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Monday, April 9, 2018

6 Essential Oils For Dandruff

6 Essential Oils For Dandruff
Dandruff is skin conditions that affect the scalp of the head, it is characterized by flaking, and itchiness, more severe cases is called seborrheic dermatitis, which includes inflammation of the skin.

There are several creams that you can use to treat dandruff, but these creams do not work or cause severe damages to the skin if you continue using them. I am always a firm believer of using essential oil to treat different skin condition including acne, eczema, pimples, and dandruff.

Essential oils are oil extracted from the seed of the plant, fruits, and leaves, this oil is filled with antimicrobial properties that your body needs. The presence of nutrients, and antioxidant in these oils also help to nourishes and improve your skin and hair.

Sign and Symptoms of Dandruff
The signs and symptoms of dandruff in the scalps are:

  1. Itchiness of scalp
  2. Flakiness
  3. Red patches appearing on the scalp

Causes of Dandruff

Before I list different essential oil that you can use to treat dandruff, we should look at what causes dandruff in people.


  • The leading cause of dandruff is dry skin, as the skin layers continue to replace itself, existing cells are pushed outward where they die and led to flakes. Another cause of dandruff is the increase in the breakdown of an existing cell, a normal skin cell is breakdown within 30 days but in some people, they are breakdown within 2 -7 days. 
  • Presence of excess sebum in the scalp.
  • Reaction to creams, lotions, and shampoo can also cause dandruff.

6 Essential Oil for Dandruff

Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary oil hair mask is a simple homemade recipe that you can prepare at home and use on your hair. This hair mask can easily penetrate the scalp thereby unblocking the skin pores, nourishes the scalp with needed nutrients, and increase the blood circulation to the scalp. The presence of antimicrobial properties in rosemary essential oil help to kills fungi, bacteria, and lice.
Ingredients

  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 6 -10 drops of Rosemary Oil

Directions

  • Gently beat the egg white in a bowl until it turns frosty.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of raw honey and 6 drops of rosemary oil to the bowl and stir it together.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap.
  • Allow the hair mask to stay on for about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water and use your towel to dry your hair.

Olive Oil
Olive Oil is rich in made up of 73% of Monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFAs), and antioxidant which helps to promote hair growth while the presence of potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, and zinc help boost hair growth. Honey act as a natural hair cleanser which helps to remove excess oil that blocks scalp kills microbes, and remove dead skin cells.
Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions

  • In a small bowl, use a spoon to crack the shell of the egg and remove the egg white. Gently beat the egg white in a bowl until it turns frosty.
  • Add honey and olive oil to the bowl and stir it together.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Cover your hair with shower cap and sit under a hairdryer.
  • Set the hair dryer to low heat.
  • Wash it off with water and regular shampoo.

Tea Tree Oil
Tree tea oil can be used to relieve itchiness in scalp because of the presence of anti-inflammatory properties. Itchiness is one of the main symptoms of dandruff.
Directions

  • Add few drops of tree tea oil to shampoo and apply it directly to your hair.
  • Use your hand to wash your hair and wash it off with water after few minutes.

Chamomile Essential Oil
This essential oil is one of the few essential oils that you can use on your skin and hair as well. This presence of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties in chamomile essential oil helps to relieve the itchiness, reduce the amount of sebum in the scalp, and kills the fungi and bacteria in the scalp
Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of chamomile essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 4 drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
  • 5 tablespoon of liquid castile soap
  • Shampoo bottle

Directions

  • Add 1 tablespoon of chamomile essential oil to the shampoo bottle.
  • Add 5 tablespoon of liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, 4 drops of freshly squeeze lemon juice and 10 drops of lavender oil inside the shampoo bottle.
  • Shake the shampoo bottle, the resulting soap is your chamomile tea shampoo that you will use on your hair, store it in a cool and dry place. 
  • Wet your hair with water and apply the shampoo to your wet hair and scalp.
  • Ensure that the shampoo reaches all the necessary area by using your finger to massage and spread the shampoo to another part of your hair. It will help in removing the dirt, sebum, and impurities that blocked the scalp.
  • Wash it off after three to five minutes with lukewarm water thoroughly.

Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint essential oil has soothing and calming effects that help to reduce the itchiness and flakiness in the scalp.
Ingredients


Directions

  • Add 6 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to shampoo and apply it directly to your hair.
  • Use your hand to wash your hair and wash it off with water after few minutes.


Thyme Essential Oil
Thyme essential oil is filled with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to remove dirt, flakiness, patches, and impurities from the scalp.

  • Wet your hair with water.
  • Add a few drops of thyme essential to your hair.
  • Use your finger to gently massage the oil so that it can reach the root of your hair and scalp (do not use your fingertip to massage your scalp)
  • Make sure that the oil reaches all the needed area.
  • Cover your hair with shower cap and leave it on for about 20 minutes if you are in a hurry. You can leave the hair mask on overnight.
  • Wash it off with water and shampoo.

Warning:
Essential oil can be sensitivity to your scalp, hair or skin, therefore, you should test the essential oil on a small area before using them on your hair or skin.


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