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Sunday, 24 May 2009

Psoriasis and Essential Oils

While surfing the net for information on essential oils, I came across a forum which had a post regarding Psoriasis and the use of essential oils. It said: “Avoid oils which promote cell regeneration as the psoriasis symptoms are caused by excessive cell growth. Lavender essential oil, and shea butter are just two of the oils to avoid”.

I have no idea whether this person was a trained Aromatherapist or not and as I wasn’t a member of the forum, I was unable to get involved in the discussion and ask more information about what they had said. I went and had a look in my books for other oils which are cell regenerators and came up with a long list but some of these oils were also listed as being beneficial for Psoriasis. This confused me somewhat.

MedicineNet.com describes Psoriasis as “a noncontagious common skin condition that causes rapid skin cell reproduction resulting in red, dry patches of thickened skin. The dry flakes and skin scales are thought to result from the rapid buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis commonly affects the skin of the elbows, knees, and scalp.”

On the WebMD website it says that a variety of factors can cause an episode of psoriasis “ranging from emotional stress and trauma to dry skin and streptococcal infection.” They also report that “80% of people having flare-ups report a recent emotional trauma, such as a new job or the death of a loved one. Many doctors believe such external stressors serve as triggers for an inherited defect in immune function.”

I contacted the Psoriasis Association to see if they could assist me on which products I should and shouldn’t use with psoriasis. I know Shea butter isn’t an essential oil but was interested that it has cell regenerating properties. The Psoriasis Association commented that “many people with psoriasis do use it [Shea butter] due to its intense moisturising properties.” They couldn’t comment on individual essential oils as they said “unfortunately there has been very little research into the use of essential oils and psoriasis.”

I contacted the Aromatherapy Council to see if they could help me further. They suggested that I “should not look at the condition in isolation but look at the whole picture and blend oils to suit the individual at the time of treatment.” As a holistic therapist, this is something that I do naturally. Although lavender and other essential oils maybe cell regenerators (cytophylactic) they will only stimulate the growth of healthy cells so are therefore ok to use.

Essential Oils which can help Psoriasis include bergamot, clary sage, thyme, tea tree, cajuput, niaouli, lavender, chamomile, geranium, juniper, melissa, sandalwood, frankincense, benzoin, myrrh, and rose.

Carrier Oils which can help Psoriasis include avocado, carrot seed, jojoba, sesame, and wheatgerm.



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19 comments:

  1. You can read more about psoriasis here:
    http://bit.ly/NbB7z

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  2. Many thanks for your advice it has really helped me. I want to try and help my Dad who has Lukeimea and Psoriasis. I realise there is little i can do to help with the Lukeimea, as he is on a lot of medications already. However, I would really love to be able to help his Psoriasis ive been told that Tea Tree Oil is good for this, but i see that it isnt in your list.

    Also can anyone give me a good recipie for a scrub to remove the excess skin, and a cream to soften and help condition the skin so that he at least suffers less from the Psoriasis at least. Kind regards Lynne

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    1. I know this is several years too late but I like to use either dead sea salt or Epsom salt in my baths to help my skin soften.

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    2. Hi,
      In my baths I put 5 drops of each of these essential oils: lavender, cedarwood and geranium....my psoriasis is clearing well.

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  3. I've heard that olive oil, sunflower oil, borage oil and rosehip oil are all very good for psoriasis and am using these to make a treatment cream for my dad. Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, it softens the skin, helps it to heal and is moisture retentive. Sunflower oil absorbs relatively quickly into the skin and contains high levels of omega 6 essential fatty acids, which help build up skin health, helping it to retain moisture and reduce inflammations. Borage is also very high in omega 6 essential fatty acids and absorbs very quickly into the skin. Rosehip oil is good for psoriasis, eczema, acne and sun damaged skin. It is also rapidly absorbed into the skin and helps restore elasticitiy.

    I'm blending these with a yarrow herbal infusion - yarrow is said to stop itching on contact - my dad tells me the itching is one of the most irritating things about having psoriasis. It also calms inflammation and helps heal those basal layers of skin, making them less raw and painful when exposed.

