Herbal List For Hair/Dreadlock "Hair"eapys
(as requested by Soaring Eagle to help all you's dreadheads)
Originally I was going to get quite in depth but after some time spent and realizing how
many herbs are of great medicinal and theraputic benefit I decided to limit this list to
contain only the most popular or more widely mentioned herbs. I will add more as I see fit ;)
You may also find this list, and any other remedies and recipes I come up with on my dreadblog www.mountainwillow.wordpress.com
This is for educational purposes only - I am not a doctor and recommend that you use herbs
at your own risk taking full responsibility. If you are unsure of any part of it, for any
reason including but not limited to your health or certain medical conditions, age or futher
I suggest you consult with your local natural healer, herbalist, naturapath, holistic MD or
You can use the following herbs in tea's, infused apple cider vinegar rinses, essences, or
tinctures. The method is entirely up to you, but this guide should help point you in the
right direction to get you started.
There are many herbs that can be beneficial to the scalp or hair. The following might be
the most recognized or easier to obtain herbs. The descriptions only contain the medicinal,
theraputic uses of the following herbs specifically in relation to skin and hair.
Lavendar: Labiatae herb family-lavendar has found a multitude of uses as a natural treatment for many maladies.
It's use for medicinal purposes dates back centuries, as far back as the 1700s in Europe
and even further back in China. Has disinfecting properties, can soothe pain (bad dandruff
or possibly dreadache related pains), can minimize scarring, stimulate tissue repair (damaged scalp)
and calm/soothe the mind, body, and skin.
Rosemary: Labiatae herb family- toning and astrigent effects on the skin, stimulates hair follicles
and promotes hair growth, has reported to slow down or even hold off premature hair loss and greying
hair. Can soothe and condition dry flakey scalps (dandruff dreads) Especially potent for bad scalp
conditions like severe dandruff with dreads when combined with other herbs like, chamomile, basil,
tea tree oil, and Nettles. It can help darken grey hair or aide in dying hair darker over time (although
this is not usually obvious until after much time has passed). Stimulates roots and scalp. Many
swear by its use to stimulate longer healthier hair growth. Can help condition hair/dreads and eliminate
some dryness. Very Very useful for dandruff by itself as a hair tea or even stronger in combination with
other dandruff fighting herbs and rinses.
Chamomile: daisy/Asteraceae family- calming and great use for skin problems and skin irritations,inflamations. Makes
an excellent tonic, rinse, for hair. Helps bring out hair's natural highlights. Great for naturally
lightening hair especially when used in combination with lemon and drying hair/dreads in sunlight
or exposing hair and dreads to sunlight often. Can help combat dandruff (especially when used with
other known dandruff kicking herbs). Also aids in wound healing (in cases of minor scalp sores)
*Chamomile contains coumarin, a naturally-occurring compound with anticoagulant or blood-thinning effects.
Fennel: family Apiaceae - many medicinal uses, as for the hair is an excellent natural hair conditioner
leaving no residue for your dry thirsty dreads. Not a detangler by itself- so not to worry, those knots
shouldnt fall out. (I havent experienced or read any negative reports when used by dreadheads) I use it
as an infused rinse nearly every wash with my dreads as they are damaged severely and dry. This rinse
makes a huge difference in them, rendering them less brittle and softer instead of straw like.
Highly recommend to quench dry dreadies.
Sage: Labiatae family- Sage is a very aromatic herb with many health properties. relieves, treats dandruff,
and especially beneficial when combined with lavendar (and even lice can be eliminated by using both together),
can be more potent in combatting dandruff when combined with rosemary and other herbs useful in healing the
scalp. Very useful in treating skin disorders.Can help promote healthy hair growth. Helpful in treating hair loss
and greying hair. Antibacterial plant. Enhances darker hair and can help maintain natural color in darker hair.
strengthening, rejuvenate the hair follicles, maintain the colour, and ensure the growth of thick, healthy locks.
Thyme: Lamiaceae family- astringent, antiseptic, and antifungal.. used to invigorate and stimulate hair growth.
It is used as a tonic for hair and to help treat dandruff and hair loss.Thyme essential oil is not really used
in skin care, but is sometimes used to treat dandruff and hair-loss. Stimulates circulation, The essential oil
of thyme can help with headaches and can be used for an antiseptic hair spray... Great as a mold dread remedy concentrated hair tea for your dreads if you are having mold issues" *consult your health care provider if you
suffer from high blood pressure
Corriander: Apiaceae (parsley family). antiseptic, antinflamatory, aids in healthy hair growth, effective in treating dandruff, especially
when combined with other dandruff healing herbs.
