Have you have that sudden impulse of itching your scalp?? And then the deposit of white flakes in your nails and shoulder, it looks really gross. Dandruff is the most common hair problem that is faced by millions of people all across the world. Since it is common for most of the people that people tend to ignore it most of the time. But little did they know that this flaky layer of dead skin cells weakens your and leads to severe hair fall. Although the market is full of those anti-dandruff shampoos those shampoos are full of chemicals that can further deteriorate the condition of your scalp
What can cause dandruff according to Ayurveda??
In Ayurveda dandruff falls under the category of kshudra roga Daranakam and caused due to the imbalance of all three major doshas. In Ayurveda, if you are suffering from wet or oily dandruff then it is caused due to an imbalance of Vata and Kapha dosha but if you are suffering from dry dandruff then it is caused by the aggravation of Vata and pitta dosha. This imbalance in doshas cause accumulation of toxins or ama buildup on the scalp and contaminate it. To heal this body start shedding those contaminated epidermal cells that lead to the itchy and scaly scalp which is termed as dandruff. Also, it can be caused by a fungus Malassezia that feed on sebum (oil secretion by the scalp).
Ayurvedic treatment for dandruff
In Ayurveda, there are many remedies that can help in warding off dandruff. Ayurveda offers both herbal and internal medicines that help in improving the condition of the scalp through complete detoxification.
Here are top 10 remedies to get rid of dandruff
If your dandruff is caused due to the fungal infection then you can ward off this by using neem oil. Neem is known for its incredible antifungal and antiviral properties. Its antifungal properties help in removing dandruff. Apply neem oil to your scalp or you can make a paste of neem leaves and mix it with curd and apply it to your scalp. Leave the paste for 10 to 15 minutes and wash it off.
Fenugreek or methi seeds tops when it comes to getting rid of dandruff naturally. To use it soak the fenugreek seeds and make its paste in the morning, mix it with lemon juice and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off with an Ayurvedic shampoo.
Lemon Is one of the widely used fruits that is available to get rid of dandruff. Lemon contains citric acid, vitamin C and flavonoids which make it ideal for anti-dandruff treatment. Also, it is known for its antifungal and anti-bacterial properties that help in treating the itchy scalp.
You can directly apply lemon juice on your scalp and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off. You can also mix it in equal amount with ginger juice and olive oil massage it onto your scalp gently let it sit for at least half an hour and then wash it off with herbal shampoo.
Amla is one of the richest sources of vitamin c, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in nature that helps in preventing the accumulation of dandruff and also cures the itchiness of the scalp. Mix amla powder in water along with tulsi leaves paste, make a fine mixture and apply on your scalp. Leave it for 1 hour and wash it off with ayurvedic shampoo.
Hibiscus flower is also very popular when it comes to treating dandruff. Boil 6-7 hibiscus flowers and make a paste of it and add 2-3 tablespoon of warm coconut oil into it and apply the paste on the scalp and rest on the hair. Leave it for at least 1 hour and wash it with luke warm water.
When it comes to combating dandruff aloevera is also very popular due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also helps in treating conditions like psoriasis and burns effectively. You can extract the thick gel from aloevera leaves and apply it evenly on your scalp and leave it overnight. Shampoo your hair the next morning.
When it comes to use an alternative for the chemical-laden anti-dandruff shampoo you can use green gram. You can make a paste of green gram and apply it over your scalp and wash it off after 15 minutes with lukewarm water or you can mix it curd and apply it on your scalp and wash it with an Ayurvedic shampoo.
Sandalwood or Chandan is also popular for beauty treatments in traditional Ayurveda. Mix sandalwood oil with lime juice and massage it on your scalp leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and wash it. This will not only help in getting rid of dandruff but also help in strengthening the roots of the hairs.
Shikakai, reetha and amla
Shikakai, reetha and amla are all rich in vitamin C that can do wonders for hair and scalp health. It will cleanse your scalp thoroughly and removing any infection-causing fungus or bacteria. Make a mixture by soaking 5-6 shikakai pod, 5-6 reetha pods and few amla overnight. Let it boil in the morning and blend it after the mixture cools down. Strain it and use the liquid concoction as a herbal shampoo.
According to Ayurveda when you heat any oil before apply it on your scalp it goes deeper into the roots hence strengthen the ability of scalp to fight dandruff or any sort of infection. Hence massage your scalp with hot oil before going to bed and wash it off in the morning. You can also go for an Ayurvedic spa in any Ayurvedic treatment center.
Try these Ayurvedic treatments for dandruff and you will see the magic of these.