How to Treat Psoriasis With Ginger
Article by Caryn Windfield
Psoriasis is a common skin disease that afflicts 7.5 to 8.5 million people in the United States alone. The chronic disorder is characterized by lesions, red spots and patches of silvery scales. While not life threatening, psoriasis can cause severe irritation and embarrassment, as the blemishes are often unsightly. Ginger is one of the most common psoriasis home remedy treatments, as it increases blood flow to locations it comes in contact with and helps leach toxins from the skin.
The most effective way to apply the ginger is to mix it into a warm bath. The only ingredients you’ll need for this method are about 4 teaspoons of fresh ginger, a clean saucepan and clean containers for storage. This method prepares enough for one bath treatment with ginger.
Preparation:The best way to incorporate ginger into a bath is to first make an infusion or decoction of ginger. Whichever you choose is completely up to you and makes no difference on the end effect of the treatment. First we’ll cover how to make an infusion of ginger.Begin by peeling and grating 4 teaspoons of fresh ginger root. Put it into a small saucepan and pour 1 pint of boiling water over it and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a clean, empty bottle and discard the excess ginger. The infusion is now ready to be added to the bath.
A decoction can be made by placing 3 teaspoons of peeled, grated ginger root into 1½ pints of cold water. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the liquid into a clean container and discard the remaining ginger. Store in the refrigerator until ready to the add to the bath.
Application:To apply the ginger, we must prepare the bathtub. Fill the tub with water at a temperature you can tolerate. Warm or cool doesn’t matter, as long as you feel comfortable sitting in it for a long period of time. Next, add 1 pint of either the infusion or decotion to the bath water. Make sure to wait until the bath is about halfway filled with water before adding, so that the running water will disperse the ginger throughout the tub. Next, simply soak in the bath tub for 10 to 20 minutes, or until ready to leave. The longer you stay in the tub, the greater the effect of the ginger.
About the Author
Caryn Windfield is an expert in the field of alternative medicine and aromatherapy, with a specialty in herbs and natural remedies. Visit The Modern Herbal to find out more about essential oils, herbs and other alternative therapies.