Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Aloe Vera
- Aloe Vera and Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide, Dish Soap
- Burning Scalp and Hair Loss Remedies
- Chronic Itchy Red Scalp Remedies
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Flower Remedies
- Corn Meal
- Epsom Salts and Apple Cider Vinegar
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Iodine Rinse
- Multiple Remedies
- Nail Polish, Prescription
- Over the Counter
- Remedies Needed
- Scalp Fungal Infection Remedies
- Scalp Infection Remedies
- Smelly Scalp Remedies
- Staphylococcal Folliculitis Scalp Infection Remedies
- Ted's Remedies
- The Violet Ray
08/18/2010: Ali from Sumter, Sc: "I'm searching for an exact measurement of a solution to cure my scalp infection/odor. It started after leaving coconut oil on my scalp overnight which seemed to have fueled a fungus that may have already been present. I'm currently taking "fungal defense" by garden of life (2 pills, 3x daily), and drink 3 large glasses of lemon water(one fresh squeezed lemon in 24 oz of water). I've cut sugar and fruit to almost non-existent in my diet. An exact measurement of a solution to cure this scalp odor, itching, redness, and hairloss is needed. Hairloss is an overall even thinning. If you could include how much water(not "parts"), how often to apply, how long and how often to leave on scalp, and exactly how to apply (I have long curly hair) would be greatly appreciated. This scalp odor has greatly affected me and is beginning to be a source of depression. Please HELP! Thank you!"Replies
08/19/2010: Shaun from York, Uk replies: "Borax (dissolved in Apple Cider Vinegar) is good for getting rid of/controlling fungus generally, but I have found that a 1/4 cup of washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) dissolved in a pint of water, and rinsed thoroughly through the hair a couple of times a week, completely cleared up any scalp/hair odor. Basically, the washing soda seemed to work better for eradicating bacteria than fungus. I now routinely put washing soda (and occasionally borax and/or sodium bicarbonate) in the bath. A quick rinse with ACV afterwards will bring back a lustrous shine to the hair. A whole lemon juice rinse also can help the hair/scalp."
[YEA] 03/19/2007: Chu from Edmond, Oklahoma: "hi, i haven't seen a remedy for smelly scalp, i use to have a foul smelling scalp, even though i showered everyday, i tried all kinds of shampoo, but the one thing that cured me of this embarrassing condition was applying virgin coconut oil to my scalp for an hour, i think it disappeared after two applications. i hope this helps others who suffer from this condition."Replies
[NAY] 05/03/2010: Atang from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa replies: "I tried the coconut oil for scalp odor and it just seemed to make it worse. I've been suffering since January, and would describe the smell as very bad. I would wash my hair in the morning and 3 hours later it already stunk! by the end of the day it was unbearable. I tried the following: coconut oil, pumpkin seed oil, ACV, medicated shampoo, all sorts of hair products, rubbing MSM in my scalp (for sulphur), hydrogen peroxide, yoghurt, white vinegar, borax. Finally in the past few weeks I've been making progess- I bought grapefruit seed extract and bergamot essence oil. this helped alot but not 100%. I then bought CITRONELLA oil at the pharmacy- success! I think it should also be available at health stores in the oil/essences section. Rub it in every night for 3 nights (do it over the weekend or when you won't be going out bcos it smells quite strong, not bad just strong). wash it out in the morning. This did the trick. I was able to go a week without washing my hair and there still was ZERO odor!! hope this helps someone because this smelly scalp is very debilitating socially."
08/17/2010: Elsie from Chicago, Illinois, Usa replies: "Atang, I have scalp odor, too, and have tried everything. I am going to get the citronella oil today, but can you tell me what your odor smelled like? Mine is yeasty/cheesy (sorry if that's TMI! ). Just thinking that the type of odor might be an indication of the cause. Thank you!"
[YEA] 08/17/2010: Teresa from Seattle, Wa replies: "It may not be so "natural, " but regular antibacterial liquid soap cured my scalp odor."
08/18/2010: Shaun from York, Uk replies: "Just wash your hair with sodium carbonate (washing soda). It will clear up any odour ASAP!"
