Healthy tips should be followed in regard to maintaining good health care for your hair and scalp. An itchy scalp is a sorry condition. It is extremely embarrassing at work or at the bus-stop, at a seminar or a party. There could be reasons like psoriasis, acne or dandruff. Dandruff is a problem that needs to be treated carefully whenever it occurs. There are home- made remedies available. A spoonful of camphor is mixed with coconut oil or neem oil can be used. Garlic and oil of oregano are also excellent for fighting dandruff.
Dandruff is an itchy, annoying skin disorder of the scalp. There seem to be two different causes of dandruff – internal and external. The internal causes are poor hygiene, emotional stress, lack of rest, excessive sugar and fat in the diet, while the external causes are excessive use of hair sprays, infrequent shampooing or dry indoor heating. Following healthy tips for your hair include using a natural based shampoo every other day, as excessive shampoo can strip the hair of oils. Blow dryers should be used correctly otherwise it can damage the hair. Other healthy tips are a balanced diet to provide your hair with the right amount of nutrients that include fruits and vegetables, proteins and fiber. Drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
Dandruff is a problem that affects half of the world population, so you do not have to face it alone. It is a health point in your life and needs to be dealt with effectively with healthy tips that you can adopt. There are so many natural remedies which will help you to get rid of dandruff. Vinegar wash is a good home-made remedy. Mix two teaspoons of vinegar with six teaspoons of water, and apply it on your scalp before you go to bed. Apply the same solution in the morning before washing it off. Do not scratch your scalp with your fingernails as it could cause an infection. Following these healthy tips and with the right care, dandruff is manageable and can be kept in control.
- Dandruff is one of the most common dermatological conditions. Fortunately, while the exact cause of dandruff is not known, there are some things one can do to reduce the risk of getting it, effective treatments are also available too. This article will show you some proven ways you can treat dandruff using the herbal way – read on.
Treat Dandruff with Fenugreek Seeds and Lime
A fenugreek seed is one of the most important remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Soak two tablespoons of fenugreeks seeds overnight in the water and ground it into a fine paste in the morning. Apply the paste all over the scalp and leave it for about thirty minutes. Next, wash the hair thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or acacia concinna. For the last rinse, use a teaspoon of fresh lime juice while washing the hair. This will make your hair glow and it will also remove stickiness and prevents dandruff.
Treat Dandruff with Beet
Beets is also a useful herbal formula in the treatment of dandruff. Boil both the tops and the roots in water. (White beet seems to be preferable for this purpose). This water should then be massaged into the scalp every night with the finger tips.
Treat Dandruff with Snake Gourd
The juice of snake gourd is also good in the prevention and treatment of dandruff. The juice should be rubbed over the scalp for this purpose.
Treat Dandruff with Green Gram Powder
Green gram powder is a valuable prescription for removal of dandruff. Wash your hair two times in a week with two tablespoons of green gram powder mixed with half a cup of curd.
Treat Dandruff with Cider Vinegar
Cider vinegar is also good for dandruff treatment. It will keep your pores free from sebum buildup. Rinse your hair with cider vinegar after washing for one week. After you rinse, rub your scalp with your fingertips for about 2 or 3 minutes. When you are done, place 3 or 5 drops of tea tree on your hands and rub it into your hair, vigorously. Allow your hair to air-dry after this.
Finally, dandruff can also be removed by massaging your hair for thirty minutes with curd which has been kept in the open for about three days, or with some drops of lime juice mixed with Indian gooseberry juice every night, before going to bed. All this types are effective when applied diligently.
Dandruff causes hair fall or hair loss, itching in scalp, acne, pimples and recurrent infection of facial skin. Natural herbs are very good solution for dandruff.
According to dosha theory of ayurveda dandruff is caused by vitiation of vayu and kapha doshas of scalp.. Ayurveda has recommended many herbal formulations and remedies for dandruff. These ayurveda herbal remedies for dandruff are very effective.
In normal conditions the new cells of scalp skin push the older ones to the surface of scalp. The dead and old cells are shed almost in an invisible way. But in few conditions this process becomes unusually rapid and the dead cells are shed in form of dry flakes.
These flakes collectively constitute what we call dandruff.
