Herbs can be added to shampoo, in order to soothe and combat dandruff. Use them directly in the gentle, store shampoo or make your own.
You can also add them to a hair rinse or infuse them in a skin friendly oil and make a hot oil treatment.
This is a great way to avoid chemicals and possibly improve the condition of the hair and scalp. When choosing herbs for these recipes, start with a single herb and check to see if your scalp is irritated when using it. Sometimes, dandruff can also mean sensitive scalp, so start off slow.
Once you have your favorite herbs, try combining them into recipes that have layers of scent. I like using a resinous herb, a citrus peel, and then a flowery note, like chamomile. Earthy tones from roots add depth as well as healing and soothing properties. Keep a bottle of your favorite blend in the fridge and use it throughout the week. I like to keep mine for less than 7 days, but have never had issues with a longer storage as long as it was in the refrigerator. If you are not comfortable keeping your herbal rinse for that length of time, hair rinses are easy enough to make fresh, so you may never need to store them. I think of them as an herbal tea for the scalp and hair. Enjoy!
1. Burdock Root
Burdock makes the list to help soothe and improve the scalp. It is such a nutritive herb that is no surprise to see it here.
Buy burdock root at you local Asian market. It is sold as Gobo Root, and is quite inexpensive. Use some for your hair, and eat the rest!
Always known for it's sweet and gentle nature, chamomile is a natural fit for a recipe to combat dandruff. Good for any color hair, lighter shades will benefit from the golden hue it adds to the hair over time.
Chamomile can be used at any age, so try it as a natural remedy for cradle cap in babies (I like to rinse their hair with it and leave the chamomile tea right in the hair).
Parsley will add a refreshing aspect to your hair rinses. It is clean smelling, bracing on the scalp, and seems to help lift the dandruff so it can be rinsed always cleanly. I include parsley whenever I can find a fresh supply.
I don't find dried parsley adds as much kick, however, if you are creating a rinse during times when you only have dried available, be sure to add it.
Rosemary is a definite scalp stimulator. It's resinous nature brings a tingly feeling that seems to last for some time with use.
Traditionally, rosemary has been known to help stimulate the memory as well, so think of it as food for the head - both inside and out.
The scent of rosemary is enjoyed by adults, especially men. use it as a hair rinse and you may find your husband or boyfriend is stealing this deliciously scented herbal treat.
Another resinous herb, thyme is not only fragrant and pleasing to the nose, it also makes a great herb to create a dandruff hair rinse.
If you want to experiment with scents, try lemon thyme and rosemary, lemon peel and thyme, rosemary and thyme and orange peel..all make wonderful hair rinses that can be dried directly on the scalp and help a scalp recover from dandruff.