Natural Remedy for Dandruff
Dandruff is something that almost every one among us has experienced, be it temporary and mild, or a constant problem that makes us think twice before wearing black. Sure, you can opt for many shampoo and conditioners out there, but those are nothing other than a mixture of chemicals that has a side effect associated with it. Natural herbs, on the other hand are quite, well, natural and effective too.
Let’s have a look and some of the most popular among the plethora of choices available today.
Natural Remedy for Dandruff
Coconut Oil & Extra Virgin Olive Oil
How The Dandruff Remedy Works
Dandruff is one of the most common scalp disorders around. Its symptoms include dry, flaky skin, an itchy scalp and red rashes on the scalp.
This coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil remedy helps to treat dandruff in the following ways:
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has a moisturizing effect on the scalp and helps to prevent dry skin and any of the unpleasant associated symptoms.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is another potent natural moisturizer that also contains high levels of skin boosting vitamin E. It helps to keep the scalp healthy and dandruff free.
How To Prepare The Dandruff Remedy
1. Warm ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan and mix it well.
2. Massage the mixture into your scalp thoroughly, then wrap your hair in a towel for 30 minutes.
3. After 30 minutes, remove the towel, comb your hair thoroughly and then wash it.
4. Use this remedy 3 times per week until the dandruff disappears.
Tea Tree Oil
Melaleuca alternifolia, or simply tea tree oil, is derived through steam distillation from the Australian tea tree. Particularly known for its antifungal behavior against Pityrosporum ovale, a yeast associated with dandruff, 5% of this oil is considered an effective treatment to control dandruff by The National Institutes of Health. Be careful though, higher concentrations will do more bad than good.
Apart from being antifungal, rosemary is also anti-inflammatory and can hence reduce the sensation of itching, also known and recommended to be used along with sage, and is the standard method of anti-dandruff treatment by herbalist James Duke, Ph.D. Herbal rinse can be prepared by 1 oz. of each (rosemary and sage) in 2 cups of water for a complete day and for obtaining even better results, add thyme and parsley to the rinse.
Sesame Oil and Ginger Juice
Combine 2 tbsp. of ginger juice and 3 tbsp. of sesame and 1/2 tsp. to create this ancient Egyptian remedy as suggested by the anthropologist, John Heinerman, PhD. Run this mix in the scalp for three times in a week, or maybe just go simple and put sesame oil before you slumber as suggested by ‘The most effective natural home remedies for 160 Health problems’.
This herb doesn’t require introduction. Yes, apart from being commonly used as a skin care product, this gel extracted from the aloe vera herb can be used as a tropical treatment for dandruff too.
Yogurt can also a reduce dandruff, putting aside its health benefits it provides by boosting immunity. After washing and rinsing the hair, rub the plain yogurt gently in the scalp and after leaving this for ten to fifteen minutes, rinse once more and add apply little shampoo on the hair accompanied by an infusion of nettle and thyme as the final rinse.
For those who are unaware, cedarwood is the preferred type of wood for the production of pencils across the globe and apart from that, the oil produced by this tree is enriched with nutrition as well. Well, 8 drops of this oil along with 50 ml of carrier oil combined with ten drops of cypress and juniper.
Neem leaves are very much popular for its medicinal purpose, and their anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties help to control dandruff effectively. Simply boil some leaves of the herb in water and use this water to rinse the hair.
Ginger root and Beet root
The dynamic duo essential in making a good dish can also control dandruff within three to five nights. All you have to do is to make a paste of these two ingredients and massage it on the hair during night and rinse in the morning.
Otherwise known as methi in India, which is the largest producer of this herb around the world, fenugreek leaves are bitter to taste but sweet when you come to know its seeds have the capability to control the dandruff permanently. Simply soak the seeds during the night and use the soaked seeds to make a paste which is to be applied on the scalp and leaving for 45 minutes. For best results, use this treatment three times a day.
Apart from these, one of the best ways to curb dandruff and a majority of skin and hair conditions is to follow a healthy diet and incorporate moderate exercise into your daily routine.
A healthy diet will keep your scalp nourished and healthy and prevent many associated problems.