Having persistent itching anywhere on your body can be annoying and even embarrassing, depending on where it is. An itchy scalp is a very common location for aggravating itchiness, and it is most often caused by seborrheic dermatitis, which is a medical term for dandruff. There are several other causes besides this, including ringworm, which is not a worm but a form of fungus, and psoriasis. Head lice can also be a cause, especially for those with dense, thick hair.
For itchy scalp conditions that persist for more than a week, there are a number of natural home care treatments that can be very effective while at the same time not costing a lot of money.
Here are several natural remedies that you can do at home:
1. Combine around three or four sprigs of fresh chopped rosemary with three bags of commercial chamomile tea, boil for about five minutes, strain it and allow it to cool down. Rinse your hair with this combination. You can also use chamomile oil with dried rosemary, strained, as a massage oil.
2. Aloe Vera is an effective treatment. Squeeze some of the gel from a piece of cut Aloe Vera and massage this into the areas where your scalp itches. After about fifteen minutes, rinse it out, since it will become very sticky if left on longer.
3. Chamomile oil, lavender oil, avocado oil and eucalyptus oil can be mixed in equal amounts. This is then massaged into damp hair or mixed with a little water as it is applied. It is very effective for dandruff and itchy scalp.
4. Plain yoghurt can be rubbed into your scalp after you wash your hair. Leave it in place for about ten minutes, and then rinse it out. If the itchy scalp is more serious, add some whisked egg to the yoghurt before applying it to your head, and allow it to remain for up to a half hour before rinsing it out.
5. A very effective cure for dandruff or other fungal problems like ringworm is to mix a spoonful of borax into about 8 ounces of hot water, stirring until it dissolves. This is then used along with regular shampoo to wash your hair, instead of using regular water. Leave it on your head for five minutes before rinsing. Borax is a very safe and effective anti-fungal substance, and is very natural, since it is mined from the earth in arid places like Death Valley. Though it is often reportedly poisonous, in actuality it is quite safe, being no more toxic than table salt, as determined by the standard chemical toxicity test called LD50. Certainly when used externally and rinsed off, it is totally harmless, and it will stop dandruff and an itchy scalp.
Those are some selected and effective natural remedies for itchy scalp, but many more can be found by looking for natural dandruff remedies.