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American yellow saffron tea is an important healing tea for psoriasis patients.

There are five kinds of herbal teas that are of particular help for psoriasis patients who are working to regain their health. These teas are: 

 

  • Saffron tea
  • Watermelon seed tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Slippery elm bark tea
  • Mullein tea

Below is a brief outline of each of these teas and how they benefit psoriasis patients, as well as information on how to prepare and use them for psoriasis recovery. 

American Yellow Saffron Tea (Carthamus tinctorius)

Though true saffron (Crocus sativus)  is quite expensive, American yellow saffron (Carthamus tinctorius)  is significantly more affordable and accessible (though it’s likely to still be the most difficult to find out of all the teas on this list). Saffron tea can be taken internally to treat psoriasis, or it may be used externally by applying the vapors from the tea to the skin to relieve psoriasis breakouts. You may also prepare saffron infused water to drink throughout the day.

 

To prepare saffron tea, follow the steps below: 

 

  1. Put ¼ teaspoon of American yellow saffron tea powder into a mug. 
  2. Bring some water to a boil and then pour it over the saffron powder and stir. Let it steep for a few minutes. 
  3. Drink the tea at night before bed, not within 8-10 hours of the slippery elm tea mentioned below (which should generally be taken in the morning). 

 

American yellow saffron tea is good not only for psoriasis, but also for skin lacerations, ulcers, and toxemia (blood poisoning). It cleanses the liver and kidneys and encourages toxin removal by increasing perspiration. In the digestive system, this tea helps heal lesions on the intestinal walls and works as a digestive antiseptic, making it a good choice for healing leaky gut (which is something that a lot of psoriasis sufferers experience, and is in fact often implicated in the skin eruptions seen in psoriasis). 

 

In severe cases of psoriasis, or if you notice that this tea is working especially well for you, consider making some saffron water to drink throughout the day. Here are the instructions: 

 

  1. Boil 1 gallon of water with 1 teaspoon of saffron tea for 20 minutes. 
  2. Strain the mixture and let it cool completely. 
  3. Pour the water into a storage receptacle and store in the fridge for later. 
  4. Drink 2-4 glasses of this saffron water per day. 

 

While drinking saffron water or tea regularly, some people experience bladder irritation or ankle/leg swelling. If you experience swelling, stop drinking the saffron tea and drink half as much liquid as you have been (including other teas or plain water) until the symptoms go away. In the case of bladder irritation, continue drinking a normal amount of other liquids but stop drinking the saffron water and saffron tea until the irritation stops. 

If you choose to boil some saffron tea and use the vapors on the skin, you will need to have a towel to put over the affected area and be able to administer the vapors similar to a vaporizer. After applying the steam to the skin, consider applying castor oil afterwards and leave it on overnight for additional soothing and healing effects. 

 

Watermelon Seed Tea (Citrullus vulgaris

Watermelon seed tea can be used as an alternative to saffron tea for patients who are pregnant or not able to drink saffron tea for some other reason. Though Dr. John Pagano (author of Healing Psoriasis) doesn’t necessarily indicate that watermelon seed tea is an essential tea for recovering psoriasis patients, in this book we do recommend that psoriatics include watermelon seed tea as part of their regular tea protocol if possible. This is because watermelon seeds not only have effects specifically valuable to psoriasis patients, but also because they contain vitamin B17 (approximately 3.97mg/gram of seeds). Cancer patients and other people with autoimmune diseases tend to be deficient in this vitamin, which can lead to the development and perpetuation of these illnesses. Thus, watermelon seed tea should be drunk for its vitamin B17 content, particularly if you’re not taking an amygdalin supplement or eating apricot kernels already. 

Watermelon seed tea is a natural diuretic. It can be used to cleanse the entire urinary tract, including the kidneys, bladder, and urethra, and can be helpful for eliminating bladder infections or UTIs. 

 

This type of tea is available in either loose leaf forms or in pre-prepared tea bags. It should be drunk 3-4 times per day, ideally separate from any other supplements or foods (the vitamin B17 content in watermelon seeds is canceled out by any form of vitamin C, so all foods or supplements should be avoided both 30 minutes before and after drinking this tea). To prepare the tea, follow the instructions below: 

  1. Use 2 tablespoons of loose leaf tea (or the equivalent in tea bags) and boil for 5 minutes in 1 pint of water. 
  2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Allow the tea to stand until it’s cool before drinking. 
  3. Drink 1 cup of this tea 3-4 times per day (1 pint of water makes 2 cups, so you’ll need to make 2 batches). If you are also drinking saffron tea, you may reduce the amount that you drink to only 1-2 cups per day if preferred.

