Home Remedies for Itchy Scalp

Do you often have to scratch your itchy scalp? This can be embarrassing in public, and cause a lot of discomfort and even hair loss. Some of the most common causes are dandruff, dry scalp, sebaceous cysts, excessive anxiety, poor hair care, fungus and viral infections, and poor diet.

There are many ways you can treat an itchy scalp without spending a lot of money. You can use some common kitchen ingredients to treat itchy scalp.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for an itchy scalp.

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Itchy-scalp home remedies

1. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil, with its powerful natural antifungal, anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, can be used to treat itchy scalp. You can use tea tree oil in various ways, for instance:

  • You can add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to one-half cup of baby shampoo and use it daily until the condition of your scalp improves.
  • Another option is to dilute two or three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp. With regular use, this remedy will heal a dry, itchy scalp within a week or two.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice will help treat an itchy and dry scalp because of its antiseptic properties. It is particularly useful when dealing with dandruff.

  • You can simply apply fresh lemon juice thoroughly on the scalp. Leave it on for five minutes and then shampoo your hair. If you do not have dandruff, dilute the lemon juice in water.
  • Alternately, you can mix lemon juice with yogurt and apply it on your scalp for a few minutes before washing your hair with a mild shampoo. Repeat at least daily until itchiness and dryness disappears.

3. Baking Soda

Another readily available ingredient that can relieve an itchy scalp is baking soda. It helps relieve itching by exfoliating the scalp and controlling dandruff caused by overactive fungi.

  • Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it directly onto your scalp. For best results, rub some olive oil on your scalp before applying the baking soda paste.
  • Allow it to soak into your scalp for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well with water.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has powerful anti-inflammation properties that help kill the yeast and virus that can cause itchy scalp. Also, apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of the scalp, which may help relieve itching and dryness.

  • Rinse your hair and scalp with water and allow it to dry.
  • Mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Apply this mixture directly onto your scalp with the help of cotton balls. Spray it on your scalp.
  • After few minutes, shampoo with normal water.

Follow this remedy once or twice a week.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel contains moisturizing properties, which may relieve excessive dryness and itching. If fresh aloe vera gel is not available, you can purchase the gel.

  • Spread some fresh aloe vera gel onto your scalp using your fingers.
  • Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

6. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil creates a barrier that helps keep skin moisturized and hence it is an effective way to treat an itchy scalp.

  • Rub a little coconut oil onto the scalp after washing your hair your scalp when it is clean. Leave it on for at least half an hour and then wash it out with a perfume-free shampoo. Follow this simple remedy three times a week.
  • Another option is to gently heat coconut oil so that it melts, add it to your shampoo before washing your hair.




  1. This site is wonderful that help me lots

  2. Thanx alwaiys!

  3. Wondeful site… Kinda blessing n a miracle for the despair.

  4. DO NOT use baking soda to heal a rash. I am trying to heal a rash CAUSED by baking soda. You can clean grime and bleach with baking soda, why would you put it on an inflammation? !

    • thanks for sharing.

    • But u just may be one of the unfortunates allergic to the baking get soda…. most of us use it for one purpose or another and we don’t ‘break’ out with rash or anything

    • Because it’s a natural anti-inflammatory that rash is probably not what yoyo think it is your rash is not caused by the banking soda it’s worked for all of my inflammation and it removes strains from my clothes!!! It’s probably never going to work for you! You should go get some pharmaceutical from an MD that will give you some chemical that after you take it will be on some ad with an attorney and that your great grand children will now have a rash that never goes away!!! GOOD LUCK!
      Sorry I’m just the devils advocate with smart-ass responses to add a little fun to our misery

  5. I’ve been suffering for months from itchy and very dry scalp filled with ‘dandruff’. I’ve bought mild champooes, special soothing lotions without anything really working. Tonight I’ve done the banana/avocado treatment for head and hair, and whilst the mixture was ‘brewing’ (wrapped my head in tin foil and a towel) I felt no itching, but nice tingling sensation. Thereafter, after rinsing it all out I followed it up with Jojoba oil massaged into scalp and into hair (also wrapped my head up in foil and a towel). I’m looking as I’ve never washed my hair ever, and having the worst ‘bad hair day’, but for the first time in ages I’m sitting here 4 hours later with no itching what so ever.
    It’s such a incredible feeling I can hardly believe it!!
    Ok, it’s just the start of it all so I’m yet to see how I’m tomorrow, and the coming days. I’ve got more bananas/avocado and oil so I’m ready to carry on the treatment and hopefully I’ve finally found the cure…. Feeling good :-)

  6. i luv the treatment of the tea tree oil it really helps!

