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5 Simple Home Remedies For Dandruff

Dandruff is a common but uncomfortable condition of the scalp that looses skin flakes which appear in the hair and fall onto clothes. It may present itching or not, and is due to several reasons as seborrheic dermatitis, yeast, fungus and even diet. Here you will find some natural treatments which are very effective. However you should know other causes of dandruff that need to be addressed in a more specific way, such as mental stress, reaction to hair care products and not enough brushing or shampooing when washing your hair.

Foods That Help

  • Step Up Your Zinc Intake: Clinical trials have shown zinc supplementation to be effective at controlling sebum production. Zinc requires vitamin B6 for proper absorption in the intestines, and is found in a variety of food like oysters, red meat, poultry, legumes, nuts, and grains.

  • Add Allicin to Your Diet: Allicin is a potent health promoting compound found in garlic, onions and scallions, when these items are crushed or chopped. It has been shown to promote heart and cardiovascular health, prevent and treat cancer, and reduce high blood pressure, but it also helpful for people with dandruff due to its anti-fungal properties.

  • Eat Plenty of Foods Rich in B Vitamins: If you are struggling with dandruff, eat plenty of foods rich in B vitamins. Evidence shows that B6 (pyridoxine) and B12 (riboflavin)can help reduce dandruff. It has been suggested that inefficient metabolism of carbohydrates and fatty acids could be one of the underlying causes of dandruff, and B-complex vitamins are known to play a crucial role in metabolic processes. Vitamin B6 can be found in a variety of foods like beans, meat, poultry, fish, and some fruits & vegetables.

Home Remedies For Dandruff

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is amazing and helps eliminate dandruff due to its fabulous anti-fungal properties. It also moisturizes dry scalp and provides relief from itching.

  • Take some coconut oil and mix half the amount of lemon juice in it.
  • Rub it on your scalp and massage for a few minutes.
  • Wash your hair after.
  • Do this two to three times a week.

Lemon Juice

Lemons contain acids that fight the fungi that can cause dandruff, and helps relieve itching on the scalp.

  • Mix the juice of half a lemon in one-quarter cup of plain yogurt.
  • Apply it on your hair and scalp, and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it off and shampooing.
  • You can also just massage your scalp with a few teaspoons of lemon juice mixed with a little water. Leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing it out and shampooing your hair.
  • Repeat either of these remedies a few times a week.

Apple Cider & White Vinegar

Treating dandruff with apple cider vinegar is effective, as it restores the pH balance of the scalp, and it inhibits the growth of yeast. It also works as a natural hair clarifier and helps clean clogged pores and hair follicles. White vinegar also works because it has acetic acid that prevents growth of fungi and relieves itching.

  • Add one-half cup of vinegar to two cups of water.
  • Rinse your hair with this mixture after shampooing your hair.
  • You can also massage your scalp with a mixture of two parts white vinegar, one part olive oil and three parts water.
  • After 10 minutes, rinse it off and shampoo your hair.
  • Follow either of these remedies once or twice a week.

Olive Oil

Scalp dryness can be cured with regular use of extra-virgin olive oil, an effective natural moisturizer.

  • Lightly warm some extra virgin olive oil.
  • Massage it onto your scalp and then wrap your hair in a warm towel.
  • Leave it on for at least 45 minutes or overnight and then shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat this remedy a few times a week.

Baking Soda

Because it's a mild exfoliant, baking soda helps remove dead skin cells and absorbs excess oil. It can also help balance pH levels on the scalp and reduce the growth of fungi that cause dandruff.

  • Wet your hair and rub a handful of baking soda onto your scalp.

  • After a couple of minutes, rinse hair well with warm water.

  • Do not shampoo your hair after this treatment.

  • Repeat once or twice a week for a few weeks.

To learn more about causes and treatments for dandruff, see the original article published by The Science Of Eating here.

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