Soothing Scalp Solution

Introduce this simple, two-step shower routine weekly to get relief for itchy, irritated or flaky skin on your scalp.

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Makes enough for 2 applications

An inadequate diet, poor hydration, use of chemical shampoos or underlying conditions such as eczema and psoriasis can all result in irritated, flaky skin on the scalp. Medicated shampoos can sometimes offer a short-term fix, but avoid using them long term because often the problem will come back worse.

If the scalp is a particularly problematic area for you, try this combination of essential oils, which can soothe and calm dry, irritated skin. In fact, jojoba isn’t an oil but a mix of liquid wax esters that, structurally and chemically, closely resemble human sebum, which means it doesn’t clog pores. It makes a great carrier for the essential oils here.


  • 3 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 8 drops tea tree oil
  • 8 drops rosemary oil

For the rinse:

  • 500ml warm water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

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  1. Mix together the oils thoroughly.
  2. Take a shower to wet your hair and scalp but don’t use shampoo. Using the tips of your fingers, massage the oil into your damp hair and scalp.
  3. Cover with a shower cap or wrap your head in a towel and leave for an hour or two.
  4. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Shampoo gently. Then, as a final rinse, use a 500ml jug of warm water with the apple cider vinegar stirred in.

Use every other day until the flakes on your scalp begin to reduce. Then switch to using once a week.

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