Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Psoriasis

Remedy: Lemon juice

Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, sour whey, Swedish bitters and kombucha are all invaluable aids to improving digestion. Try each of them to find which works best for you.

Mix a teaspoon, or a few teaspoons of fresh lemon (or lime) juice in a glass of water, and drink it 20 minutes before a meal, or at any time. It helps with the digestion of food (good to take before a meal) and a wide range of digestive problems, and contributes to general health and longevity.

You can also use lemon juice and ACV on your skin. The acidity is beneficial, promoting acidic bacteria and inhibiting fungi. The acidity also inhibits demodex mites living in hair follicles and oil glands. Almost every adult has these mites, but in some people their population gets out of control, or their skin reacts to the mites.

Visitors personal experiences with Lemon juice

Comment posted by Josh of Seabrook, TX, USA on 30 May 2015 at 2:22       3489

I cook a lot, both in private live and as a caterer. I discovered lemon juice just last night. I was cooking broccoli and was squeezing lemon all over the broccoli when I got some on my psoriasis. It was amazing. It was almost instant. Yes, there was a burn, but in retrospect its less pain than the itching mine has caused. I awoke this morning to clearer skin. It was AWESOME! I dont know about all the gluten free, etc. stuff, but I believe the direct contact on skin is the best. I have had lemon in water for years and it didnt keep me from getting psoriasis.

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 12 April 2015 at 9:25       3403

To Theodore of Phoenix: Lemon and lime have similar healing properties. Sometimes lemon may be stronger. The main thing is that they are acidic and not sweet. With food remedies like this you would do no harm just trying it yourself, to answer your question.

Question posted by Theodore of Phoenix, Arizona, USA on 12 April 2015 at 5:0       3402

I have seen that rubbing slices of lemons on my plaque psoriasis helps with keeping inflammations down. However, my question is do limes do the same thing?

Comment posted by Jc of Brisbane, Qld, Australia on 19 March 2015 at 9:11       3351

Yes the lemon juice in water works. I've had Psoriasis for 37 years and can mostly manage it with good diet. But daily 1/2 lemon squeezed in glass of water first thing, skin better than new and feeling great. I urge those using the Cayenne pepper to drop it out, all chilies, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes are the worst for your Psoriasis. Good luck all.

Comment posted by Dj Yorrin of Wexford, WEX, Ireland on 9 February 2015 at 6:28       3215

I have just recently started with the fresh freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice in cold or warm water every morning as a way of cleaning out my kidneys, but have noticed that my psoriasis which I have suffered from for 43 years is slowly abating.

Comment posted by mystearica of Los Angeles, California, USA on 31 January 2015 at 18:23       3199

My grandmother rubbed lemons with salt on them on my already dry skin and on my red raw skin that was beginning to dry out.
My psoriasis started behind my neck on the upper part connecting with my hairline. It began to spread around my neck but my mother put rubbing alcohol on it and it prevented it from spreading, the psoriasis didn't go away but it didn't spread either. When I was on summer vacation living with my grandmother my back started to burn an the psoriasis on the back of my neck began to spread lower. At first sweat is what made it burn then after a while my clothing made my skin itch and burn. I told my grandmother and she rubbed my back and neck with the lemon and salt exposing me to the summer sun while she did so, the lemon made my skin burn but once it dried it stopped. It completely went away within about a week.

Comment posted by bliss of Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 26 October 2014 at 12:42       2987

Hi, I have had psoriasis for 15 years. It goes and comes with health and lifestyle changes. Less stress, more sleep, healthy diet, hotter weather, sunshine and seawater all help. Recently i have had much more psoriasis than ever before due to extra stress on my body (pregnancy and breastfeeding). I have been gluten, sugar, caffeine, and cow dairy (i have goat cheese/milk etc) free for a while and i know that it helps. i also take a strong probiotic, and bath in apple cider vinegar (half a cup in a bath) regularly, and stay away from harsh soaps or chemicals. But recently i have added lemon or grapefruit juice in a glass warm water with half a teaspoon of tumeric powder and a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper every morning on an empty stomach. I have never felt better.... and after two weeks most of the psoriasis had gone and what was left was skin coloured and is slowly becoming normal skin. Its not just my skin either, i feel amazing all over.

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 28 July 2014 at 14:8       2743

In reply to Lucia of Toronto:
NO! Just the opposite. Please read the Grow Youthful page on Acid reflux.

Question posted by Lucia of Toronto, ontario, canada on 28 July 2014 at 13:51       2742

But is the acid in lemon juice bad for your acid reflex (heartburn) if you have it?

