5 Natural Products That Can Help Treat Itchy Scalp
By: Kratika Wed, 07 Apr 2021 2:36 PM
The best way to manage an itchy scalp is to take preventive steps against it, such as regular baths and proper moisturizing. Additionally, you may need the help of some prescription medications or wet wrap therapy.
When you think about dandruff treatments, odds are your mind goes to a very clinical shampoo. But home remedies actually have a place in dandruff treatment, and might just be the extra step that's missing in your fight against flakes.
The tricky thing about treating dandruff is that it can crop up in numerous scenarios. Some people have flakes accompanying a dry scalp, which is straightforward enough. But some people have an overgrowth of yeast that causes flakes and feeds off of skin's natural oils, also leading to a dry scalp. Dandruff can also accompany skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
# Essential oils
Various essential oils, including lavender, rosemary, thyme, and cedarwood oils, mixed with carrier oils, such as jojoba or grapeseed oil, can be massaged onto the scalp to relieve itchiness caused by lice, dryness, and other conditions.
How to use: A head massage with diluted essential oils is one of the simplest ways to ease scalp irritation or itchiness.
# Aloe vera
Application of aloe vera gel to the scalp twice a week can help improve hair growth and alleviate skin conditions. Moreover, aloe vera gel helps improve moisture and skin integrity and prevents the formation of ulcers.
Aloe vera also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent that helps prevent dandruff formation as well as alopecia disease.
# Witch hazel
Shampoos and lotions containing witch hazel are commonly used to prevent inflammation and redness in the scalp.
A study found that tonics and shampoos containing North American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) were effective in treating scalp conditions such as scalp burnout and red scalp and in managing the side effects of topical minoxidil (used for male-pattern baldness).
How to use: There are several witch hazel based shampoos and hair products that you can include in your daily haircare routine.
# Apple cider vinegar
ACV is one of the most widely used anecdotal remedies for a variety of health complaints, including the itchy scalp.
This mildly acidic liquid may help lower the pH of your scalp, loosen dandruff for easier shedding, reduce scalp inflammation, and fight off bacterial or fungal infections to make your head clean and comfortable.
This remedy has delivered good results for several users and gained considerable popularity on the internet, but lacks scientific support to conclusively establish its mechanism, efficacy, and safety.
How to use:
- Add a few tablespoons of ACV in warm water and pour this diluted mixture onto your hair and scalp after shampooing.
- Massage the liquid into your head, and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.
- Discontinue use if you feel even the slightest bit of irritation or discomfort.
# Mineral oil or olive oil
Head massage with mineral or olive oil is yet another remedy for itchy scalp that has delivered good results for many users.
The gentle massaging motion improves blood circulation in the area, facilitates better absorption of the oils, and softens or dislodges the skin flakes caused by dandruff or eczema. Both mineral and olive oil help deeply hydrate and nourish the scalp to reduce itchiness and irritation.
How to use:
- Use your fingers to massage the oil of your choice into the scalp.
- Let the oil sit for about an hour, and then wash it out of your hair.