Herbs can be added to shampoo in order to soothe and combat dandruff. Use them directly in a gentle store-bought shampoo, or make your own. You can also add them to a hair rinse or infuse them in a skin friendly oil and make a hot oil treatment.
This is a great way to avoid chemicals and possibly improve the condition of the hair and scalp. When choosing herbs for these recipes, start with a single herb and check to see if your scalp is irritated when using it. Sometimes dandruff can also mean sensitive scalp, so start off slowly.
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Burdock makes the list to help soothe and improve the scalp. It is such a nutritive herb that is no surprise to see it here.
Buy burdock root at you local Asian market. It is sold as gobo root and is quite inexpensive. Use some for your hair, and eat the rest!
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Always known for it's sweet and gentle nature, chamomile is a natural fit for a recipe to combat dandruff. Good for any color hair, lighter shades will benefit from the golden hue it adds to the hair over time.
Chamomile can be used at any age, so try it as a natural remedy for cradle cap in babies (I like to rinse their hair with it and leave the chamomile tea right in the hair).
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Rosemary is a definite scalp stimulator. Its resinous nature brings a tingly feeling that seems to last for some time with use.
Traditionally, rosemary has been known to help stimulate the memory as well, so think of it as food for the head - both inside and out.
The scent of rosemary is enjoyed by adults, especially men. Use it as a hair rinse and you may find your husband or boyfriend is stealing this deliciously scented herbal treat.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Another resinous herb, thyme is not only fragrant and pleasing to the nose, it also makes a great herb to create a dandruff hair rinse.
If you want to experiment with scents, try lemon thyme and rosemary, lemon peel and thyme, rosemary and thyme and orange peel..all make wonderful hair rinses that can be dried directly on the scalp and help a scalp recover from dandruff.