    Sea buckthorn is also said to be fantastic for psoriasis, so I'm adding a little sea buckthorn extract.

    Good advice on how to make creams is available online from Aromantic. You'll need an emulsifier to bind the oils and herbal infusion together into a cream and they supply a few different types.

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    1. Neem oil is also very good for psoriasis but its smell is off putting for some people. A good alternative to Neem is Karanja oil. I have not recieved my order of it yet so I can't comment on its effectiveness or aroma. Hope this helps.

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    2. is aromatic a web site? I have psoriasis on my scalp and have been living with it for yrs now, but in the last yr. it has gone down to my neck. It is really bad now I use to wear my hair in a short bob, but I let it grow out to cover my neck, I would really like to wear my hair in a pony tail, more importantly stop this horrible itching and burning.

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  4. Thanks for your comment Nancy. The cream you are making sounds fantastic! I've been on the Aromantic course myself including the one whihc specialises on Psoriasis. I now make a Vitamin A and Silica cream for Psoriasis prone skin available in my Natural Skincare eBay shop

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  5. Patchouli oil is also renowned for helping psoriasis. I am of the opinion that essential oils are good for psoriasis and have had great relief using proskin psoriasis by mama nature. This has shea butter, almond oil, tea tree oil and lavender oil and has been a brilliant for my psoriasis. It stops the itching which really gets on my goat. They do say 'the proof is in the pudding' and i think it is better to actually try something than be put off by contradictory information on the web. The treatment Nancy suggests also sounds good.

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  6. Thank You all for the information!

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  7. Great carrier oils for psoriasis are tamanu, andiroba, borage seed, rosehip and evening primrose. I like to use combination of lavender, R. or g. chamomile, helichrysum, patchouli, geranium, bergamot. Use compress, bathing and topical oil.
    For topical oil I like to use chamomile, helichrysum, lavender, sandalwood, patchouli.
    for bathing i like to use: detoxifying oils of juniper with lavender.
    compress is lavender, chamomile, geranium and bergamot.
    Deanna.

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  8. Have to be careful with Tea Tree, although can be great result, but some people can have a bad response to it.

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  10. acupuncture-sales.com Online sales of acupuncture needles, acupuncture equipment, kinesiology tape for kinesiotaping, massage oils and other medical supplies with a high quality standard at affordable prices. We are the leading European retailer for acupuncture professionals, physio & massage therapists.
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  11. Fish oils contains omega-3 fats which are very powerful natural medicinal cure psoriasis treatments.

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  12. I am learning about oil, only a few months. Can anyone tell me any receipts that I could use on my 2 year old grandson. I put some coconut oil from Tropical Traditions on him and it is helping out a little bit. Could really use and would appreciate any advice you could help me out with. Thank you, Sandy

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  13. Forgot to say he was diagnosed with psoriasis, would love a few receipts try for him. Thanks, Ssandy

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  14. You can use this cream and select "itchy skin" scent on the right (essential oil combination of lavender, bergamot, rose geranium). https://www.etsy.com/listing/115780666/body-frosting-body-butter-vegan-whipped

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  15. I have had psoriasis for the past 30 years and i have tried every home remedy that i can think of. I do own my own UVB light but i am trying to find an alternative. I recently bought 5 different essential oils from wholefoods (Lavender , Borage seed oil, Rosemary, Neem Oil, and Rosehip oil. I mixed them each seperatly with a carrier oil (Avocado) and applied each to a specific spot on my body to see what the results would be for each and the winner of the 5 oils goes to Lavender. I recommend using a 1 cup container filled with Avocado oil or Organic extra Virigin Olive oil and and 2 tsp of Lavender. I also have made a skin cream with Shea butter, Beeswax, Olive oil/ Grape seed oil and Lavender. Mixed in a double Boiler on the stove and poured into 2 cup container. Try it it works amazingly. It took some trial and error getting the ingredients.

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