PART 3. THE REMEDIES
FACE AND HAIR CARE
Don’t toss out that black sweater just yet. There are easy, effective ways to deal with annoying dandruff, which can be caused by everything from a dry, overly oily, or under-shampooed scalp to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or fungus. Treatments like the ones below make it simple to control both the side effects and the underlying causes of the problem.
Ginger–Tea Tree Scalp Tonic
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 20 MINUTES
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory action eases the itching associated with dandruff. Olive oil imparts natural moisture to dry, flaky skin. Tea tree essential oil lends a hand by killing fungus.
1 palm-sized piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 drops tea tree essential oil
1.Use a garlic press or juicer to extract as much juice from the ginger root as you can. If using a garlic press, grate the ginger before pressing it.
2.In a small bowl, mix the juice, olive oil, and tea tree essential oil together.
3.Wet your hair and apply the entire remedy to the scalp.
5.Leave the treatment in place for 15 minutes.
6.When finished, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water. Follow up with your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
7.Repeat this treatment 2 to 3 times weekly until the dandruff is gone. If you use a hair dryer, avoid exposing your scalp to high heat, as it slows the healing process.
Herbal Dandruff Shampoo
YIELD: 15 TREATMENTS
STORAGE: SHAMPOO BOTTLE
TIME: 30 MINUTES
This natural dandruff shampoo is a fantastic alternative to commercial preparations thanks to a cocktail of high-powered, antioxidant-rich herbs that heal the scalp sans the signature medicinal scent of over-the-counter options.
1 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon dried lavender
1 heaping tablespoon dried mint
1 heaping tablespoon dried rosemary
⅓ cup liquid castile soap
¼ teaspoon almond or olive oil
5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
1.In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil.
2.Add the lavender, mint, and rosemary, cover the pan, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes.
3.Strain the mixture into a bowl and let it cool.
4.Add the castile soap and mix gently.
5.Add the almond oil, and eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils.
6.Mix gently, then use a funnel to transfer the shampoo to a bottle.
7.Shampoo and follow up with your favorite conditioner.
8.Style as usual, avoiding high heat from the blow dryer.
9.Use daily whenever dandruff is a problem. Store in the shower.