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Psoriasis Teas all Flakers Should Be Drinking (Part 1)

Herbal teas, the stuff that cows would drink if you gave them a kettle, are surprisingly good for psoriasis. They might be unappetizing – nobody in their right mind salivates over a cup of nettle tea – but they can often lead to incredible changes on your flaky epidermis.

As a former caffeine addict who used to start every morning with a coffee, I’m not saying this lightly either. I just got into the office at 7:40 am and there’s a nice cup of chamomile tea staring me in the face. Sometimes I still have to grit my teeth when I say no to coffee as my colleagues bounce off to make another litre of Nescafe, but I know that my cup of boiled plant matter is better for me.

Here are the “psoriasis teas” that I’ve had the best success with and can personally vouch for in helping my psoriasis!

Slippery Elm Tea

Positives: Proven to help psoriasis. Negatives: Feels like drinking boogers.

This slimy tea is made from a tree called the Ulmus Fulva and drinking it is like slurping on a cup of goopy snot, but boy does it work wonders for psoriasis!

The tree that it’s made from has a lot of mucilage in its inner bark, and has been used for centuries by Native Americans to treat skin conditions. In fact, it’s affect on psoriasis was documented in the September 2004 issue of Alternative Medicine Review, where 5 case studies of psoriasis patients showed that they reported improvements after drinking a “Slippery Elm bark water” concoction as part of a larger diet plan.

Which one I’m drinking: I normally leave this one for the evening, and the type I use is the powdered version. It’s cheaper, lasts longer, and is generally stronger than the stuff packed into tea bags. Currently I’m drinking Frontier brand slippery elm, which is recommended by other people with psoriasis on Amazon.

Red Ginseng

Positives: Psoriasis loves it. Negatives: Tastes like copper.

The earliest historical records show that ginseng tea has been drunk for over 7,000 years – which must mean it’s good. It tastes a bit like an old copper coin, but it’s great at controlling inflammation, especially when it comes to skin.

This seems to be because it’s jam-packed with little “ginsenosides”, which have been found to control skin irritation. In a 2006 study that was reported in Medwire News, researchers from Korea found that ginsenoside Rh3 helped to control cells that cause inflammation in chronic skin conditions like psoriasis!

Which one I’m drinking: This one can be pretty hard to track down locally, so I normally buy it online. The one that I’m drinking now is called Dr. Ginseng, which comes in 10 pyramid tea bags. Unlike other red ginseng teas on Amazon, it’s not made from powder and you can actually taste it. However, if you have the money to spend, then I recommend the very, very potent Cheong Kwanjang Red Ginseng Extract. It comes in a 100g box, lasts for ages, and seems to be the highest quality product on the market.

Milk Thistle

Positives: Great for the liver, and skin. Negatives: It’s not milk.

Milk Thistle is another firm favourite when it comes to herbal teas for psoriasis. The reason why it’s so important is because it helps to detoxify the liver, which is arguably the most important organ when it comes to keeping skin healthy.

Milk Thistle is also a “demulcent” and is believed to slow down excessive cell growth – which is perfect for psoriasis. The active ingredient in milk thistle is a group of compounds collectively known as silymarin. I know many with psoriasis who have cleared up from milk thistle tea alone.

You can also find plenty of user stories on the Inspire psoriasis forum of people who have managed to control their psoriasis with milk thistle, such as this woman here (who posted a snap of her knee looking quite healthy) and another user here who says he was nearly clear after 2 months of ingesting Milk Thistle.

Which one I’m drinking: Right now I’m drinking the Alvita brand of Milk Thistle. It was recommended to me by a hippy friend who swears by it being THE herbal brand to drink. To me, the taste is quite weak, but that’s nothing a dollop of honey can’t fix. I’ve only been drinking it for a few weeks, and I haven’t suddenly grown a suit of peachy new skin, but I have seen a few improvements, mainly in terms of plaques going from coin-sized to grain-sized!

Look out for part 2, which talks about a few other psoriasis teas I’ve had success with. Have you tried any of these, or have other recommendations? Please leave a comment down below!

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I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.


