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.

Comment posted by Eric Bakker ND of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand on 19 July 2015 at 21:57       3568

After having treated psoriasis patients for many years I would have to agree that lemon juice does have a significant effect on improving a patient's outcome when it comes to psoriasis. I've found that even better results can be obtained when a few drops of grapefruit seed extract are added to the lemon juice, and the person takes it twice daily before meals. It may be worth bearing in mind that around three-quarters of psoriasis suffer with a candida yeast infection.

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?

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