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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!
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.
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.