An itchy scalp is not a fun thing to deal with because it can really put a damper on your day. Eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and head lice are some of the most common causes of having an itchy scalp. Regardless of what is causing your scalp to itch, there are plenty of home remedies that provide you with relief from this condition.
People can simply use colloidal oatmeal, essential oils, and some over-the-counter (OTC) medication to relieve the itch. Those who have persistent itchy scalps that aren’t responding well to natural medications can benefit from using medicated shampoos.
In this article we are going to discuss some of the best OTC and natural home remedies that you can use to get some relief from itchy scalps.
Some of the anti-dandruff shampoos you see being sold in your local grocery stores contain colloidal oatmeal. This is finely ground oatmeal that has been dissolved in water. This solution is great because it can form an effective over your skin’s surface that prevents dryness and flaking and can also lock in moisture.
Colloidal oatmeal also has exceptional anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can both alleviate various skin problems, including itchy scalps.
Here’s how you can make your own colloidal oatmeal right at home:
- Get a handful of oats and wrap them in a muslin cloth;
- After wrapping the oats, hold the cloth beneath a faucet of running lukewarm water and collect the run-offs in a jar or jug;
- Gently pour the oatmeal water evenly all over your scalp.
Colloidal oatmeal can also be bought from your local health stores and online shops.
Warm Olive Oil
Warm olive oil does wonders for itchy scalps as it can help loosen and soften itchy scales and crusts on your skin’s surface. To use this remedy, you will first need to warm up some olive oil in your hands and then massage it gently across your scalp.
Leave the oil on your scalp for several hours and then wash it out using a medicated shampoo such as salcylic acid or tar.
Peppermint oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in providing you with some relief from an itchy scalp. This is because menthol has a natural cooling effect on the skin which can be quite helpful in dealing with the itching caused by skin allergies.
A study from 2012 also revealed that peppermint oil revealed that peppermint oil suspended in sesame oil was effective in reducing itchiness after being used for 2 weeks straight. The effects were found to be more effective than that of placebo.
Like with other essential oils, peppermint oil must not be applied directly onto the skin. Instead, people should apply a couple of drops of oil to their shampoo and rinse it thoroughly using lukewarm water.
This oil can be purchased online or through various retailers.
Itchy scalps can be quite a pain, but using these home remedies should help give you some relief.