41 Responses to Psoriasis Teas all Flakers Should Be Drinking (Part 1)

  1. God bless all your conditions and may healing be upon us all. My way of dealing with Poriasis whenever there is a flare up is to eat plant-based meals, avoid sugar, and alcohol, bath in sunshine before 7 AM, sleep like a baby at night by avoiding caffeine in the afternoon, and visiting the beach for morning walk. Topically I apply Virgin Coconut Oil all over my body or where the flakes are before taking a bath.Finally I consume green tea all throughout out the day but makes sure that I wash the tea twice to lessen the caffeine. Mabuhay!

  2. Kim says:

    Hi everyone. I have had psoriasis for over 30 years. It is not severe but it is inconvenient on my legs and arms. I am looking at taking Otezla which is a daily pill. Has anyone had experience with Otezla? Also I am looking into various teas to drink.
    Thanks!

    • so…. I’m 38 have psoriasis since I’m 14. I found that drinking cabbage juice and tanning 5 min a day (5 back, 5 front) works amazing. I don’t take probiotics consistently because some strands increase the inflammatory response. I also take vit C, B complex, magnesium, zinc, calcium, chromium. I had 1 flare up after 22 years without… and it has been working like magic after two weeks. I’m leaving my facebook, and if anyone needs help… free… I would be happy to help. I hate being covered and itchy… I do believe this treatment works, and I have never used corticosteroids. my email on there is incorrect…. contact via messages and send a request so I know you’ve sent it.

  3. echo says:

    Thanks for the information. Can green tea be used as a topical treatment in treating psoriasis on face particularly in the forehead as a got it just recently. Thank you

  4. Dinah Vyshnevetskyi says:

    I had psoriasis 5 years ago and I was able to control my symptoms. I just have to be meticulous with skin care regimen. Olay regenerist helped me when my skin flaked. The use if skin care body oil combo tremendously helped my skin beautifully. Post shower, I mixed almond oil.jojoba.grapesed and avocado oil. It really helped me so much

  5. Zoe Malinchoc says:

    I find that ginger and lemon teas with tumeric and cinnamon added are very helpful, as are dandelion and burdock, for reducing systemic inflammation. I have been dealing with a psoriasis scalp flare for about 8 weeks, and am wondering if anyone has tied their symptoms to the consumption of a particular protein? I’ve gotten into the bad habit of eating carrots and celery with sunbutter, and now I am wondering if the flare is due to the sugar in the carrots or the additional protein/fats from the sunbutter.

    • Valerie Stewart says:

      I agree with you on what I believe causes psoriasis flareups. I think its animal protein because when I cut back on meats and dairy products….I can go 3-4 months with little flareups. I have been 80% cleared up but last week I made the family a lamb dinner and I LOVE LAMB……and this week….I can hardly walk. Then I have the issue with milk. I LOVE milk…..so its hard…I have to stand focused. I have only had this info with the animal protein for 6 months….so Im going to try a plant based diet.

  6. Hannah says:

    Have you ever tried taking probiotics to help with your psoriasis? Wanna about a zinc supplement? I’ve heard zinc deficiency plays a role in psoriasis. I’ve also heard sulfur soap helps with the flakes.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Hannah, tried the first 2 but not the 3rd. I believe zinc helped me, especially with psoriasis on the nails, and the probiotics played a role too. I had pretty bad stomach/intestine inflammation in 2015 and probiotics supplements as well as natural yoghurt helped to put me back on track. As far as the gut was involved in P symptoms, the probiotics helped to alleviate them.

      • Hannah says:

        I’ve heard that skin brushing can really help with psoriasis. That would be really interesting if you wrote an article about skin brushing. 🙂

        • redblob says:

          Thanks Hannah! I know zero about hair brushing so that would be pretty interesting! (Don’t even have a hairbrush or a comb though, my hair is short and scruffy :))

  7. Colleen says:

    Hi! Thanks for your post. Have you tried /had any luck with turmeric powder tea?

    • redblob says:

      Can’t say I’ve ever tried the tea Colleen! I normally dump it into soup/curries/other food. The tea doesn’t sound like it would be appreciated by my taste-buds.

