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Have you had issues with your scalp? Flakiness? Soreness? Scabs? Or what feels like plaque buildup? Like on your teeth, but this time on your scalp?
That’s what I’ve been experiencing for months. In that time, I’ve been determined to find a natural remedy to soothe the worst of the symptoms. Cuz let’s be honest. The medicine might be the closest thing to a cure, but who knows what’s in it?
I am not anti-medicine. But if it’s not going to kill me, I want to know what natural alternatives exist.
That’s fair, right? TO look for natural alternatives that parallel modern medicine?
For example, what we now know as aspirin was originally found in plants.
This is a hair oil recipe that I’ve been using for months now. THIS IS NOT A CURE for eczema or scalp psoriasis, but I’ve found that it helps keep the worst of the symptoms at bay.
I use this recipe on my scalp almost every day. It stops the unruly flakiness. It doesn’t cure the itchiness or the buildup of the plaque or scabs, but it does keep the the itchiness from getting out of hand and keeps the the scabs and plaque pretty small.
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 clean jars with a lids
Cheesecloth or an unbleached coffee filter
Wax or parchment paper
Pot or slow cooker
Brown paper bag (optional)
Distilled water (optional)
You can use whatever oil you want. I used almond oil in this recipe because you can find it almost anywhere without having to order it online. But you can use whatever oil you like best.
However, I chose my herbs for a reason.
Lavender is pretty well known for aiding in relaxation and reducing tension. It’s also been used to help disinfect wounds, cuts, and sores. It also helps with pain relief and healing. With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good ingredient to have for soothing an angry scalp.
Everyone knows chamomile. It’s your favorite bedtime tea to help you sleep through the night. In an oil infusion, chamomile can aid in soothing minor skin irritations.
Calendula has historically been used to soothe topical wounds, infections, and sores. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help treat many skin problems.
The oils in rosemary make it useful as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal. Rosemary may also aid with premature hair loss and baldness by keeping hair follicles healthy, preventing dandruff, and preventing lice infections.
Create your scalp oil maceration
If you have one, use a mortar and pestle to grind your herbs. Or you can break the herbs with your fingers. Increasing the surface area helps more of the nutrients get released.
Take a clean jar and fill it with your herbs. Fill the jar the rest of the way with almond oil (or another carrier oil of your choice). Make sure the herbs are completely covered with oil.
Cover with a piece of wax or parchment paper to protect the oils and herbs from reacting with the metals from the lid. Screw on the lid.
Shake well to ensure every bit of the herbs gets covered in oil.
From here, there are two methods you can use to get the nutrients from the herbs to release into the oil. Choose the option you like best.
Place your jar in sunny window and cover it with a brown paper bag. The heat helps release the nutrients from the herbs into the oil, while the bag protects the oil from going rancid from the sunlight.
Let sit for 4-6 weeks. Shake every other day to help make sure all the herbs stay covered in oil and to help the nutrients from the herbs get released into the oil.
The herbs will absorb some of the oil, so you may need to add more oil over time to ensure the herbs remain completely covered.
Slow cooker method
Use a slow cooker with a bit of distilled water in the bowl, or put a pot on the stove with a bit of distilled water on very low heat. You want a gentle heat rather than a boil.
Put your jar in the warm water and let it “cook” for 4-8 hours (or longer if you can). I usually let it cook overnight in a slow cooker.
Note: I live in place with hard water. Using the distilled water protects my jars from getting caked with mineral deposits during the “cooking process. But you can you tap water if that’s not a concern for you.
Notice the lovely color once the maceration is done. Now it’s time to decant.
Decant your oil
Grab a clean jar. Most herbalists use cheesecloth, but I prefer using a coffee filter. A coffee filter filters out more sediment than cheesecloth, so you end up with a purer oil that doesn’t have all that sediment from the herbs settling at the bottom of the jar.
Cover the mouth of your jar with the cheesecloth of coffee filter. Let the filter fall to about 1/3 of the way down the jar.
You want the bottom of the filter to fall far enough down the jar to act as a pocket for the herbs you’re about to pour. But you don’t want the filter too far down so that the bottom ends up sitting in your decanted oil.
Tie the rubber band around the edge of the filter and the jar to hold the filter in place.
Pour your oil and herbs oil into the coffee filter.
Let the oil filter into the clean jar.
…This part takes a while…
Every time to oil stops filtering, you can use a spoon or some other instrument to try and press any remaining oil out of the herbs and into the jar.
A professional system has a press to do this job. For those of us at home, we have to make do with what’s at hand.
Remove your used herbs and pour more into pocket. Repeat until all of your oil has been decanted and separated from your herbs.
And there you have it.
A base oil you can use to treat scalp psoriasis.
You can add other carrier oils (e.g Joj0ba oil) and essential oils as you see fit.
How to use your hair and scalp oil
The best way to use this oil is to massage into your scalp when you first start to feel the itchiness starting.
The massage part is key. Don’t saturate your scalp in oil and hope for the best. Section your hair and apply a few drops to your scalp at each section. When done, use your fingertips (not your nails) to massage the oil thoroughly across your scalp and into your skin.
This oil isn’t a cure, but it helps keep symptoms from getting out of control. Massage the oil into your scalp daily or every other day.
The oil won’t completely stop all of the symptoms, but it will make them less irritating and reduce the dandruff-like flakes you experience.