What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is a common scalp condition associated with increased oiliness and flaking of the scalp. The common term for dandruff is seborrhaeic dermatitis The symptoms are due to increased cell renewal on the scalp, usually with an increase in sebum. The scales will absorb the excess oil, but if the problem is untreated it will become worse.
Treating dandruff naturally requires a multi-pronged approach. Consider the suggestions below and see which might fit in with your lifestyle. Tea tree oil and apple cider vinegar are two remedies which have a good track record in this area.
First make sure you are eating a healthy diet with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables. Cut down on fats, sugars and refined carbohydrates.
Another major cause of dandruff is stress. Opting for ways to release tension and indulging in short term leisure pursuits one enjoys – be it meditation or daily walking – can work to minimize stress and lower possibilities for dandruff growth.
Try to increase the blood supply to the hair follicles by giving yourself a gentle scalp massage. Press your fingertips into your scalp at the sides of your head, and, keeping them in place, rotate them in small circles. The idea is to gently move the scalp, not the fingers. After about 30 seconds move to another part of your head and repeat until you have treated your entire scalp.
Warm 4-5 tablespoons full of wheat germ oil, olive oil or coconut oil. Massage well into the scalp. Wrap a warm towel around your head. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly with water, to which lemon juice has been added. Massage well as you rinse.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A home remedy for dandruff is to mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water.
Apply the mixture to the scalp, either directly or using a spray bottle. Wrap your head in a towel. After 15 minutes to an hour, remove the towel and wash your hair. Do this twice a week.
Dandruff shampoos can be either Clinical or Herbal. The former kind of anti-dandruff shampoos consist of special chemical formulation that fights and controls dandruff growth. The Herbal variety of anti-dandruff shampoos are equally popular and are gentler on the scalp, therefore gaining ground among users.
Avoid harsh anti-dandruff shampoos, which can over-dry the scalp. Instead wash daily with a very mild, organic shampoo – this will help to control the greasiness and remove the loose flakes of skin. Every week moisturize the scalp with a rich conditioning treatment.
Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. It has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and anti-fungal agent. There are many tea tree oil shampoos available in health food stores and some drug stores, and many people report these products help with dandruff.
One study involved 126 people with mild to moderate dandruff. They used either a five percent tea tree oil shampoo or a placebo daily for four weeks. At the end of the study, the tea tree oil shampoo significantly reduced dandruff. No adverse effects were reported
Soak two tablespoonfuls of Fenugreek seeds overnight in water. In the morning the softened seeds are ground into fine paste and applied on the scalp for 1/2 hr
Create a herbal rinse with celandine. Add one teaspoon of Potassium Chloride (find in salt section at the supermarket) into 6 cups of water. Heat until the Potassium Chloride dissolves.
Chop four ounces of fresh Celandine (if fresh is not available use a half cup of the dried herb instead). Add Celandine to the solution. Allow to stand for two hours. Then boil slowly for 20 minutes. Strain out the plant material, and simmer reducing to one and one half cups.
Add eight ounces of glycerin and continue simmering reducing the liquid slowly to two cups. Strain the result and bottle it.
Store in cool place. Use once or twice a day as a hair rinse.
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