While there is plenty of talk about how beneficial oils such as coconut oil, emu oil, neem oil, argan oil, borage oil and many other oils are for treating psoriasis naturally, there is one simple oil that can very often be forgotten about because it is so common and that is olive oil. This oil is usually found in most homes and while many other oils are great, don’t forget that using olive oil for psoriasis treatment is also effective. And like oils such as coconut oil, it can be used internally and externally for treating psoriasis.
While olive oil is commonly available, you still need to be careful about the type of olive oil that you use. Extra-virgin oil is considered “liquid gold” and should be what you are using. One thing to remember though is that research has found that many types of olive oil especially those sold in grocery stores can be marked “extra-virgin” but are really not so exercise care with the brand you use. Read more about this issue here.
Other things to look for besides the “extra-virgin” designation is “virgin”, “cold-pressed”, “organic”, “unrefined,” etc. Many of these designations mean that the oil is obtained from olives by pressing them only. The use of heat or solvents to obtain the oil destroys many of the beneficial compounds found in olive oil so avoid those marked “light” or “extra-light.”
Benefits of olive oil
Olive oil is considered “liquid gold” because of the antioxidants that it contains which help to prevent free radical damage to healthy cells (which reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, breast cancers, diabetes, etc,) as well as its ability to control inflammation in the body.
While psoriasis is not fully understood, it is said to result from high inflammation in the body. Inflammation is good because it helps the body start the healing process anywhere that there is injury but elevated inflammation levels can increase the risk of developing various diseases and conditions such as psoriasis. Consuming olive oil can help to tame inflammation which is one of the best ways of treating psoriasis from the inside out.
Olive oil is also a healthy fat which are identified as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). Olive oil is a rich source of MUFAs which help reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.
Using olive oil internally
When using extra-virgin olive oil for psoriasis treatment internally, it’s best to use it uncooked and you do this by using it in salad dressings or for dipping. Extra-virgin oil which is the Bugatti of olive oils is not designed for cooking but is commonly used as a flavoring oil. Adding heat to it can actually be harmful. You can even add your own seasoning and herbs to the olive oil to create your own custom flavored extra-virgin olive oil. When looking for extra-virgin olive oil, the deeper the color, the more intense the olive flavor.
Virgin (pure) olive oil has a milder flavor and can be used for low to medium-heat frying. Light olive oil can be used for high heat frying and is usually used by those who don’t want the strong olive taste but want some benefits from olive oil.
Even though olive oil is a healthy fat, it’s still a fat so don’t eat too much of it especially if you’re watching your calorie intake. Use up to one tablespoon a day. One tablespoon of all types of olive oil is about 120 calories.
Using olive oil for psoriasis treatment topically
Its healing properties are not only great for use internally but can also be very beneficial for treating psoriasis skin. You can use olive oil for treating scalp psoriasis in the manner discussed here. You can also add a few drops of olive oil to your bath water to soothe your skin and keep your skin moisturized and you can also use it as a skin moisturizer to lock in moisture after a bath.
The only deterrent is the strong olive smell but you can certainly add some essential oils to it especially those that are beneficial for psoriasis treatment such as those discussed here which can help to eliminate or significantly reduce that strong olive smell that some people don’t like while also getting the benefits of these essential oil.
Store in the fridge
When using olive oil for psoriasis treatment or for any other purpose, you also want to make sure that you store olive oil in the refrigerator because it goes bad very quickly when kept on the shelf and will lose its good taste and its protective compounds and do remember that it will solidify when chilled. You may want to keep only a cup of oil in a dark bottle in a dark, cool place to use daily and store the rest in the fridge.
This is just a bit of information on using olive oil for psoriasis treatment. It’s a simple common oil that has amazing health benefits when used in the body as well as when applied directly to the skin. Be sure to use the best and the criteria for this has been discussed previously.
For more tips on effective remedies for this chronic skin condition besides using olive oil for psoriasis treatment, you must get your hands on the Psoriasis Revolution holistic guide. This proven guide which uses natural methods only will show you strategies to gain control on this chronic disease so that you don’t feel powerless and clueless on what to do about your psoriasis. Find out more about this bestselling guide here.