08/30/2010: Atang from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa replies: "To Elsie from Chicago, Illinois, Usa. I had different smells- the smell was yeasty and muggy if I hadnt washed my hair in at least 2 days and it was sharp/pungent if I had washed my hair that morning. I was also confused as to whether it was a fungal or bacterial infection. I still don't know. Another thing that helped tremendously was washing the hair LESS, weird I know. I think that because of the odor I was washing my hair too much, this was drying my scalp causing my scalp to overproduce oil. The fungus/bacteria then fed off this excess oil causing more odor so it was all one vicious cycle. I made myself wash my hair every 7 days (as opposed to everyday like before) and I found that on the 2nd and 3rd day I might have some odor but after that nothing. A side note: I have coarse African hair that doesn't need to be washed so often, I'm not sure how this would work on other types of hair."
11/03/2010: Joe from Oswego, Il replies: "Are you sure your using Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and not Organic Coconut Oil? The latter is refined and I had problems with this kind on my scalp."
11/03/2010: Coregon from Medford, Or replies: "My friend's 7 year old daughter had smelly scalp and she tried everything (shampoos, etc.), but nothing helped. I suggested she take her to my acupuncturist. She did and the acupuncturist tested her daughter for food allergy and determined it was MILK that was causing the scalp odor. She took her daughter off dairy and within a week all odor was gone and didn't return."
Coconut Oil, Flower Remedies
[YEA] 01/21/2010: Pahoboye from Durham, England: "itchy scalp
i recently developed an intensly itchy dry scalp...and i been rubbing coconut oil in...but that did not help.... so i tried... a jar of five flower cream..i have sitting for years now.... and its all gone today...i feel great...i was going crazy yesterday... it took 2 days of rubbing it in each time it was unbearable... just a thought... not an advert!"
EC: For those who don't know, five flower cream refers to the Bach Flower "Rescue Remedy"
09/18/2010: Piper from Toronto, On: "I had a very itch scalp. I ruled out dandruff and lice. No bumps, or sores, just an itchy scalp all the time. After reading online, I thought it might be fungal. Tried several things but found this provided relief- cornmeal. First tried a paste of cornmeal and water. Applied to my hair and then rinsed in the bath. Over the day, I stood in the tub and poured the corn meal water over my hair (3 times). Now I just add cornmeal to a bath. About 1/4 to 1/3 cup."
Epsom Salts and Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 11/09/2007: Joyce from Joelton: "Epsom salts will pull out infection from wounds. I mixed it about 1/2 cup to 1 quart of hot water. Submerge infected area in solution 4 times a day. If unable to submerge area, just use washcloth to dip in solution and apply over infected are (hot compress method) 4 times a day. I have seen this cure infection after red streak was running up arm (indicative of blood poisoning). No antibiotics were needed. I have many times bathed in 1-2 cups epsom salts in hot bath when muscles or nerves said "help".You really feel relaxed. I have used a saturated solution of ACV - epsom salts to clear up deep infected ulcers in scalp; No antibiotics were needed. Swab ulcers."
Grapefruit Seed Extract
[YEA] 12/25/2008: Mike from Wellfleet, MA: "I had recurring problems with scalp fungus. It wasn't too bad in summer, when I was out in the sun and swimming in salt water, but come late fall and winter I would get large pieces of scalp flaking off and my hair would be greasy. My hair was thinning out and my scalp was itchy.
I tried GSE (grapefruit seed extract) by putting a few drops in my shampoo. I mixed them together in the palm of my hand each time I shampooed, which was every other day.I left the lather in for two minutes or so. The results were immediate, now I just have a slight touch of dandruff, no itch and my hair seems to be getting a little thicker. My hair and scalp definitely look better as well."
[YEA] 01/16/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Berkshire, England: "I've had an itchy scalp for over a year, lost over 3/4 of my hair. I've been through all the meds the recommendations offered by everyone, don't think there is anything I haven't tried.
