Dandruff is a condition of the scalp that causes flakes of skin to appear. It is often accompanied by itching.
Dandruff, particularly dry dandruff ( also known as Dermatitis ) is very harmful to hair. Not only it stops hair growth but is the largest single cause of hair loss.
Continuous intake of imbalanced diet, junk food and fast food, creates metabolic disorders and therefore imbalance of VAT and PITTA in the body.
This imbalance of Vat & Pitta makes scalp skin dry and creates flakes, with or without mild itching & inflammation; which ruptures and becomes dandruff on combing.
There are many remedies to remove & control dandruff, some are given below. Any of these may be applied.
- Take organic jaggery (Desi Gur) two teaspoonfuls and an equal amount of fresh lemon juice, mix well and leave in a glass bowl for some time. Now apply this wet mixture on scalp well and leave for an hour or more, let it dry completely. Wash hair with any organic shampoo or simple soft water, if available. Apply this twice a week initially, later on, the frequency of applications may be adjusted to weekly or fortnightly or even monthly; in view of the results.
- (i) Take 200 ml. Coconut oil and 50 ml. Mustard oil in a glass bottle, shake vigorously & mix well, now add 15 gm. camphor (Kapoor) and again shake & mix well.
(ii) Put 10 gms leaves each of Neem & Rose and 20 Gms.each of Aloe vera pulp, Tea leaves and Fenugreek (Methi) leaves in a pot, add 50 ml. lemon juice and half litre water in the evening. Boil it in the morning so that half of it remains. Filter this water and add abovementioned oil mixture in it and boil again till water is fully evaporated & only the oil mixture remains in the boiling pot. Allow it to cool down and store in a glass bottle.
Slightly heat this oil and apply on hair roots and lightly massage with fingers for 10 minutes, then comb the hair for 2 – 3 minutes, before going to bed. A cap or cloth may be worn overnight.
In the morning, boil 15 ml. lemon juice with 10 gms. Shikakai Powder in 300 ml. water for 1 to 2 minutes. Filter it and allow to cool down. Wash & rinse hair with this mixture, twice or three times in a week. Dandruff will be removed completely in 2-3 weeks. As a precautionary measure, repeat the process once in a month so as to take care of future infections. Have a balanced diet.