Four Essential Oils That Can Soothe Psoriasis

Before we begin, a disclaimer. Essential oils should never be used as a primary treatment for Psoriasis. Always consult your doctor before adding these oils to a treatment regimen. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the skin cells causing them to regenerate at a high rate. 

This results in skin that is inflamed, itchy and scaly. Psoriasis can affect the skin on any part of the body but it mostly affects the scalp, knees, elbows and lower back. Many patients have to manage their symptoms as best they can since there is no known cure. One way to soothe affected skin is the judicious use of essential oils or plant-derived oils. 

Essential oils are made via distillation through steam and water or through mechanical methods. They are powerful oils and are used in moderation to treat a variety of skin conditions and other illnesses. These are four essential oils that could help your condition. As a precaution, always test patch any oil on a small area of skin before applying to an affected area and make sure you dilute the oils with a carrier oil.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti fungal properties and in some cases may support immune function. With tea tree oil, it is best to use very small and diluted amounts since too much of it may dry out your skin. 

Alternatively, you could administer this oil as part of a product line of shampoos, lotions or soaps that agree with you. Many over the counter products for the skin and hair contain tea tree oil. You could also add a drop or two to castor oil which is a carrier oil that is also an emollient that softens the skin.

Lavender Oil

Like tea tree oil, lavender oil also has effective antibacterial and antifungal properties and it can also be used on broken skin. It may relieve the itchiness that comes with psoriasis. Many patients mix it with their lotions, add it to a carrier oil like coconut or castor oil or add a few drops to a warm bath. Don’t use this oil if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or diabetic.

Geranium Oil

Geranium oil reduces inflammation and promotes the growth and regeneration of healthy cells. It is also good for circulation. Dilute this powerful oil considerably and test patch before applying as it may cause allergies or cause other side effects. Since it slows down blood flow, doctors advise avoiding geranium oil if you have high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. Use it with a carrier oil like coconut once or twice a day only.

Peppermint Oil

This oil contains menthol which causes a tingly feeling to the skin. While it may not work to repair or soothe skin, patients find that it provides considerable relief to itching or discomfort. Add about five drops of peppermint oil to a cup of distilled water and spritz it on with a spray bottle to bring instant relief.