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Oregano Oil and Psoriasis

What is psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a recurring chronic skin condition that causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin called psoriatic plaques. The patches are caused by excessive skin production and inflammation and usually appear on the elbows and knees, but may occur on other areas of the skin and nails as well. Psoriasis may also affect the joints and cause psoriatic arthritis.

It is non-contagious and is believed to be of autoimmune origin, but experts now believe that it also has a genetic component. Psoriasis is aggravated by stress, withdrawal of corticosteroids, excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking.

How can oregano oil relieve psoriasis?
Dr. Cass Ingram, author of the book “The Cure is in the Cupboard” advocates the use of oregano oil for the treatment of psoriasis. Some people have experienced great results after applying diluted oregano oil to their patches, as well as taking oregano oil internally by placing it under the tongue, in gel capsules or simply by drinking a glass of oregano oil diluted in fruit juice or water.

No proper studies have been conducted regarding the efficacy of oregano oil in the treatment of psoriasis. However, a lot of people have found relief in using this essential oil so much so that even the National Psoriasis Foundation recognizes it as a dietary supplement that may be used for psoriasis. According to them, oregano oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties that may be helpful in the treatment of some infections associated with psoriasis and that “Many people have contacted the Psoriasis Foundation to let us know that use of oregano oil, either orally or topically, has helped their psoriasis”.

How should oregano oil be used for psoriasis?

Add full strength oregano oil in olive oil or jojoba oil in a 1:3 ratio, i.e. 1 teaspoon of oregano oil for every 3 teaspoons of olive oil or jojoba oil. Do an allergy test on the inner aspect of your arm to make sure you’re not allergic to it. If there’s no itchiness or redness, apply it directly on your psoriasis patches.

To supplement the topical application, dilute 1 drop of oregano oil in 10 to 50 drops of olive oil or coconut oil and place 1 drop of this solution under your tongue for quick systemic absorption. It may burn lightly and taste spicy, but it’s very effective. After a minute, you can wash it out with a glass of water or fruit juice. You can also place 1 to 4 drops of pure oregano oil diluted in a full glass of water or fruit juice depending on your preference or place 1 to 4 drops inside a gel capsule. Drink lots of water flush your system and get rid of the taste.

Do not take oregano oil if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding or give it to children under the ages of 5. If you’re being treated for another medical condition or taking at least 3 other medications or supplements, consult your doctor to prevent any unwanted reactions.

While no scientific data is available to support the claims that oregano oil can indeed help relieve psoriasis, so many people have reported how well it has worked for them. Just contact your health care provider before taking it to be safe.