Dandruff is not often thought of among the many different negative health conditions that may result over time, but it’s quite common. About 50 percent of the population gets dandruff at some point in time and men tend to get it more often often than women.
Popular dandruff treatments like Selsun Blue shampoo are packed full of chemicals and are so toxic you need to contact a poison control center if they are accidentally ingested.
Dandruff, like most negative health conditions, typically results due to health problems that manifest themselves from the inside-out.
There are numerous ways to treat dandruff from a holistic perspective, starting with these five home remedies:
1. Coconut Oil-
Coconut oil is packed full of lauric acid. Lauric acid, also known as a medium-chain fatty acid, is used as medicine because of its skin nourishing and hydrating properties.
It’s also anti-viral.
Coconut oil has been shown to reduce symptoms of atopic dermatitis (a condition resulting in a dry scalp), and a 16-week study also showed it is capable of improving the scalp’s microbiome allowing for a healthier environment that may reduce dandruff.
2. Homemade Shampoo-
There are plenty of recipes out there for homemade dandruff shampoos, and one of the best I’ve found is on the blog OurOilyHouse.com.
The recipe is as follows:
-1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
-2 Tablespoons Castor Oil
-1 Teaspoon Argan Oil
-1 Teaspoon Wheat Germ Oil (or additional teaspoon of Argan Oil)
-5 Drops Tea Tree Oil
-5 Drops Lavender Oil
-Add all ingredients to a four-ounce glass bottle (do not use plastic as it can degrade the vinegar inside)
-Shake well once
-Shake well each time you use it
-Apply to your hair and work the shampoo into your scalp each morning or night during your shower
-Let it sit for several minutes before rinsing it out. Finish by applying a healthy organic conditioner like this one (use code althealthworks for a discount)
*See the full dandruff shampoo recipe and instructions on the blog here.
3. Reduce Stress as Much as Possible
Stress contributes to many negative health conditions and dandruff is one of them.
One study showed that being too stressed impairs the body’s ability to fight off fungal infections and skin conditions that may contribute to dandruff.
Yoga, meditation, prayer, reading, and drinking calming, soothing teas and/or cacao drinks may help to reduce stress.
If you feel pent-up energy over time, exercise is your best bet to reduce stress quickly and in the long term.
My favorite at-home exercise is rebounding, or jumping on a mini trampoline.
This exercise pumps the lymphatic system to help reduce visible signs of water weight and reduce body fat.
Deep breathing exercises can also help reduce stress at home which in turn reduces dandruff and primes your body to enter a healing state for healing scalp and skin conditions of all kinds.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has been called the ‘Plant of Immortality’ for its many uses and healing properties.
When taken internally, aloe vera helps to seal the gut lining, improving digestion and allowing your body to absorb more nutrients.
When used topically on the skin and scalp, aloe vera can do wonders.
It may reduce fungal infections across several different species of fungi.
It also reduces inflammation which is helpful for healing dandruff from the inside-out.
Find organic aloe vera here
5. Omega 3s-
If you have itchy and flaky skin on your body or scalp, especially during the winter months, a lack of Omega 3s could be the culprit.
Omega 3s help manage oil creation and prevent premature aging.
When Omega 3s are missing, scaly, itchy skin and rashes may occur.
One of the best sources of Omega 3s is wild caught fish oil. Another great source is Fish Roe, which is rich in Omega 3s and utilizes more parts of the fish than other fish oil supplements.
It Does Wonders for Healthy Skin and Reducing Symptoms of Dandruff and Itchy Skin.
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