Well anyhow, this is what worked for me and it may or may not work for you: In a plastic container add a quarter teaspoon of tincture of iodine (the brown liquid) and about a quarter cup of warm water, mix. Daily during your shower, wash hair with cool water without any shampoo or conditioner, then apply this mixture as a final rinse, whilst ensuring none of it gets in to the eyes. Immediately wrap a clean towel to the hair. Leave hair to dry naturally and before you know the hair feels softer and manageable - the plus factor 'No Itching".... Hurrah! I also use this mixture for my final rinse after my weekly shampoo and conditioner application. Initally I used this mixture for 4 days, had a break for a couple of days, the itching returned with a vengence. Good luck. Kate"Replies
01/17/2012: Francisca from Zug, Switzerland replies: "Hi Kate, my scalp doesn't itch normally speaking but I am interested in this rinse to make my hair feel softer without using a commercial rinse! Did you come up with the idea yourself or did you base it on some known method?"
01/31/2012: Kate from Maidenhead, Berkshire, England replies: "Hi Francisca, I came up with this remedy myself. Initially I used to pour the iodine in a bowl and apply it to my scalp with my fingertips. As my hair roots were weak due to the fungus or whatever was causing the itching the iodine strength was too strong. I thought of the idea of diluting the iodine which has seemingly worked. I also steam my hair once a day to get rid of the calcium deposits. I wish you the best and hope something will help you with your hair. Good Luck."
12/11/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa: "I have had problems with my hair on and off for approx 20 years and I have just recently gotten it under control. I have started taking a formula made with Lactated Pepsin, Black Snake Root Extract, Essence of Wild Ginseng, Atomic Iodine, Extract of Liver, and Grain Alcohol. You can look that up and get it! I also use Pennsylvania crude oil and Vaseline on my scalp; I rub it in and then I use a small vibrator with a cup attachment for 20-30 minutes. I use this approx 3x a month. I also use Listerine on my scalp after I wash my hair, which I wash with an Olive Oil based shampoo and conditioner. I use Listerine about 1x per month. However, it will not hurt you to use it more! When I haven't drank any alcohol, I use the "Violet Ray" machine on my scalp for 2-3 minutes whenever I feel the need to use it. It may sound like a lot, and maybe it is, but I have done it for so long, it is second nature, the only thing I added recently was the formula."
Nail Polish, Prescription
[YEA] 11/06/2009: M@d X from Brooklyn, New York: "Tinea Capitis (Cure !!!)
this should be curable for ANY and EVERYONE who is suffering '' Tinea Capitis '' .... i had to deal with the infection for almost a year until i tried 2 things
1. '' CLEAR NAIL POLISH '' this is the main remedy
(as far as to MAKE THE HAIR GROW BACK) , apply either at night everynight and the next morning PEEL or SCRAPE the polish off (yes it may hurt) and u should start noticing hair growing back little by little within 3 days .... for FULL spot treatment it will take either a month or two depending on how often u use polish .... 2 coats a day should be faster
BUT you need to use remedy #2 1st for a month ,#2 below
2.because tinea capitis is a fungal infection UNDER your scalp the polish aides for the hair growth but as far as KILLING THE FUNGUS SPREAD u need to get a presciption pill called '' Grifulvin '' and u need to take one a day for a month BEFORE U START USING THE POLISH , you need to at least stop the fungus from living PERIOD (this pill has a dozen side effects one mainly being migraines ALL DAY so just try to withstand them all) .... try this out it worked for me i suffered with TC for a year .... my nightmare is OVER .... and so should yours .... god bless"Replies
11/03/2010: Coregon from Medford, Or replies: "I would hesitate to use a dangerous combination of chemicals (nail polish) on the scalp when it is so close to the brain. For the same reason that many won't use commercial shampoos with chemicals, I believe nail polish on scalp should be avoided. I believe the same applies to prescription anti fungal creams on the scalp. Of course these products will be absorbed by the body.. The skin transports to the body whatever we apply to it. (see below) I've used white vinegar/distilled water (50/50) to very effectively clear up scalp. (pour on as final rinse in shower, or use with q-tips on sore spots) White iodine combined with vodka for hair growth.
