Cure for Psoriasis: Low-Cost and largely Natural

November 27, 2008

Cure for Psoriasis: Low-Cost and largely Natural
~James Dunn

Credited to Thomas Dunn

My father was plagued with psoriasis for over 20 years; trying everything that dermatologists suggested. He met a woman whom made a suggestion, “use old-fashion homemade lye soap and the psoriasis will go away”.

Lye Soap, sounds caustic doesn’t it? Actually, properly pH balanced lye soap is one of the most gentle soaps available for the care of human skin. Properly balanced lye soap has large quantities of tri-glycerides. Washing with the soap pushes the tri-glycerides into the skin.

My father found a source of handmade lye soap and stopped using any other soap. Within 3 months all of his psoriasis disappeared. After what is at least 5 years, the psoriasis has not returned.

Handmade lye soap is somewhat expensive to purchase from specialty stores. So he did some research and discovered he could make the soap himself. He sells the soap locally, more as a favor to the community, for one-dollar ($1) per package (2 bars). The cost of shipping and materials precludes selling the soap beyond local stores. But if you can find a source of good lye soap you can try this method of curing your psoriasis for yourself.

As a note: Other factors that can contribute to the development of psoriasis include immune system dysfunction; cold, dry climate; skin injury; chronic exposure to chemicals and/or pesticides; mal-nutrition; stress and anxiety; infection (fungal, bacterial, and/or viral); reactions to certain medications; and others not mentioned here.

Recipe for making handmade Lye Soap

Use a safety shield to protect your face and eyes, while using rubber gloves to protect your skin, do NOT dump waste materials down your sink because it can plug your drains over time.

* Ingredients for making the soap used to get rid of psoriasis:
o 2700 grams of Canola Oil
o 351 grams of Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
o 800 milliliters of clean water (preferably distilled)
+ distilled water comes out of your refrigerated air conditioner
o proportionately smaller amounts can be used to minimize waste after filling your molds

* Alternatively, obtain some form of vegetable oil or animal oil (lard)
o Do not use petroleum products
o Use the Lye Calculator provided below for determining the proportions for other oils.
o The following assumes Canola Oil is used
* Obtain an open plastic container, with dimensions of about 1″ x 8″ x 12″
* Cut an old shower curtain to make a liner for the above container
o Cut shower curtain to accurately line the container
o Edges should overlap the edges of the container
o This keeps the soap from sticking to the container
* Obtain a package of Lye (sodium hydroxide)
o phone 949 231-2320
o Other sources are available, if you find a cheaper source, let me know
* Calculate the proportions of oil, water, and lye needed
o Proportions change with type of oil used
* In a stainless steel container add 800 grams of cool water
o Never EVER add water to lye, only add lye to water!
+ A steam explosion can occur otherwise!
o Take to a well ventilated space free of pets and children.
o Set the bowl on a stable surface as it will become hot when adding lye
o Slowly (about 20 grams per second, about 20 seconds for the full amount) and carefully pour 351 grams of sodium hydroxide into the water while continuously stirring
o The bowl and water will become hot
+ allow to cool to below 40 Celcius or to room temperature
* In a large open stainless steel pot, pour in 2700 grams of Canola Oil
* Simultaneously heat the lye solution and oil to 40.5 degrees Celcius on a stove
o The temperatures of the two liquids must be within 2.5 degrees Celcius of each other before combining, or stratification will occur (streaks of unmixed oil)
* Slowly pour the lye solution into the oil while stirring with a spatula continuously
o flow should be about the size of a pencil
o stirring pattern should not put bubbles into mixture
o stirring pattern should uniformly mix the contents
* When the thickness increases so that it can be poured but not runny, pour into the plastic lined pan
o You will be able to see patterns forming on the surface of the mixture as a good indication of thickness
* Use a wood stick to grade the soap off the top of the pan to make it level
* Let cure for 1/2 to 3 days before tiping soap out of pan (your experience will guide you)
o Lay board on pan
+ Flip the pan and board over together
+ Remove the pan
+ Remove plastic from soap
o Use a thin and narrow saw blade or stretched wire to cut soap into bars
+ The soap must still be soft if you want to use a wire
o Set bars on a plastic sheet with space around each bar for air to cure soap
+ curing is more effective in low humidity
* Allow soap to cure for at least 2 weeks before using it
o You know it is cured if it has a uniform look and when you taste the soap it does not burn your tongue, similar to pepper

Soap cured time effects usefulness:

* 2 – 6 weeks
o excellent for removing mechanic grease from your hands (no lather)
* 2 – 12 months
o good general purpose hand soap
o lasts a long time
* 1 – 3 years
o excellent for use in shaving (lathers nicely)
o put a small bar in a coffee cup and use a shaving brush
+ one bar will last for several years


* Choose other shapes of molds for your soap
o cookie cutter shapes
o childrens lettering
o childrens Playdoh shape making tools
* Coloring soap
o many techniques are available to make different soap colors
o if you have scraps of different colored soap you can shave them up and mix them into a batch of neutral colored soap for a creative effect
o lard produces white soap, canola oil produces beige soap
* Adding perfume
o the lye will eat up most perfumes, but some do work
o you can purchase perfumes specifically made for making soap
* Adding objects into soap
o use two 1/2 batches of soap
+ mix one and let it partially set
+ lay the objects on the 1/2 batch
+ mix the next 1/2 batch and cover objects
o take a small nylon rope about 12″ long and tie the ends together
+ lay the knot in the mold before pouring the soap
+ this soap can be hung on the shower head
o put small trinkets into soap for the kids to find
+ this helps encourage them to wash their hands
o used coffee grounds
+ this creates an abrasive for washing greasy hands
o coins for the kids
* You can use your imagination, just remember the lye is still active for a couple of weeks and whatever you put in the soap might react in some unusual way.


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