  8. Neil Fisher says:

    Hi, new to this site, came after I experienced a dramatic result with a turmeric preparation and am keen to explore more. I just bought this kind of Slippery Elm Powder, and use about 2 teaspoons in a mug of warm water. Is that the right kind of thing? This preparation also contains flour and sugar, and I don’t know if that’s “pure” enough to make the tea right. http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/thompsons-unmalted-slippery-elm-food-60097916

  9. jburd says:

    I picked up a box of milk thistle tea last night and I’m about to try my 1st cup right now! It’s the 1st real cold day we’ve had so far (near NYC – it’s been 60 degrees all December so far) and I’m anticipating the normal winter surge of gross any day now. But I’m hoping the tea will at least minimize it. Wish me luck!

  10. Chandramouli Gudalur says:

    Hey, I see so many different ways of drinking Slippery Elm tea. I have the powder now. How do you drink it ? How much powder in how much water? Could you just explain how you prepare your slippery elm tea? Thanks for all the information!

  11. Hey, do you have any information about taking slippery elm in pill form? Thanks.

  12. Ayesha says:

    Are you drinking all 5 herbal teas daily? That’s a lot of cups for one day! Which one is most effective?

    • redblob says:

      Haha, it is! I probably drink over a litre of herbal tea a day. My colleagues must think I have the bladder control of an incontinent 90 year old.

      I don’t strictly drink all five in a day, however. What I do is brew a massive pot and rotate teas when I feel like it. Right now I’m powering through a lot of milk thistle.

      The most effective? Hmm… I would say its a combination of slippery elm, yellow-dock root and American saffron (I have to add it to the list). They’re the stuff of tastebud nightmares so slugging them regularly can be difficult.

  13. Christine says:

    I am so glad I came across this blog!! Great information and I love hearing your story and reading the comments to see what others have found helpful. I have had psoriasis for about 20 years now and have tried quite a bit of alternatives with not much success. I am going to try the teas suggested and make some changes to my diet (no sugar or processed foods).

    I also have psoriatic arthritis and green tea (or white tea) is supposed to help with inflammation. I am wondering what your experience with green tea is. I know it has caffeine, so that might be a trigger.

    • redblob says:

      Hi Christine. Thanks for reading! You say you’ve had psoriasis for 20 years. Any idea what caused it? I hope you gain some relief from trying these teas and changing your diet. Sugar and processed foods are two definite culprits and reducing them will help. I’m happy to say that drinking green tea has always been helpful for me – it improves my mood and seems to help with the flaking. Plus, don’t they say people in Japan have a low incidence of cancer because of the protective elements in green tea?

  14. littleangel911 says:

    I avoid sugar especially GMO’s, made from beets, here in the US if it just says sugar & not cane sugar you can bet it’s GMO’s. I use organic Agave or raw gently filtered honey. Since doing this my psoriasis have taken a hiatus. I still struggle with the psoriatric arthritis but it has calmed down. I try to walk a couple miles each day but some days just don’t have the energy to do it. Then I just rest. I’m not on much meds for it but will see rheumy this week & see what she recommends. I already on meds for fibromyalgia so not wanting to add anything that will take what energy away. I try to eat organic as much as I can afford & find in rural Iowa. I do enjoy a cup of ginger tea, (takes inflammation away). Hope this gives you some ideas. My psoriasis were horrible when I was eating a lot of processed sugars.

  15. Blair says:

    Do you have a diet you follow? Foods you avoid? Activities you do on a regular basis? Meditate daily? Always looking to see what works for others!

    • redblob says:

      Hi Blair – It’s a yes to all four. Well, maybe not a full yes to the last one. I try to fit in at least 10 minutes of meditation a day, whenever I’m not rushing around or about to pass out. In regard to a special diet and avoiding foods, that’s at the core of my approach. I’ll write more on this soon. What about you?

  16. crystal says:

    Thx. Im just getting started with medicinal herbs….i know alot, just lack experience.

  17. Crystal says:

    Do you know anything about combinations for psoriasis… like turmeric, slippery elm, milk thistle, lemon balm together?

