Posted on September 23, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 45 comments
Sure you can add essential oils to your essential oil diffuser to relax or feel better, but there are many ways to incorporate them into your health and beauty routine as well. Those who suffer from dry flakes or dandruff can find relief by adding essential oils to their hair care products.
There is a difference between dandruff and dry scalp.
Dry scalp produces small white flakes that fall off easily while dandruff produces larger flakes that do not fall off as frequently. Dry scalp can be a temporary condition that can go away on its own while dandruff does not and is considered to be a chronic condition of the scalp. There are different causes of this scaling scalp condition, including:
Dandruff is not contagious though it can sometimes be caused by a fungus. This fungus does not spread from person to person. The fungus is part of the natural flora on everyone’s head, and it can produce dandruff if the natural protective barrier of the scalp becomes weakened at any time.
When it comes to keeping the flakes away, here are some tips to keep in mind for a healthier head.
There are many anti-dandruff shampoos on the market today. Those that are strong enough to control dandruff often have scents that are strong and unpleasant. Those that have more of a pleasant scent aren’t often strong enough to fight the dandruff.
Fortunately, several essential oils have been shown to have the ability to help control dandruff. By adding these to the shampoo you already use, you’ll be able to fight dandruff without the harsh smell.
A separate study was done to test the effectiveness of lemongrass essential oil on dandruff and found that it has the ability to significantly reduce flakes.
Another review found that peppermint essential oil provides a cooling effect on the scalp and helps in the removal of dandruff.
Be sure to never apply essential oils directly to the scalp. They must always be diluted in shampoo or used with a carrier oil before application.
If you prefer to make your own natural shampoo to keep dandruff away, here are a few recipes using essential oils as the star ingredient.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass measuring cup. Pour into a small container or recycled shampoo bottle.
Always shake well before use. When washing your hair, let the mixture set on your scalp for 5 minutes before rinsing.
Mix together the coconut milk, water, castile soap, and olive oil. Add the essential oils and blend. Pour into a bottle or jar and use as you would your regular shampoo.
Mix ingredients in a small bottle and shake well. Apply to wet hair and massage into scalp for one minute. Rinse.
Mix pureed cucumber, lime juice, and essential oils together. Massage the mask into the hair and scalp. Leave in for 15 minutes before rinsing.