Herbal Remedies for Dandruff and Eczema
Dandruff and eczema are skin condition symptoms of an imbalance within the body. Cedar wood, rosemary and lemon essential oils are good for oily skin and dandruff. Lavender, geranium and sandalwood are good for dry flaky scalps and skin. Dry eczema is often stress related. Juniper berry is a blood purifier that helps stabilizes these conditions. These essential oils are used externally and mixed with carrier oil.
Burdock, Arctium lapa, is used to relieve dry and scaly skin conditions and for removing body system imbalances that produce skin conditions such as dandruff and eczema and psoriasis. To take internally, put 1 teaspoonful of root into a cup of water and bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes and drink three times a day.
A hair oil treatment combing essential oils with a carrier oil such as grape seed oil, almond oil or sunflower oil is left on the scalp for two hours or overnight. Then wash hair with mild un-perfumed shampoo the next morning. Repeat the treatment every two to three days and decrease to twice a week when symptoms start to improve.
Oil for Dry, Flaking Scalp
- 5 drops of lavender
- 5 drop of geranium
- 2 drop of sandalwood
- 1 fluid ounce, 30 ml or 5 teaspoons of carrier oil
Oil for Oily Scaling Scalp
- 6 drops of cedar wood
- 4 drops of rosemary
- 4 drops of lemon
- 1 fluid ounce 30 ml or 5 teaspoonfuls of carrier oil
The dried flower heads of red clover, Trifolium pratense, can be made into a tea to be drunk internally or used in a bath to relieve eczema. Chickweed, Stellaria media, relieves the inflammation and itching. Infuse a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of dried herb and infuse for 10-15 minutes and drink three times a day. For children, 6-12 years reduce the dosage to half and for children under 6 and over one month old reduce the dosage to one-fourth.
To make a skin oil if your skin is weeping and moist, add 4 drops of lavender and geranium and 3 drops of juniper berry to 1 fluid ounce, 30 ml, or 5 teaspoonfuls of carrier oil and apply every morning and night to affected areas. For dry eczema add 1 drop of sandalwood to the above mixture.
Treatment of Nervous Eczema
Nettles, Uritica dioica, is used to strengthen and support the whole body and is especially useful in childhood eczema and nervous eczema. Nettles are also used in combination with figwort, Scrophularia nodosa, and burdock. Figwort is used as an internal cleanser and helps the body to function better.
Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-3 teaspoonfuls of dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes, drink three times a day. Remember to reduce the quantities for use with children.