Itchy Scalp Relief With Home Remedies

Written by on February 2, 2023

The best way to manage an itchy scalp is to take preventive steps against it, such as regular baths and proper moisturizing. Additionally, you may need the help of some prescription medications or wet wrap therapy.

Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp

Here are a few simple home remedies to get relief from an itchy scalp.

1. Essential oils

Various essential oils, including lavender, rosemary, thyme, and cedarwood oils, mixed with carrier oils, such as jojoba or grapeseed oil, can be massaged onto the scalp to relieve itchiness caused by lice, dryness, and other conditions.

applying essential oils may help in relieving itchy scalp

In one study, 1% tea tree oil killed all head lice in 30 minutes and, thus, was more effective than nerolidol.  Additionally, eucalyptus oil can also be used for the treatment of head lice owing to its safety, efficacy, and ease of use.

How to use:

A head massage with diluted essential oils is one of the simplest ways to ease scalp irritation or itchiness.

Summary:Essential oils possess antimicrobial and hydrating properties that can help cleanse and moisturize the scalp, meanwhile, the massaging action can stimulate blood flow in the area to further nourish the scalp.

2. Aloe vera

The application of aloe vera gel to the scalp twice a week can help improve hair growth and alleviate skin conditions. Moreover, aloe vera gel helps improve moisture and skin integrity and prevents the formation of ulcers.

Aloe vera also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent that helps prevent dandruff formation as well as alopecia disease.

Summary:Aloe vera is a skin healing plant that can help hydrate and strengthen the scalp skin while banishing the growth of bacteria, fungus, and other germs due to its inherent antiseptic potential.

3. Witch hazel

Shampoos and lotions containing witch hazel are commonly used to prevent inflammation and redness in the scalp.

A study found that tonics and shampoos containing North American witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) were effective in treating scalp conditions such as scalp burnout and red scalp and in managing the side effects of topical minoxidil (used for male-pattern baldness).

How to use:

There are several witch hazel based shampoos and hair products that you can include in your daily hair care routine.

Summary:Witch hazel is known to exhibit astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which can help alleviate various types of itchy scalp conditions and reduce scalp sensitivity.

4. Apple cider vinegar

ACV is one of the most widely used anecdotal remedies for a variety of health complaints, including the itchy scalp.

This mildly acidic liquid may help lower the pH of your scalp, loosen dandruff for easier shedding, reduce scalp inflammation, and fight off bacterial or fungal infections to make your head clean and comfortable.

This remedy has delivered good results for several users and gained considerable popularity on the internet, but lacks scientific support to conclusively establish its mechanism, efficacy, and safety.

How to use:

  1. Add a few tablespoons of ACV in warm water and pour this diluted mixture onto your hair and scalp after shampooing.
  2. Massage the liquid into your head, and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.
  3. Discontinue use if you feel even the slightest bit of irritation or discomfort.

Note: You can use regular variety ACV which is readily available in any general store, or prefer raw organic ACV which is sold at specialty health stores or more high-end grocery shops. However, one must never apply concentrated ACV as it can irritate or burn the skin.

5. Mineral oil or olive oil

Head massage with mineral or olive oil is yet another remedy for itchy scalp that has delivered good results for many users.

The gentle massaging motion improves blood circulation in the area, facilitates better absorption of the oils, and softens or dislodges the skin flakes caused by dandruff or eczema. Both mineral and olive oil help deeply hydrate and nourish the scalp to reduce itchiness and irritation.

How to use:

  1. Use your fingers to massage the oil of your choice into the scalp.
  2. Let the oil sit for about an hour, and then wash it out of your hair.

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