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Psoriasis Teas All Flakers Should Be Drinking (Part 2)

Here is part 2 of Psoriasis Blob’s article about the best psoriasis teas! Like in part 1, we’ve included the herbal teas that are either proven or seem to have a positive affect on psoriasis and similar skin conditions. So if you’re tired of having your skin resemble the surface of a dead, alien planet, go and make a cuppa!

Alfalfa

Positives: Romans used it. Negatives: Romans used it – to feed horses and cows!

Alfalfa (also known as trefoil or holy-hay) is another herbal tea that has a long tradition. From my research, it seems to date back to the Roman era, with historical records showing that it was fed to horses as early as 490 BC. Nowadays its still used by many farmers to feed dairy cattle. Talk about gourmet!

I haven’t been able to find any scientific studies that specifically link alfalfa to psoriasis, but there is one that ties it to better skin. In a May 1999 report done by the American Dermatology Association, it was clinically proven that using alfalfa reverses the ageing process of the skin. That’s because it has nutrients that push the body to produce collagen, which is essential for healthy skin (plus, it tightens wrinkles, helps to lighten bags under the eyes and reduces “puffiness.”)

While that is good for overall healthy skin, it’s far from all that alfalfa has to offer. It also has long, 20+ feet roots, which soak up plenty of great nutrients, such as vitamins A, D and E, which are good for the human hide. On top of that, it is also an alkaline-forming food, which is great for reducing the body’s acidity levels and reducing inflammation.

Which one I’m drinking: You see, I’m really not horsing around when I say its good for you. It would be great to see more scientific studies as to how it affects psoriasis, but for now, the effects I’m seeing from drinking it are good enough to spur me on! The brand which I use, and am quite fond of, is Alvita.

Yellowdock Root

Positives: Cleans the liver and stomach. Negatives: Can give you the runs.

Herbalists say that Yellowdock Root (which has roots shaped like carrots) has been used since ancient times to treat “bad blood”, especially in relation to chronic skin complaints, such as psoriasis.

One of the reasons why its so good for the skin is because it is thought to benefit the digestive tract and the liver – two parts of the body that are absolutely essential for good skin. Since psoriasis is often linked to poor function of both (you might have heard of “Leaky” guts and “acidic bodies” being mentioned), this is why it seems to help so many flakers.

Yellowdock Root also has a mild laxative effect, due to constituents called anthraquinone glycosides, which stimulate the release of bile, enzymes and water into the intestines. Mmm… squelchy! It shouldn’t lead to any human-fountain moments, but don’t hold me responsible!

It’s a root that has been used for centuries to treat skin conditions; for example, in a March 2009 study that appears in “Phytotherapy Research”, the authors state that Native Americans pulverised the root into a pulp and rubbed it on psoriasis, eczema… and even freckles. Although I’m not sure why freckles, they’re quite endearing.

Which one I’m drinking: I’ve tried pretty much every form of Yellowdock Root you can get… the powder, bulk bags of dried herbs and pills, and I haven’t really experienced much difference between them. But for ease of use, I’m drinking a special blend for skin made by Yogi.

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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.


5 Responses to Psoriasis Teas All Flakers Should Be Drinking (Part 2)

  1. onyx446 says:

    I was wondering if you’ve tried mixing the teas? Instead of drinking several cups each day, can we just put them all together and drink it? or steep them separately, and just combining it all?

  2. Shobha Hiremath says:

    So good to read this blog. I have developed a form of psoriasis since 2 months and was on ayurvedic detox only. But now have swollen foot and so was concerned on taking the next step forward. So glad I tumbled on your site. So amazing that you all have suffered decades and found a spirit of healing beneficial to all here. Bless you.
    Just wanted to know if anyone throw light on whether milk thistle is a good one for me since swelling I would think is due to inflammation and so chose to target the liver remedy, milk thistle. Also will tea bags be faster acting than tablets??
    Would anyone suggest any other to start trying. Thanks in advance. Will certainly share more of my developments with this family.

  3. Amber Skye says:

    I suffered from eczema for such a long time. I came across suede hills organic farm and started drinking their alfalfa powder in a shaker cup 3x a day for a few weeks (which turned into months) and my eczema completely healed! Of course I was sugar free already but I just wasn’t consuming a greens that was making me alkaline. I had eczema so bad on my under arms, inside elbows, back of knees and hands. My pinky finger had no cuticle due to inflammation. A year later and my pinky had grown back a cuticle and I was completely rash free. I highly recommend checking out suede hills products and having a very very strict diet

  4. redblob says:

    I agree, it’s an amazing tea. First stumbled upon it while researching what Edgar Cayce had to say about psoriasis. It’s the first time that I’ve heard the 8 hour time frame being mentioned, though! Do you drink it in the morning or evening?

  5. Derek says:

    American Saffron tea is by far the best tea to drink for P, at least 8 or so hours from drinking Slippery Elm. Drink it all the time.. is so beneficial for intestines. Definitely even worth it’s own article. – Derek from Oregon

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