According to ayurveda dandruff is caused due to vitiation of kapha and vayu. Vitiated kapha and vayu make the scalp skin dry. Vitiated kapha causes itching of scalp. Thus dried scalp skin comes out in flakes.
The probable causes for dandruff are
- ill maintained scalp.
- Hypersensitivity to dust, smoke, shampoos etc
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Improper nourishment leading to poor health.
- Mental stress.
- Hair colors, curlers hot hair curlers etc.
- Harsh shampoos.
- Exposure to extreme weather conditions.
Self Care for dandruff:
- Do not scratch or brush the scalp too hard.
- Brush hair gently before washing scalp and hair.
- Keep the scalp clean by washing it thrice in a week.
- Cover your scalp with a scarf or hat to prevent it from extreme weather conditions.
- Manage stress with relaxation techniques like Yoga and Meditation.
- Prevent excess oil accumulation on scalp.
- Avoid hair style accessories like blow dryers, gels, sprays and harsh colors.
- Eat healthy nourishing food.
- Avoid greasy, sweet and oily food.
Dandruff treatment with Fenugreek Seeds
The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most essential remedies in the treatment of dandruff. Two tablespoons of these seeds must be soaked overnight in water and ground into a fine paste in the morning. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for about partially an hour. The hair must then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or shikakai.
Dandruff treatment with Lime
The use of a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for the last rinse, while washing the hair, is another helpful remedy. This not only leaves the hair shining but also removes stickiness and prevents dandruff. One of the good home remedies for dandruff.
Dandruff treatment via Green Gram Powder
A valuable prescription for elimination of dandruff is the use of green gram powder. The hair must be washed two times in a week with two tablespoons of this powder mixed with half a cup of curd.
Dandruff treatment via Beet
Beets have been found helpful in dandruff. Both tops and roots must be boiled in water and this water should be massaged into the scalp with the finger tips each night. White beet is superior for this purpose. One of the best home remedies for dandruff.
Dandruff treatment by means of Snake Gourd
The juice of snake gourd has been found useful in the prevention and treatment of dandruff. The juice should be rubbed over the scalp for this function. One of the useful home remedies for dandruff.
Dandruff treatment with Other Remedies
Dandruff can be removed by massaging the hair for half an hour with curd which has been reserved in the open for three days, or with a few drops of lime juice mixed with amla juice each night, before going to bed. One more measure which helps to counteract dandruff is to dilute cider vinegar with an identical quantity of water and dab this on to the hair with cotton wool in-between shampooing. Cider vinegar added to the final rinsing water after shampooing also helps to disappear dandruff.
There are many definitions and symptoms commonly described as scalp infections. There are in fact quite a few different reasons why your scalp may be sore, itchy, inflamed burning red or infected. If you are like many people with chronic scalp issues – it may be driving you completely up the wall and not knowing what it is or how to treat the problem effectively after many unsuccessful attempts to eliminate it can make it seem far worse – like you are never going to get to the bottom of the problem. Well that need no longer be so! It can be simple to diagnose and treat it now and for good.So if you are dealing with any of these scalp infection symptoms lets first identify the problem and then some of the underlying causes.
Firstly, if you want to get to the root of your problems, so to speak, you need to be able to identify what your problem actually is. Of course, many scalp infections & conditions look alike, so here is a brief description of some of the most common scalp conditions:
- Red Burning Itchy Scalp
- Dry Scalp
- Scalp Dermatitis
- Eczema of the Scalp
- Scalp Psoriasis
- Stress Related Itching
Red burning itchy scalp can be characterized as any tingling, burning, prickly, and sensitive to the touch or a fiery hot sensation. Often associated with an allergy, sunburn, chemical burn (sensitization of the scalp), or fungal infection.
Dandruff as most of us know is the process of continual shedding of skin cells on our scalps. Often the cause of dandruff is simply the result of toxins, pollutants and products that have built up on the scalp particularly products like silicone – a cheap commonly used artificial shine enhancer in conditioners sold in supermarkets.
When the natural balance of our scalps is disturbed, this creates the perfect environment for the yeast fungus Melassezia Globbosa to move in and thrive. This is when the natural process of shedding our cells gets a little out of hand resulting in an unsightly condition known as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (fancy name for dandruff) and we see the highly visible tell-tale signs of flaking and crusting.
