Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for Dandruff (scurf)

Dandruff
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - SKIN, HAIR, AND NAILS - DANDRUFF

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products & medicines for dandruff, scurf and seborrheic dermatitis

General description and overview of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

The flakes on our scalp that we call dandruff, or scurf, are nothing but an accumulation of dead skin cells. This occurs when the cells of the scalp grow too fast, resulting in their clumping together in the hair. These scales or flakes generally don’t fall off by themselves as the oily, sticky hair and static electricity present between the strands of hair prevent them for doing so. Usually the situation is quite harmless but the condition can become troublesome when the skin gets infected. Dandruff is considered the single most common scalp problem and is actually, according to the dermatologists, present on everybody’s head to some degree.

Strictly speaking, any flaking or scaling may be called dandruff; but mostly it is just a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by the excessive production of sebum in the sebaceous glands present just underneath the skin (here, the skin on your head, or your scalp). Remember, seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff are two different conditions and should not be confused with each other. Although, at times, your scalp may look to you similar in both the conditions, generally you can yourself make out the difference if your dandruff is, or becomes, unmanageable or spreads to your eyebrows or other parts of the body (eyelids, forehead, ears, chest, armpits, groin, and the skin folds beneath the breasts and even between the buttocks). Then you have either seborrheic dermatitis, or blepharitis (pink eye or conjunctivitis) or psoriasis (a common condition affecting the skin, and often the nails).

Herbal supplements for dandruff, scurf and seborrheic dermatitis. Some other conditions that resemble dandruff are eczema, ichthyosis, presence of lice and ringworm (a fungal infection). Hence, if your symptoms of dandruff stay for prolonged period, or increase in severity, a visit to the doctor is most solicited.

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Symptoms of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

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Small shiny, white flakes or scales in the hair, scattered uniformly all over the hair

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These flakes fall down when you shake your head vigorously or comb your hair

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There isn’t much itching

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Sometimes, depending upon your working environment, hygiene, oils and shampoos used, dandruff flakes may be large and thick along with being moist and slightly yellow in color

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The above may be accompanied by greasy scalp

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Causes of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

Dandruff occurs when the cells of the scalp grow too fast and there is accelerated shedding of the dead cells. This can be caused by

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A fungal infection

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Anxiety or stress

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Use of hair products that contain too much of detergent

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Regular use of strong shampoos accelerates the process

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When hair is not kept clean or soap or shampoo is not totally washed off

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Genetic and hereditary reasons are also cited for this problem

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Hormonal changes

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Impairment of health in general

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Constipation

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Low immunity levels due to infectious diseases are also cited as reasons behind dandruff.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

Many herbal and homeopathic remedies have been formulated with specific ingredients to help soothe and naturally hydrate the scalp. Natrium Muriaticum is a biochemic tissue salt that has an excellent reputation for effectively treating rashes and all itching skin conditions, including scalp disorders. Kali. Sulph. also promotes healing, reduces inflammation and removes infected or dead cells.

Trifolium pratense is a well-known cleansing herb for skin disorders and has the ability to improve lymph functioning and reduce lymphatic swellings - helping to purify and detoxify the system.

One natural therapy that seems to be effective is daily shampooing with a tea tree oil infused shampoo. Tea tree oil has been used for centuries as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. It's now included in a number of shampoos found in natural foods stores.

Please note – Tea tree oil is generally well tolerated but may cause allergic reactions in some people. ‘Raw' tea tree oil can hurt broken skin, or irritate healthy skin, so test it on a different part of your skin before you try it on your head or use a shampoo that contains tee tree oil instead.

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Natrium Muriaticum 6C (Nat. Mur.) - This is a biochemic tissue salt which helps to maintain the body's water balance and is an essential component of all living cells. This tissue salt has an excellent reputation for effectively treating eczema (dry and scaly as well as itching and weeping) as well as psoriasis and any other skin condition that is associated with blisters and watery discharge from the skin.

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Kalium Muriaticum 6C (Kali. Mur.) - This acts as a blood and lymph cleanser, a waste eliminator and a natural anti-inflammatory. It is very helpful in relieving itching skin, blistering and inflammation. It will also prevent skin infection caused by frequent scratching.

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Kalium Sulphate 6C (Kali. Sulph.) - This is a biochemic tissue salt that helps to distribute oxygen throughout the body and to each individual cell and keeps all cell membranes healthy. By providing essential oxygen to inflamed or infected cells, Kali. Sulph. effectively promotes healing, reduces inflammation and removes infected or dead cells. This tissue salt is well-known for its ability to treat stubborn eczema and psoriasis and is equally effective in treating other skin conditions such as acne, ringworm, dandruff, herpes blisters, warts and fungal infections of the skin and helps to promote the growth of new cells. Other uses include the treatment of sinus and respiratory congestion, hot flashes and joint pains.