Chamomile Tea (Anthemis nobilis

Chamomile tea is becoming more popular as a remedy for upset stomachs, insomnia, anxiety, and as a general relaxation tonic. There are two primary varieties of chamomile in common use: German chamomile and Roman chamomile. For psoriasis treatment, the Roman chamomile variety (Anthemis nobilis) should be used. 

 

Chamomile is a valuable psoriasis treatment because it can relieve kidney and bladder problems and support detoxification when taken internally. The vapors of chamomile tea can also be used similarly to saffron to help remedy psoriasis breakouts. Keep in mind though that people who have a ragweed allergy should not use chamomile since this plant is a member of the ragweed family and could provoke an allergic reaction. 

 

To prepare chamomile tea, you will first need to get either loose leaf tea or tea bags (loose leaf is preferred). Then follow the instructions below: 

 

  1. Use the equivalent of ¼ tsp of ground chamomile tea and put it into a mug. 
  2. Bring some water to a boil and then pour this boiling water over the chamomile and stir. 
  3. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, and then drink warm. 

 

You may drink chamomile tea anytime, but because it has relaxing properties, it’s generally best to drink it in the evenings or during times when you’re wanting to rest. It may be safely taken by anyone of any age (including children and women who are pregnant or nursing). Nevertheless, women who are pregnant should still avoid drinking this tea in high quantities since some studies have linked its consumption to higher risk of miscarriage and other complications (one or two cups a day is likely to be fine, however). 

 

Slippery Elm Bark Tea (Ulmus rubra

Slippery elm bark lozenges are frequently used as a natural remedy for coughs and sore throats caused by the common cold or the flu. The mucilaginous properties of slippery elm bark make it a good choice for psoriasis patients because it can help provide a kind of coating along the intestines that blocks toxins from traveling into the blood from the intestines. It also absorbs gases in the body and is a valuable remedy for colitis, enteritis, constipation, and leaky gut. 

 

To prepare slippery elm bark tea, follow the instructions below: 

 

  1. Put a ½  teaspoon of slippery elm bark powder in a mug filled with warm water. Stir well. 
  2. Let the tea steep for 15 minutes before drinking. DO NOT LET THE TEA SIT FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES! 
  3. If the tea is difficult for you to drink, add ice cubes to make it easier (it may be a bit thick). 

 

This tea should be drunk every morning 30 minutes before breakfast for the first 10 days of treatment. Afterwards, only drink the tea every other morning (30 minutes before breakfast). Continue drinking the tea every other day like this until the psoriasis clears up. Do not take the saffron tea within 8-10 hours of the slippery elm bark tea! This is why you take the slippery elm bark tea in the morning and the saffron tea in the evening. You may also reverse this though if preferred and take the slippery elm bark tea  in the evening and the saffron tea in the morning. 

 

If the tea isn’t tolerable to drink, slippery elm bark lozenges may be taken in its place. Take a few lozenges each morning in place of the tea if preferred. 

 

Women who are pregnant should not take slippery elm bark. 

 

Mullein Tea (Verbascum thapsus)

You will only start drinking this mullein tea after 10 days of drinking slippery elm bark tea. Ideally, mullein tea should be prepared using fresh leaves, but if you only have access to dried, loose leaf tea, this will work just fine as well. When taken internally, mullein can help ward off bacterial infections, including those in the bladder and kidneys. It is also an anti-inflammatory herb and has a somewhat diuretic effect (meaning that it increases urination). 

 

To prepare mullein tea, follow these instructions: 

 

  1. Use 1 teaspoon of crushed mullein leaves (crumble them in your hands or use a mortar and pestle to crush them) and put them in a large mug. 
  2. Pour 1 pint of boiling water over the leaves and let steep for 30 minutes. 
  3. Allow the tea to cool completely, then strain it and drink over the course of 3-4 hours (do not drink the tea immediately in one sitting, it should be taken gradually over this time period for best results).

 

Women who are pregnant or nursing should not take mullein. Diabetics who are taking medication should take mullein with caution because it may interfere with some antidiabetic drugs. This herb may also increase the effects of muscle relaxants and lithium, so people who are taking these should also use caution when drinking mullein tea and consult with a professional before using it for psoriasis treatment. 

 

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Resources: 

[1] Bolarinwa, Islamiyat Folashade, et. al (2016). Effect of processing amygdalin and cyanide contents of some Nigerian foods. Retrieved January 13, 2022 from: https://www.jocpr.com/articles/effect-of-processing-on-amygdalin-and-cyanide-contents-of-some-nigerian-foods.pdf 

[2] Pagano, John O. A., DC (2009). Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative (1st ed.). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.