Comment posted by psoriasishero of OSMANGAZ?, BURSA, TURKEY on 21 March 2014 at 1:51       2415

Here is the key for psoriasis...

1. U need strong and healty liver..(parsley + artichoke good at liver)
2. juniperberry oil for skin refresh(must be natural black.. if contains other oil not works)
3. lavender tea
4. cream which contain most glycerin
5. lemon juice
morning.. parsley tea with lemon juice +artichoke juice 1 cup each(if u cant do this tea u can use artichoke drags)
evening.. Cut lemon and apply ur wounds area with massage..wait 30 min. than wash.. and apply juniperberry oil (i used bandaj after appyling this oil and slept) morning bath and aply cream with gliserin(less %40 glycerin)
this is 1 month cure.. i m in 3rd month and nearly i have clear body.. if u use this cure after first month u have to break 5 days.. and u can do this cure 1 month again

Comment posted by max of vic, vhc, seychelles on 22 December 2013 at 19:8       1641

do not use tomato sause, or anything to do with tomato. Or chili. Alchohol also bad

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 14 December 2013 at 19:6       1616

To Sam of Kolkata: the sour acidity of a lemon is required. This is why sweet oranges are not suitable.

Question posted by Sam of Kolkata, West Bengal, India on 14 December 2013 at 18:4       1615

When u say it the green sour lemon or the orange one which are sweet?

Comment posted by Louise of Sydney , Nsw, Australia on 24 September 2013 at 21:58       1414

Just spent one month in Bali drank lemon juice and soda maybe 10 or so a day my skin is the best it's been in 6 years , the sun and salt water help also but lemon juice was the one thing different to my last three trips over there ,I say give it a go

Comment posted by jason of Griffith , nsw, Australia on 22 September 2013 at 11:31       1410

Have just recently been suggested that i may have this condition. to make a long story short day 1and and i could feel an instant reaction with the lemon juice i will continue and see what happens thanks. jason

Comment posted by David of Perth, WA, Australia on 18 August 2013 at 12:57       1333

In reply to Una. Please read the details on lemon juice at the top of this page. Real, fresh foods are always healthier and more effective than processed foods. Bottled lemon juice from a supermarket has been treated with heat, sugar, preservatives, and maybe other chemicals. It is probably old and certainly not fresh.

Question posted by una of belfast, northern ireland, northern ireland on 18 August 2013 at 7:49       1331

Hi im 30 yes old and have had psoriasis for most of my life, just wondering does it have to be freshly squeezed lemon or can I use the bottled one?

Comment posted by Chrissie of Denbighshire, North Wales, UK on 19 May 2013 at 1:24       1163

I have had Psoriasis for 40 yrs and as I get older it get worse, lovely sunny oversea holidays are out I have horrible flare ups. But I read an article and dropped all RED FOODS toms peppers anything red, and I used lemon juice and I couldn't believe it. Plse try for about four months.

Comment posted by Ron of San Diego, CA, USA on 1 May 2013 at 7:58       1124

Hi Everyone, I have psoriasis and now it's almost gone. Three years ago I almost died from blood poisoning (long story). I put two and two together and realized I have a systemic fungal problem, caused by the overuse of corticosteroids and the massive amount of antibiotics they pumped into me to save my life. This is what I use to get rid of it:
Methylene Blue .1% two drops in a glass of water every morning.
One juiced lemon with a teaspoon of baking soda, mixed in a glass of water.
Probiotics, zinc. magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, milk thistle, green superfood supplements.
This is what I have cut down on and avoid:
Less coffee, no booze or alcohol, no bread, and no sugar.
Eat: fresh fish, lots of fruits and vegatables, lean chicken....
Everyone is different because I theorize psoriasis isn't a disease itself, but only a symption and result of something else being wrong. I believe that is the reason everyone is different because everyone has different life experiences. Look this stuff up for yourselves. I've found that doctors don't look for or are ignorant about systemic fungal issues. Don't feed fungi with bread, sugar etc (above) and stay alkaline. An acidic system aids the bad bacteria we all have inside of us. And lastly, do your own research to help yourselves and don't trust everything you read. Good luck to you all!
V/R, Ron

Comment posted by Lily of Surrey, B.C., Canada on 21 April 2013 at 4:50       1105