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for the question Crystal. Do you mean combining them into one super-brew or drinking them all within a course of a day? If its the first, I haven’t had much experience. But if its the second, milk thistle and slippery elm are always recommended as a pair, one in the morning and the other at night. I’ve also been taking turmeric daily and haven’t felt better in any ages, so I can’t see a combination in that sense being harmful! The only thing with turmeric is it affects the potency of blood thinners, so need to take some caution if you’re on them.

  18. Kieran says:

    This is really helpful – I’m going to get these teas, thanks! I’m all up for trying the natural approach!

  19. Stacy says:

    That’s just awful, for both of you. I obviously do not have it worse than either of you, but I am completely miserable when I’m not managing the condition. I obsess over picking the scales off of my scalp, to the point that it consumes the majority of my free time at home, where I can pick in privacy! My most recent appointment with my dermatologist was a few weeks ago, and he decided to start me on methotrexate and the folic acid, and he mentioned trying the infusions if I’m not happy with this outcome. I talked to him about my concerns with the biologics, them being somewhat new and the possible side effects of them down the road. He said he trusts Enbrel pretty well since it’s been on the market the longest, so I might end up trying that next. I haven’t started the methotrexate yet, and I really don’t know that I will. I’m the type of person who doesn’t really agree with unnecessary medicating, and I feel like methotrexate is extreme. I’m also not very vigilant about persuing holistic or natural treatments because I really haven’t read of anything that is effective. Bottom line, I take the biologics because it’s an easy fix, but I don’t really want to continue this route for the rest of my life. If anyone has a natural remedy that seems to work pretty well, I’d love to try it! Thanks for your replies!

  20. Kelly says:

    Stacy, If you only have psoriasis (I don’t say this lightly), you may want to hold off on continuing biologics. I say this because I started with Psoriasis, and then developed Psoriatic Arthritis…which is truly terrible. I have been on a combination of biologics and methotrexate for several years now, and am running out of biologics because they work for a while, and then stop. I am currently on my second run of Enbrel and it has completely stopped working for me so I am now switching to Remicaide which is a full infusion chemotherapy. Icky stuff. I would say that 70-80% of my body is covered with psoriasis (guttate, pustular, and inverse), and both knees, left foot, left ankle, lumbar vertebrae, thoracic vertebrae, hands, wrists, heart, lungs, and shoulders are all affected by the PsA, I have also recently been diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, which is basically my immune system attacking my gastrointestinal tract. I’m afraid my immune system is running out of new things to consume! I have tried teas and they haven’t worked for me – but keep in mind my immune system is running amok more so than most people’s. I know several people who have had really great results from teas – but you need to make sure you are getting ones that are put out by people who actually know what they are doing. Different herbs and plants need to be gathered at certain times in their life cycles to be truly effective…and most of the companies that put out herbal teas collect their herbs at times when they are most mild-tasting or when it is convenient – not when the plants are at their most therapeutic.

    • rachel says:

      Kelly I also have psoriasis and IBD. I had my entire large intestine removed due to the severity of my UC. I am against all Biologics because I don’t believe in trading one disease for the possibility of another one from side effects. I am looking for homeopathic ways and holistic nurses that can help with my P. What form of IBD do you have?

      • Valerie Stewart says:

        Hi Rachel and Kelly….I too suffered with IBS. I was constantly in pain and anguish till I started drinking Bone Broth. OMG it was amazing! I can’t even tell you the issues and syptoms. Out of site….out of mind! And my nails never grew…..now they grow like crazy!!! Let me know if you want to learn about it. Its easy to make.

        • Hi, I’m new to the blog. It’s very hard to get any decent advise on the problem here in NZ. We have few dermatologists country wide, and none in the area I live.
          So I’m interested in your bone broth…?
          Thank you

  21. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the quick reply! I quit taking the Humira mainly because I’m a sissy and hated getting a shot every other week! I have noticed that if there is a period of time where I am off the medications, the psoriasis is back with a vengeance! I am only taking the one dose of Stelara every three months, but my weight is right on the line, so I’ve yet to be 100% clear like I was with the Humira. My scalp is completely covered, so are my ears. There are numerous spots that have started popping up on my legs, and a cluster of some very tenacious spots on one leg in particular. Then there are the spots along my waist where my pants sit, and the spots on my chest. I would estimate 25-30% of my body is covered, and I’m really not sure I want to continue forking out the money for the Stelara, when it doesn’t seem to be working all that well. I’m just not convinced that this medicine I’m injecting won’t do some sort of damage over time, and then there’s the issue with suppressing the immune system. All this for itchy, flaky skin? Very frustrating trying to manage the flare ups without meds, though. I’m 33 and have been dealing with this since I was in junior high. So tired of it, ugh.

