13. Raw Honey
Raw honey is another kitchen ingredient that holds the key to a flake-free, itch-free scalp. Raw honey is not processed like conventional brand-name honey and tends to differ in color and be much thicker. This natural substance offers numerous health benefits, including anti-dandruff qualities.
When it comes to dandruff, applying raw honey to your scalp once a week can treat scaling, itching, and inflammation. In fact, a study investigating the effects of rubbing diluted honey on 30 patients with severe dandruff, proves this. Each patient would rub the honey on their scalp for 2-3 minutes every second day, and leave it on for 3 hours. The patients found their scaling and itching to disappear within a week. 12 of the 15 patients who discontinued the honey regimen relapsed within 2-4 months. While the 15 patients who continued with the regimen once a week reported no relapses.
There are many reasons as to why raw honey has this effect on dandruff. One of which is that raw honey is a natural humectant that helps hair lock in the moisture and prevents dryness. Another reason is that honey delivers a powerful fusion of vitamins and minerals to the scalp and hair follicles. Some of these vitamins and minerals are Vitamin A, D, C, E, beta-carotene, B-complex, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, and manganese. All these nutrients nourish the scalp and keep the skin and hair follicles in a healthy condition, in which fungi cannot thrive.
To use raw honey as a dandruff treatment, wet your hair and apply diluted raw honey (10% water and 90% honey onto your scalp). Massage the formula into your scalp for about 3 minutes, and then leave it to settle for 3 hours before rinsing it out with warm water. Repeat this method once a week to keep dandruff out of your life.
Beetroots have always been praised as a superfood. Not only does its vibrant hue make an aesthetically-pleasing addition to a dish, but the food itself provides the body with awesome health benefits. Beetroot is high in anti-oxidants, Calcium, Iron, Vitamins A and C, and Potassium. This powerful supply of nutrients to your body will keep your scalp healthy and in optimal condition to control overactive fungi.
The carotenoids in beetroot also improve blood circulation, which is necessary for the scalp and hair to get the nutrients they need to fight dandruff. To experience the benefits of beetroot on your hair, halve a beetroot and rub both pieces directly on your scalp for 10 minutes. Allow the beetroot juice to seep into your scalp for 15 minutes. This method will moisturize your scalp from within, while also helping to remove dead skin cells. Repeat it once every week.
An alternative method is to use boil the beetroot before applying it to your hair head. The first step is to cut up the vegetable into small pieces, as this lessens cooking time. Next, boil the beets in a pot for about 30 minutes so that the essence infuses into the water. Wait for the ‘beet water’ to cool down before massaging it into your scalp. Leave the beet water to seep into your hair overnight. Cover your bed with a plastic to prevent your linen from being stained purple. When you wake up, rinse the water out and repeat this treatment weekly.
Another method is to combine beetroot with another dandruff remedy, such as baking soda. First, add enough water to the baking soda to create a paste. Rub your scalp with this paste before applying fresh beetroot juice on your scalp. Leave the paste and juice to set into your scalp 15 minutes, and then rinse your hair with cool water.
Neem, also known as Indian lilac, is one of the most popular home remedies for preventing dandruff. This is because the leaves are packed with antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory compounds. Plus, neem helps open clogged pores that can lead to scalp irritation and dirt and grime buildup. All these properties of neem create an uninhabitable environment for dandruff-causing fungi. But neem doesn’t just treat dandruff, it can also help with other hair problems like hair loss, itchiness, and scalp acne.
There are numerous ways in which neem can be used to treat dandruff, which makes it a convenient remedy. One such way is to create your own neem shampoo at home. To do this you must add half a teaspoon of neem oil to your regular shampoo bottle. Shake the bottle so that the ingredients can combine well. Use this shampoo twice a week for the best results. If you find the neem oil to be too potent for your liking, try mixing it with other essential oils mentioned above.
Alternatively, you can mix neem oil with two teaspoons of fenugreek powder. Apply the paste to your scalp and only wash it off after 3 hours. Fenugreek is rich in protein and amino acids, and also offers antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. When you combine fenugreek and neem together, you create the perfect treatment for a healthy, flake-free scalp.
If you are unable to find 100% pure neem oil, then you can use neem leaves instead. Add a handful of leaves to 4 cups of water and leave it to boil for 10 minutes. Strain the solution once cool and use it as a rinse after shampooing your hair. Do this after every shampoo wash for the best protection against dandruff.