Natural ways to get rid of dandruff

Natural ways to get rid of dandruff

  • Dandruff can be an embarrassing condition to have.
  • Here are some steps that can help you with this condition:
  • Tea tree oil:
  • What gives tea tree oil its dandruff fighting ability is its antifungal properties. It gets rid of the yeast Pityrosporum ovale, which is known to cause dandruff. The oil appears to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment of dandruff.
  • Kaffir lime: 
  • Kaffir lime is used often in Southeast Asian cuisine to get rid of strong odors in food. In the same way, kaffir lime is also used in shampoos to get rid of odors on the scalp. The essential oil from the kaffir lime strengthens hair follicles and also stops the growth of Candida alcicans, a microorganism that is known to cause dandruff.
  • Apple cider vinegar: 
  • One of the main causes of dandruff is yeast growth on the scalp. Apple cider vinegar is very effective against fighting yeast. Because of its acidity, it changes the pH levels on the scalp, making it difficult for yeast to grow.
  • Tip: As seen on Dr. Oz,  mix Mix a quarter-cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter-cup water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spritz it on to your hair and scalp. Wrap your head in a towel. Leave on from 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair. Try this treatment twice a week as a natural alternative to anti-dandruff shampoos.
  • Sesame oil: 
  • Sesame oil and ginger juice is a dandruff fighting mixture, passed down from ancient Egypt.
  • Tip: Combine 3 tbsp. of sesame oil, 2 tbsp. of ginger juice, and 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice. Medical anthropologist John Heinerman, PhD suggests, “treat your dandruff by rubbing this herbal combination into the scalp three times a week.”
  • Essentiellea, Huileno. “Get Rid of Dandruff by Essential Oil.” Indonesia Essential Oil. N.p., 09 Aug. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.
  • Kitchen Cures Your Doctor Can’t Live Without.” The Dr. Oz Show. N.p., 09 Apr. 2012. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.
  • Satchell, AC, A. Saurajen, C. Bell, and RS Barnetson. “Treatment of Dandruff with 5% Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Dec. 2002. Web. 12 Feb. 2013.





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  1. These are great resources, especially if you are sensitive to chemicals found in most dandruff shampoos. Do you have any tips on how to dilute tee tree oil and kaffir lime. Usually these natural oils are too strong to be applied directly and it would be great if you could give some examples like the ones you gave for ACV and sesame oil.

  2. Have you personally tried the vinegar method. I figured that might work because lemon juice does. I found vinegar also alleviates heart burn at least for me. I used to get it all the time, since I started doing vinegar I haven’t had it more than a couple times.

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