NEWS ARTICLE ON DANGERS OF NAIL POLISH:
"(NaturalNews) Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), a chemical used to keep nail polish from chipping, has been connected to cancer in lab animals as well as long-term fertility issues in newborn boys -- leaving the cosmetics industry in a heavy debate over whether to continue use of the ingredient. Environmental groups are calling for a ban on DBP in the United States, and some big name companies such as Estee Lauder have preemptively removed the chemical from their products, but other brands such as OPI, Essie and Sally Hansen continue to use it. While the FDA must approve nail polishes before they can be sold, there are no laws that require companies to prove their products are safe first."
08/06/2012: Lookingforcure from Alpharetta, Ga replies: "To Coregan: how much iodine and vodka do you use and how often?"
Over the Counter
[YEA] 06/09/2012: User5293 from Plaridel, Bulacan, Philippines: "Good day! This post is about the treatment of human demodex on scalp, first, I would like to tell you guys my story on having human demodex, several months ago I have had these redness and itchiness in my scalp accompanied by a foul odor, the condition threatened me enough so I scheduled a visit to a dermatologist immediately to prevent it from getting worse, the she told me it was human demodex caused by mites. I then asked for a treatment, cure or remedy for it, she gave me both these Shampoo D'modex and Hair n Scalp conditioner, they are to be used together for best results, both of them are used to eliminate the mites. After a few days, I already noticed obvious improvements, the foul odor was gone immediately, the itchiness and redness lessened. I hope this post would help people in the future for treatment of human demodex. Thank you!"
11/30/2012: Nenny from Las Vagas, Usa: "pls I ve bin having scalp infection due fungi 4 five yrs now, at first I started having pain scalp, after sometime inflamation like tiny but very painful rashes coming out from scalp and now it has affected neck cos. I just noticed swelling on the left side of neck which is known as lymph node. pls what remedy should use scalp cos am in pain right now."
08/15/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc: "I have bumps on my scalp, now they have spread to my neck, back, upper arms and tummy. I have tried a lot of things mainly perscriptions. Nothing worked. The shampoo they prescribed made my hair fall out. Though, my hair is thinning out due to this scalp issue. Please tell me what I need to use to cure all of this and how long to use it for. Also, how long does it take to kill the infection completely? Please email this to me also. Thanks!"Replies
08/15/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc replies: "How long will it take to get an answer? I have been dealing with this for about 6 mths. now."
08/15/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Carrie, Basically, what you have is severe candida. This is why it is spreading from your scalp to other parts of your body. It's source is internal. You have what is referred to as systemic candida. The worst thing you could do is take antibiotics which only help this condition to strengthen and often are the cause to begin this condition because they kill off the good bacteria in the gut which keep the candida, which we all have, in its proper place (the gut) and keep it from getting out of hand. When the balance of the inner ecology is thrown off the candida runs amuck and wreaks havoc on the system. It's symptoms are many and most doctors don't even acknowledge it! Instead, they treat the isolated condition with antibiotics exacerbating the whole problem. The symptoms are a whole laundry list that candida can be the root cause of.
To begin, you must change your diet to help the body. There is much on this site regarding this and protocols that can be followed. I have given protocols to follow many times on EC so I will not re-iterate but you can do a search and find them. Bill of Luzon, Philippines has done so as well. Start taking a strong probiotic and in addition, begin adding in fermented foods/ drinks such as real sauerkraut and/ or real pickles found only in the refrigerated section. For sure, you could find them at your health food store. It is imperative you begin cleaning up your inner ecosystem! Eliminate all processed food, flour products and sugar immediately.
I hope this beginning can help you. Again, do a search on candida and you will find lots of info. Best to you, Lisa"
08/16/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc replies: "I'm sorry but it is not systemic candida. My blood was drawn today along with 2 biopsies on my back for this rash. Doctor states that he thinks it is hormonal or thyroid but I know that it's neither. Both had been checked recently by my OB/GYN and my immunolgist."
