Treating Psoriasis With Sarsaparilla

23 November, 2020
Sarsaparilla tea has anti-inflammatory properties that we can use along with garlic oil to relieve the discomfort that results from psoriasis breakouts.

Psoriasis isn’t contagious, but it can be passed down genetically. Psoriasis more often affects adults and it’s more frequent in men than women. Some of the causes are the following:

  • Infections
  • Stress
  • Dry skin

What is sarsaparilla?

sarsaparilla remedy to help with psoriasis

Sarsaparilla is a bush that’s native to Asia, Africa, and Europe and comes from the Smilax ornata plant. It has thin, thorny stems that can grow up to 2 meters high.

People use sarsaparilla roots to make natural medicine for treating skin diseases. These roots are also effective for blood circulation.

Likewise, essential sarsaparilla oil is useful for alternative therapies. It can treat the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions such as the common cold to rheumatism.

See also: Essential Oils that Will Relax You

Medicinal properties

Some consider sarsaparilla to be a natural purifier that cleanses the renal system and improves deficiency symptoms.

Additionally, it helps clean the blood and consequently improves blood circulation. Therefore, it helps fight against impurities appearing on the skin such as acne and rashes caused by psoriasis.

  • Sarsaparilla also can be a stimulant to produce hormones such as testosterone, making it effective to prevent sexual impotence.
  • Likewise, it can treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, leprosy, and general itchiness. Its anti-inflammatory properties can considerably improve swelling symptoms. 

Sarsaparilla for psoriasis

Sarsaparilla extract has been a part of traditional medicine to treat rashes and flaking for cases such as syphilis.

Similarly, rashes caused by psoriasis are very painful. Therefore, a natural remedy is provided below in order to help fight against these symptoms.

Garlic oil sarsaparilla tea

garlic olive oil

Garlic is a common natural skin care element. The antioxidant properties from the garlic help the skin renew itself. Furthermore, in traditional medicine, garlic is known to help people who suffer from conditions such as dermatitis.

We’ve already talked about how beneficial sarsaparilla is for the skin. However, we want to mention again that it’s great for cleaning impurities and this is why combining it with garlic will give you even a better outcome.


  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons of sarsaparilla root (10 g)
  • Garlic oil (200 g)
  • Cotton ball


  • Boil the water in a pot.
  • Once it’s ready, add the sarsaparilla root and continue boiling for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the sarsaparilla infusion with the garlic oil in a container with a lid.
  • Let the mixture cool.
  • Once it’s cool, use the cotton ball to gently apply the treatment on the affected area.

Note: You should know that natural remedies often complement other medications or prescriptions from a dermatologist in order to improve healing and to treat the symptoms.

Recommended reading: How to Grow Your Own Garlic at Home


psoriasis on arm

Remember, using any excessive quantities of any plant for medicinal purposes may cause repercussions or unexpected side effects on different organs.

However, plant infusions significantly improve overall health. Learn more about them and what benefits they can offer you.

If the discomfort from psoriasis continues, make sure to schedule a dermatologist appointment. It may be a severe infection.

On a different note, if you want to forage sarsaparilla roots yourself, you should be extremely careful: black bryony may look similar to sarsaparilla and it’s poisonous.

Finally, remember the health of your skin important. Use moisturizing creams that protect you from the sun. Also, keep in mind if your skin’s pH degenerates a lot it, may lead on to even more severe medical conditions such as cancer.

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