Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp
An itchy scalp can be an extremely embarrassing situation to deal with and you may be suffering from eczema, dandruff, a fungal infection of the scalp or even red itchy rashes, lesions or sores on the scalp. The itchiness can come from a scalp that is too dry, in which the sebaceous glands are not producing enough oils or from an excessively oily scalp where the sebaceous glands are working overtime. This condition can affect sleep, one’s ability to concentrate and perform daily chores, but more seriously can make one extremely self-conscious in public.
An oily scalp or an extremely dry one can be caused by a poor diet that lacks Vitamin B, C and minerals like iron and zinc. An excessive intake of Vitamin A, the lack of protein in your diet and undue stress and anxiety can also lead to over or under production of oil and cause the itchiness. Constant air travel, the use of harsh shampoos that leech out all the moisture in your scalp and continuously sitting in an air conditioned environment can all lead to an itchy scalp. On the home front you can heat a little jojoba oil, almond or coconut oil and massage into the scalp. Leave it on for about an hour and then wash off with a mild herbal shampoo. The oils nourish the hair and stimulate the scalp, also providing relief to the sore regions. Coconut oil especially is known for its antifungal, antibacterial properties and an oil massage twice or thrice a week will work wonders for your scalp condition. Also avoid hair gel, mousse and blow drying your hair.
As far as diet is concerned make sure to drink plenty of water as this will keep your body and scalp hydrated and the water will flush out toxins from your body. A daily supplement of salmon oil, flaxseed oil or primrose oil will ease the inflammation of the scalp. Eat as many raw vegetables and fruits as possible and supplement your diet with fish, yoghurt, and granola. Lettuce, spinach, legumes, pulses, cheese, milk and milk products will keep you healthy and seeds, nuts, whole grains, garlic, oregano oil, ginger and onions are other necessary dietary supplements to battle this condition. Avoid junk food, deep fried food, white sugar, white flour, caffeine and caffeinated drinks, alcohol and smoking as these can aggravate the condition of your scalp and slow down the healing process.