Once I learned the truth about dandruff; that it is not really caused by numerous factors, such as dry skin, oily skin, too much or too little hair washing, hygiene, stress or diet; but was, in reality, a candida based fungus called Malassezia Globosa; I set about to find a natural cure.
But, my problem is not just curing the fungal issue. I typically seek out root causes for pain conditions; and although this was not something I’d typically classify as “painful,” it is uncomfortable and extremely irritating. Eventually, given sufficient time, a condition described with those adjectives will result in pain.
So let’s get to it. The first question is how can I control and eventually get rid of the irritating fungal condition in my skin?
At first, I was looking only for a way to directly treat my scalp. You have to sometimes view yourself as a farmer views his land. If the soil is not right, nothing is fertile, and he won’t get good crops. Now, I’m not saying you want crops of anything growing on your skin. Quite the contrary.
My point is, fungus on the body is like weeds in your grass. The reason weeds appear, is because the ph levels in the soil are not balanced. There is a nutritional deficit causing this imbalance in the soil. When the soil’s ph levels are rebalanced through proper nutrition; weeds cannot grow.
Likewise, when the ph levels are balanced by good nutrition in your body, fungus can’t grow either. And remember, cancer is a fungus. Therefore, I wasn’t looking for topical creams and lotions, but I wanted something that could help me to address the ph levels in my body, but of my scalp in particular.
The first references I discovered, said there were several ways to naturally treat it and balance out the ph levels. The first thing I tried was a salt scrub to get rid of excess dry skin prior to washing my hair. It’s probably not wise to do this if your scalp has already been scratched, is irritated, or has any broken skin. It might burn.
My scalp was only slightly irritated, but I knew the irritation would get worse if I scratched it, so I used the salt to scrub it instead. The article was not specific about what type of salt to use. I wanted to use my sea salt, which is not finely ground, but is in hard bits in a grinder bottle, but I could not get access to it, unless I ground it.
I choose instead, to use Epsom salt. As far as relieving the itch, it did help with that. Basically, you just pick up a small bit between your fingers, after parting your hair; and rub it on your scalp. You can massage your scalp with the salt, or use it to scrub your scalp, like I did.
Of course, you will have salt crystals to clean up when you are finished, and may even sleep with some in your hair. Just know that if you scrub your head like I did, your hair may get very tangled, and be difficult to comb out if not done while water is running through it; especially if you have fine, long, thick, curly hair like I do.
However, Tea Tree oil is known for its antifungal properties. Not only did I add it to my shampoo, but I also applied the oil liberally, to my scalp after I washed my hair. In fact, my hair was saturated with oil when I was done.
Prior to doing that, but after washing it, I also used a mixture of water and about ½ a cup of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. I mixed that in a clean bottle, and rinse my hair with it after I had rinsed all the shampoo out.
I let that mixture sit in my hair while I showered, then rinsed it out and applied my conditioner. I would have preferred to leave that rinse in, but my hair was so tangled, I had no choice but to condition it, so I could better fight to detangle it.
My scalp felt good for a few hours after this entire process was done, but began to itch again by the end of the night.
Another remedy suggested was raw lemon. I did consider a straight application of the Apple Cider Vinegar, but that smells so strong, and was the second reason why I conditioned after using that rinse.
The lemon, however, would not be a repulsively strong smell, so that is the next direct remedy I want to try. Coconut and olive oils were also both recommended. I’ve used coconut oils in my hair and scalp before, but had not paid attention to the effect on my scalp irritations.
The next day, I did try the witch hazel and I did feel a difference; but bear in mind; I still had the Tea Tree oil in my hair; quite a bit of it. I used liberal amounts of the witch hazel and a cotton swab.
I parted my hair down the middle. Then on each side, I parted sections parallel to the middle part; soaked the cotton swab in a ziplock bag, and rubbed he witch hazel into my irritated scalp. Then I parted my hair divergently, and repeated the process.
I wanted to give it a good dousing of the witch hazel to hopefully affect the ph balance and rectify it somewhat. Plus, It had been itching all day, and I needed relief. There was a bit of stinging, but in a way, the stinging felt good as opposed to the itching.
I did get some relief, but I decided that I need to wash the Tea Tree oil out and then repeat the process to see the true effect. I also considered making a paste with baking soda and rubbing it into my scalp.
However, about an hour after using the witch hazel, I had total and complete relief. I intend to stop using the oils for the time being, and use the witch hazel and perhaps a baking soda paste, to see how much of the external condition is eased by means of these methods.
Additionally, despite the fact that certain oils are beneficial, and antifungal; I think that these should be withheld for a while first, because they are still oils. As such, they can lock moisture in, and this yeast-related fungus feeds on hair oils.
I think the ph balance needs to be restored first, and the witch hazel seems to be a workable solution at this point. I also want to test the internal solutions that I think are factors of this condition. I’ve researched this, and I understand what my body is missing, so I want to examine how both factors play together, to help me get rid of this condition. Stay tuned.