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Dandruff

What is it?

Anyone in the world can have a problem with dandruff. This is a very common problem in many countries and it is not age or gender specific.
Dandruff refers to flaking pieces of skin on the scalp, which can be noticeable. It is an inflammation of the skin that produces redness along with those shiny, silvery scales that are separated from the scalp and collected amidst the hair.
Dandruff may often cause itching and the scalp may become red from scratching. Although it typically occurs on the head, it can also appear on the face, back, stomach and other folds of the body.
This is not a serious disorder and the only major problem that you may get out of it is the fact that it’s embarrassing.
Dandruff is not contagious but it can be a disorder that lasts a lifetime. However, that does not mean it can not be dealt with.
No matter what you think of dandruff, it can be cured or at least, controlled with the right kind of control. You just have to know how to deal with it.

Potential Causes:

No one understands exactly what causes dandruff. It may be inherited. It may be related to an infection of the skin by a fungus (similar to the one that causes athlete's foot). It may even be caused by an allergic reaction to the fungus itself. Stress, fatigue, weather extremes, oily skin, infrequent hair or skin cleaning, obesity and alcohol-containing skin lotions can trigger outbreaks of dandruff. Elderly people and individuals with AIDS or Parkinson's disease tend to develop dandruff more frequently than other people.

    Things to watch for in preventing or treating dandruff:
  • Often there are severe B complex deficiencies, a lack of essential unsaturated fatty acids, and zinc.
  • Be sure the diet includes flaxseed oil, vitamins E and A, PABA, Folic acid, B6, and zinc. If needed, take digestive enzymes. Also helpful are kelp, biotin, and lecithin. Eat 50%-75% raw food.
  • Shampoos containing selenium sulphide can cause eye damage and hair loss.
  • A little sunlight is good for your scalp and hair.
  • Keep calm and relaxed. It will help your hair.


Hair and Scalp rinse

Vinegar helps restore the hair's correct pH and the herbs in this rinse have anti fungal and soothing properties.
Heat up 450 millilitres apple cider vinegar to boiling point. Remove from the heat and add 4 tablespoons dried sage, rosemary or thyme leaves, or a combination. Cover and let it infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and discard the herbs. Pour into empty shampoo bottles and label.

Typical dosage: Use about 4 tablespoons in 450 millilitres of water as a rinse after shampooing.

HERBAL REMEDIES

Fenugreek Seeds

The use of fenugreek seeds is one of the most used remedies in the treatment of dandruff.
Soak in water two tablespoons of these seeds overnight and in the morning ground it into a fine paste. This paste should be applied all over the scalp and left for half an hour. The hair should then be washed thoroughly with soap-nut (ritha) solution or acacia concinna solution

Evening Primrose

The oil from this plant's seeds is commonly used to treat allergic rashes, but it may help if you have dandruff.
Evening primrose contains gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA, which is converted by the body to anti- inflammatory prostaglandins.

Typical dosage: 8 to 12 capsules per day; or try rubbing evening primrose oil into the scalp.

Lime

Use a teaspoon of fresh lime juice as the last rinse after washing the hair. This is another useful remedy that will also leave the hair glowing, removes stickiness and prevents dandruff.

Flaxseed

Flaxseed, with its high levels of omega-3fatty acids is beneficial seed oil that turns up in lists of remedies for many inflammatory conditions.

Typical dosage: 1 teaspoon per day internally; you can also use flaxseed oil as a scalp rub.

Green Gram Powder

One beneficial technic for the removal of dandruff uses green gram powder.
Wash the hair twice a week with a mix of two tablespoons of Green Gram Powder and half a cup of curd.

Tea Tree Oil

The essential oil of this tree is a potent anti fungal agent. Unfortunately, It's also very strongly drying. The best thing to do is to add a few drops of tea tree oil to one of the above-mentioned oils. Rub the mixture into the scalp before bedtime and wash it out in the morning.

Beet

Beets is a vegetable that is also useful in treating dandruff. Boil the leaves and roots in water. Massage this water into the scalp with the finger tips every night.

Snake Gourd

Use the juice of snake gourd to massage the scalp. It has been found beneficial in the prevention and treatment of dandruff.