The exact cause of Psoriasis is not yet known. However, studies have shown stressful living or a bad shock to the system that causes the adrenocortical hormones of the adrenal system to be out of balance or "exhausted," are known to cause onset of Psoriasis symptoms. This disorder is also known to genetically run in families.
Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that unfortunately affects many people. It is characterized by dry, scaly patches, and the skin under the patches is red and often itchy. It usually affects the scalp, knees, elbows and limbs, although a serious outbreak can cover a lot of skin on the body. This is due in part to an over- production of the epithelial cells of the skin, and the build-up is apt to be sloughed off very quickly and expose the tender, unprotected newer layer of skin beneath.
If you suffer with Psoriasis, definitely learn to manage stress by exercising regularly, which is proven to drop stress to the body systems significantly. In addition, practicing calming breathing exercises, meditation or any other relaxation methods you choose will reduce stress and the unpleasant symptoms of this disorder. It should be noted, however, that relaxation by intake of alcohol is not recommended and actually worsens symptoms; it is best to avoid alcohol entirely if you have an outbreak. Eating a healthy, whole food diet and drinking plenty of water are also essential to treating and healing this condition.
There are natural healing methods available that are quite effective in treating Psoriasis, and many involve the topical application of organic essential oils to disinfect, moisturize and heal the affected areas of the skin. Favorite organic essential oils recommended for treatment include Lavender, which is a natural antimicrobial and disinfectant, is calming and nourishing to the skin and senses and so reduces overall stress; in addition, organic Evening Primrose, Calendula, Chamomile, Damascena Rose, Neroli, Bergamot, Rosemary, Cedar and Juniper essential oils, some of which we discuss below.
Organic Evening primrose- The "goldmine" of Omega Fatty Acids and an Omega-6 essential fatty acid, Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) in this Organic essential oil are highly effective in moisturizing & soothing the skin and anti-inflammatory in nature. They effectively reduce the unpleasant soreness, itching and redness of Psoriasis. GLA has also actually been licensed in several countries for the treatment of many skin disorders.
Rosemary essential oil: This organic oil is believed to be an actual remedy for Psoriasis. It is also known to have skin toning properties and to reduce stress which will of course help reduce symptoms.
Damascena Rose essential oil: This essential oil, known as one of Nature's Healing Powerhouses, actually contains over 300 naturally-occuring compounds which give it a myriad of natural healing properties. One of these is it's ability to reduce inflammation and skin redness, which accounts for its calming qualities that result in effectively treating and healing Psoriasis. This lovely oil also repairs broken capillaries and is even effective in treating eczema and other common skin disorders. It is also used often in aromatherapy treatments for it's inhaled healing fragrant properties. In addition to smelling absolutely wonderful, it is also mildly astringent, has anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties.
In addition, Lavender, Rose Damascena and German Chamomile essential oils are all well known to aid in decreasing sympathetic nervous system activity. They all have precious natural anti-inflammatory properties that are needed to treat any skin disease that is caused or exacerbated by inflammation.
How to Use: Any of the lovely organic essential oils listed above may be used to create the base of a treatment blend of oils to heal Psoriasis. Just mix a few drops of the Evening Primrose Essential Oil, Lavender, Geranium, Rose Damascena, or any of the above with an organic carrier oil, like organic Sweet Almond or organic Olive Oil. A 2 to 2.5% essential oil dilution (12-15 drops of essential oil(s) to 1 oz carrier oil) , applied daily to the affected area, has been shown to be highly beneficial. Next, simply apply a drop or two of this mixture directly to the affected areas on the skin.
many real, significant improvement in Psoriasis symptoms with regular, daily use of this type of essential oil mixture. Treatment of Psoriasis with organic essential oils is a much healthier alternative than treating with chemical steroid creams and topical immunomodulators that may provide immediate relief, but in the long-term may actually worsen symptoms and cause other chronic health problems.