The comments here are encouraging. I am 66 and have had somewhat bearable psoriasis for 30 years. Then suddenly last year it increased and has become much worse, more and bigger patches and horrible flaking. Almost 50% of my body is covered. At my daughter's insistence, I began to realize that this is a symptom of something wrong internally, like Don from California. I've done a huge amount of research on this condition and for the past month or so I've been taking a lot of products to aid digestion: probiotics, digestive enzymes, cayenne pepper, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, as well as omega-3, vitamin D, zinc, etc. ALSO, I am changing to a healthier diet and have been drinking lemon juice in water, but usually only first thing in the morning. I'll try drinking it throughout the day in addition to rubbing it on the patches. So far, I've found that apple cider vinegar on the skin stops the itching temporarily. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Comment posted by Pam of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain on 8 April 2013 at 23:5       1078

1 week of drinking a lemon squeezed into water for breakfast. So far, My face has cleaned up. I have also been doing some sun treatment. 15 minute twice. Ill let you know if it stays this way, but so far, so good. Side effect, Weight loss... Ive lost a bit of weight, but thats mostly because the lemonjuice makes me skip breakfast, as im not hungry. I need to combat this because im skinny enough as is.

Comment posted by Ankur of New Delhi, Delhi, India on 8 April 2013 at 22:27       1077

My father (Age 60) has Psoriasis problem. It has started to bleed now. After reading the remedies at this page I advised him to try Lemon and ACV. Have tried it for 2 days only. Will update the progress in coming days. Is there anything else that he can try?

Comment posted by Mrs Gopa Banerjee of London, England, UK on 4 March 2013 at 0:37       1023

I am glad to read your article about cure of eczema with lime juice therapy.I am happy to post on your blog that I used lime therapy instinctively and found genuine improvement in general health. I think lime juice therapy can help every body for every body even in good health. mrs

Comment posted by Don of Monterey, CA, USA on 6 February 2013 at 16:21       940

After years of a red wine, red meat, potatoes, sugar, coffee and high sodium lifestyle my psoriasis was thriving. Thick patches on my knees and elbows and smaller ones scattered throughout my body. Over the years I tried various treatments from holistic to pharmaceutical. Lotions, ointments, steroids, tonics, tantra and extract. All were temporary moments of relief at best. Over the years of living with and studying about the condition, I slowly came to the grudging realization my lifestyle had to change and my psoriasis needed to be attacked from the inside out. I've gone on a highly alkaline diet (that means zero of the above mentioned items) and have taken up the habit of drinking lemon juice throughout the day. Up to six lemons a day. My psoriasis has gone from thick highly noticeable blotches to thin, almost silky patches. Although far from cured, this is the most comfortable I've ever been with this condition. side note: I also lost twenty five pounds. I'm a man 48 yrs old. I hope this helps you. Don

Question posted by Mubarra of Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan on 25 January 2013 at 18:3       920

I just read the comments here, my fiance has psoriasis,diagnosed about 2 months back. He has too much itching and itching worsens the condition. I am a doctor and feel hampered by my knowledge,as it tells me psoriasis has no cure,but I believe in natural remedies,and I will tell him about the formula written by richard,and In sha Allah I will post regarding whether it helped or not.

Comment posted by liv of toronto, Ontario, Canada on 5 December 2012 at 10:56       843

Trying the lemon thing on my psoriasis and so far so good! I've been doing it about a week and my skin is smooth. Though, I'll keep persisting - I want to see if it's maybe not smoothness brought on by a cream I was previously using...will check in later :)

Question posted by Ashok of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK on 29 May 2012 at 19:17       671

I previously assumed psoriasis worsens with savory foods like lime, lemon, tamarind, yeast, hops, brews etc. I am looking forward to reading feedback from the above contributors on their experience with lemon juice. Please put more feedback on this soonest.

Comment posted by Kalpana of New Delhi, New Delhi, India on 7 September 2011 at 23:12       501

I am suffering from psoriasis. The symptoms started 3 years ago, all the skin when exposed to sun or heat started getting red and itchy. Now at the advance stage it started bleeding and was in a worst condition. I applied Lemon directly on the affected area. Today is the 3rd day I have been using LEMON juice and then the plain SALT on the wounds. It's at a better stage has reduced up to 70% in just 3 days. Hope lemon and salt helps me getting it off of my skin. Will comment back if it gets clear.... Thanks.

Remedy (new) posted by Richard of Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 1 July 2010 at 19:8       306

I suffered from psoriasis for more than 20 years and was told by a doctor that it could not be cured. He prescribed a cream to help with the symptoms, but it didn't do much. Winter was always terrible for me. I read about apple cider vinegar and decided to try my own mixture. Twice a day (between meals) I took a glass of tepid water with a tablespoon of ACV, the juice of half a lemon, a quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and a teaspoon of raw honey. The pepper gives it a real kick! After a month my skin was smooth and my psoriasis was completely gone. Oh I also lost weight. Thanks for the inspiration.