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Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff

Most of us have had those white, tell-tale white skin flakes on the shoulders of our dark clothes. We hope that you will benefit from these natural home remedies for dandruff so that you no longer have to wear white, or be in fear of that mini-snow storm that has been with you for months, if not years. There are several natural dandruff cures here, including some shampoos and hair treatments that you can use to keep your dandruff under control.

But first of all, why do you have dandruff, and where does it come from?

What is Dandruff and the Importance of Diet

Dandruff (Pityriasis capitis) is a non-inflammatory form of seborrheic dermatitis related to the yeast Pityrosporum ovale. It causes itchiness and the build up of dead scale-like skin of the scalp that can lead to baldness. This is because it weakens the hair and makes it lifeless and lacks luster. The tiny pores on the scalp are unable to breathe and therefore no longer function properly. The pores cannot breathe properly when they are clogged with waste material, as dandruff is.

When the scalp is dry, dandruff is loose and flaky; but when the scalp is oily this causes the worst sort of dandruff as the scalp ends up with a dandruff that is thick, waxy and very difficult to remove. It is this type of dandruff that eventually causes hair loss.

There are methods to try and reduce this common hair problem, including improving the diet.

As mentioned in the article on hair care tips, dandruff is caused by a lack of Vitamin B in the diet. Once you increase your intake of Vitamin B your will find that your problems with dandruff will disappear. You can do this by taking a supplement of brewer's yeast tablets, and large daily doses of wheatgerm.

Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, some meat, fish, cheese, eggs, milk, nuts, and grains. Foods containing vitamins of the B complex are vital, particularly pantothenic acid. Essential minerals for healthy hair include iron, iodine, and copper.

Dandruff can also be stress related. In this case, relaxation techniques will be far more effective than any homemade anti-dandruff shampoo.

Here are some home remedies for dandruff, but remember that we are really only getting rid of the symptoms, not the underlying cause. So you may have your dandruff clear up for a while, only to return later on. Diet and stress. These are the 2 things you need to look at to banish dandruff for good.

Natural Home Remedies for Dandruff

One has to first shampoo the hair very well. And each time making sure the any soap is completely washed out of the hair. The hair and scalp should also be massaged very well each night before going to bed. The day before you wash your hair give yourself a hair treatment.

There are some very simple hair treatments and dandruff remedies.

Rub bicarbonate of soda into dry hair to help clear your scalp. Massage a good handful into the scalp and rinse thoroughly in clear water.

Juice up some apples and apply 1 part apple juice to 3 parts water. Rub into the scalp 2 - 3 times a week.

Olive oil and ginger root powder are also effective if you mix them together in equal quantities to make a paste. Leave on the hair for 60 minutes before rinsing off.

Tea tree oil is also effective against dandruff. It has anti-fungal properties and helps fight the yeast that causes dandruff. Add 5% essential tea tree oil to any of the homemade shampoo recipes below.

The following remedies are more elaborate.

Home Remedies for Dandruff using Castor Oil

Heat some castor oil in a saucer. Part the hair into small segments, and apply the hot oil to the scalp, rubbing in well until the scalp has been completely treated in this way. Continue to massage the scalp and hair and cover your hair with either a towel or some cling wrap before going to bed so that you don't get oil all over the pillows. You may not look attractive going to bed like this, but the results will be worth it!

The next morning shampoo your hair as normal.

Home Remedies for Dandruff using Honey

Honey is a wonderful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal natural remedy for dandruff. Apply to wet hair, and to the scalp as thoroughly as possible. Leave it on the hair for 3 hours before shampooing again and rinsing finally with a lemon rinse. You can either put a shower cap on, or wrap your head in some cling wrap to make sure that you don't drip honey everywhere. Because honey has a small amount of natural hydrogen peroxide it can lighten your hair over time.

Home Remedies for Dandruff using Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon Eau de Cologne

    Mix altogether, rub into the roots and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off with half a pint of water with 2 tablespoons cider vinegar added.

Home Remedies for Dandruff using Sour Milk

Another well known remedy for dandruff is using sour milk. You can either make your own by mixing milk with some lemon juice to make it sour, leave to ferment for a few days and then use it. Or, you can short circuit everything and use 2 tablespoons of yogurt directly on the scalp. It works in the same way.

Herbal Remedies for Dandruff

There are also strong herbal rinses that will help, especially those using rosemary, thyme, or sage. To make a herbal rinse take a handful of your chosen herb and place in 2 cups of water. Bring the herbs to the boil, cool and then strain. It is ready to use.

Apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse is also good. Dilute it with water and rub in to your scalp at bedtime. The smell disappears once the hair is dry. Use 1/2 cup water to 1/2 cup cider vinegar.

If you don't want to keep it on all night you can leave it on your scalp for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a week. In the finally rinsing water you can also dissolve 4 teaspoons of borax which also helps.

Herbal Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Recipes

There are 3 homemade anti-dandruff shampoos here that are so much better than all those chemicals you will find in commercial products to fight the same thing.

Chamomile Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

  • 2 chamomile teabags
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers and leaves
  • 1 tablespoon stinging nettle leaves (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated soap
  • 1 tablespoon borax
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water

    Place all the ingredients in the boiling water. Stir until the grated soap melts. Infuse for 15 minutes. Strain and use as a regular shampoo to fight dandruff.

Glycerine and Rosemary Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

  • 2 tablespoons glycerine
  • 1 cup rosemary water
  • 1 teaspoon ammonia

Mix and rub into the roots of the hair and leave overnight. Next day, wash hair with 1 pint warm water to which you have added 1 heaped teaspoon of borax.

Egg and Rosemary Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

A raw egg in a shell
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup rosemary water

    Beat the egg into the rosemary water and use it warm, rubbing it well into the base of the hair and scalp. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

More  Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Recipes

Egg and Apple Cider Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tepid water

Beat the egg yolks into the warm water, massage into the scalp and hair, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off in warm water. Combine the apple cider vinegar and tepid water and rinse through the hair two or three times.

Natural Hair Tonic Remedies for Dandruff

a field of stinging nettles

Nettle Tonic Rinse

Nettle is an excellent tonic for the scalp and can be found in most fields around the world. I have quite a lot of nettle on my property. It is a sign that your soil has a lot of nitrogen in it. Anyway, I digress.

Make a strong infusion of nettles by boiling the leaves in water until they are soft. This should take 30 minutes. For each cup of nettle water add 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Massage this into your scalp every morning and evening until the dandruff disappears.

By Kathryn Bax

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more information on dandruff, especially regarding the symptoms, making sure that what what you do have is common dandruff and not dermatitis, then we suggest you look at the Mayo Clinic page for more details.

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