Stinging Nettle: Urticaceae (Nettle Family), great hair tonic may help bring back the natural color of hair,
use as a shampoo, conditioner (reside free) and hair rinse for dandruff, for stimulation of hair growth
and prevention of hair loss, as a cleanser for oily skin *consult your pactitioner if you suffer from high blood pressure
Aloe: family Asphodelaceae- anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral- known for centuries for its healing properties,
helps promote thick, healthy hair, acts as a natural conditioner, treats a variaty of skin issues (dandruff, psoriasis, burns,
blisters, sores, surgery, some fungal issues, dry skin, sunburn, acne, frostbite, and prevents scarring) Aloe makes a great natural alternative to wax when palm rolling your dreads, taming the frizzies, helping the locking process naturally (when not over used) and without the residue of wax or other on the market products.
Ylang Ylang: family (Annonaceae), antiseptic, may reduce some skin irritations, helps to keep hair and skin healthy, stimulates the scalp
and helps promote hair growth. is beneficial to various skin disorders and can rejuvenate skin, heal insect bites, acne, balance the
secretion of sebum and treat over oily or over dry hair. Balances oil production when used as a hair conditioner. Naturally conditions hair/dreads.
*too much of it's fragrance may cause headaches
Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca): family Myrtaceae: natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal,very effective first aid remedy and against
countless skin ailments, infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and skin spots etc. is effective against nail fungus, ringworm,
athlete's foot, dandruff, acne, blackheads and many types of infestations including lice, mites, scabies and mosquitoes etc... (
For humans and animals alike) soothing and disinfecting, it is capable of penetrating into the lower skin layers with its anti-inflammatory,
disinfectant, analgesic (pain-killing) and cicatrizant (wound-healing) qualities.
Peppermint: Family Lamiaceae: astringint, anaesthetic, disinfectant, analgesic, may help headaches (dreadaches), cooling to the scalp,
treats dandruff, and lice. Nourishes dull skin, improves oily skin.
Basil: acts as an insect repellent, aromatic, enhances natural hair color especially when added to chamomile (lighter hair) or rosemary (darker hair)
is a beneficial herb that stimulates and promotes hair growth, especially when used in combination with fenugreek or other hair promoting
herbs. May help treat dandruff especially when combined with chamomile, rosemary or other dandruff healthing herbs.
Fenugreek: treats dandruff, may boost hair growth and reduce hair loss, may actually make hair more curly (a plus for us dread heads trying to knot our hair!
curly hair knots easier and quicker) Combats, acne, dandruff, and helps relieve dryness, may also act as a natural conditoner (reside free) for dreads
Ash Gourd: - The peel and seeds of ash gourd, boiled in coconut oil are useful in hair growth; prevent dandruff and dryness of the scalp.
Dandruff Remedy Recipes:
Beets and Peppermint Dandruff Remedy
4 TBS Dried Peppermint
1 Cup Vinegar
1 L Water
- Boil the Beets (you may cut them into small parts) and peppermint for 10 minutes
- Leave for 1 hour and then filter
- Add vinegar to the filtrate
Rosemary and Sage Dandruff Remedy
2 TBS Dried Rosemary
2 TBS Dried Sage
1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Boil the herbs for 10 minutes
- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours
- Filter (using gauze), and to the filtrate add apple vinegar
- Rinse the hair using this mixture without dilution, let the scalp absorb the ingredients
- Use the resultant mixture to wash your hair
- Rinse your hair using water
Dandruff Remedy for excessively oily dreads *for normal-dry dreads, dilute with water*
4 Lemons peels (grated)
4 Lemons juice
4 drops Thyme oi
1 L Water
- Boil lemon peels for 10 minutes
- Remove heat and leave for 2 hours
- Filter and add lemon juice to the filtrate
- Add thyme oil
- Rinse the hair using the resultant mixture
- Curd is very popular and effective home remedy for dandruff.
Keep a small quantity of curd for fermentation for 2-3 days.
Apply this curd to the scalp and hair.
Dry it for 1 hour and wash it off.
- Another common home remedy for dandruff is the regular use of the
combination of (lightweight natural oil for dreads, like jojoba) and
ginger root on the head. It will not only reduce the dandruff but also
nourishes the hair at the roots.
- You can also try this simple and effective home remedy for removing dandruff.
Make a paste of sandalwood oil with triple the amount of lemon juice and to apply it on the scalp.
- You can also prepare a gel of aloe vera leaves. Apply this on the scalp and leave it overnight.
Wash it the next morning
**Apple cider vingear, and lemon also act as a great source of relief for dandruff, and a nice rinse for dreads (although use of alot of lemon can be drying to dreads/hair)
Baking Soda is a great alternative to shampoos for washing dreads, and is natural, also helps disolve flakes from dandruff. If not rinsed well, and/or too much used, can cause dandruff.
Vinegar & Thyme along with Lavendar or TTO are a great combination in treating molding dreads should the occasion arise (which we hope not, but just in case)