NATURAL & HERBAL REMEDIES FOR DANDRUFF AND ITCHY SCALP

Dandruff and itchy scalp ofen go together. The causes of dandruff are not clear, but some contributing factors include sensitivity to shampoos or other hair products, seborrhoeic eczema and mild fungal infection. If you have any spots or sores on the scalp you must consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

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For the treatment of common dandruff and/or itchiness I suggest making your own shampoo from a shampoo base that is free from sodium lauryl sulphate, and a combination of tinctures. Rinsing or rubbing the scalp with specific herbal teas can also help.

Treatment options

All these options are suitable for children over 2 years old.

• After washing your hair, add calendula tea to the final rinse (you will need to infuse a substantial amount, about 1 litre). For precautions see post 114.

• Rub calendula or thyme tea directly on to the itchy scalp on a daily basis for a month or until the symptoms improve (use a small piece of cotton wool to apply the tea to the scalp). For precautions see post 114.

• Use your own home-mixed herbal shampoo for a few months – see boxes.

HOME-MIXED HERBAL SHAMPOO

Ingredients

• 120ml mild shampoo base (available from many herbal retailers)

• 20ml chamomile tincture (for precautions see post 114)

• 20ml rosemary tincture

• 20ml thyme tincture

• 20ml hops tincture To make

• Mix the ingredients together in a measuring jug.

• Decant into a glass or plastic bottle. The shampoo will be quite runny.

Adults and children: use as an ordinary shampoo but lather your hair only once, then rinse thoroughly; you can use this shampoo on a daily basis.

Note: your herbal shampoo can theoretically be made with strong infusions instead of tinctures, but unless you use the shampoo quickly it may go off.

HOME-MIXED HERBAL

SHAMPOO (NO.2)

Ingredients

• 120ml mild shampoo base (available from many herbal retailers)

• 20ml calendula tincture (for precautions see post 114)

• 20ml horsetail tincture

• 20ml horse chestnut tincture

• 20ml lemon balm tincture

• 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil (for precautions see post 118)

To make

• Mix the ingredients together in a measuring jug.

• Decant into a glass or plastic bottle. The shampoo will be quite runny.

Adults and children: use as an ordinary shampoo but lather your hair only once, then rinse thoroughly; you can use this shampoo on a daily basis.

Note: your herbal shampoo can theoretically be made with strong infusions instead of tinctures, but unless you use the shampoo quickly it may go off.

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