Are you finding it difficult to resist the urge to scratch your head? An itchy scalp can not only be annoying but also embarrassing.

Have you ever wondered what's causing your scalp to itch? In fact, there are a number of scalp conditions that can cause itching. Some of the most common causes of itchy scalp include:

  • Dandruff

  • Psoriasis

  • Lice

  • Fungal infection

  • Sweating

Now let us take a look at the simple and natural home remedies for itchy scalp and dandruff that helps in eliminating the itchiness.

 1. Coconut Oil

The drier your scalp, the itchier it is! Coconut oil can be your ultimate answer to keep your scalp naturally moisturized. It will also help in treating the scalp infection that is causing the itchiness. 

Apply warm coconut oil on your scalp and all over your hair twice a week. Also, follow each application with a gentle massage.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is acidic and has natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also:

  • contains vitamin C, iron, and citric acids which are beneficial for hair growth
  • helps in balancing the pH of your scalp, thereby, preventing dandruff
  • helps in strengthening your hair follicles
  • prevents accumulation of extra oil on the scalp which causes flakes and dandruff

Apply lemon juice all over your scalp with a cotton ball and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. However, remember not to repeat this more than twice a week.

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera acts as a natural moisturizer and contains antimicrobial and soothing properties. It is also an age-old, perfect cure for red, itchy scalp and dandruff. 

Apply the gel from the aloe vera leaf on your scalp, leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice a week regularly for best results.

4. Neem Oil

Neem is highly medicinal and has been utilized for its antimicrobial properties for centuries. It can clear most infections and can effectively relieve itchiness. 

Neem oil contains an active ingredient called ‘Nimbin’ that can help to reduce inflammation.

Apply neem oil on your scalp, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse it off. You can also mix it with coconut oil for effective results. Repeat this twice or thrice a week for quick relief from an itchy scalp.

5. Onion Juice

Onion has antimicrobial properties and contains antioxidants that keep your scalp healthy, infection-free, and helps in reducing inflammation. 

It is rich in sulphur that helps minimize hair thinning and nourishes hair follicles. 

Peel and grate an onion and squeeze out the juice. Apply this on your scalp thoroughly using a cotton ball and leave it for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with shampoo.

If these home remedies do not work and you are noticing hair loss with dry and itchy scalp, consult your doctor immediately.

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