If you suffer from psoriasis, you may constantly be on the lookout for ways to relieve your dry, itchy skin, especially during flare-ups. If so, try using this homemade poultice using ingredients found in supermarkets, herbal health stores, and pharmacies.
What You Will Need
Before you make your poultice, gather the following supplies and ingredients.
- Small bowl
- One-half cup of oatmeal
- One-quarter cup of warm water
- One tablespoon of aloe vera juice
- Five drops of tea tree oil
- Soft, clean washcloth
The oatmeal is used as the base of the poultice. It helps relieve the itchiness and inflammation caused by psoriasis.
The aloe vera juice works to calm the inflammation. It also smooths and softens the skin, reducing the amount of dry, flaky scales. The juice is better than the gel for this treatment because the juice soaks into the oatmeal more readily.
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and skin conditioner. However, it can increase irritation in people who are sensitive to it. Before using it in the preparation above, apply one drop to a patch of skin without psoriatic symptoms.
If you have no reaction after an hour or so, use it in the treatment. If you see redness develop, omit it from the poultice.
Now that you have everything you need, follow the directions below to make and use the treatment.
- In the small bowl, stir together the oatmeal and water.
- Let the oatmeal soak for 15 minutes to soften it up.
- Mix in the aloe vera juice. You should have a wet, pasty consistency. If not, add another teaspoon of aloe vera juice and stir thoroughly. Add a teaspoon until you have the right texture.
- Add the tea tree oil.
- Let the poultice sit for about half an hour so the juice and oil get soaked into the oats.
- Using your fingertips, spread the poultice on the affected area.
- Wet the washcloth with warm water and apply it over the poultice. The warmth helps the ingredients absorb faster into your skin.
- Leave the treatment on for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Using the above poultice once a day should help soothe your irritated skin. However, if your psoriasis symptoms seem to be getting worse, or the condition seems to be spreading, you may want to discuss your concerns with a dermatology service. They can evaluate your condition and recommend treatment options that fit your particular needs.
For more information, contact Desert Dermatology or a similar location.