Selected Herbal Teas Can lessen the Severity of Psoriasis Symptoms

Green and Herbal teas are great whole body cleansers, and therefore can have a very positive effect on psoriasis.

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In addition, drinking Green and herbal teas can be helpful in counteracting the dryness of psoriasis.

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Below is a list of herbal teas that are associated with healing psoriasis.

1. Slippery Elm Bark Tea

Native to eastern North America, Slippery Elm is a deciduous tree with small green leaves and an inner bark that is worth its weight in gold.

Clinical researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently tested slippery elm as a treatment for psoriasis. Acting on a suggestion in a recorded reading by Edgar Cayce. The scientists found that a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, small amounts of protein foods, and slippery elm bark with avoidance of red meat and processed foods reduced the permeability of the bowel to lectins in food and led to reductions in oozing and itching.

In 2004, the Department of Human Nutrition in the University of Hawaii conducted a study to see if nutrition therapy can be used to treat psoriasis. As part of the study, they instructed 5 patients with plaque psoriasis to make dietary changes and drink Slippery Elm tea, and the results were irrefutable! They found that over six months, ALL PATIENTS witnessed improvements in their bowel permeability and psoriasis. On average, their PASI test scores before-and-after dropped from 18.2 to 8.7… which translates to a 50% reduction in psoriasis symptoms. I’m sure that they were all ecstatic!

Suggested Use – Preparation of Slippery Elm Bark Tea:

Place about a quarter to one-half of a teaspoon of slippery elm bark powder in a cup of warm water. Stir and let stand about fifteen minutes before drinking. Do not let it stand beyond thirty minutes, as it may become rancid. This mixture is taken early in the morning, at least one-half hour before breakfast, if possible for the first ten days of the regimen. It is then reduced to every other day, except in severe cases, until the skin condition clears.

milk-thistle-extract 2. Milk thistle tea

Milk thistle can stop the breakdown of substances that contribute to psoriasis.

Milk thistle is believed to help reduce inflammation and slow down excessive cell growth.

Milk thistle has been shown to inhibit human T-cell activation which occurs in psoriasis and helps in reducing the rate at which psoriatic skin cells divide.

Milk Thistle is believed to protect the cells of the liver by blocking the entrance of harmful toxins, and helping to remove these toxins from the liver cells. Milk thistle seeds contain a bioflavonoid complex known as silymarin. As with other bioflavonoids, silymarin is a powerful antioxidant.

Milk thistle has been shown to help detoxify and regenerate the liver, which is one of the most important organs in your body when it comes to your skin. It is especially helpful for psoriasis, being that an overtaxed liver causes psoriasis. Milk Thistle is also a “demulcent”, meaning that it reduces inflammation and helps moisten and soften the skin. I don’t know about you, but I always have a box of it in my cupboard.

if you want to make milk thistle tea, your best bet is to use a high quality extract.

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Silymarin, the active ingredient in Milk Thistle, is alcohol soluble. What this means is that Milk Thistle is not extracted in water effectively. Alcohol based extracts are therefore the most effective means of benefiting from Milk Thistle.

How To Make Milk Thistle Tea:

Milk Thistle is unique in that you can not make a medicinal cup of tea out of milk thistle seed and water alone. Silymarin, the active ingredient in Milk Thistle, is alcohol soluble. What this means is that Milk Thistle is not extracted in water effectively. Research has proven that alcohol based extracts are the most effective means of ingesting Milk Thistle.

if you want to make milk thistle tea, your best bet is to find a high quality extract. From here, 1) Heat up a cup of water to near boiling. 3) Add the extract to the water and now you have an effective cup of milk thistle tea to enjoy. For more information on Dosage, visit our basic dosage page.

american-saffron 3. American yellow saffron tea

American Yellow Saffron tea is highly recommended by Edgar Cayce as a digestive and intestinal cleansing aid to alleviate psoriasis.

Saffron tea has a a mild antiseptic effect, killing unwanted bacterial populations in the stomach and intestine.

Many psoriasis patients have reported that consuming the tea at least once a day has shown improvement in the scaling that the psoriasis causes. They can tell that if they skip several days, the symptoms worsen quickly.

To Make Saffron Tea: Place about a quarter teaspoon of saffron tea in cup, then pour boiling water over it and stir. Cool, strain, and drink. This should be made fresh each time it is taken.

Saffron tea is best taken at night, just before retiring. This tea is to be taken consistently until the skin is clear, or at least five days a week, and then periodically to keep the digestive passageways cleansed for proper elimination.

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Words of caution: as with any other medicine or herbal product, do not use during pregnancy or lactation, without the prior consent of your physician.

4. Green tea

Drinking green tea on a regular basis is believed to be beneficial in controlling the symptoms of psoriasis.  It is believed to reduce inflammation and itching and to calm the overactive immune response.

Click here to read more on the benefits of green tea for psoriasis.

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5. Oolong Tea

A study published in the Archives of Dermatology proved, that oolong tea might be a powerful remedy for stubborn eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Oolong tea is made from the same leaves as green teas. They differ in the fermentation process: Oolong is partially fermented,and green tea is unfermented. The partial fermentation process produces a high concentration of polyphenols that researchers credit for soothing and healing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Click here to read more on the benefits of oolong tea for psoriasis.

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