DIY Psoriasis Balm
This amazing DIY psoriasis balm has seriously calmed my psoriasis and has even made some smaller patches disappear! Read on to find out how to make your own psoriasis balm.
When I was younger I was diagnosed with psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.. The psoriasis was always way worse and would flair up when I was really stressed out. Several doctors looked at it, but always wanted to refer me to a dermatologist, which I did not have the money for at the time.
My most recent doctor gave me a prescription for a cream, which did nothing. I didn’t see wasting so much money on something that didn’t work so I stopped using it. Not to mention I had no idea what half of the ingredients in that stuff was!
A couple of years ago I found this small shop about 20 minutes from my house that sold natural products. The lady who owned and ran the place made all the products herself and was very knowledgeable. She made a product called Itch-Be-Gone in a soap and whipped lotion. She told me to try it and let her know how it worked.
I have to admit I was a tad skeptical because nothing else had worked. After about a month of using both the soap and the lotion I started noticing a huge change. I still had a little bit of redness, but the white scales (I know. Gross!) were starting to go away. About a year later one of the patches on my side completely vanished! I had found a miracle psoriasis cream and I needed to buy it all!!
But then she moved.
And she doesn’t sell online.
So….what to do.
I knew some of the ingredients she used, such as the essential oils, but the rest was not listed in her ingredients. I did a lot of research and finally came up with my own DIY Psoriasis Balm.
Note: This should not be used if you are pregnant.
Another note: This DIY psoriasis balm can be put on the scalp. Keep in mind that it’s rather oily so cover your head with a sleep cap if you put it on before bedtime. Then wash it out in the morning.
The Ingredients in Psoriasis Balm
Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the sea tree. It’s a fatty oil that absorbs quickly into the skin as it melts at body temperature. Shea butter has moisturizing and healing properties as well as anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. These properties are known to reduce inflamed areas of the skin.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil has antioxidant properties, which fights inflammation. It also a great moisturizer that prevents or treats dry, flaking skin. Because it moisturizes the skin, vitamin e oil offers temporary relief from itchiness.
Neem oil is the secret ingredient in my psoriasis balm. It’s rich in fatty acids that support healthy skin and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
Neem oil is also used to help treat dandruff, eczema, acne and other skin conditions.
Lavender essential oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Lavender oil helps cleanse your skin and reduces irritation and redness.
Tea Tree Essential Oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Tea tree oil can help soothe and relive irritated skin as well as reduce swelling and redness.
How to Make Psoriasis Balm
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What you need:
1/3 cup Shea Butter
1 Tablespoon Neem Oil
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
What you do:
A lot of my ingredients for my psoriasis balm come from different places. I provided links for you in the ingredients to similar items. I check to make sure my oils are 100% pure, but my favorite place to buy my essential oils is Plant Therapy. They have an excellent reputation and are very helpful and knowledgeable. Plus they always offer free shipping!
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Put the shea butter and vitamin E oil in a double boiler. I use a glass measuring cup placed inside a pan of water so I can take it from the pan to the freezer and then to pour it without using up a bunch of bowls.
After placing the Shea Butter and Vitamin E Oil in the double boiler and melting them down, this is how you want it to look when it’s ready. It is clear and there are no butter chunks floating around in there. Remove from heat.
After the psoriasis balm is melted, place it in the freezer for just a few minutes. You want it to be opaque, but still runny. If it stays in the freezer too long it will get hard and you will have to melt it all over again.
Now that the psoriasis balm is somewhat opaque, quickly whisk in the Neem Oil. This stuff smells terrible!! But, it’s great for psoriasis. Also, whisk in the lavender and tea tree oils.
Pour your psoriasis balm into a small container and you’re done! Let it sit on the counter for a few hours to harden or if you’re impatient like me, pop it in the refrigerator for a little while.
I am now on my second batch of this DIY psoriasis balm – a little bit goes a long way! The biggest psoriasis patches are on my lower back and my chest and after using the first batch of my DIY psoriasis balm, the patch on my chest is almost cleared up! It’s just slightly red still, but it no longer itches or contains scales. Another plus – the patches are no longer painful!
I had smaller patches on my sides and on my neck. Notice I said “had”. After using this psoriasis balm they are completely gone!!
If you or someone you know is suffering from psoriasis or eczema and cannot find any relief, try looking into using a more natural approach. It just takes a little bit of research. One of my goals for this year is to start getting rid of more chemicals in my house and using more essential oils and natural cleaners.
Please feel free to use my DIY psoriasis balm recipe above. The only catch – you have to tell me if it works for you!
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- 1/3 cup Shea Butter
- 1 Tbsp. Neem oil
- 1/4 tsp. Vitamin E Oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- Put the shea butter and vitamin E oil in a double boiler and melt them down until it becomes clear.
