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10 Remedies for Your Itchy Scalp

Can’t stop scratching your head? No matter the cause — be it allergy, illness or reaction to a medication — Your GuruJi has 10 natural remedies to help you keep your hands in your lap. They are:



1. An oil massage — Coconut, sesame, almond or olive oils work best. Rub the oil into your scalp and massage.

2. Tea tree oilTea tree oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, so if your scalp irritation is from a fungus or infection, a tea tree treatment may help.

3. Apple cider vinegar — This all-purpose vinegar works as an astringent that can manage the pH balance of your scalp while cleaning away dead cells that can cause you to itch.

4. Aloe vera — The best thing about this remedy is that you can grow it in your house and simply pick it and “bleed” the oils whenever you need it. Aloe vera has antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, making it a great all-round remedy for your skin.

5. Neem leaves — A paste made from the leaves can help relieve itchiness, but neem oil, made from the seeds of the plant, can act as a moisturizer as well as treat acne, psoriasis, scabies and eczema.

6. Lemon juice — A natural antiseptic, lemon juice can help you address infections that may be causing scalp problems.

7. Baking soda — Used as an exfoliator, baking soda can relieve dandruff.

8. Bananas — Mash up two or three bananas until there are no lumps and massage them into your scalp. Let it set 30 to 45 minutes, then wash and rinse.

9. Onion juice — Historically used as an infection-fighter, if you can stand the scent, onion juice or even the paste can help.

10. Jojoba oil — While you may not be familiar with this oil, it takes only a few drops massaged into your scalp to help moisturize your head.

Before you begin treating your itchy head with any of these remedies, though, you need to figure out what’s causing it. Is it just dry skin? Or do you have an underlying disorder that may need serious attention? Although there are several natural treatments that can alleviate or even cure the cause of your scalp irritation.

For example, dry skin can be itchy all over, including your scalp, and the cause of this itching is frequently a sign of a deficiency in animal-based omega-3 fat. A second cause of an itchy scalp, as well as the dandruff that sometimes goes with it, could be a fungal infection from Malassezia fungus, which would need a compound that directly treats fungal infections.

Although symptoms are slightly different, seborrheic dermatitis can produce white skin flakes common to dry skin and dandruff. The cause of the condition is poorly understood, but has been associated with areas of the skin producing large amounts of sebum.

Sometimes called seborrheic eczema or seborrheic psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis may be the single most common inflammatory skin condition affecting humans, aside from acne, and this condition may be resolved with an even different set of natural remedies.

A couple of personal habits are known to increase your risk of a dry scalp and of irritating your skin, as well. Many scalp problems may be resolved by reducing the number of times you shampoo, or by changing the shampoo you use.

Simply conditioning your hair with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, mayonnaise, egg whites and avocado could help, too.

The bottom line is you may need the help of a physician to determine the cause so you can figure out the best treatment.

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