Dry Itchy Scalp Causes, Remedies and Natural Treatments

Published: 11th December 2006
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Natural Home Remedies for Itchy Dry Scalp Conditions

It's hard when you've got a condition like dry scalp, oily scalp, itchy scalp, eczema, or even a fungal infection of your scalp...or scalp lesions or scalp sores.

Your first instinct is to pick up a product from the store shelf. Products promising relief from dry itchy scalp conditions sound very attractive until you start reading the fine print.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)? What's that? And what are those warning labels on the back all about? Why do you have to call a Poison Control Center if you accidentally swallow shampoo? What does it do to your scalp if it's that toxic?

Stop! What you must know is that many chemicals found in most big brand shampoos, especially SLS, strip the natural oils from the skin and even corrode it, along with your hair follicles and eye membranes.

Actually, most commercial shampoos are designed to meet people's expectations...and therein lies the problem. People expect a shampoo to:

Foam up nicely
Smell good
Take all the so-called "nasty" oiliness out of their hair
Make their hair feel squeaky-clean

Think about it...if your shampoo didn't foam up, smell good, or make your hair feel squeaky-clean, would you trust it? Well, here's the thing: commercial shampoos use the equivalent of engine degreasers to strip off not only dirt and grime but also valuable natural oils that your scalp needs

Yes, I said it-your scalp needs natural oils. Without them, you've got dry, itchy scalp. The first lot of goods news is....there are natural foaming agent alternatives that work just as well without stripping your hair and scalp, commercial shampoo manufacturers like to use the cheap ingredients because it makes good money sense - it means they can afford huge advertising and marketing campaigns to keep you and I buying their products. (It costs a lot to sell products on TV and in magazines after all). Problem is we don't get the benefit of all the wonderfully nourishing and moisturizing natural goodies available to us in the natural (and often lower cost) shampoos and conditioners that we never hear about on TV.

The second thing that's good news and great to know is that there are alternatives in natural remedies with moisturising oils and natural powerful alternatives to fix any scalp problem by restoring balance safely counteracting damage by healing and reversing it and encouraging hair growth and scalp cell regeneration. .

So what natural remedies can help? Let's take a look...

Natural Herbal Ingredients For Dry Scalp Home Remedies:

Zinc Pyrithione:

This is the most widely used active ingredient from a natural source and it is truly wonderful stuff for scalp conditions. First synthesized in the 1930's, it's used to treat dandruff, seborrheic dermatitus, psoriasis, eczema and numerous other skin and scalp disorders. It has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Salycillic Acid:

This is the same great ingredient that naturally occurs in willow tree bark and is the precursor to aspirin. It's a key additive in many skin care products. It causes skin cells to slough off more readily, and that keeps your pores open. If you have an oily scalp, this is the one for you.

Tea Tree Oil:

This is one of the strongest known natural antiseptics. It also has skin penetrating capacity as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, germicide and fungicide. The scientific name for it is Melaleuca Alternifolia. Got fungal infection? Get Tea tree oil.

New Zealand Manuka:

Amazingly, this stuff is even stronger than Tea Tree Oil. It's antibacterial properties are at least 5 times more potent than Melaleuca Oil. It gives a high level of antimicrobial activity, particularly against gram positive organisms such as staphylococcus and streptococcus. It also has a wide range of antifungal activity. Leptospermum Scoparium is the scientific name for this plant.

Peppermint Oil:

This oil with the naturally-uplifting scent features penetrating and analgesic qualities to heal scalp inflammation. It's also good for settling your stomach.


Guava is an herbal analgesic. It's also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic. If you've scratched your itchy dry scalp until it hurts, this is what you need.

Wild Cherry:

You may have heard of this as a cough syrup flavoring, but this has been used for years as a natural root bark extract astringent. It's wonderful for keep your pores tight and closed, even if you have scalp inflammation.


A natural herbal anti-inflammatory. Makes a soothing and calming tea, too, if you're upset about your scalp sores or scalp lesions. (Yes stress can make it worse).


This baby is a positive herbal storehouse of vitamins and minerals, and revitalizing properties. If you want to give your dry, itchy scalp a makeover, this is the stuff.


If you've got scalp inflammation, this is the one you want. It's an herbal anti-inflamatory, anti-histamine, and it's rich in minerals.

Dandelion Extract:

Got problems with seasonal allergies that cause dry scalp or scalp itching? This is a natural allergen suppressant!

