natural and alternative treatments and home remedies for dandruff

Dandruff is defined as small pieces of dead skin in a person’s hair.

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There is disagreement on whether people with oily scalps or dry scalps are more prone to dandruff. People with skin conditions like psoriasis are likely to have dandruff. Other conditions that can worsen the condition, or cause it, are eczema, Parkinson’s, a weak immune system, heart attacks, strokes, seborrheic dermatitis, a poor diet, high stress, and HIV.


  • Flakes of skin in the hair or eyebrows


Dandruff shampoos may or may not work and and may or may not cause itching, stinging, redness and burning. Of course, natural treatments also may or may not work, anyone can have an allergic reaction to anything and side effects may be less likely with natural treatments. If you use dandruff shampoos, try to use it regularly only until the condition is under control and then cut back to a couple times a week.



A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against physical disorders To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.


  • Adequate protein
  • Bone broth promotes healthy skin
  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
  • Foods that are rich in zinc
  • Whole, healthy, fresh foods


All the usual foods and substances that contribute to ill health:

  • Alcohol
  • Excess sugar
  • Processed foods of any kind
  • Smoking
  • Trans fats


Make a tea from any of the spices listed below and use as a hair rinse.


  • Burdock root
  • Fenugreek seeds. Apply a paste of fenugreek seeds that have been soaked in water overnight and ground to a fine paste.  Leave it on for an hour before shampooing.
  • Neem. Soak a couple handsful of neem leaves in 5 cups of hot water overnight.  Strain and use as a hair rinse.
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme


Essential oils can be administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut, massaged into your scalp, left on for a while and then rinsed off. Try putting a few drops into your shampoo or rinse water.

  • Chamomile
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree (which can cause allergic reactions in some people); add a few drops to your shampoo
  • Thyme


The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • B vitamins
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Omega 3’s
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc


Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, including your scalp and skin, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.


That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.


Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.


  • After your shampoo, apply a small amount of water, 1/8 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar and 20 drops of tea tree oil to your hair and massage into your scalp.  Rinse again. Do this a few times a week.
  • Before shampooing, give your scalp a salt massage, which will help to loosen the dry skin.
  • Before shampooing, massage your scalp with aloe vera gel.
  • Before washing your hair, massage a few tablespoons of coconut oil into your scalp and let it sit for an hour.
  • Crush a couple of aspirins and add it to the bit of shampoo you use to wash your hair.  Leave it on for a couple of minutes and rinse well.  Use some plain shampoo to wash again before final rinsing.
  • Diatomaceous earth for detoxification
  • For serious cases, use a tar-based shampoo: lather and leave on for several minutes before rinsing.  Alternate with regular shampoos.  If your hair is a very light shade, beware of staining Balance the pH of your scalp with a lemon juice massage, then rinse.
  • Get out into the sunshine.
  • It may help to shampoo more often to avoid a buildup of oil and dead skin cells.  Massage your head with the shampoo.
  • Massage scalp with olive oil and leave on overnight (use a shower cap to protect your bedding).
  • Rub some baking soda into your wet hair and rinse (without using shampoo).  In the short term your hair may be a little dry but if fungus was the culprit, your scalp should start producing natural oils in a few weeks and your hair will be softer.
  • Spray a mixture of equal parts of ACV and water on your hair, wrap your head in a towel and let it sit for half an hour before washing.
  • Try a different shampoo and/or conditioner; some people react to certain ingredients in hair care products.
  • Use a shower cap after lathering with shampoo and leave it on for an hour before rinsing.



  • A clean scalp and hair (but don’t overwash)
  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Regular exercise