Lichen Planis

We would suggest the following herbs:

Turmeric: Curcuma longa: The anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties inhibit the growth of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, a recognised risk of oral Lichen planus. Well-known for its effect on inflammation and pain. Pepper aids the absorption of turmeric. *capsules * tea*.

Oats: Soothes and exfoliates the skin. This will help ease itching and improve the skin’s appearance. Mix 1-part oats to 1-part raw yoghurt. Let it stand at room temperature for 20 minutes. Add ¼ part of raw honey. Spread this blend over the affected area. Leave to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and gently pat it dry.

Aloe vera: Aloe barbadensis: Soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing. *Apply the gel from the leaf onto the affected area*.

Calendula flower: Calendula officinalis: A very calming, soothing, healing herb. *You will find calendula lotions/creams quite easily available*.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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We would suggest the following vitamins and supplements:

Vitamin A: Helps to keep skin and mucous membranes health. Lichen planus targets both these systems, so Vit A is required and will help.  It will also help with inflammation. *Food sources: carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, squash, beef and liver from grass-fed cows*.

Folate: Liver dis-ease, diuretics and diabetes medications can increase your risk of developing lichen planus and make you at risk for folate deficiency. *Food sources: Legumes (garbanzo and pinto beans, lentils) and beets, avocados, asparagus, beef liver*.

Epsom salt bath: Magnesium sulfate: relieves sore muscles and detoxifies the body. Helps to reduce stress, pain and inflammation. Add 2 cups to a warm bath, soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes. *You can also add 5 drops of Essential Oils for added benefit*.

Tea Tree Essential Oil: Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial. A potent oil. Add a drop or two to your shampoo if the scalp is affected. Or add 5 drops of tea tree to 10ml of coconut oil. And apply that blend to the irritated area or rub it into your scalp for treatment. *When getting oil out the hair ~ apply neat shampoo to the oily hair ~ then wet it and wash it as normal*.

Coconut oil and oil pulling: This may help symptoms and provide some relief. It literally sucks out the toxins in the mouth, reduces inflammation and boosts the immune system in general. *2tsp organic coconut oil into the mouth. Swish it around with no effort or your muscles will get tired and sore. Do this for about 10 minutes of you can? Then spit it out into a bin. Rinse the mouth out with warm water and salt. Then brush as normal. If it is on the skin, apply the coconut oil to the skin to help relieve itching, burning and pain. Apply several times a day, as necessary.

Vitamin D Sunshine: This process is the most natural way to enhance your Vit D levels and can speed the healing and provide relief. *Get direct sun exposure at midday, with no sunscreen, showing as much skin as possible, for 15-20 minutes*.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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Lifestyle tips:

Stress: Plays a huge part in irritating the symptoms and triggering recurrences. It helps to bring mindfulness and calmness to the body and mind. Ways to do this.

Meditation: Focusing on your in-breath and out-breath, nice and slowly. Your mind will drift but you just gently keep bringing it back. Start for a short time and slowly practice and build it up. You may find it easier to do a guided meditation where they talk you through it. Or to focus on a sound/mantra instead of your breath.

Exercise and yoga: Exercise helps to release endorphins, our happy health hormones. And yoga helps to stretch and ease the tension out of muscles. All-round one of the best forms of exercise for mind/body healing.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Tea Tree Essential Oil

Application – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. That will make it 10 drops. In this case, you will add 10 drops of Tea Tree. Apply the blend over the affected areas of the body, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 5 drops of Tea Tree. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Diffuser – Add 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil into a diffuser.

Compress – (A warm or cool compress). Add 2-3 drops of Essential oil into a bowl of water. Soak the cloth in it. Apply the cloth to the area for 15 minutes or so.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Tea Tree – Avoid up to the age of 5. Can irritate the skin and be very drying on its own **

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