasis Diet
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JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine
and homeopathy, and has a post graduate
degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot
cares for both people and animals, using
alternative approaches to health care
and lifestyle. She writes about
wellness, green living, alternative
medicine, holistic nutrition,
homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic
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