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Do you have an itchy, flaky scalp?
Dandruff isn’t just uncomfortable, it is unsightly. And while it’s rarely an indication of a severe problem, it tends to occur because of an imbalance of oils. Sometimes it is also linked to a minor fungal infection.
Some shampoos are loaded with artificial ingredients that may do more harm to your hair and scalp than good. Aromatherapy essential oils, on the other hand, offer a natural solution which can moisturize and soothe your scalp while conditioning your hair.
Read on to learn how to beat dandruff with all-natural aromatherapy essential oils.
While essential oils are generally safe, you will want to dilute them thoroughly with a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil before using them on your skin, and even then, you should still do a test patch first as some essential oils can be irritants or allergens. Peppermint and tea tree oil, for instance, can be useful for hair and scalp but may also cause a burning or stinging sensation, so use them caution.
You should not ingest essential oils or use them when you are pregnant or nursing. Consult a professional practitioner if you have any other serious health concerns.
Since everyone’s body chemistry is unique, each person will probably find a unique oil or blend of different oils that feels like it’s effective for scalp health.
Here are a few things that can either cause or exacerbate dandruff:
Once you understand the cause, you can choose an oil to either add to your regular hair care or create a separate DIY product with a carrier oil and then leave it in for 10-30 minutes.
To use essential oils for dandruff, simply mix a few drops of your preferred oil per tablespoon of the carrier oil or shampoo of your preference. You may also try mixing essential oils with apple cider vinegar, witch hazel or olive oil, which are all anti-inflammatory and natural conditioning agents.
There are plenty of essential oils that can be beneficial for your scalp — here are our top 3!
Cedarwood is a wonderful anti-inflammatory essential oil which can not only moisturize the scalp and hair but will do double-duty in helping you find calm.
Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for any type of skin. It’s anti-agingand anti-inflammatory, as well as very grounding. Use it for eczema, or with a few drops of geranium essential oil for a super calming and meditative blend.
Rosemary is very effective when it comes to cell regeneration and treating itchy scalp. It’s also very calming and balancing.
For more information about skin and hair health, check out 7 Aromatherapy Essential Oils to Soothe Dry & Flaky Skin and DIY Essential Oil Blends to Keep Your Beard Healthy
And if you’re looking to try out some new products, we have plenty of affordable, therapeutic grade essential oils in stock. Visit our website to learn more!