Aloe Barbabenis:

If you've got scalp lesions or scalp sores, you'll want to try this wonderful item, which is a natural anti-irritant.

Neem Oil:

Neem ought to be named "neat" for all the stuff it does. It's derived from a type of tree bark. Neem is an effective fungicide and insecticide (great for head lice when used with geranium, rosemary, lavender and eucalyptus oils).

As for the scent...well, it packs quite a punch, but you simply can't beat Neem for effectiveness. If you've got itchy scalp, neem is what you need.

In clinical studies Neem extracts and oil were found to be as effective as coal tar and cortisone in treating psoriasis with none of the usual side effects accompanying the use of Neem as there was with Coal tar and cortisone.

Neem extracts and oil removes redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp...and it's a great skin conditioner.

Tired of eczema? Then neem oil is your solution. Clinical studies demonstrate that even the application of weaker Neem leaf extracts effectively cured acute conditions of eczema with the fresh cold pressed oil with its high concentration of active ingredients.

Scalp inflammation is another thing neem's good for. Neem effectively kills the bacteria that cause acne and studies prove that Neem will reduce inflammation caused by acne and other bacterial infections.

Its also good for other skin conditions such as Dry Skin, Wrinkles, Dandruff, Itchy Scalp, Skin Ulcers and Warts which can be effectively remedied with soaps and other products containing Neem oil.

Lavender Oil:

Need something soothing? Then you want lavender oil! There are different varieties of lavender and certain ones are favored more than others for medicinal treatments. Lavender is effective to sooth itching from scalp inflammation and insect bites as well as having a powerful calming effect which makes it good to relax you and help you nod off to sleep.

In one study of 86 people with alopecia areata (a disease of unknown cause characterized by significant hair loss, generally in patches), those who massaged their scalps with lavender and other essential oils daily for 7 months experienced significant hair re-growth compared to those who massaged their scalps without the essential oils.
It is not entirely clear from this study whether lavender (or a combination of lavender and other essential oils) was responsible for the beneficial effects.
Aromatherapists also use lavender as a tonic in inhalation therapy to treat headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used externally in a healing bath for circulatory disorders and as a rub for rheumatic ailments (conditions affecting the muscles and joints).

Rosemary Oil:

If you love the warm, homey scent of rosemary roasted chicken and potatoes, you'll love this oil.

Rosemary oil is wonderful for clearing the mind and mentalawareness, while having excellent brain stimulant properties, as well as improving memory. All this good stuff happens because it has a pronounced action on the brain and the central nervous system.

It helps with:

Headaches, migraines, neuralgia, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion.The antiseptic action of rosemary oil is especially suitable
for intestinal infections and diarrhea. Easing colitis, dyspepsia, flatulence, hepatic disorders and jaundice

Relieving pain associated with rheumatism, arthritis, muscular pain and gout Arteriosclerosis, palpitations, poor circulation and varicose veins.

Also, rosemary oil is a diuretic so it can help with reducing water retention during menstruation, and also with obesity and cellulite.

Plus, it's great for respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis, catarrh,sinus and whooping cough. Because of its astringent action, it is alsoeffective for countering sagging skin. Its stimulating action benefits scalp disorders and encourages hair growth.

It helps with skin, too, to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling and can also be used for acne, dermatitis and eczema, but a very popular use of this oil is the use in hair care products, as it has a pronounced positive effect on the health of the hair and scalp. It increases the circulation to the scalp and is therefore also effective for promoting hair growth.

Rosemary oil is effective for mental fatigue, circulation problems, pain relief for the muscular system, decongests the respiratory tract and is a skin and hair booster.

There is much you can to heal your dandruff, dry itchy or oily scalp, or scalp sores yourself cost effectively with natural non-toxic remedies. You can have beautiful hair and a healthy happy moisturized scalp, thats itch free while saving lots of money (instead of having to keep buying commercial dandruff and dry itchy scalp treatments) once you know whats available to you and where to find the best shampoos that your scalp will love.

Mia Wadsworth who founded www.DryItchyScalpRemedies.com to help hundreds of sufferers of Dry scalp, Dandruff, Burning Red & Itchy Scalp relief and eliminate their condition fast & permanently after finding answers from 10 years of research & curing her own painful scalp condition.  Mia helps sufferers to understand whats causing their scalp problem & shares powerful natural remedies & treatments so they can enjoy a healthy scalp, regain confidence & beautiful shiny full hair.

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