The accompanying itch and urge to scratch are often made worse by the multiplication of the fungal yeast pityrosporum-ovale (having one big party on your scalp). Another follow on effect of this is that the relentless scratching by the sufferer can cause small lesions which weep and ooze or become infected resulting in scalp infections.
Lumps bumps and sores are also common when the scalp is highly irritated or sensitivity has been aggravated. Candida can be an underlying cause of yeast infections of the scalp.
Ringworm Infections of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a superficial fungal infection of the scalp. Scalp ringworm is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. Ringworm infection occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies anywhere on your skin, scalp, or nails. It is far more common in children and symptoms include red, itchy patches on the scalp, leaving bald areas. The skin might itch and be red and peel or be scaly, have swollen blisters or a rash (that can spread) and looks like black dots. The rash is highly contagious. It is normally treated with over the counter products containing miconazole, clotrimazole, or similar. Sometimes prescription antifungal skin medications, such as ketoconazole are needed to clear it up. There are also products direct from nature’s factories that can aid the healing process and act as natural antibiotics, although it must be said that ringworm is an aggressive fungus which needs to be monitored closely and treated accordingly.
Dry scalp can feel tight , a sensation that is sometimes accompanied by flakiness. It is often the result of natural oils being stripped from our scalps by the frequent use of shampoos, hair dyes and or other hair products.
Dermatitis infections of the scalp (Seborrheic dermatitis) is an inflammatory disorder affecting areas of the head and body where sebaceous glands are most prominent. It can vary from mild dandruff to dense flakey and greasy scale. Once again it is often an accumulation of toxins and products built up on our scalps that our body is trying to rid itself of.
Eczema of the scalp similar in appearance to Seborrheic dermatitis but instead has the name Atopic dermatitis.
Scalp Psoriasis commonly occurs on the back of the head however multiple areas of the scalp or the whole scalp may be affected. Scalp psoriasis is characterized by thick silvery white scales on patches of very red skin and can extend slightly beyond the hairline. Scalp psoriasis, despite being partially hidden by the hair is often a source of social embarrassment due to flaking of the scale and severe ‘dandruff’. Scalp psoriasis may be extremely itchy or on occasion have no itch symptoms. It can also cause temporary baldness on the affected areas. It is a common, chronic, inflammatory skin disease and is associated with increased risk of melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma.
Folliculitis of the scalp is a superficial bacterial infection of the hair follicles. It is characterized by pustules around the hair follicles and symptoms include painful brushing of hair and tenderness when rubbing your scalp around the hair follicle sites. Treating with antibiotics for the particular bacteria is the usual course of action but can eventually cause restistance to the antibiotic used. Options include applying Evoclin Foam which is topical. Folliculitis is commonly caused by staph bacteria which also reside inside the nose and sinus cavity. Natural oils such as tea tree and lavender have good antibacterial properties and can also be used to treat this condition.
If you have a bump or lump under the skin (commonly a lump behind the ears with no broken skin or rash developing, then this could be a cyst. Cysts are liquid filled pustules which can be painful when they become infected. If you have such symptoms I recommend seeing a doctor to be safe. Doctors can also treat cysts with antibiotics if they have become infected or incise them as a further but uncommon procedure if the antibiotics are not sufficient.
Stress Related Itching Stress can contribute to or worsen scalp itching as it plays havoc with our immune system and hormones which have an effect on production of sebum from your sebaceous glands. Although it can contribute to the problem it is still somewhat of a myth. It may appear that you have a stress rash , but it is more likely that the problem was already there in a less noticeable way, then aggravated by increased stress levels making it harder for your body to deal with the problem on its own and eliminate the problem. Many of the treatments below include stress relieving properties – like Lavender oil for example which calms the mind and soothes the body.
Solutions – what YOU can do about it
Going to your doctor may be the best way to get an accurate answer to diagnosing your problem, but I understand that many of you may have already done this, been prescribed some form of medication of cream (even heavy duty cortisone based ones where the cortisone potency may need to be increased after time).
