Unlocking Ayurveda Secrets Series Part II
Updated: Jun 29, 2022
Say Goodbye to the White Flakes of Dandruff Forever
Rid Yourself of Annoying and Embarrassing Dandruff Permanently and 100% Naturally (DIY Recipes Included)
Itch. Scratch. Yuck.
Do you avoid wearing black these days because of your embarrassing dandruff? Have you tried chemical shampoos and serums with either no real lasting results or bad unintended side effects? If you’re ready to consider Ayurvedic remedies for dandruff, then you are in the right place.
As a holistic healing system, Ayurveda has natural answers to countless problems, and dandruff is no exception. After all, Ayurveda is regarded as the oldest documented body of holistic medical knowledge based on a system of herbs and plant oils. So today, I’m going to share with you some of the great natural remedies provided by Ayurveda for Kapha-Vata and Pitta-Vata dandruff issues.
What is Dandruff?
Dandruff is quite a common hair problem globally. It is a condition of the scalp caused by Malassezia, a fungus. When it feeds on sebum (our scalp’s oily secretions), the result is an irritated scalp. And like most irritations, it itches.
What Can Ayurveda Do to Help?
Ayurveda’s goal is to heal from the inside out and the outside in. That’s why it doesn’t target a symptom, it targets the root cause. Thus, the solutions I’ll cover today include topical herbal remedies that will provide relief from infections and itching while extending improved immunity to your scalp through natural nourishment.
So, let us dig into some home Ayurvedic remedies.
Ayurvedic Dandruff Remedies
Dr. Vasant Lad in “The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies” says, “If a fungal infection of the skin is causing dandruff, the neem oil, which has disinfectant properties, will help heal quickly.”
Neem is an Ayurvedic ingredient well-known for useful hair care solutions. Due to its antiviral and antifungal properties, it helps to control dandruff. So, you can make a very effective anti-dandruff neem hair mask.
How to use Neem
The fastest way to actually rid yourself of dandruff using Neem is to chew the leaves directly but they are not exactly tasty. So instead, prepare a paste of neem leaves and curd. Grind up the leaves or use neem leaf powder and combine with 1 cup or curd or yoghurt. Apply this on your scalp and rinse off with normal water after 15 minutes. You will be amazed to see the results.
Also known as Citrus Lemon, Nimbuka is a very suitable Ayurvedic anti-dandruff remedy for your hair. Full of zinc, citric acid, Flavonoids, and vitamin C, this antifungal, antioxidant, and antibacterial ingredient makes for an ideal solution to your dandruff problem.
How to use Nimbuka
We will make a hair mask. We need fresh ginger juice and lemon/Nimbuka juice to mix with olive oil (all in equal quantities). Then you will apply the mask to the roots of your scalp gently. Wash your hair after one hour with normal water.
You can also make another anti-dandruff Ayurvedic hair mask using Multani Mitti, lemon peel/Nimbuka powder, and sandalwood powder in equal amounts. Apply it for one hour followed by a rinse with normal water.
Rich in vitamin C and packed with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Amla is another useful Ayurvedic ingredient that is helpful not only in curing the dryness of your scalp but also in working to prevent dandruff accumulation.
How to use Amla
Make an anti-dandruff hair mask. First mix amla powder with water to form a paste in equal parts. Then, make a paste of Tulsi leaves (about 10 leaves mashed with a little water). Combine both pastes into one. Apply it to your scalp using your hands and rinse with cold water after 30 minutes.
Commonly known as fenugreek seeds, Methika is one of the best anti-dandruff solutions.
How to use Methika
Make an oil treatment. Heat some fenugreek seeds in coconut oil. Then, strain it. The oil should be warm. Massage your scalp with this oil for 20 minutes working it into your scalp thoroughly. Wash it using normal water.
You can also make another hair pack by soaking a few fenugreek seeds overnight. In the morning, grind these into a paste and add lime juice or henna to make a fine paste. Let it remain on your scalp for about 30 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.
A renowned Ayurvedic herb for anti-dandruff solutions, Hibiscus is packed with several benefits for hair.
How to use Hibiscus
Make a hair mask paste. First, boil about 5 flowers in water. Take the boiled flowers out and mash with 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil (preferably warm) to form a paste. Spread it evenly on your scalp using your fingers and let it remain for about two hours. Wash it off with warm water.
Mung bean or green gram is a powerful natural ingredient for treating dandruff in your scalp. With its essential fats, minerals, and vitamins, it not only conditions and strengthens hair but it also soothes and heals the scalp.
How to use Green Gram
Make a paste oil. Combine it with warm sesame or olive oil to form a paste and apply it to your scalp thoroughly. Wrap your head with a hot, wet towel or allow your hair to steam for 15 minutes. Wash it out with normal water. If you have particularly oily hair, make sure to include curd in the hair pack.
Aloe Vera is a very popular Ayurvedic ingredient that helps in providing relief from burns and psoriasis thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties.
How to use Aloe Vera
Make a hair pack. For making this hair pack, you need to extract the gel from Aloe Vera plant directly and apply this to your scalp overnight. Wrap your head to keep your bedding clean. In the morning, wash using an Ayurvedic shampoo if possible for quicker results.
Reetha, Amla, and Shikakai
All these three natural ingredients have Vitamin C in abundance, which enables the combination of them to bring wonderful results for your scalp and hair.
How to use them Reetha, Amla, and Shikakai
Make a shampoo. Soak around 6 pieces of Shikakai, 6 Reetha pods, and a handful of amla pods overnight in a bowl of water. The next morning, heat the mixture to a minimal boil. Let it cool down. Then, use a blender to make a fine paste. Strain it and then the liquid should be used to wash your hair. Allow the shampoo to stay on your hair for at least 5 minutes before washing out with warm water.
Coconut Oil and Lemon
This is a very quick remedy from Ayurveda for getting rid of dandruff. It provides sufficient nourishment to your hair, and you can control dandruff with the lemon juice.
How to use Coconut Oil and Lemon
Make a powerful anti-dandruff oil. First, heat coconut oil. Then, mix in lemon juice in equal quantity. Apply this on your hair and scalp gently. Wash after 20 minutes using any natural shampoo.
To control and absolutely eliminate your dandruff, you don’t need to buy expensive products or risk toxic chemicals causing further damage to your skin and body. Ayurveda offers safe, sustainable solutions in a variety of forms, all of which will treat the real root cause of your dandruff and allow you to put on that black sweater with confidence.