Having an itchy scalp is not only embarrassing, as you don’t want to be seen scratching your head more than enough times in public, but can also be painful and cause infection when the scratch forms wounds. Using essential oils, you can naturally soothe, cool, reduce inflammation & relieve the itch on your scalp as well as prevent infection. Since essential oils are very concentrated, you must make sure to dilute them with a carrier oil for example: sweet almond, jojoba, argan, olive, coconut or avocado oil before use. Here are some of the major causes of an itchy scalp:
Causes of Itchy Scalp
- Dirty scalp
- Hair products
- The weather
- Inflammatory skin conditions
An itchy scalp caused by all the above problems can be relieved using a select few essential oils that contain powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, in addition to using these essential oils treatments, also make sure to wash your scalp and hair regularly – at least every other day will do, keep hydrated, comb your hair often to stimulate circulation, use natural hair products to avoid chemicals that can irritate the scalp and cause itchiness and lastly, don’t scratch! No matter how itchy it gets, make sure not to scratch as you may end up causing wounds which might lead to infection.
Listed below are 5 powerful essential oils for itchy scalp relief + how to use them safely and effectively to get rid of that itch once and for all!
1. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Due to its terpinen-4-ol compounds, tea tree essential oil is a strong antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal agent that will help fight off any germs, bacteria and yeast that are causing the itchy scalp.
►To two teaspoons of almond oil, add 3 drops of tea tree oil and mix well. Apply this onto your scalp with clean fingertips and massage gently for 3 to 5 minutes. Leave the treatment to work for 1 hour then rinse off thoroughly with tepid water.
2. Peppermint Essential Oil
The cooling and soothing properties of peppermint essential oil make it one of the best essential oils for itchy scalp issues. It contains menthol which has numbing and cooling properties that will calm & numb the itch and any pain caused by scratching. Peppermint essential oil is especially good for soothing dry, itchy and flaky scalps affected by dandruff.
►Fill a spray bottle with 1 or 2 cups of filtered/distilled water. Add in two drops of peppermint essential oil and shake vigorously. Spray this onto your scalp after or before a shower to soothe itchy scalp problems. Store in the refrigerator.
3. Lemon Essential Oil
Refresh your scalp and relieve any itchiness with lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil cleanses the scalp, removes build-up and unclogs blocked hair follicles that can harbor germs that cause itchiness. It contains powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties that will gently disinfect your itchy scalp and protect it from infection.
►To 2 teaspoons of coconut oil, add just two drops of lemon essential oil, mix well and massage this gently onto your scalp. You could also lightly warm the coconut oil before adding the lemon essential oil for the treatment to work better. Leave it on for at least 40 minutes before rinsing off well with warm/tepid water.
4. Rosemary Essential Oil
The anti-inflammatory properties of rosemary essential oil will help reduce any redness or inflammation on the scalp. It also contains anti-fungal properties that will protect the scalp from any bacteria or fungi. Rosemary essential oil will also increase circulation on the scalp and soothe itchiness.
►In a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, add three drops of rosemary essential oil and mix well. Gently apply this onto your scalp and cover your hair with a warm towel for the treatment to penetrate. After 40 minutes, rinse it off thoroughly and wrap your hair in a soft towel.
5. Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Just like peppermint essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil gives a cooling effect when applied on the scalp. It also contains antibacterial properties that will kill fungus and other germs that cause itchiness. Massage eucalyptus essential oil on your scalp to improve circulation and promote a healthy scalp. Read more: Benefits of Eucalyptus Oil for Hair, Skin & More
►Mix 2 to 4 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil such as sweet almond or argan oil. Gently pour the mixture all over your scalp and start massaging it for about 3 minutes. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before you rinse it off.
Natural Hair Care Resources
– DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions Guide with Recipes
Want to make your own herbal hair oils? Check out our DIY Herbal Hair Oil Infusions eBook that contains an A-Z list of healing herbs and spices to infuse for hair, what base oil to choose for your hair type, methods of infusing your hair oils plus 20 exciting hair oil recipes for dry hair, heat damaged hair, hair growth, even gray hairs, scented hair and more!
– Where to Get a Natural Shampoo
If you are going chemical-free on your hair, but want to save the time of making a homemade shampoo, this Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo is a game-changer. It contains powerful herbs such as sage: for dandruff & itchy scalp treatment, rosemary: for hair growth and prevention of hair loss and spikenard for dandruff treatment. It also has argan, jojoba and tea tree oils that all protect the scalp from germs, keep hair clean as well as hydrated and moisturized. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, so it will not lather the way you are used to, but you will quickly get used to it and notice the difference!
- Essential oils are very concentrated & potent and may be toxic if used in the wrong way. Do not apply essential oils ‘neat’ onto your scalp. Use only a few drops of the essential oil and remember to ALWAYS dilute essential oils with carrier oils.
- Please make sure to purchase high quality and 100% pure essential oils for your body.
- If you are pregnant or lactating and would like to treat your itchy scalp with essential oils, please consult with your health care practitioner first. Most essential oils are not recommended to be used by pregnant/lactating women.
- Keep essential oils away from children and pets.