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Rosemary As Anti-Dandruff Shampoo

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Dear Karen,

I have a chronic itchy scalp and recurring dandruff. I've tried a variety of over-the-counter shampoo formulas, but I would prefer to utilize a more natural formula like one made out of herbs or similar.

Do you have a recipe for dandruff or a chronic itchy scalp?




Dear Howard,

Listed below is an excellent anti-dandruff recipe.

Anti-dandruff Shampoo Recipe

Rosemary works well to help with itchy scalps and for relieving dandruff.

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Glass pots work best for creating this recipe.

One cup of dried rosemary leaves (not stalks or other parts of the rosemary). Use more or less rosemary according to personal tastes.

1 tablespoon of borax (from the health food store)

A quart of boiling water (distilled or spring water)

10-20 drops of Camphor


Place the dried rosemary leaves in the boiling water on top of a stove or heater.

Bring the water to a full boil, turn off the water and then steep in the pot for 6 hours. You can steep the leaves for less time, but the longer you steep, the more concentrated the results.

Store the mixture in a dark amber glass in the refrigerator. Heat just enough for your treatment. This will probably last one week or more. You can tell by the aroma of the mixture.

Do not use the Camphor until right before you use the rosemary mixture. Add 10-20 drops of liquid Camphor. You may want to start slowly with a lower dosage since Camphor can really blast open your sinuses and can make your eyes water if you inhale too much.

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Use a cotton ball and dip it into a small cup of the liquid and saturate your itchy scalp or root area. If you prefer, wrap your hair in a plastic cap and let soap for 30 minutes.

For extra penetration, wrap a hot towel over the plastic towel or wrap. Keep in mind that rosemary can stain.

The Rosemary scalp tonic can be applied every day or as desired. To darken hair, you will need to apply as an overall rinse 3x a week.

Remember that your hair may take a long time to show a change in color.

I like to play with these types of recipes in the bathtub because it makes them so much less messy. Also, rosemary is good for your skin, so if it drips into your bath big deal.

The rosemary mixture can also be used as an all-over final rinse. Use a plastic bowl to catch the liquid as it falls so you can rinse it several times.


Give this recipe a try for at least a few weeks to see if it makes a difference. Sometimes all, natural hair recipes take more time to achieve results.

If you enjoyed making a natural remedy but, for the sake of time, prefer an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo, check out the following list:

Best Dandruff Shampoos

Best wishes,

Karen Marie Shelton


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