Lupus is an autoimmune disease that commonly affects the skin, joints, and kidneys. Instead of warding off infection and disease to keep the body healthy, the immune systems of people with lupus attack healthy tissues in the body. The signs and symptoms of lupus aren’t always present. Rather, there are episodes, called flares, when symptoms worsen.
Gomez revealed her lupus diagnosis in 2015, and she’s spoken up about managing the condition several times since then. However, Gomez has also embraced her celebrity as a way to educate fans about being diagnosed with and living with lupus, a sometimes debilitating chronic condition.
Natural Remedies For Lupus Flare-Ups
Fish: The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA that are found in fatty fish like salmon and mackerel can inhibit inflammation in several different ways. Unfortunately, the typical U.S. diet is woefully lacking in omega-3s. Eating fatty fish at least twice a week can help you get the plenty of the anti-inflammatory fats through your diet.
Walnuts, flaxseeds, canola oil: These foods provide the vegetarian form of omega-3 fatty acid, known as ALA. While your body converts ALA to EPA and DHA at a relatively slow rate, you may still get some benefit from these foods, particularly if you don’t eat fish. If you don’t eat fish at all due to an allergy or being vegetarian, you may also want to consider an algae-based omega-3 supplement, says Everett.
Fruits and vegetables: Colorful produce like spinach, collard greens, blueberries, and oranges contain antioxidants and polyphenols, natural plant compounds that may help counter inflammation. Aim for at least five servings each day, and try to get a range of colors in your diet.
Whole grains: Grains are made of three parts: the bran, germ, and endosperm. Unfortunately many of the carbohydrate foods we eat are made from grains that have been stripped of the nutritious bran and germ. Research links a high intake of refined grain foods with higher levels of inflammatory markers in the body. Instead, focus on foods like brown rice, quinoa, and whole grain bread that are good sources of fiber and antioxidants.
1. Lavender Oil
Add two to three drops of lavender oil to one or two tablespoons of coconut oil. Mix well and apply the mixture to the affected area. You can also breathe in the aroma of lavender oil using a diffuser.
2. Epsom Salt
Add a cup of Epsom salt to a tub filled with water. Allow the salt to dissolve completely. Soak in the Epsom bath for 15-20 minutes.