An itchy scalp is no fun - Itchy, irritated scalp and the obvious flakes that come along with it, you know dandruff by sight. Scalp itch is a common complaint with multiple causes. It can often be treated at home, but sometimes requires medical treatment.
If your symptoms don’t dissipate easily or within a few weeks, talk to your doctor about the underlying cause of itchy scalp and how best to treat it. Activities which reduce stress, such as meditation, may be effective at eliminating itchy scalps caused by anxiety.
There are home remedies which may be effective for an itchy scalp that doesn’t require medical treatment:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may help your scalp. The acidity of apple cider vinegar could alter the pH of your scalp, making it harder for dandruff-causing conditions to set in. What type of apple cider vinegar you get is important. If it’s processed, it won’t have the same health benefits as raw apple cider vinegar—the processed vinegar is missing the live bacteria.
Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It also has anti-inflammatory effects. Tea tree oil can be irritating to the skin, so it’s important to use it sparingly or dilute it prior to use. Try adding 10 drops of tea tree oil to a gentle shampoo or mix it with olive oil and massage it directly into your scalp. Tea tree oil can help reduce or eliminate itching associated with dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, and head lice.
Tea tree oil should never be ingested.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a saturated fat that has antimicrobial properties. Lauric acid helps the skin absorb coconut oil efficiently. This makes it a soothing treatment for itchy scalp. Massage Coconut oil directly on scalp leave for an hour then wash with mild shampoo. Use organic coconut oil.
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