- Always educate yourself about properties and contraindications of essential oils you are going to use.
- Be sure you are not allergic to any ingredient before applying it on your body. First apply a dab on your wrist for example, and wait 24 hours to see if any irritation occurs.
- Make sure you buy the pure base ingredients and choose ingredients that have the most beneficial nutrients.
- Always dilute an essential oil in a base oil unless you are sure it is safe to use it neat.
- If you can afford, spend a little more on high quality and organic oils. This will insure no unnecessary chemicals are applied to your skin.
Can apple cider vinegar treat psoriasis naturally? Some claim it’s a great remedy that works very well for psoriasis and psoriasis on scalp. Although there’s no scientific evidence to back up this claim, it actually works pretty well for me to soothe itching on my scalp and on my skin. In this post I’ll explain to you how I use apple cider vinegar for psoriasis!
- Preparation: 2 min
- Cooking: n/a
Why do apple cider vinegar work for psoriasis?
Here are the main reasons why apple cider vinegar can be very beneficial to manage psoriasis:
- Surprisingly, apple cider vinegar is alkaline in nature and it can help regulate the pH of your skin.
- It also has a lot of essential nutrients, such as vitamins C, A, B1, B6, potassium and iron, as well as alpha hydroxy acids that exfoliate the top layers of the skin.
- It soothes itching.
- It helps get rid of bad bacteria (and keep the good ones!)
I recommend that you try this natural remedy. First, it’s inexpensive. Secondly, apple cider vinegar is a totally natural product. Third, it’s beneficial for all sorts of health problems! The great thing is that you can use it both internally and externally.
Here’s a very simple recipe with apple cider vinegar for psoriasis
All you need is: half apple cider vinegar and half distilled or filtered water. Easy, isn’t it?
Only use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg organic raw apple cider vinegar) that contains the “mother”. The mother contains proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.
For scalp psoriasis:
- Pour and mix apple cider vinegar and water together into a spray bottle. You can add a drop of neem oil too for additional benefits! I also recommend you add a little bit of baking soda to the mix.
- Spritz it on to scalp, ideally on wet hair/scalp for better absorption. Just make sure you shake the bottle before you use it, so that the water and apple cider vinegar are thoroughly mixed up.
- Massage, wrap your head in a towel, and keep on at least 15 minutes (max one hour).
- Wash your hair.
Note: Apple cider vinegar mixed with water can also be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing. Don’t worry about the slight vinegar smell you will notice after rinsing. It will disappear completely as your hair dries. However, neem oil has a strong smell. So don’t put too many drops…
For psoriasis patches on skin:
- To apply apple cider vinegar to your skin, simply use a cotton bud and gently glide over skin.
- When you use it for the first time, after 5 minutes, it’s a good idea to rinse it off with warm water.
- Before you use apple cider vinegar, it’s recommended to test it on a small area of your skin in case you get a reaction! Also, It’s best to apply apple cider vinegar at night as it can increase sensitivity to ultra-violet rays.
Note: Always dilute apple cider vinegar with water when you apply it on your skin, especially on your face. After a while when your skin got used to it, you can gradually increase the concentration. It depends on the tolerance of your skin. You can also try adding a little bit of aloe vera gel or witch hazel for additional benefits for your skin. If you want to try another great recipe for psoriasis with apple cider vinegar, here’s a recipe I recommend.
Can you take apple cider vinegar internally?
You should! Apple cider vinegar has so many benefits. Every day, I alternate between:
- Lemon water
- Apple cider vinegar mixed with water
They are my two favorite drinks to help alkalize my body, promote digestive health and strengthen my immune system 🙂
If you can’t stand the taste of vinegar, you can take it in pills. I prefer taking ACV in liquid form, but tablets or capsules can also be a good option.
Do you use apple cider vinegar for psoriasis? Feel free to leave a comment here below to share your experience with apple cider vinegar. Also check out my post What Works Best for Psoriasis. You’ll learn how I deal with psoriasis and what works for me!