How to get rid of dandruff and make your hair smell nice with these natural dandruff remedies
A dandruff cure can be as easy as improving your diet, reducing stress and using natural dandruff remedies.
What is dandruff
Our epidermis is in a permanent process of creating new cells and removing dead ones.
However, in dandruff's case, new scalp cells exfoliate in almost 7 days, faster than the normal rate of 25-30 days.
Although it doesn't require medical attention, dandruff can be extremely embarrassing.
What causes dandruff
To get rid of dandruff you have to discover what caused it in your case. The most common culprits are diet, stress, environment changes and Malassezia fungi.
You can start with these causes of dandruff.
Diet is one of the most common dandruff causes
A diet poor in zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids (EFA's), carotenes, vitamins like B, C and E has a direct impact on our hair and scalp health.
Zinc is necessary for optimum functioning of the immune system, while selenium has antioxidant properties and protects the epidermis against UV light and slows down skin aging.
Most of us get less selenium (43 micrograms per day) from our diet than the recommended daily intake of 60-75 mcg per day. Moreover, our body can't even utilize the whole quantity due to artificial fertilizers and acid rain. This is why it is important that we eat organic food.
Alcohol and smoking also diminish our reserves of selenium.
You can find zinc and selenium in cabbage, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, garlic, onion, tomato, alfalfa.
The effects of stress on the body are well documented: it can suppress the immune system, lead to a rise in blood pressure, increase risk of heart attack and stroke, and contribute to infertility.
If you are worried, nervous or overwhelmed you may develop dandruff and this becomes another stress reason.
Although it may seem like a vicious circle, you can break it with simple anti-stress techniques and natural dandruff remedies to relieve the itching and get rid of the flakes.
Here are just a couple of stress relieving methods you can use: exercise, talk about your worries with other people, get enough sleep, listen to live music, take relaxing baths, plan outdoor activities.
Fight stress with good deeds and adaptogen herbs like Herb Robert or Pau d'Arco's bark.
Malassezia is a fungus that feeds with sebum. We all have this fungi on the skin, but if it overgrowths, it can irritate the skin. This causes a higher turnover of scalp cells and imbalances in sebum production
Commercial shampoos use zinc and selenium compounds as anti fungi agents. You may find there is no need to use more chemicals on your skin, and rather incorporate zinc and selenium in your diet.
Have you changed the water you wash your hair recently?
The municipal water is usually hard and it has chlorine and other residual particles from old plumbing. If you have moved recently, then the change in water may cause dandruff.
One simple home remedy for dandruff, in this case, is to wash your hair with fresh spring water or, even better, rainwater. After a couple of washes, your hair will be clean and shiny again.
Unfortunately rainwater or spring water are quite hard to get if you live in an apartment block. You can install a water purification system or, as I did, use natural remedies for dandruff.
Extreme heat will dehydrate the scalp and hair
If the body is dehydrated, the skin will exfoliate and form dandruff.
Dandruff home remedies
I know first hand how hard is to get rid of dandruff. Not all remedies work the same for all people or all types of hair, so each one has to try different natural dandruff remedies.
1. One very healthy combination of natural remedies for dandruff and hair regrowth treatment:
- Burdock Tincture
- Nettle Tincture
- Birch Tincture
- Egg yolk
Mix 1 egg yolk with 3-4 ml from each tincture. Apply this mix on the hair. Keep it for half an hour, then rinse. Repeat the treatment every week. If you have long hair, use double or triple the amounts.
Although the yolk may seem a bit strange, it is packed with minerals (phosphorus, zinc, iron, calcium, potassium) and folic acid (vitamin B9). B vitamins have a positive effect on health because they facilitate transport of hemoglobin and oxygen to all parts of the body, including to the hair.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has an antiseborrheic action. At the same time, it stimulates hair regrowth and protects against hair loss.
Burdock owes its properties to inulin, palmitic, stearic and caffeic acids, family B vitamins and potassium salts.
Nettle is one of the most popular natural dandruff remedies. It has an invigorating effect on blood circulation and cleans the hair without excessive skin degreasing.
Birch also has anti-dandruff and hair cleaning properties. As a separate treatment, you can use birch extract before or after anti-dandruff treatments.
2. To get rid of dandruff rub the scalp with red onion soaked in vinegar. It doesn't smell very nice but it is worth the effort.
A medium red onion in 100 ml of vinegar will do if your hair is short enough. Cut the onion in half and let it soak overnight. Rub the scalp and massage the hair roots with this vinegar. Keep it for half an hour then rinse.
This treatment gave amazing results even when the dandruff was very flaky and unattractive.
Use the remedies below not only to get rid of dandruff, but also to calm and refresh the hair. The nice smell is also a plus.
3. Chamomile tea
is calming and moisturizes the scalp.
Make a cup of chamomile tea (1 teaspoon of chamomile in 1 cup of boiling water), strain then rinse your hair.
4. Rinse the hair after bath with a concentrated combined lavender infusion. It will remove the itching and your hair will smell nice too.
5. Try peppermint infusion for cooling and energizing the scalp. In addition to removing dandruff and itching it also improves circulation and promotes hair growth.
6. Common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a slightly antiseptic action which, in dandruff's case, has a great therapeutic importance.
Put a teaspoon of dried thyme in 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep until the infusion cools then strain. Apply the infusion on your freshly washed and moist hair, gently massaging the scalp.. Rinse the hair after 15 minutes.
7. Rosemary tea (Rosmarinus officinalis) is astringent and antioxidant.
It also has a strong deodorant action and helps with seborrhea. It stimulates hair growth, makes the hair shine and cleans the skin very well.
More natural remedies for hairApple cider vinegar
is not only one of the best natural dandruff remedies, but is also very effective for hair growth, or against acne and head lice.
It's really tough when, no matter how many things you try, you still get flaky and itchy scalp. Don't lose hope and give these 6 natural dandruff home remedies a chance.
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