I've had a problem with scalp dermatitis for years. The constant itching is irritating and I'm not as confident with dandruff as Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club.
So, when my GP suggested Coconut Oil as a natural alternative to steroid cream, I decided to go next level, and infuse the oil with some scalp-loving herbs.
Rosemary is recommended in Rosemary Gladstar's book Herbs for Natural Beauty as a hair and scalp tonic for dark hair, and Oregano is an anti-fungal. Tea Tree oil is also anti-fungal and soothes skin to alleviate itching.
I've found previously that applying coconut oil straight to my scalp is a bit clumsy, so I wanted to create a serum that would be easy to 'draw' onto my scalp problem areas.
After applying the serum once a week for a month, I've really noticed a difference! My scalp is itching much less, and I notice less dandruff on my shoulders when I brush my hair. Once when I forgot to apply the serum for a few extra days, it got worse again.
I'm happy to have found a natural solution which doesn't require regular trips to the GP or steroids!
Rosemary, Oregano & Coconut Hair Serum
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Apricot Kernel Oil
- 2 tsp Beeswax Beads
- Handful of fresh Oregano (or 2 Tbsp dried)
- Handful of fresh Rosemary (or 2 Tbsp dried)
- 5-10 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Sauce Squeeze bottle
- Makes about 1/2 Cup
If using fresh herbs, remove leaves from woody stalks and discard any discoloured or damaged leaves. Chop finely or process the herbs in a food processor. This maximises the surface area exposed to the oil. Dried herbs you can use as-is.
Combine the Coconut Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Oregano and Rosemary in a double boiler. Heat gently over boiling water for 2 hours, or longer if you are more patient than I am.
Remove from the heat, then strain the herbs out through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together, twist and squeeze to get the last few drops of oil out of the herbs. I burned my finger while I did this, so you might want to let it cool down a bit first.
Return the strained oil to the double boiler, and add the beeswax. When the wax is melted, remove from the heat. Allow to cool down before adding the Tea Tree oil. This preserves the properties of the oil and makes the product more potent. The result should be a thick but pour-able green serum. Decant into your squeeze bottle and you're ready to go!
To apply, comb hair apart to expose itchy & flaky scalp. 'Draw' a line of serum onto the scalp and gently massage in with your finger. Repeat to cover the entire itchy area. Leave on for 4-6 hours, then shampoo out.
What other solutions do you have for itchy, flaky scalp? I'd love to hear your methods! Email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org .