08/16/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc replies: "It is not candida. It is also not my thyroid or hormonal. Waiting for lab work to come back and biopsies of the rash. It will take about 2 weeks. The doctor told me to use dandruff shampoo to wash with but I see it like this, if it didn't work using it on the rash then what good will it do to use on my whole body. He also said he thinks it's horminal or thyroid but I know that's not the case. My OB/GYN checked hormones within the last 6 mths. And my immunologist checked my thyroid a few mths. ago. This dermitologist should just state that he is not sure and wait for the blood work and biopsies of the rash to come back. Until then, I really don't know what I can do. It's driving me batty!"
08/16/2012: Reader Of Ec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Im not so sure your condition is Candida as the previous post suggests. Though investigating the cause as bacterial, viral or as a mite infestation are logical possibilities that must be investigated.
Do you have pets? Are they experiencing more itching/scratching than usual. Recently visited someone with animals? Do you itch more so at night? This would indicate a mite presence. Sulfur soap and shampoo will help. Sulfur is very drying to the skin so test to see how your skin reacts 1st before using. The drying action kills mites.
In the event your condition is a mite infestation, one must consider all clothing, bedding, car and house seating a source of constant perpetuation of the condition unless, sanitiezed, cloths/bedding changed every day, laundered in extremely hot temperatures and Borox added to the wash.
Sulfur soaps and creams are also good remedies for bacterial and viral skin infections. They have been used for thousands of years.
Something is causing an inflammation response on your skin. Keep in mind that what ever solution you may try on your skin natural or pharmaceutical, may also trigger an immune response. It does not mean medicated creams or lotions, sulfur soaps are not working but that your skin is reacting to all foreign substances it deems a threat.
Lavender oil mixed with coconut oil is also very healing for viral and bacterial infections. If your skin is just too inflamed to do any topical remedies, I would recommend getting a juicer and juicing 3 times a day 10 organic carrots, one whole green apple (seeds and all) and one whole lemon, seeds, peel and all. You are getting live enzymes, thousands of times of vitamin C daily requirement, a few thousand times the vitamin A of daily required values to aid in the healing and reduction in inflammation of the skin. Do this for 21 days no matter how tiring it gets.
If bacterial or viral you will see your skin improve from the inside out and the texture and color will be visibly healthy.
If a mite infestation, take a look at the section on this site for help."
08/16/2012: Carrie from Bailey, Nc replies: "I do have pets but they are always well bathed. They are not scratching or anything like that. I have dogs only. My rash is not itchy at all. It's gross to say but it is crusty. I will try the lavender and cocnut oil. Thank you for that advice. Seems like doctors just do not take the time to really look for the problem."
08/17/2012: Janet from Kendal, U.K replies: "This sounds very much a fungal problem, often occurs in warm, moist areas. A friend of mine developed something similar on her feet. We washed them in anbacterial soap, one that is sold for handwashing. Just one time and it, s gone already.
Your sounds like cradle cap, common in babies. ACV in your rinsing water would also help I, m sure. Good Luck."
08/17/2012: Reader Of EC from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Glad to hear its not itchy. Try the sulfur soap to see if that works. Remember its very drying so use good lotion after showering. If it is a fungus or bacteria try to sit in the sun with the affected areas exposed for 20 mins every day. By the 3rd day you should see results.
My best friend had a skin issue that cleared up with sunlight. Her insurance refused to pay for medical UV treatments recammended by her doc.
I read on this site that a few people had similar skin issues that cleared up after swimming in the ocean for a few days."
08/17/2012: Carrie from Bailey, NC replies: "I get a good amount of sunlight every day. I take vitamins daily and also 50,000 units of vitamin D every 2 weeks due to a mild form of Cystic Fibrosis. (I have a CF Gene and an SP Variant) I also take B-12 everyday in addition to the rest. I am now trying the ACV, it doesn't burn but it stinks reallly bad. Lol... I cannot take things internally due to my 2 heart conditions. It don't take much to trigger the one heart condition that I have which is Long QT Syndrome. All I can do is topical. Where can I get sulfur soap? I seen where some people on here stated that he had to be presrcibed due to mixture."
08/19/2012: Tracy from San Augustine, Texas replies: "Fresh whey is also good for removing scalp infection, especially that known as "cradle cap". Whey is the liquid separated from the curds in milk when making cheese. You should be able to buy whey at a health food store or from a dairy if there is one in your area. Just apply the whey like you would your shampoo. Leave on overnight if you can, wearing a showercap to bed."
