Effective Dandruff Treatment

Effective Dandruff Treatment

Dandruff is a very common hair problem which is often made worse by repeated applications of strong, commercial dandruff treatments. Most cases of dandruff are caused by the accumulation and buildup of residue shampoo and/or soap on your scalp. Simple thorough rinsing after shampooing usually prevents dandruff. For all but the worst cases (when a doctor should be consulted), the stinging nettle and vinegar recipes work very well at both cleansing and killing bacteria on the scalp.

Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, is one of the best ingredients in hair rinses for all types of hair. It helps to restore the natural acid balance of the skin of your scalp and stops scalp itching. Vinegar, and herbal vinegar rinses, also thoroughly cleanse your hair and skin, get rid of all traces of soap and does not leave an unpleasant smell of its own.

Other herbs that can be used to treat dandruff are burdock, goosegrass, southernwood, witch hazel, and horsetail. (For more ideas and proven homemade recipes, see “ Herbs for the Hair”, “Effective Herbal Hair Conditioners” and “Effective Hair Tonics and Rinses” in the “Homemade Herbal Recipe” category of this blog.)

Make a strong infusion of any of the “Herbs for the Hair” and mix with cider vinegar for effective results.

Quick Dandruff Treatment

Fresh nettles

cider vinegar

Either steep fresh nettles in vinegar for a week or two, strain then bottle; or simmer fresh nettles in vinegar for 30 minutes.

To use: Rub 2 T into the scalp twice a week to eliminate then prevent dandruff.

Or, make a tonic or tincture with nettles.

Use: 1 T of this tincture with 1 T of warm water. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over your hair, making sure to be careful to avoid your eyes. Massage it well into your scalp. Repeat this procedure twice a week. (for directions on making a tincture, see, “How to make a tincture”)

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