Essential oils for dandruff

What a fun title. Oils for dandruff, everyone’s wildest dreams. Last night I was annoy d with my scalp. Essential oils to the rescue. Nobody wants to admit they have dandruff but I can’t be the only one.

Postpartum life has messed up my hair; it’s curling like it doesn’t know how, it’s falling out in handfuls and now it’s flakey- maybe it’s hormonal (??) but I’m pretty sure it’s a result of my current diet. One of the ways I know I’ve been eating crappy is by paying attention to the way my scalp feels. Right now it’s itchy because quick food. No time to make healthy food when nursing. I need snacks now! (Disclaimer: I’m not eating junk junk, but like lots of gf toast with jam cus it’s fast). Nutritional balance will be the true solution to the problem but we want something quick and easy for the time being.

There are lots of oils that you can use to help with dandruff. Peppermint, wintergreen, and lemon are highly rated for clearing the buildup and for scalp stimulation but not exactly the best to do at night. Instead I chose lavender and cedarwood for a scalp calming blend with the added bonus of relaxation for a restful sleep.

(It’s not that bad because it was already greasy…. but this is why curly people don’t brush their hair.)


  • Coconut oil
  • 2-4 drops oil(s) of choice. I did 4 of each.
  • Small bowl


  1. Start by brushing your hair suuuuper well to loosen stuff up and get out as much buildup as possible.
  2. Then using your fingers mix the essential oil and coconut oil together until soft.
  3. Part hair in sections – or section off layers as you go – unusual parts help get it in there really well.
  4. Apply oil directly to scalp. Zig zagging helps.
  5. Braid hair and head to bed.

When I do this I usually try to follow the next morning with a no-poo baking soda and avc wash just to get everything well cleaned out. Regular shampoo works fine too, as long as that’s not what’s causing the build up. Happy scalp saving and hair cleaning!

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