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Galium aperine (Cleavers) - This is a herb which has been used in folk medicine for many centuries as a cleansing tonic and lymphatic cleanser and blood purifier. Regular use helps to expel toxins from the body and therefore assist in the treatment of chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Also useful for conditions involving inflammation and swelling of glands (glandular fever, tonsillitis, mumps and prostate swelling) and for urinary problems like cystitis or urinary gravel.

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Trifolium pratense (Red Clover) - This has anti-inflammatory, diuretic and antispasmodic properties and is also well known as a cleansing herb for skin complaints, including eczema and psoriasis. Its ability to improve lymph functioning and reduce lymphatic swellings helps to purify and detoxify the system.

   

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Helpful dietary habits in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

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Many a times it has been observed that a deficiency of certain important vitamins and trace minerals can be associated with your scalp related problems. Deficiency of zinc and essential fatty acids may cause dandruff. So, take foods rich in zinc and essential fatty acids (of omega-3 and omega-6 families). Foods rich in them are:

Zinc: Shellfish (especially oysters) and nuts are rich sources of zinc. Other sources include red meats, poultry, cheese (ricotta, Swiss, gouda), shrimp, crab, legumes (especially lima beans, black-eyed peas, soybeans), whole grains, tofu, brewer's yeast, cooked greens, mushrooms, green beans, tahini, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Omega-3 fatty acids are primarily found in seafood; fish such as salmon (especially Atlantic and red, canned in brine)sardines (canned in water), mackerel (canned in brine), mullet, tuna etc., and pecans and trevally. Walnuts are also an extremely good source of omega-3. omega-6 acids (particularly Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA)) is found in the plant seed oils of evening primrose, black currant, borage, fungal oils and spirulina (usually called blue-green algae).

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Foods to avoid are citrus, dried, stewed, or tinned fruits, banana, meats, sugar, white flour, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods. Basically, you should in general reduce the intake of pro-inflammatory foods like saturated fats, dairy products, and other animal products and instead go for fresh vegetables, whole grains, essential fatty acids and non-animal protein containing foods like nuts, legumes, and soy.

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Remember!! High potency multivitamin-mineral supplements are also prescribed, but they should be taken only under medical supervision. Natural nutrients are definitely easier to absorb and they obviously serve the basic purpose of fulfilling your appetite also. In effect, with proper care and attention of your diet, you might totally eliminate the need to take any conventional medications or even supplements, especially as a preventive measure.

Helpful dietary habits for dandruff, scurf and seborrheic dermatitis.

Some most effective home made remedies for dandruff are:

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Put 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and let them soak for a night. In the morning, grind them into a paste. Apply the paste all over your scalp and leave for 30-45 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo, preferably a herbal shampoo.

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Take a few, roughly 20, neem leaves in ½ a liter of water and boil. Cool and filter the mixture. Rinse your hair with the filtrate.

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Common thyme has excellent antiseptic qualities and is reputed to be a resilient fighter of dandruff. For this, you should take 2 tablespoons of dried thyme in a cup of water and boil. Cool and strain the mixture and pour it on your scalp. Your scalp should be clean and a bit damp, hence the best time is after shampooing. Massage the liquid gently.

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Curd - Mix salt in a cup of curd, churn or batter it. Rub it into the hair and wash it off after some time.

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Oil – Although excess scalp oil causes problems, an occasional warm-oil massage will help soften and loosen dandruff scales. Olive oil is the best and do wet your hair a little bit before using oil otherwise the oil will soak into your hair instead of reaching the scalp. Put on a shower cap and leave for 30-45 minutes before shampooing.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

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Take action ASAP – You should never take your dandruff lightly as ignoring it will only let the scaling build up on your scalp. This will cause even more itching which will obviously lead to some severe scratching which in turn might wound the scalp and leave it open to infections.

Homeopathic medicines for dandruff, scurf and seborrheic dermatitis. Exposure to sun – Sun rays have an anti-inflammatory effect on oily scalp conditions, hence some exposure to sunlight will be extremely beneficial. Remember, this is one important reason why you don’t get dandruff that much in summers.

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It is now an established fact that shampooing daily, preferably with a mild shampoo, actually makes it easier to control the dandruff.

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You should always give some time to your shampoo to act on the stubborn dandruff scales. For this, lather as soon as you start taking a bath and wrap your head up with a shower cap. Let the shampoo remain for some time and then rinse. Make sure to lather once more towards the end as this will make some medication remain for longer duration. Also, you should always slowly but thoroughly massage the scalp with any shampoo you use.

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Meditate – Emotional stress has always been associated with dandruff and it makes complete sense if you de-stress yourself, particularly if you are actually stressed out. Try yoga as it has an added advantage of keeping you healthy.

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Gentle brushing of your hair on a daily basis will improve the circulation and remove any flakiness. Best way to brush your hair is to bend forward from the waist with the head down towards the ground, and brush from the nape of the neck towards the top of the head.

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Herbal & homeopathic products and medicines recommended in dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis

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