I confess, when I was younger I went through a stage where I had dandruff. Store bought shampoos helped, but at the time I never really thought about WHY I was getting dandruff because I was just so focused on how to get rid of it. Things like dandruff are your body’s way of signaling you that there is an imbalance. As with any health related symptoms, it’s important to look at the root cause of the issue, rather than simply treating the symptoms.
The good news is, I haven’t had dandruff in many years! I am happy to report I no longer have to worry about those ugly flakes finding their way to my shoulder. So what causes it? Dandruff is frequently cause by a type of fungus called Malassezia. It can be present in many of us in normal amounts, but when the body is out of balance, it creates the opportunity for this fungus to grow out of control and present itself in the form of dandruff. So what’s my secret? Probiotics! By flooding my gut with good, healthy bacteria, it helps it to fight off the bad guys like Malassezia and prevent them from growing out of control. A diet low in or free from sugar, dairy and yeast is also helpful, as fungus feeds on them.
When looking for a probiotic, I suggest going for something high end. They should always be refrigerated to maintain potency. I also prefer that they be gluten and dairy free, as those can feed the yeast/fungus you are trying to starve.
If you’ve got dandruff there is a natural alternative that is better for your overall health than the toxic shampoos and treatments you find in the drug store. In this study thirty patients with seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff were asked to rub diluted honey on their scalp and massage for 2-3 minutes every other day, then leave it on for 3 hours. Itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week, while skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks – those who continued the treatment once per week had no relapses. Twelve of the 15 patients who did not continue the honey regimen relapsed within 2-4 months.
How To Use Raw Honey for Dandruff according to mommypotamus.com
Wet hair, apply diluted raw honey (90% honey and 10% water). Massage into scalp for 2-3 minutes, then let it sit for three hours while you catch up on your favorite show, read, or fold laundry. Rinse with warm water. If desired, follow with 1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup water to seal the hair cuticle and make hair shiny.
Repeat every other day for about two weeks. In the study, participants reported that their dandruff was gone within two weeks. Those who continued the honey treatment once a week after that had no relapses, while those who did not relapsed in 2-4 months.
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