- After the psoriasis balm is melted, place it in the freezer for just a few minutes. You want it to be opaque, but still runny. If it stays in the freezer too long it will get hard and you will have to melt it all over again.
- Quickly whisk in the Neem Oil.
- Whisk in the essential oils.
- Pour psoriasis balm into a small container and let it sit for a few hours, or place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes.
91 thoughts on “DIY Psoriasis Balm”
That is so awesome Michelle…good for you also in getting as many house hold cleaners with chemicals gone. I bet you’ll feel much better for doing it.
Thank you! Yes I do! My daughter has asthma and it is much better than it used to be. She hasn’t had an asthma attack in a very long time!
That is so good. It’s amazing how small changes can make big differences in our lives. For me I also made changes with my diet that helped me a lot.
Thanks a Lot for sharing this! I will tell my cousin about it ☺ is it ok to use it for kids too?
Yes it should be fine. If you’re worried just try a small amount first. I hope it helps! ?
I will for sure? all the ingredients are natural remedies, stay healthy Michelle?
Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Just an FYI, pregnant women shouldn’t use Neem.
Thank you for letting me know!
I’m so excited to try this Michelle, thank you!
You’re welcome! I love it!!
Great Advice, happy that you have got better dear ??❤?
Thank you so much!
Particularly interesting! My boy gets Exsima. I love a natural remedy.
Thank you! Maybe something like this could help when it gets particularly bad. ?
That’s cool. My wife uses the now brand for some of her vitamins.
I like that brand because it’s cheaper but still great! 🙂
Michelle! What a really cool and creative way to take care of your skin! We have eczema here in our house and winter time is always the worst. My kids all had it when they were babies. Their cheeks would get so bright red and chapped in the winter. My girls seem to fair the worst. The boys both grew out of it by age 4. I had it mildly when I was younger and now I just have some pretty gnarly dry skin on my hands. It is probably still eczema but I have not had a major difficulty with it since I was younger. The ingredients you use sound like they would be excellent for skin!
Winter can definitely be hard on our skin. These ingredients are great for skin and the best part is that you can use the essential oils for other things, too!
My daughter uses a psoriasis Rx that costs $500 a bottle! Of course we did not pay anything close to that, thanks to insurance, but it’s highly effective. I couldn’t tell you what the ingredient deck is but it’s certainly not natural. Maybe she will try this…I love your commitment to fewer-chemicals in 2019!
Wow! That’s expensive! Maybe this will work. It will definitely save money. Thank you! ?
Michelle, this is awesome! My mom has psoriasis on her scalp along her hairline and it flares up a lot in winter. I’ll have to tell her about this! I’ve had eczema off and on my whole life. When I was a kid it was on my hands pretty bad, and the last patch I had was on my lower abdomen. Personally, I used CeraVe lotion after a derm recommended it and for me it cleared up within a week.
I have the same thing your mom has. I use Castile liquid soap with tea tree oil already added in. I use it in place of shampoo, but not every day. It has really helped! Maybe she could try that. I’m glad the lotion works for you!
Oh, thanks, I’ll tell her! ?
Very Nice! With those ingredients, this balm should be good for all sorts of skin conditions or inflammations. Good for you for doing the research and addressing the problem.
All the Best,
Thank you! Yes, you’re right! 🙂
Oh my goodness! Thank you for this. I have an elderly family member who suffers with very bad redness, itching, swelling on his ear and he said the doctor told him it’s psoriasis. He let me put hydrocortisone and antibiotic ointments on it trying to help, but it’s so bad sometimes.
I hope this will help him. I know how terrible it can get. In the winter mine would be so painful. 🙁
Awesome, I have tried to make my own creams, but seems I have yet to find the magic recipe….may try this, thanks! Also, I found an awesome one online that is all natural if you are looking for a premade one as well! https://www.amazon.com/Eczema-Psoriasis-Rash-Cream-Treatment/dp/B00OSAUYTA/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1546968549&sr=8-3&keywords=era%2Borganics%2Brelief&th=1
Thank you for sharing that with me! 🙂
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m going to try it. I developed eczema about 3 years ago, the steroids doctors prescribed were terrible/didn’t work, expensive and toxic. I started using coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (separately), they both helped but didn’t totally cure my skin. I think stress, allergies and diet play a factor. Natural cures are best!
I agree that there are different factors involved. I didn’t like the creams, either. I hope this can bring you some relief! 🙂
I need to make this for myself. Thanks
You’re welcome! I hope it helps!
Thank you! Great tips. I actually used the Dermalmd serum and it showed great effects on my back psoriasis (it’s the worse on my back…so good
My back is where mine is the worst, too. I’m glad the Dermalmd serum works for you! 🙂
Thanks for this. having psoriasis for 5 years now I started with the Dermalmd serum and been using it since..it’s not expensive and it lasts for a long time with constant results
You’re welcome! I’m glad that is working for you! 🙂
My dermatologist suggested the dermalmd serum so for me that worked just fine. I sometimes use breastmilk, so both together are the best combo. Have a great day
I’m glad that’s working for you! Thanks for sharing! ?
