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Jaime

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I have a friend who has psoriasis on her scalp and I would like to make her shampoo and conditioner for it. I've read that carrot seed oil is good for it but I was wondering what other oils to use or if there is a recipe for it. Thanks so much!

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Hi Jaime - sure Daucus carota, carrot seed oil is one of Philippe Mailhebiau's favorite oils and so you'll find an entire chapter in his book Portraits in Oils given over to this wonderful essence. He reckons it's able to be assimilated just as well dermally as orally, although many of his therapeutic references apply to ingestion of the oil. For your specific intended use, he states that it is "a remarkable essential oil for regenerating the skin cells, as it vitalizes the hypodermis...recommended for skin ailments such as scurf patches, acne, furunculosis and even - with caution - in cases of serious necrosis and tumors. It acts efficiently even in low doses, and like most essential oils is best combined with other essences." page 184-185 Portraits In Oils. Since Daucus carota isn't the most attractive fragrance, I would suggest you try blending with some warm, sweet notes such as Anthemis nobilis, Roman chamomile: cicatrisant, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic - Pelargonium graveolens, geranium: antiinflammatory, cicatrisant, astringent - and Cananga odorata var. genuina, ylang ylang, circulatory stimulant, nervine regulator, and anti-infectious. Lavandula angustifolia is also another appropriately sweet note with of course, perfectly suitable therapeutic actions for the skin. You might also like to consider myrrh, Commiphora myrrha and also frankincense, Boswellia carterii, each of which has suitable therapeutic actions for psoriasis. I wouldn't necessarily blend with the carrot seed oil - unless you particularly like the fragrance. It's vital the recipient actually like the blend you create, so you should work with them to discover which of these 'semi-finalists' they prefer and then blend according to personal preference. Auroma has excellent fragrance-free, additive-free, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner and I would recommend you blend up to 5% since it will be washed off almost immediately. This would equate to 15 drops in total of essential oil per 15 mls or 1 tablespoon of shampoo and conditioner. I would suggest you start at half that dose first, and adjust to preference and reactions. By the way, Spikenard, Nardostachys jatamansi has the reputation for being one of the only oils capable of managing severe dandruff since it's highly anti-inflammatory, and so this might also be a suitable contender for a psoriasis blend. It smells similar to valarian oil so it's an aquired taste, but blends well with lavender and patchouli - which reminds me that Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin is also another excellent oil to deal with irritated and broken skin - perfect for diaper rash - so might also be a consideration. Hope this helps

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Birch Tar is a natural remedy for psoriasis that I have found effective in soaps. 
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