    • “Another option is to dilute two or three drops of tea tree oil in one tablespoon of vegetable oil and massage the mixture onto your scalp. With regular use, this remedy will heal a dry, itchy scalp within a week or two.”

      how regular should I so this step ? daily or 3-4 times a week , or ..?

    • I was already thinking before I searched that I’d use tea tree oil on my head as it’s itchy today, and was quite happy that it was the first result. Your comment makes it even better, I’m definitely going to try the tea tree one 😀 thanks

  7. can I dilute tea tree oil with jojoba rather than vegetable oil? and massage it into the scalp ?

    • You should always dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil like jojoba. Coconut oil is my fave. You can also use almond, olive, ect.

  8. Hi ! Can I mix 1 tablespoon of j

  9. Sorry for the unfinished post earlier on. * Can I mix 1 tablespoon of jojobo oil with drops of tea tree oil rather than using vegetable oil? and you mentioned with regular use. how often is the regular ? once daily?

    Thanks much!

  10. These are wonderful tips, but careful when using the banana and avocado mix. I did and it caused my hair to get tangled and tearing occurred.
    I am thinking that next time what I will do is to mix tea tree oil with coconut oil and get a shampoo without sodium laureth sulfate.

    • That’s odd that your hair got tangled, both bananas and avocado should have made your hair really soft. Maybe try combing your hair before and after with a wide-tooth comb to prevent this, and even trying to use the comb to apply the mixture to your hair.
      The tea tree oil and coconut oil sounds good, I need to get to a grocery store to get the coconut oil! 😛

  11. You would use baking soda on rash provide there weren’t open wounds ……

  12. I can’t wait to try the bananas & avocados!

  13. Looking for a solution of itchy scalp due to hair dyes.have tried different hair dyes but the itching is severe.have changed to natural dyes but still same reaction.
    Also have a family member suffering from hair loss.systematically the front portion has very noticeable loss.Desperate
    Your imput is welcome

  14. Truly helpful.Thanks to Home remedies

  15. I recently tried the banana and avocado mixture and it went horrible! If you try this remedy make sure to blend everything. I tried to mash everything but the avocado left a huge mess in my bathroom. It kept dropping on the floor and I never left it in longer than 10 minutes it was gross. I think I will try the banana alone next time, that would not be too bad when rinsing out in the shower. Another thing is that the avocado mess would not rinse out of my hair for 2 days! it was nasty and i did not notice a difference in my dry, itching scalp either.

  16. Wonderful site! Thank you so much!

  17. Definately tea tree oil and one of the carrier oils, coconut, olive, jojoba oils, there are quite a few to choose from. My scalp was very itchy and patches of dry flakes always appeared soon after washing. I started mixing tree oil to my carrier oil and noticed a great improvement in days. I apply direct every few days or 2 to 3 times a week, a light application to my scalp. I stopped using shampoos and only wash with a mild conditioner or sulphate free products, which can be expensive, shop online for those, you have better choice and prices, good luck. My friend recently mentioned flax seed oil, which is a great remedy for our hair and diets, check out loads of info online!!!

  18. amma try this on my clients
    hope it helps……

  19. Thanks. Wonderful comments. I use tea tree oil for any skin problem.
    Warning!!!!!! Baking soda helps lose hair.

  20. Thanks for the usingful info

  21. I had a real bad problem with itchy scaling bumps on the back of my head because of the shampoo i was using. I purchased a small bottle of apple cider vinegar at thr dollar store, diluted to 50/50 and librtally applied after using a mild shampoo.

    Didn’t cure but brought the condition under control. I had tried the tea tree oil but that didn’t help.

  22. Have been driven crazy with a itchy scalp the last few weeks, due from hot humid weather, I am going to try the apple cider vinegar, and fingers crossed I hope it works.

  23. you people think that mouths and weeks are bad try about 8 years i had it ever since my parents got divorced . but i am going to try some of this ideas and hope they work
    they all sound useful and helpful

  24. My hair got tangled with lots of avocado residue when I tried the banana avacado mix. I think next time ill use just the banana. It helped my itchiness, but the avocado was a total mess! Gentle shampoo and fragrance free conditioner has been key in helping me stay itch free.

  25. I tried the vinegar and olive oil and it help A lots mix together and let it set for one-half an hour and rinse it out and shampoo your hair.it works.

  26. I use a natural shampoo bar i bought from Lush, it’s a shop in the UK that make handmade cosmetics, I can’t remember the name of the product, but it’s the only one they have for this condition. Then I use a good quality conditioner that I borrow from my wife without her knowing. Once a week I treat my scalp to remove the dry flakes with apple cider vinegar, once that’s rinsed off i apply natural yogurt and massage it in and leave it for a while, maybe 5 minutes.

  27. I’m surprised no one said cold water will help! I’m going to try that cuz I’m tired of this stupid head itch!!!



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