I think this will help alot of people!
Thank you! That’s my hope! 🙂
I have not heard of neem oil. I look for it and try it in my body cream. Thanks for the recipe. BTW- do you sell your cream?
I haven’t started selling it yet, but I have thought about it. Mostly because it has helped me so much! I got my neem oil at the vitamin shoppe, but you can find it other places. Here’s the link if you would like: https://www.vitaminshoppe.com/p/now-foods-100-pure-neem-oil-1-oz/n8-1978
Thanks for the link.
You’re very welcome! 🙂
Mmmm. I bet this smells so good. I used to make lotion with melted bees wax, but I ruined my blender. Maybe the shea butter doesn’t coat as much. I’ll have to try it. 🙂
Oh no!! The Shea butter is quite cheap depending on where you get it. ?
Hey Michelle, about how much do the ingredients cost? I really need to try this!!
It cost maybe $20 in total, but lasts a while. I think I can get 4 or 5 batches from the ingredients.
That’s not bad at all. Thanks!!
Eczema is rampant in my family. I’m going to pass this recipe along, and I’ll be trying it myself.
I hope it works out for you all! Thanks for sharing!
i buy neem oil to kill aphids with
interesting that it is part of this creams recipe
good to know if i ever get this skin issue
I didn’t realize it could be used for that. I’ll have to remember that. Yes, it is a little expensive. I try to find the cheapest one.
This is awesome Michelle. I don’t know anyone who may need it but if I meet someone I’ll direct them to here, and so nice of you to share this recipe. <3
Thank you so much! It has really helped me a lot. ?
Hi, thank-you for sharing this formula. I don’t see any preseevatives in the ingredients so was wondering what this balm’s shelf life is?
Hi Jackie! The shelf life of this is up to a year. I keep mine in a cool dark place so it keeps longer. Hope that helps!
I think I need this just for winter skin. My hands get so dry because I’m always doing something and then washing them!
This secret in this is the neem oil, which stinks, but works!! It’s great for dry skin. 🙂
Just found this recipe and definitely plan to try it for some stubborn winter/stress-related eczema patches. Thanks!
I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me! 🙂
This looks perfect for my oh-so-dry skin with all the hand washing. Love a natural solution!
Thank you! It has really cured up the psoriasis spots I used to have. It’s not the best smelling stuff, but it works!
How often should this be applied? ? thank you
I put it on whenever needed and usually right after I get out of the shower and dry off. 🙂 You’re welcome!
Oh wow, Michelle, this one is great. I plan to make it for my husband xx
Thank you! It has really been a great help for me. I hope it helps him, too! 🙂
I have scalp psoriasis, and I was just wondering if I can use this on my scalp also? Thanks heaps xx
Yes you can! I use it behind my ears and around my hairline and it works really well. I hope it helps you, too!
Thank you for the recipe! One question… can I use more lavender or tea tree oil to help mask the Neem oil scent? Will that mess anything up?
My sister recently got psoriasis and I’ve been looking for natural things I can make to help her. I made up a container and am giving it to her tomorrow. Can’t wait to hear how she likes it.
Yes you can. It will still come out fine. I’ve been adding a little more lavender lately. It’s also great for the skin.
I hope your sister enjoys it! Let me know how she likes it.
Michelle, how come pregnant people shouldn’t use it (if it’s natural)?
I’ve researched this and have seen different viewpoints. It’s the neem oil that is concerning, but only when it’s used in high doses (and usually ingested). Since this recipe uses a small amount and is diluted I would think it would be perfectly safe
Aha. Got it.
That is an amazing list of ingredients!
They work amazing together, too! 🙂
Hello thank you so much for this. I made the balm and have been applying it on my partner’s Psoriasis. The balm is a bit hard in consistency so I have to poke it to get some of it out, is this normal? Also quite greasy so takes a while for the skin to absorb. Is this also right? Thank you
Im so glad you tried this! Yes, the balm is a little hard, but it softens as it warms under your fingers. And yes, it is a bit greasy so with psoriasis it does take a little longer to absorb. I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. ?
Hi! I want to make this for my dad since he has a bad case of psoriasis on his scalp and eyebrows. How do I apply this balm? When is the perfect time to apply it? Thank you!
Hi! You can just apply it with your fingers. I’d be careful around the eyes, though because of the neem oil. You can apply it any time it’s needed. I hope this helps!
Thanks a lot for sharing. I really cant use neem, is there any other oil I can replace it with?
You may be able to leave the neem out. I’ve seen a few recipes that don’t use the neem, but the neem oil is what helps most in severe cases like mine. Try searching for psoriasis or eczema balm or salve without neem. I hope you can find what you’re looking for!