Mother Earth Living

Soothing Scalp Solution

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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.

More from Radiant:

For more than 20 years, Hanna Sillitoe suffered from severe psoriasis, eczema and acne. They dominated her life and shattered her confidence. At times she even resorted to wrapping her skin in clingfilm to stop her clothes rubbing against her raw skin. When her doctor told her the only remaining treatment was chemotherapy, she started researching diet and skin, and ultimately changed her life, cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy and wheat, with dramatic results. Now free from all skin complaints, Hanna is sharing her methods. Beginning with a juice cleanse, Hanna’s plan then moves on to a range of delicious, skin-loving meals including Turmeric and Ginger Chia Pudding, Immunity Ramen, Beet Burgers and even Clean Tiramisu. There is also a selection of homemade beauty products such as Avocado and Honey Facemask and Rosemary and Lemon Salt Scrub. Uplifting and inspiring for those who have been searching for an answer to their skin woes, Hanna’s programme is also suitable for people without specific complaints who just want to improve their overall health and complexion. A recipe for good health and clear skin, from the inside out.

Radiant by Hanna Sillitoe © 2019 Kyle Books, and photographs by © Joanna Henderson. No images may be used, in print or electronically, without written consent from the publisher.

  • Published on Aug 5, 2019
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