Dandruff is not a hair problem but a skin problem. The flaking and itchiness are the result of an over production of a substance called sebum from glands in the scalp, and those glands are hyperactive because the scalp is excessively dry. Generally, dandruff shampoos contain aggressive cleansers that destroy the scalp’s delicate balance of water and oil, which further irritates the glands and perpetuates the problem. There are many possible causes of the dandruff, including a yeast infection of the scalp or hormones imbalances. If you have tried self-care treatments for two to three months but your dandruff persists, see a dermatologist for the accurate diagnose and possible medical treatment.
Effective Natural Remedies for Dandruff
Aromatherapy formula shampoo enriched with essential oils helps to normalize the water and oil secreting glands of the scalp and helps to eliminate dandruff. Mix 10 drops of tea tree oil, 8 drops of cedar wood oil, 6 drops each of pine oil and rosemary oil, 4 drops each of clary sage and lemon oil in two or three tablespoons of mild shampoo. These essential oils encourage your body systems to go into action to heal the problems that cause the formation of dandruff. Tea tree oils helps in normalizing the bacteria in the scalp. Rosemary and cedar-wood oils help to increase the circulation to the scalp. Pine oil and lemon oil eliminate the toxins from the skin of the scalp and promote internal cleansing. Clary sage helps to regulate and balance oil production. Use the shampoo several times a week.
Rosemary essential oil treatment
This essential oil helps to increase circulation, stimulate the scalp and reduce flaking. Put two to three drops of oil in a tablespoon of rich fatty carrier oil such as avocado oil, followed by massaging your scalp for 1 to 2 minutes daily.
Eucalyptus leaves treatment
Eucalyptus tree leaves helps to fight infection and tones the skin. To prepare a rinse with eucalyptus, put 4 teaspoons of dried leaves in ¼ litre of boiling water. Continue stirring and cover the utensil. Remove from heat and leave it for an hour. Strain the liquid into a large plastic bottle. Then add to it 1 tablespoon of apple-cider vinegar. After taking a shower, pour the prepared liquid and slowly rinse your hair for 10-15 minutes and let it dry. Use this herbal rinse each time you shower.
Massaging the Scalp
Massage is an ancient system of natural healing to get rid of dandruff. Dandruff is a symptom of a body-wide condition of ‘vata’ or dryness. Massaging the scalp twice a week with warm sesame oil, this combats the excessive dryness. It is very calming and soothing to the system, since dandruff is some time caused or complicated by anxiety, worry and hypertension. Massage the oil into your scalp for five to ten minutes before going to bed at night. Wrap your head in a hot towel and leave the towel for 10 minutes. You can also use moisturizer and wash it out in the morning.
Taking capsule of 400IU of Vitamin E a day balance the oils in the scalp and prevents dryness of hair. It also reduces scaling and prevents itching. Vitamin B complex and zinc supplements are also helpful but seek medical advice before taking medications.
It can help relieve the flaking and itching caused by dandruff. Take 200 microgram supplement daily. Zinc rebuilds skin and can help your scalp heal from dandruff. Take 15-20 mg daily. Selenium also improves hair growth as it helps the body in utilizing the proteins, which are essential for hair growth.