Sunday, September 29, 2013

Top 10 Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp

    Itchy scalp may be irritating for anyone, especially during hot summers. Other than the flooding market products and professional treatments, some regular and popular home remedies can do the trick in eliminating itchiness from your scalp. Before going for home remedies, check the cause. Notice your scalp texture carefully. Is your scalp dry or damaged? Are you suffering from normal dandruff or lice? Or is it any other normal reason like sweating that is giving you itchy scalp? If your answer is yes, you can move on to the home remedies safely without further treatments. If your itchy scalp persists for several weeks even after treating with natural remedies or you see any symptoms like swelling or bleeding, a consultation with your dermatologist becomes a must. Now let us move on to the simple home remedies for itchy scalp that work in eliminating scalp itchiness.

Top Ten Itchy Scalp Causes:

There can be hundreds of causes behind your itchy scalp; some of the most common ones being:
1. Dandruff and scalp acne's
2. Dryness of scalp (or weather)
3. Hair lice
4. Sebaceous cysts
5. Too much anxiety and stress
6. Negligence towards hair care
7. Improper way of cleaning and washing your hair and scalp
8. Allergies caused by hair dyes and other chemical-based hair products
9. Fungal and viral infections
10. Poor diet

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil, with its powerful natural antifungal, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, can be used to treat itchy scalp. You can use tea tree oil in various ways, for instance:

You can add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to one-half cup of baby shampoo and use it daily until the condition of your scalp improves.
Another option is to dilute two or three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp. With regular use, this remedy will heal a dry, itchy scalp within a week or two.

Lemon Juice:

Lemon juice will help treat an itchy and dry scalp because of its antiseptic properties. It is particularly useful when dealing with dandruff.
  • You can simply apply fresh lemon juice thoroughly on the scalp. Leave it on for five minutes and then shampoo your hair. If you do not have dandruff, dilute the lemon juice in water.
  • Alternately, you can mix lemon juice with yogurt and apply it on your scalp for a few minutes before washing your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat at least daily until itchiness and dryness disappears.
Baking Soda:

Another readily available ingredient that can relieve an itchy scalp is baking soda. It helps relieve itching by exfoliating the scalp and controlling dandruff caused by overactive fungi.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it directly onto your scalp. For best results, rub some olive oil on your scalp before applying the baking soda paste.
  • Allow it to soak into your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well with water.
Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has powerful anti-inflammation properties that help kill the yeast and virus that can cause itchy scalp. Also, apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of the scalp, which may help relieve itching and dryness.
  • Rinse your hair and scalp with water and allow it to dry.
  • Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Apply this mixture directly onto your scalp with the help of cotton balls. Spray it on your scalp.
  • After few minutes, shampoo with normal water.
  • Follow this remedy once or twice a week.
Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera gel contains moisturizing properties, which may relieve excessive dryness and itching. If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can purchase the gel.
  • Spread some fresh aloe vera gel onto your scalp using your fingers.
  • Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil creates a barrier that helps keep skin moisturized and hence it is an effective way to treat an itchy scalp.
  • Rub a little coconut oil onto the scalp after washing your hair your scalp when it is clean. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash it out with a perfume-free shampoo. Follow this simple remedy three times a week.
  • Another option is to gently heat coconut oil so that it melts, add it to your shampoo before washing your hair.

If you like to eat bananas, you will be happy to know that it can also be used to treat an itchy scalp. Bananas will treat your itchy scalp while also conditioning your hair. The nourishing and moisturizing properties in bananas will also reduce flakes, dandruff and inflammation.
  • Simply mash two bananas and mix them together with one ripe avocado.
  • Apply this mixture to your scalp (and your hair if you want).
  • Allow it to sit for half an hour and then rinse thoroughly.
Sesame Seed Oil:

Sesame oil is highly nourishing, healing and lubricating, making it an effective treatment for a dry scalp and give you relief from itchiness.
  • Heat some sesame oil to warm it slightly.
  • Massage your scalp with the warm oil before going to bed each night. For best results, massage the scalp with your fingertips for at least 10 minutes, wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it on for about 10 minutes before going to bed. When this oil remains on the scalp all night, it provides optimum moisturizing.
  • Shampoo and rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly in the morning. Continue this treatment as long as necessary.
Witch Hazel:

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent that can help relieve itchy scalp. This herb is beneficial when you have an itchy scalp due to hair coloring and daily blow drying.
  • Mix one part witch hazel with two parts water.
  • Pour the mixture onto your scalp and massage thoroughly. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Wash and rinse your hair and scalp thoroughly.
Jojoba Oil:

Jojoba oil is a great natural moisturizing treatment to relieve a dry and itchy scalp. The molecular structure of jojoba oil is closest to that of our own natural oil or sebum, which makes it a very effective rejuvenating and hydrating treatment.
  • Massage a small amount of jojoba oil onto your scalp for a few minutes before going to bed. Leave it on overnight.
  • In the morning, wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

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