My name is Carrie, I am a mother to three beautiful girls. I use this all-natural shampoo to treat my scalp psoriasis.
Tired of an Itchy Scalp?
Scalp psoriasis is one of the most common forms of psoriasis. If you have it you don't need any explanation. For those who don't, psoriasis is characterized by itchy, scaly, sometimes painful lesions on the skin. It is caused by the skin regenerating itself in a period of days, rather than the typical month. As the skin multiplies it becomes irritated, and the shedding skin can look like serious dandruff. The itching that comes with scalp psoriasis is almost too much to tolerate, as anyone who has it can attest to. It is also a traditionally hard area to treat. It doesn't get sun as easily as the majority of your skin either, which is one of the best natural ways to treat psoriasis.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat the intense itching. One way is with the natural psoriasis shampoo in the video above. More than a shampoo, it is really just a natural psoriasis remedy that is formulated here to apply to your scalp psoriasis.
Three Home Remedies for Psoriasis:
- Baking soda
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
For your scalp psoriasis treatment:
- Use a mixture of about 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water.
- Mix well until the baking soda is dissolved or suspended in the water and apply to the scalp.
- Let the mixture sit for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly.
There are two products I always wonder about how they make any money. The first is salt—the last box of kosher salt I bought cost $1.69 and lasted for 8 months. The other is baking soda. It too is inexpensive, and it seems to sit in the cabinet forever. Fortunately, baking soda has a million uses. The more you know what it can do, besides helping an occasional batch of cookies rise, the more you will discover the magic of having it on hand. For now, we will focus on its amazing power to relieve itching.
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) has antibacterial properties that can neutralize bacteria. It is because of this neutralizing, and its soothing properties, that baking soda is used as a topical itch reliever.
- The proper ratio would be about 1-1/2 cups of baking soda to 3 gallons of water.
- Simply dissolve the baking soda in water and apply with a rag soaked in this mixture, pour over the affected area or soak in the mixture.
You can make yourself a bath with baking soda to soak in if you have lots of lesions.
Apple Cider Vinegar
For a scalp psoriasis shampoo:
- Use approximately 1 tablespoon to one cup of water.
- Apply to your scalp after rinsing the baking soda mixture out.
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Remember not to apply it directly to your skin to avoid burning.
Apple cider vinegar is another kitchen cabinet staple, as its uses are vast. It has been used to aid in weight loss and treating acne. We could go on forever about how helpful it is, but we will get back to the subject at hand, scalp psoriasis.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic. When applied to wounds it prevents viruses or yeast from multiplying, helping reduce the risk of infection. It also acts as a curative to fungus as well as an ability to detoxify the skin. For these reasons, it is extremely beneficial in helping heal scalp psoriasis lesions.
- It too can be used in a bath at a rate of about 1 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water. You can soak in this bath to help detoxify the skin and keep fungus from spreading, speeding up the healing process of widespread or severe lesions.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
Whether or not you have scalp psoriasis, coconut oil is a great product to use as a conditioner. It also moisturizes the lesions caused by psoriasis, loosening the scales and helping to keep itching down.
A little coconut oil goes a long way so it is cost-effective as well as natural. I love this stuff and I use it even when I don't have outbreaks. The key is to make sure you rinse it thoroughly to avoid excess which can result in your hair having a wet almost oily look. If you rinse it well, however, you will have healthy hair with a healthy shine.
I hope that this simple, natural, scalp psoriasis shampoo will help you as much as it does for me. I know that all things have different results for different psoriasis, but at the very least this should help relieve the itching and help you heal faster. Remember to apply the baking soda first and then the vinegar; don't apply them together or you might have a science experiment on your head (i.e., a volcano).
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Binky on May 04, 2017:
Thank you for the info. My son has had some success using a.c. vinegar and coconut oil. Now he will add the baking soda rinse as his shampoo. This is the first article I have read about baking soda being helpful for psoriasis. I certainly use it for multiple other things!
It was a friendly, informative article. I appreciate your research and time.
Lee on February 24, 2017:
How much coconut oil? Use by itself? How to fine out? Tried olive oil once couldn't wash out for days! Please help thank you!
Natalie on January 13, 2017:
Ok.... I have had this condition for about 4 years..... And believe me when I tell you I have tried everything under the sun to tryin relieve the itching, peeling ect... Mine was BAD.... I started doing more research as to what people use and came across this and was all about trying it... It was my 3 rd wash today and my scalp itching, peeling, and redness is COMPLETELY GONE .... I am in utter disbelief.... How something so simple like baking soda and apple cider vinegar could be the solution... THANK YOU FOR SHARING I AM SO THANKFUL!!!!!!
dani on April 22, 2015:
Help! I'm 20 and have this in my scalp on my arm and knee and noe yhe start of my vagina it's ugly and making me depressed don't have heaps of money to see dermatologist
X on February 18, 2015:
This article was poorly written, write your instructions better. Was not organized, and hard to follow.
E on February 05, 2015:
I have scalp psoriasis and what helps me is to do the baking soda rinse. Next rinse with the apple cider mixture but also add coconut oil to this. I've also experimented with adding crushed up vitamin d pills and rosemary essential oil. They also say teatree oil helps but I find it to be over drying on my skin. Only use a few drops of essential oils!!
Igor on January 13, 2015:
i had my daughter make one caelld jumping raisins you get two plastic clear cups eight raisings on each cup then in one you put a can of sprite soda and on the other you add one tbs of baking soda and on the rest fill it up with vinigar so the idea is that the raisins will jump more with sprite but its cool to watch
Akshay on January 13, 2015:
a backing soda vnaolco, this may be old but it looks great if you do it right. i would recommend horrible science' books. my mum used to buy them for me when she realised my gift for science, its not only a great way of learning but each book comes with a few experiments. or you can buy the kit with is even better. they are sold at whsmith. the chances of not finding one there are very slim.i just found a really cool website i put a link in the source box
DAR on December 15, 2014:
When I finally gave in and went to the doctor, he said that baking soda and cider vinegar are both agents that cause "drying" which meant the itch was more intense as well as flaking. I had done "no poo" for months and it just didn't get better. I'm curious was the step I was missing the coconut oil?
Ivanka on December 05, 2014:
if I understand well, after every of those 3 treatments, you rinse it with a pure water?
rsm - hopeless on June 22, 2014:
Going to try, been suffering, hope it works!!!
Rachel on May 22, 2014:
What is suggested to rinse out the coconut oil, other than water?