Here we are going to discuss the use of essential oils for dandruff in a form of three home remedies: a shampoo, a mask and an anti-dandruff lotion. We are going to learn how to make them, and how to use in your dandruff treatment.
Homemade Remedies for Dandruff
Dandruff affects thousands of people around the globe, and while it usually does not have very serious health implications, it can become a matter of self-esteem, especially in extreme cases.
There are many home remedies for dandruff, but we want to focus on only three of them that we consider to be the most practical and effective to use. This will relieve you from buying all kinds of stuff and use something which has already been tested and proven to be effective.
Natural Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
One solution is to wash your hair with a special dandruff shampoo every week. We are not talking about a shampoo that is available at drugstore (actually various chemicals in it can become a cause for dandruff or worsen the existing one).
If you accustomed to buying commercial products, please, develop a habit of reading the labels so that you know what’s inside and avoid any possible harmful ingredients.
The one that we are talking about is very easy to make: just take your regular shampoo (as we mentioned before, try getting a natural one) and add some special ingredients to it to make it work more effectively.
What are we going to do?
We are going to add these essential oils to our shampoo:
- Cedar essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
We will use a special ratio for diluting them in the shampoo. The dosage for diluting essential oils in carrier substances is half of the total shampoo container’s (ml) content in drops. Suppose your shampoo has 100ml. Then the total amount of essential oils should be half of this amount in drops, that is, 50 drops.
- Open your organic shampoo (supposedly 100ml)
- Add 17 drops of cedar essential oil
- Add 17 drops of rosemary essential oil
- Add 16 drops of thyme essential oil
- Stir well every time you use it
Natural anti-dandruff mask
It’s the second option in our dandruff treatment. It is completely natural and should be applied to the hair roots in a form of a mask.
The ingredients you will need are:
- Empty 30ml container
- Neem oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
And this is the way you have to mix them:
- Fill the 30ml container up almost full with neem oil, and then add 15 drops of tea tree oil.
- Apply to the whole scalp and leave it to sit for 30 minutes, then wash your hair with the shampoo we mentioned before.
- While your mask is on your hair, you can do some gentle massage to stimulate blood circulation in the area.
As an extra advise: you can start regularly using homemade avocado hair masks and avocado oil – they are quite effective to fight dandruff and keep your hair healthy and strong.
Natural Anti-Dandruff Lotion
Regardless of the above mentioned steps (meaning you have considered doing them or not), you can still use a natural hair lotion made with thyme hydrolate or tea tree hydrolyte.
It will give you a feeling of freshness and prevent the formation of dandruff or relieve the symptoms of the existing condition.
How to use it: just add thyme hydrolate or tea tree hydrolyte to a diffuser and use it on the hair roots.
Thyme hydrolate, neem oil and tea tree essential oil usually don’t cause any side effects (well, actually pure tea tree oil can be too strong for people with sensitive skin so it’s not recommended to use it on skin directly; dilute it in a suitable carrier oil instead).
However, thyme, rosemary and cedar essential oils are quite strong and should not be used during pregnancy or for long periods of time. In addition, they are especially contraindicated in cases of cardiac or neurological diseases.
Properties of ingredients
Here are some of the most interesting properties of the ingredients we have used in our home remedies for dandruff, so that you know why it is so beneficial to use them:
Essential oils of cedar, rosemary and thyme
These three essential oils have particularly valuable properties for hair treatment. These oils share the quality of being great circulation and lymphatic system toners. They should not be used for too long, but in certain treatments, these oils not only help to eliminate dandruff but also stimulate hair growth, prevent hair loss and provide excellent natural hair care.
Neem and Tea Tree Oil
Both neem oil and tea tree essential oil are particularly effective substances in combating fungi, bacteria and harmful germs. This is a very useful property when dealing with dandruff, because it has a powerful effect on a fungus called Malassezia Furfur. In addition, dandruff occurs when this fungus is accompanied by skin diseases such as dermatitis or seborrhea. Both oils are especially indicated for the treatment of skin diseases.
Thyme and tea tree hydrolate
Hydrolates or floral waters are substances that have the same properties as the essential oils from which they come, but at a lower concentration and have a watery rather than oily consistency. Thyme water and tea tree water therefore have the properties of thyme and tea tree, they stimulate hair growth and are powerful disinfectants and antiseptics, which is essential in the dandruff treatment.