  22. Stacy says:

    So, are any of you on any kinds of medication for psoriasis, or are you purely treating your condition with herbal/holistic treatments? I am currently on Stelara, and have used Humira for 2 years prior to this year. I’m very uneasy about the injections and any negative effects they might have down the road, but I’m also miserable without the treatments. How much clearance do you typically see as a result of drinking tea? Would drinking tea be able to fully replace the medication for me?

    • redblob says:

      Hi Stacy. I’m sorry to hear about how you feel, what’s your coverage like? From what I know, Stelara’s track record is quite good compared to earlier immunosuppressants, and well, there’s “less” to worry about than before. How long have you had it, and why did you come off Humira?

      Currently I’m only using betamethasone when I flare up around my face. I’ve also tried phototherapy in the past, but have shied away from biologics and injections. Saying that, I’ve only got psoriasis on 15 to 20% of my body, and I might feel differently if it was more extensive.

      Measuring clearance by tea alone would be hard for me to say because I’m doing so many things – but I’m also confident it won’t replace your medication entirely, I’m sorry to say. Right now I’m drinking milk thistle tea in the morning (trying out a new powdered version), and yellow dock root tea in the evening, and I can feel a positive change. But saying that, I’m also following a pretty strict regime in terms of diet and exercise, which I think really affects my psoriasis personally.

      If you’re interested in how herbal teas can help, please have a search for Edgar Cayce, and what he said in terms of psoriasis, American saffron tea and slippery elm. That’s another combination that helps a lot of people (I’m currently working on a post but it won’t be ready for a while!)

    • Bennigan says:

      Hi Stacy, I cannot say for a fact what would work for you, however can share my experience. I originally had psoriasis over both my shins, my back, front, scalp and was feeling psoriatic arthritis in my foot. Was seeing a dermatologist who had me on light treatment twice a week and methotrexate that was taken once a week. The methotrexate worked amazingly well and reduced the psoriasis remarkably, however after around 2 years of treatment, when having a blood test the drug was starting to damage my liver and I had to be taken off.

      Afterwards it became more aggressive, and I continued with a topical cream, light treatment and this other form of medication that did not work as well. It was getting more aggressive so as a last type of resort I saw a naturopath.

      Normally I would not believe in this type of treatment, however as a last resort thought what harm? It actually produced good results over a 6 week period, and learning about a good diet and supplements has really helped, and has made the condition manageable. Things I have noticed is tomatoes and avocado’s are bad for the skin, and alcohol can have a large effect. When I ran out of the supplements, as a naturopath is not licensed and could not give prescription medication I researched what supplements they would of provided me.

      Right now I treat psoriasis with over the counter cream like Moo Goo, and take supplements daily (vitamin D, selenium, fish oil for Omega 3, and a fusion skin tonic). I am also about to add Milk Thistle, however find that my skin has improved dramatically with the above, and when I was avoiding alcohol it was a lot better.

      I do not know if this will help you at all, but going through it for 9 years now, understand the frustration.

  23. littleangel911 says:

    Thank you for the post on tea for us flakers, I’ve been drinking tea for a long time, my fav for immune boosting is chai & ginger root. Does nothing for the flakes but helps with energy & keeping the Dr.s away. I’m going to try one & see if my scalp will clear up. Thanks again for another tool against these nasty buggers. Littleangel911

    • redblob says:

      Thanks for the comment! There’s nothing like a cup of fresh ginger and honey to beat a cold into submission. It’s the best remedy for that Winter flu that I know of. Ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory spice, so should also help if you use it in cooking – might need kilos for it to be effective though 🙂 Hope these teas give you a bit of relief!

  24. Dora says:

    Thanks for this! I think there’s a box of milk thistle tea in the cupboard that I haven’t tried for ages. Will have to make a brew tonight. Can’t wait to try it!

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