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.
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!