Tuesday Tip # 16: Dandruff


Dandruff can be a result of dry, flaky scalp or due to a fungal infection. Depending on the root cause the treatment will vary.

Here are 3 tips that can help get you started:


1. Massage the scalp. Dandruff can be a result of bad circulation. Massaging the scalp with warm coconut oil can help bring blood to the scalp. At the same time, coconut oil has natural anti-fungal properties, so if the dandruff is a result of a mild fungal infection, it can help with this as well. The moisturizing qualities of coconut oil will also relieve excess dryness. Plus, it makes a great hair conditioner. Let it absorb into the scalp for at least 20-30 minutes, then shampoo with a mild, sulfate-free shampoo.  

2. Neem oil. If you know that your dandruff is related to a fungal infection, adding a few drops of neem oil, a powerful anti-fungal herb, to warm coconut oil with make for a stronger anti-fungal based oil. Massage the slightly warm oil into the scalp and let it absorb for 20-30 minutes. Then shampoo with a neem based shampoo.

3. Egg whites and lime juice Beat together the egg whites and the juice of 1 lime and then apply it to your hair. Let it stay for about 30 minutes then wash with a mild, sulfate free shampoo. If the dandruff is connected to a lack of protein, dandruff will eventually disappear.

4. Reduce yeast. If the dandruff is related to a fungal infection,  reducing yeast in the body by avoiding bread, cheese, and food fermented with yeast can help. All forms of dis-ease in the body start in the gut, and a few changes to diet and lifestyle can help rid dandruff.

Remember our excretions are a sign of our health if dandruff is a reoccurring issue, that does not seem to go away, see a doctor. 

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