Friday, July 1, 2011

Battling My Itchy Scalp with Lavender and Eucalyptus Oil

As you ladies know, I've been dealing with an itchy scalp for a weeks now. It has finally become unbearable so I hopped on my laptop and read and read on different simple ways to treat itchy, burning scalp. Lavender and eucalyptus oil turned up good results so after work today, I stopped by WholeFoods Market and purchased two bottles.

Lavender Oil  Lavender oil, one of the best aromatherapy oils is known to be very effective in treating the problem of hair loss. Regular usage is helpful in controlling hair fall and improving hair growth. Alopecia areata, a condition wherein you lose excessive hair, especially in patches can be treated with lavender essential oil. Daily massage with lavender oil will definitely help significant re-growth and give you the results in a few months. Moreover, a massage with lavender oil is also helpful in curing insomnia. It is known to improve sleep quality. One of the lavender oil benefits is that it relaxes you and helps you get rid of anxiety and depression. The calming and soothing effect of lavender oil is beneficial for relieving stress. This in turn helps control hair loss, as insomnia, stress, depression are one of the causes of this problem. Sufficient sleep and mental peace ensures that you do no face hair loss problem. Moreover, it also enhances blood circulation, hence a scalp massage will definitely help improve hair growth. 
You can use lavender oil for hair growth and get rid of other problems like itchy scalp and dandruff. It is a powerful antiseptic and useful in disinfecting the scalp hence, treating dry scalp, lice, lice eggs or nits. It also fights fungi, viruses and other microbes. You can opt for a daily scalp massage with lavender oil for hair growth and use one of the below mentioned hair masks as well. [Source] 
Eucalyptus Oil  This essential oil can be used to get long and healthy hair. One of the common scalp problem that is known to cause hair loss and adversely affect hair growth is dandruff. Eucalyptus oil can help to get rid of dandruff, which in turn can help to promote healthy growth of hair. For using eucalyptus oil for dandruff, just mix about 9 to 10 drops of eucalyptus oil with your shampoo and then gently massage your scalp for a few minutes, after which rinse it off with water. Massaging your scalp with eucalyptus oil can stimulate blood circulation and thereby, make your hair healthy and beautiful. 
You can also directly apply eucalyptus oil on your scalp and massage it gently with your fingers to encourage hair growth. Otherwise, you can mix a few drops of eucalyptus oil with a base oil like olive oil. Warm this mixture and then massage your hair and scalp with it. Now, wrap your head with a towel and wait for about 20 to 30 minutes, before shampooing. This will not only improve blood circulation, but will make your hair shiny and stimulate hair growth. You can also add a small amount of clove oil to the olive and eucalyptus oil mixture, to make it more effective. Eucalyptus oil can be used for giving your hair an overnight treatment as well. 
Apart from removing dandruff and stimulating hair growth, eucalyptus oil can increase elasticity of hair. This can make your hair stronger and more resistant to hair breakage and split ends. All these benefits of eucalyptus oil for hair can be attributed to both its medicinal properties and soothing aroma. The refreshing aroma of the oil can reduce mental stress and exhaustion, which too can go a long way in preventing hair loss. [Source]


Once home, I made a mix with the two oils using jojoba oil as the base. I chose to use jojoba oil as the base because its structural composition resembles the sebum our scalp produces. I mixed 6 drops of lavender oil and 6 drops of eucalyptus oil with 2 ounces of jojoba oil and applied to my scalp and massaged it in (only used .5 ounces of the oil mix). I thought about heating the oil but passed because my scalp already left like it was burning - no need to add fuel to the fire!

My scalp is so badly irritated I ended up sitting on my hands, rocking back and forth, and then just pacing to avoid scratching. After about 15 minutes, I applied my deep conditioner  over everything and sat under my heat cap.

I'm still under the cap and can report that my scalp does feel better. It's not back to normal but the intense itchy, burning sensation has substantially decreased (Thank you God!). Even if my scalp isn't back to normal yet, this is more relief than I've gotten in weeks, so I'm a happy girl right now.

I'm going to use the remainder of the oil for scalp massages every other day. I'm completely committed to restoring my scalp back to it's normal health, but of course, it will only get better with time.

With smiles,

8 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Do you know what the root of the itching is?

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  2. I have no idea... I thought it was the Nioxin, but it can't be because as
    soon as I wash my hair, my scalp feels better and after a couple days go by,
    it starts itching again :(

    Washed my hair this evening and it feels tender from all the scratching but
    otherwise its fine... wish I knew what the culprit was!

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  3. Is it still working cuz I'm having a similar issue

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  4. So far so good. I wasn't consistent with applying during the week for scalp
    massages but I just pre-pooed with my mix and it calmed my itches.

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  5. I am starting to think it is our skin (cells) working too fast that it is leaving the pile up which blocks the pores and gets infected. ....My itchy scalp started at 16 years old and I didn't start loosing hair until 23 and especially itchy and hair shedding at 25 years old. The ACV and various other things have helped immensely to stop the itching. I think an uptake in zinc vitamins stopped the falling but the hair still has grown less dense and thinner.

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  6. Hi Jeni, I too battled with dry, itchy scalp for a LONG TIME. Not sure if you are still dealing with this but i have successfully eliminated this and here's my secret: water. Instead of my once a week wash day routine, I decided to switch to twice a week washes. Once a week with shampoo and the other with conditioner or just water. That alone, eliminated about 80% of the dry scalp. There are other things that may also have helped: oil massages and switching to sulfate free shampoo. I know you said you don't observe the difference in your hair stands between using sulfate and sulfate free shampoos (i don't either) but it makes a HUGE difference for my scalp. Just thought I'd let you know the simple stuff that is working in helping me eliminate ALL of my dry, itchy scalp issues :0). God Bless!

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    1. Hi anon, my scalp hasn't been flaking and itching as much as it used to but I also haven't used a sulfate shampoo in weeks, now i'm very curious about whether going back to sulfate shampoos would the itchiness to increase!! Thank you for the heads up! Glad to hear you're making great progress. I love when simple things make a big impact!

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  7. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree special shampoo (with peppermint) works great. My daughter has had dry scalp from day one and this shampoo once a week works great. Essential oils have also worked well for us too. We use Lavendar, tea tree, eucalyptus and almond oil.

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