Turmeric, an aromatic spice, plays a major role in Eastern cuisine and it has been used in cooking and in alternative medicine for a long period of time.
Turmeric’s curcumin is its active compound that contains numerous health advantages beneficial for a lot of health problems and some inflammatory diseases. Current evidence points out that this spice may be also advantageous for the management of some skin problems like psoriasis.
Turmeric’s Ability to Heal Psoriasis
If you suffer from psoriasis, you probably already know that this is a systemic illness which affects the entire body even though lesions may appear in some body parts, not everywhere.
According to a 2015 study that can be found in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, participants with psoriasis who topically applied a curcumin extract experienced reduction in the lesions and better quality of life.
In another study from 2011, 647 individuals with psoriasis applied curcumin gel to their lesions and after 16 weeks, they experienced major symptom reduction and in 72.2 percent of them, the symptoms were gone.
The researchers believe that this is the result of the effect of curcumin on the PhK protein. This protein participates in the over-production of skin cells and consequently, psoriasis.
This being said, if you are suffering from psoriasis, consult your physician or dermatologist about applying this turmeric remedy topically on affected areas.
DIY Turmeric & Honey Remedy for Psoriasis
You will need the following ingredients:
2 tbsp of organic turmeric powder
A tsp of organic and raw honey
A glass bowl
Preparation: In the bowl, add the turmeric and a bit of water and mix to get a paste-like texture. Then, add the honey and mix once more. If needed, add more water.
Application: On a previously washed skin, apply the paste in thicker layers on the affected areas. Then, with the gauze, wrap the area gently. Leave the compress overnight. For best results, repeat every night or until the lesions have reduced or disappeared.