Often the problem either doesn’t go away from the start – or seems to subside but comes back with full a vengeance later leaving you wondering with more unanswered questions and a VERY unhappy scalp! Well the good news is if you don’t like using these expensive and often impotent products – or even want to help them along you can use natural remedies and essential oils known to be super effective anti-bacterial busters such as tea tree oil for instance to inhibit or stop the growth of the infection and assist healing/rebalancing of the scalp.
Something that is also important to understand in curing scalp conditions and scalp infections – a factor that is missed by so many doctors, and something not disclosed by companies who sell hair products and treatments is the number of people who are allergic or sensitive to commonly used ingredients in shampoos, dandruff treatments and other hair products. In fact MOST hair products (as many as 90%) contain at least one ingredient that is used in engine degreasers, another is a common ingredient in antifreeze.
These ingredients are cheap to produce foaming agents that make shampoo foam up, and do a fantastic job of stripping dirt and oily build up from hair. Problem is that they sometimes do SUCH a good job that they remove all of the natural oils and sebum from the scalp thus removing the scalps natural defence against bacteria etc. Another little known fact is that the most common ingredient (Sodium laureth sulphate) is used to induce skin irritation in test patients by drug companies to test the effectiveness of their itch relief skin creams. When first produced and for year’s afterwards manufacturers did not know that skin was not a barrier but an absorber of ingredients & that they caused skin irritation in so many people.
So sometimes the beginning of a scalp condition can have originated from something as simple as an imbalance to the skins (scalps) sebum or an allergy to an ingredient that can easily be rectified.
Like your immune system, if your skin has an opportunity to rebalance itself and not be subjected to incoming foreign matter and the daily stripping of its natural oils that further aggravates the problem you can allow your body to rebalance and heal itself. Obviously buying products that do not strip your hair and scalp is an obvious step in the right direction.
Fortunately there are a lot of manufacturers such as Aveda and Akin (Purist Company) who know what consumers are suffering from these issues so have addressed this problem. They have applied this knowledge to produce some amazing products with all of the benefits of natural ingredients, with none of the side effects at a price we can afford (Akin especially). It need not be difficult, nor expensive to make these choices and a move to healthy hair and scalp long term.
So yes you can eliminate harsh shampoos containing sodium sulphates and go for natural Sulphate and paraben free shampoos that contain ingredients such as macadamia, wheatgerm or jojoba oils. These oils mimic our natural sebum to some extent to help to re moisturize and nourish our scalp.
Then there are lavender, rosemary and tea tree oils which contain antibacterial, healing properties. Neem oil is great for its antifungal properties and stops itching. You can apply these topically to your skin for fast relief, to assist healing as well as looking out for shampoos with these natural ingredients in them.
Lavender calms the skin (as does chamomile tea cooled and used as hair rinse).
As well as buying quality shampoos containing these ingredients, you can
create your own combinations of remedy or remedies to soothe your scalp.
You can also help it along by using natural remedies to treat infections on your scalp such as this scalp treatment containing natural oils to assist healing, detoxify and stimulate hair growth: (Add to
water (4 parts water 1 part oil) and spray onto scalp and you can add to your shampoo and conditioners also).
Oils To Relieve Itching: Lavender, German Chamomile and Eucalyptus Oils
(Mixed together and dabbed locally on effected areas has a soothing effect).
Neem oil is also a very good dandruff preventative which can be added to any of the formulas detailed below and is excellent for psoriasis and eczema scalp infections.
Scalp massage with lavender oil (not scented – the real oil) is another
wonderful way to relieve the tension from a sore scalp as well as treat the
issue. It also helps to re grow hair and repair the damage done to your
follicles by chemicals in shampoos causing thinning hair. (Lavender is known to stimulate hair growth too).
There are many more powerful scalp remedies you can use to treat infections on your scalp as well as many shampoos that are excellent value, contain no nasties to aggravate your scalp and hair follicles. It can be really simple to treat scalp problems by treating yourself to your own pampering session using natural oils to help heal your scalp infection. And then be kind to your hair and scalp by using only products that nourish your hair and scalp such as Aveda or Akin brand shampoos. You can assist the healing process and help restore balance back to your scalp and you hair will appreciate and reward you for it too by becoming less brittle, stronger and shinier.
As with all natural remedies please patch test first. It is not intended for this information to replace a doctors medical advice, so please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The responsibility of obtaining doctors diagnosis and using remedies is yours.