DIY Psoriasis Balm

When I was younger I was diagnosed with psoriasis and eczema. The psoriasis was always way worse and would flair up when I was really stressed out. Several doctors looked at it, but always wanted to refer me to a dermatologist, which I did not have the money for at the time. My most recent doctor gave me a prescription for a cream, which did nothing. I did not see wasting so much money on something that didn’t work so I stopped taking it. Not to mention I had no idea what half of the ingredients in that stuff was!

A couple of years ago I found this small shop about 20 minutes from my house that sold natural products. The lady who owned and ran the place made all the products herself and was very knowledgeable. She made a product called Itch-Be-Gone in a soap and whipped lotion. She told me to try it and let her know how it worked.

I have to admit I was a tad skeptical because nothing else had worked. After about a month of using both the soap and the lotion I started noticing a huge change. I still had a little bit of redness, but the white scales (I know. Gross!) were starting to go away. About a year later one of the patches on my side completely vanished! I had found a miracle psoriasis cream and I needed to buy it all!!

But then she moved.

And she doesn’t sell online.

So….what to do.

I knew some of the ingredients she used. I knew she used essential oils, but they were not listed in her ingredients. I did a lot of research and finally came up with my own Psoriasis Balm.

If you are interested in making your own for yourself or for someone you know who suffers with psoriasis, then please feel free to use my recipe.

The Recipe

For this balm you will need:

1/3 cup Shea Butter
1 Tablespoon Neem Oil
1/4 Teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melt the Shea Butter and Vitamin E Oil in a double boiler. You want it to be clear. After they are melted, place them in the freezer until set, about 5 minutes or longer. Just keep an eye on it. You want it to be runny, but opaque. After it is set, whisk in the Neem Oil and Essential Oils. Pour it into a container until it is set; like a balm consistency.

Instructions With Pictures

A lot of my ingredients come from different places. I check to make sure my oils are 100% pure, but I do not favor any one place. Recently I have discovered Plant Therapy and I will be getting my oils from them from now on. They have an excellent reputation and are very helpful and knowledgeable.

This is my double boiler. I use a glass measuring cup placed inside a pan of water. This way I can take it from the pan to the freezer and then to pouring without using up a bunch of bowls.

After placing the Shea Butter and Vitamin E Oil in the double boiler, this is how you want it to look when it’s ready. It is clear and there are no butter chunks floating around in there.

After melting and placing your balm in the freezer you will want it to be opaque, but still runny. If it stays in the freezer too long it will get hard and you will have to melt it all over again.

At this point you want to quickly whisk in the Neem Oil. This stuff smells terrible!! But, it’s great for psoriasis. (I will explain in a minute.) Also, whisk in the lavender and tea tree oils.

Pour your balm into a small container and you’re done! Let it sit on the counter for a few hours to harden or if you’re impatient like me, pop it in the refrigerator for a little while.

Why do I use these oils?

Neem oil contains nimbidin, which is an anti-inflammatory. It reduces swelling, itching and redness. Basically it’s a natural antihistamine. Neem oil also fights fungal and bacterial infections. Here’s a warning – it stinks!!

Lavender essential oil also contains antifungal properties and helps reduce inflammation. It helps to cleanse your skin as well as reduce irritation and redness. Plus it smells great, and can cover up that Neem oil stink!

Tea Tree essential oil can kill certain bacteria (which is why it’s also great for cleaning!) as well as certain fungi and viruses. It also prevents infection and promotes healing. There are so many different uses for Tea Tree oil!


I am now on my second batch of this balm – a little bit goes a long way! The biggest psoriasis patches are on my lower back and my chest. After using the first batch of my homemade balm, the patch on my chest is almost cleared up! It’s just slightly red still, but it not longer itches or contains scales. Another plus – the patches are no longer painful!

If you or someone you know is suffering from psoriasis or eczema and cannot find any relief, try looking into using a more natural approach. It just takes a little bit of research. One of my goals for this year is to start getting rid of more chemicals in my house and using more essential oils and natural cleaners.

Please feel free to use my recipe above. The only catch is – you have to tell me if it works for you!


47 thoughts on “DIY Psoriasis Balm”

  1. Michelle! What a really cool and creative way to take care of your skin! We have eczema here in our house and winter time is always the worst. My kids all had it when they were babies. Their cheeks would get so bright red and chapped in the winter. My girls seem to fair the worst. The boys both grew out of it by age 4. I had it mildly when I was younger and now I just have some pretty gnarly dry skin on my hands. It is probably still eczema but I have not had a major difficulty with it since I was younger. The ingredients you use sound like they would be excellent for skin!

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  2. My daughter uses a psoriasis Rx that costs $500 a bottle! Of course we did not pay anything close to that, thanks to insurance, but it’s highly effective. I couldn’t tell you what the ingredient deck is but it’s certainly not natural. Maybe she will try this…I love your commitment to fewer-chemicals in 2019!

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  3. Michelle, this is awesome! My mom has psoriasis on her scalp along her hairline and it flares up a lot in winter. Iโ€™ll have to tell her about this! Iโ€™ve had eczema off and on my whole life. When I was a kid it was on my hands pretty bad, and the last patch I had was on my lower abdomen. Personally, I used CeraVe lotion after a derm recommended it and for me it cleared up within a week.

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    1. I have the same thing your mom has. I use Castile liquid soap with tea tree oil already added in. I use it in place of shampoo, but not every day. It has really helped! Maybe she could try that. I’m glad the lotion works for you!

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  4. Very Nice! With those ingredients, this balm should be good for all sorts of skin conditions or inflammations. Good for you for doing the research and addressing the problem.
    All the Best,

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  5. Oh my goodness! Thank you for this. I have an elderly family member who suffers with very bad redness, itching, swelling on his ear and he said the doctor told him itโ€™s psoriasis. He let me put hydrocortisone and antibiotic ointments on it trying to help, but itโ€™s so bad sometimes.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Iโ€™m going to try it. I developed eczema about 3 years ago, the steroids doctors prescribed were terrible/didnโ€™t work, expensive and toxic. I started using coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (separately), they both helped but didnโ€™t totally cure my skin. I think stress, allergies and diet play a factor. Natural cures are best!

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  7. Thank you! Great tips. I actually used the Dermalmd serum and it showed great effects on my back psoriasis (itโ€™s the worse on my backโ€ฆso good

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  8. Thanks for this. having psoriasis for 5 years now I started with the Dermalmd serum and been using it since..itโ€™s not expensive and it lasts for a long time with constant results

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  9. My dermatologist suggested the dermalmd serum so for me that worked just fine. I sometimes use breastmilk, so both together are the best combo. Have a great day

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