Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that generally results in thick, flaky, itchy, and red-silver patches on the skin that are at times extremely painful. 

It is a condition that occurs due to a weak immune system, and unfortunately, psoriasis cannot be cured completely. 

However, using some home remedies can provide major relief from the symptoms of psoriasis. Read on to learn how to use these seven simple home remedies to manage psoriasis.

1. Oatmeal Bath 

Power-packed with iron, manganese, vitamins, selenium and plenty of minerals, a cup of oatmeal helps to heal the affected skin drastically. 

Oatmeal packs made from milk and oatmeal (1cup: 1-quarter cup) helps in reducing inflammation, itchiness and redness of the skin. 

Another way to use oatmeal while bathing would be to wrap half a cup of oatmeal in a muslin cloth, knotting the top and placing it in a warm bath.  

2. Apple Cider Vinegar (AVC)

AVC can be used to alleviate psoriasis-related scalp irritation and burning. It has natural germicidal properties and can soothe your scalp. Apply organic apple cider vinegar on your scalp several times a week. 

If you experience any burning sensation, diluting the vinegar with water in a one-to-one ratio can help. If you have open wounds or if your skin is cracked or bleeding, avoid using vinegar.

3. Salt 

Psoriasis can be effectively cured at home with warm baths, and a teaspoon of salt added to it. Not just any salt though, one needs to use dead sea salts or Epsom salts for relief from the symptoms of psoriasis.

The salt in the water calms your skin, works as an anti-inflammatory (reduces swelling and redness) catalyst and relieves the skin from dryness and itching. 

Add two teaspoons of Epsom salt to a warm bath, and soak the area for fifteen minutes.

4. Exposure to Sunlight

When exposed to a limited amount of sunlight in a day, you can save your skin from the onslaught of free radicals while your skin gets the right nourishment it needs. 

However, make sure to ask your doctor about the best way to use natural sunlight as overexposure to it can worsen outbreaks, by elevating the risk of skin cancer. 

Do not forget, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above on the unaffected area generously to prevent skin inflammation, redness, and itching.

5. Aloe Vera

The benefits of aloe vera cannot be underestimated. Aloe vera's medicinal properties include keeping the skin moisturised, removing dead skin cells, and providing relief from itching.

The gel should be taken from the stem of the plant and directly applied to the skin after a warm bath, which helps with hydration and moisturisation. The healing properties of the gel help prevent further deterioration of the skin.

6. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antiseptic (stops or slows down the growth of microorganisms) properties. Before using it, test it on a small area of your skin to ensure that you are not allergic to it. It is not advised to apply it directly to your skin. 

The best method is to dilute one part of tea tree oil to ten parts olive oil and dab it on the affected areas using cotton balls. 

If you are using it for the scalp, add ten drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo and leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory (reduces redness and swelling) and antioxidant (prevents tissue damage) properties. It helps in reducing redness, itching and psoriasis flare-ups. You may use it as a supplement or as an ingredient in your meals.

While these home remedies are helpful in managing mild cases, always consult your doctor before trying any new treatments, as even natural ingredients can interact with other medications or irritate sensitive skin.

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