09/02/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "Re: SULPHUR SHAMPOO & Soap: Can anyone reccomend any brands of shampoo (available in the USA) with sulphur; and where I might find it?
After trying most everything else, I am having some notable success with Mexican made sulphur soap on scalp & skin infection; but the soap leaves an unmanagable sticky/murky residue on my hair. I am also not able to find sulphur soap in the USA (my old bar is from Mexico and almost gone). Any help greatly appreciated!
Good Health & Blessings to All contributors here!"
10/09/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Try onion juice. Apply gently with a Q-Tip. Then put on a disposable shower cap (from the dollar store). Leave on 1/2 hour. Shampoo with tea tree oil shampoo. Condition with tea tree oil conditioner."
03/14/2013: Francis from New Castle, Pennsylvania replies: "Carrie, from your description of bumps on the neck, back and upper arms it sounds like keratosis pilaris and perhaps actinic pilaris on the scalp. Keratin deposits build up under the skin. They are not pus filled, but filled with a hard white keratin substance. On your head, you may have grain like particles. The keratin builds up at the base of the hair follicle and blocks it from blood supply and nutrients. The hair becomes very dry. For the scalp lactic acid or uric acid desolve the build up. Though sometimes can dry the hair even more. As disgusting as it sounds, urine will disolve the build up, and damage the hair less. Morning urine is best. Pour on scalp; let stand for 1/2 hour before washing. Your scalp will improve quickly. Once a week until the problem is resolved. On your neck and shoulders--gently exfoliate follow by moisturizing. These steps will treat the symptoms and restore the balance. To treat the core problem, check your alkalinity. Your body may be too acidic. Adjust your diet to a more alkaline diet. Also consider going gluten free. Since most wheat is genetically modified it contains much larger amounts of gluten than in the past. It binds to the cilli of the small intestines and flattens them out, creating a barrier that makes it difficult to absorb the vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair. The remedies should show results within weeks; the gluten free diet may take six weeks before the situation is improved with absorption. Alkalinity can be tested with ph strips, either testing the inside of your mouth or your urine. Goo luck. Wish you the best"
03/19/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I have two suggestions: vinegar, and coconut oil. Don't use them together but do this. Wet hair, and before normal shampoo and conditioning, pour 1 cup of white vinegar (I suppose you could use ACV but I use white vinegar for my scalp health and hair shine) over your head under a running shower. Keep eyes closed til vinegar is confidently rinsed out. You'll know because the whiff will be largely gone. A few days later, if no improvement, try a coconut oil scalp mask. Cover your scalp in organic coconut oil, and leave it for 20-30 minutes. It will take some effort (and hot water) to rinse it out, but coconut oil works wonders on infections and dandruff, etc. Alternate these every few days if needed."
06/23/2012: Connie from Grayslake, Il Usa: "Hello, help please! What is this strange thing happening in my scalp. On web many women seem to suffer with this itchy oily patch on our scalp. I have seen a clear glob a couple times while washing with borax and rinse with acv. Also have seen a couple times looks like black thread. I seem to be affected only on the left side of my scalp. I have been so stressed about this but I cant let this send me over the edge of sanity. I have spent alot of money going to differant Dr.They all tell me you dont have lice, this I already know. So far no one has helped. As many others I have tried many differant products. I have tried all of Teds treatments. Still no relief. What now?"Replies
06/23/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Connie, Try your own best medicine, urine, it will solve your problem. Just put it on & leave for a while then rinse off. That is all."
06/21/2012: Ola from Larisa, Greece: "Hi Ted! I'm 26 years old and now for three months I suffer from itchy, tingle and irritated scalp and I lose hair. This sensation is more in the crown of my head I had dandruff not much and oily scalp. Please help me I do not know what to do."
01/14/2012: Anthony from Calgary, Alberta: "Hi I need help, I have had a smelly scalp for the past couple of months. Please tell me how to treat it, will the apple cider and hydrogen peroxide do it for me?"