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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.
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.
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!