7 Effective Herbal Remedies for Dandruff

Dandruff, which is often the result of a dry scalp, can be an embarrassing condition and it certainly is uncomfortable. Unfortunately, some people just naturally have very dry skin (which includes the scalp) and store brand remedies aren’t nearly effective enough. And even if these remedies are effective, they are usually full of toxins and unnatural ingredients that could potentially have negative side effects.

Home Remedies for Dandruff 

For effective and natural treatment of dandruff, see the list of the seven most effective natural remedies below.

1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek has long had a reputation for helping treat dandruff, among many other things. The seeds are usually softened and then crushed and applied to the scalp as a poultice.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has an excellent reputation for its ability to soothe many skin ailments from acne to eczema and is recognized by herbalists as one of the best natural remedies for dandruff. The disinfectant properties of tea tree oil helps it to penetrate the top layers of skin and reduce irritation.

3. Indian Hemp

Indian Hemp was and is used by Native Americans to stimulate hair growth and treat itchy scalp. The plant is crushed and the juices are applied directly to the scalp for relief.

4. Rosemary

Rosemary is well-recognized for its ability to soothe the scalp and fight dandruff, which is why it is usually added to most commercial products. Rosemary is an anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory and is one of the most popular natural remedies for treating dandruff. Simply add 1-2 drops of the oil to your (gentle) shampoo.

5. Comfrey

Comfrey contains an ingredient called allantoin, which is recognized for its anti-dandruff properties. You can find a comfrey shampoo in your local health-food store, or simply add 1-2 drops of the oil to your herbal shampoo.  

6. Ash Gourd

The juices of this plant are said to relieve the itching and burning of the scalp by preventing dryness. Get as much juice out of the seeds and peel as possible and apply it regularly to the scalp to encourage healing and reduce the desire to scratch your scalp.

7. Eucalyptus

Well-known for its skin-soothing properties, eucalyptus is also one of the most popular and effective natural remedies in treating dandruff. You can add 2-3 drops of the oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and applied directly to the scalp; massage well into the scalp. Apply this concoction a few times a week for 1-2 weeks. You can also add a couple of drops of the oil into your shampoo.


In addition to the above-mentioned herbal remedies that can help treat dandruff, there are some additional natural treatments that will help bring relief and healing. With dandruff and dry scalp, many external symptoms have internal causes; so be sure to maintain a healthy diet with plenty of organic fruits and vegetables. Also, pay attention to any skin reactions that may be allergy-related, and always drink plenty of water.

Be careful that you are not over-washing the scalp; you only need to shampoo your hair every 2-3 days and water should be warm, not hot. In addition, pay attention to any environmental factors that may be triggering your dandruff. Although dandruff may be inconvenient and sometimes uncomfortable, it is a relatively minor issue that can be easily resolved with natural and herbal remedies.

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