Ginger root is not just a tasty garnish for sushi. This fibrous plant also packs a powerful punch when it comes to improving the condition of your tresses, even working wonders on a head full of dandruff. Though plenty of dandruff-relieving products exist, some of the most effective shampoos contain synthetic chemicals. If you’re dreading dousing your head with conventional anti-dandruff products, rest assured that a natural, anti-inflammatory ginger-root treatment may help banish the flakes and even tame scalp flare-ups.
Things You'll Need
Firmly grasp the fresh ginger root with one hand and the metal spoon with your other hand. Scrape the ginger root with the spoon’s bowl until all the skin is peeled away.
Chop the peeled ginger root into small pieces, then add them to the garlic press. Squeeze the press over the glass jar or bottle until the juice amounts to 1 tablespoon.
Add the oil and lemon juice to the freshly pressed ginger juice. Screw on the container lid and shake the glass jar or bottle vigorously until the treatment is emulsified.
Massage the treatment into your scalp and leave it on your head until dry (15 to 30 minutes). Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water, then shampoo normally.
Use this treatment three times each week for maximum effectiveness.
Always refrigerate any leftover treatment in an air-tight glass container.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Diseases & Conditions: Dandruff
Medicine Plus Medical Encyclopedia: Seborrheic Dermatitis
Skin Inc.: The Biology Behind Eczema and Psoriasis
Duke, James A. New York: Rodale Books, 2008. Paperback.
Home Remedies for Life: 40 DIY Home Remedies for Dandruff