Dandruff is dermatitis of the hair and scalp. It is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes to appear on the scalp and in the hair.
Herbs for Dandruff
Below are some herbs traditionally used to treat dandruff:
You may use these herbs in a variety of ways, including to make herbal teas for internal and external uses.
Burdock / Nettle Tea
1 part Burdock root
1 part Nettle leaves
Boil burdock root on low flame for 15 minutes. Turn off the stove, add nettle leaves and cover. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup 3 times daily.
1. Use nopal to wash the hair
Use nopal as shampoo – it is used by many people in the Caribbean, in islands like Jamaica and Barbados to wash the hair instead of the usual store bought shampoos.
2. Rinse hair with an herbal infusion combining burdock, eucalyptus, rosemary, and sage etc. Use the herbs listed above to make a rinse for the hair. In addition to massaging the herbal preparation into the scalp, you may also apply a shower cap to steam the hair (using the preparation as a deep conditioner).
Both infused and essential oils can help to soothe the scalp and bring relief. Examples of oils are :
Tea Tree oil
Infuse these oils (except Castor oil) with any or a combination of the herbs listed above and use this to massage the scalp.
Chickweed Infused Oil
Fresh Chickweed and Olive oil
1. Get some fresh Chickweed. Let it wilt a little (to reduce the water content).
2. Grind up the fresh Chickweed. Place it in a jar that has a lid.
3. Pour Olive oil over to cover the herb.
4. Place in a warm spot and shake twice daily. Do this for at least 2 weeks, preferably longer, for a stronger infusion.
5. Strain the oil in a clean container and discard the herb.
Use: This infusion may be used to directly massage into the scalp or as a base for shampoos, and hair oils.
It is also necessary that we look at our diet. Foods to give up include dairy, animal products, refined, salty and fried foods.
Have more fruits, green juices, salads, and herbs.
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