Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alkalizing Remedy
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Tea Tree Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Zinc Oxide Cream
- Avoid Sodium Laurel Sulfate
- Borage Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Pine Tar Shampoo
- Borax, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Caprylic Acid, Probiotics, Avoid Milk
- Chamomile Tea
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Evening Primrose Oil
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Green Tea
- Honey, Peroxide, Zinc Pyrithione
- Honey, Zinc Pyrithione
- Jojoba Oil
- Juicing, ACV, Acidophilus, Onion Juice, Homeopathy
- Lemon Juice
- Look for What Is Causing the Imbalance
- Milk of Magnesia
- Multiple Remedies
- Oatmeal Soap
- Remedies Needed
- Sulpher 8 Medicated
- Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil and Salicylic Acid
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's ACV and H2O2 Cure
04/23/2013: Bill from San Fernando, Phillipines: "Hi Abc... A greasy scalp and greasy skin may indicate a lack of Zinc in your diet. To remedy this you should supplement zinc gluconate on a daily basis to get rid of the scalp greasiness. Zinc also improves the immune system to help fight..."
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
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08/01/2012: Terri from Greenville, Sc: "Hi Ted, My daughter is 4 years old and was born with seborheic dermatitis in her scalp, food allergies and eczema as well. Just recently I had another baby this past December. My daughter's SD and eczema flared up more. Her eye lids, neck are red and inflamed and she has dandruff. This never happened, it was usually just on her head and was never itch. Her chest, belly, knee and it seems like it's all over her body too. She has been on steroid creme but it just keeps coming back. Now, I believe the stress of this new addition to the family affected her plus the lack of Vit. D/sunlight. She's been going through a lot of stress and we are trying to work on that. I started juicing carrots, apples, and some blue berries. I heard it could also be Bitoin defieciency. She is also on Multi-vitamins. I will be getting some cod liver oil to add as well. I've been putting ACV (raw) in her bath and tea tree oil but she's still flared up. What other vitamins do you suggest for someone that young? Also trying to reduce stress and adding more sunlight early in the morning. Also, when we go out in the heat right now her whole face turns red and flares up even more. Could this be a sign of yeast infection? If it is, what can I do. She gets so itchy at night and scratches her eyebrows and eyelids and all over her body and gets all red. Please help! Thanks!
P.S. She is avoinding dairy, gluten, eggs, soy, legumes, peanuts due to allergies since she was a child."Replies
08/01/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Probiotic rich foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented veggies can be very helpful in eliminating eczema, dandruff and the like.
Click here to find easy, cheap ways to make at home.
If you live in the US, you can find BUBBIES brand Sauerkraut and dill pickles in the refrigerated section of a grocery store. A tablespoon couple of times a day can also do the trick in ingesting high amounts of probiotics."
08/01/2012: Mt from Ottawa, Ontario/ Canada replies: "Green banana will rebuild the leaky guts. Leaky guts can be a source for allergies and eczema.
"Green bananas contain indigestible (to humans) short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are a favorite food of the cells that make up the lining of the intestines. When these cells are well-nourished and healthy, the body's ability to absorb nutrients such as calcium can increase dramatically."
"Also, to check how well their intestines were able to absorb nutrients, the babies were given a drink containing lactulose and mannitol. Lactulose is a compound that should be absorbed, while mannitol is one that should not be. When the intestines are too permeable, a condition clinicians call "leaky gut, " too little lactulose and too much mannitol are absorbed. After just one week of being given the green banana-rice diet, the babies' were absorbing much more lactulose and little mannitol, showing that their intestines were now functioning properly."
Stinging nettle tee is a blood cleanser -it will reduce also allergies. Give your daughter 2/ 3 cups of this tee each day. The tee is an infusion (1 tsp of herbs in boiling water for 2 minutes)"
08/02/2012: Cat from Bop, Nz replies: "08/01/2012: Terri from Greenville, Sc: Terri, it's sad to hear that your daughter has to go through this... I've previously put up on EC my own experience with my son when he was 12 months old. His eczema spread rapidly and when he scratched, it broke my heart. I very quickly had him to a naturopath who diagnosed him with sulphur deficiency and it was healed, never to return within 1 or 2 days of taking the sulphur drops. Google sulphur, it's a common deficiency in the body which affects the skin... (and very easily obtained in some form) good luck!"
08/02/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "I also recommend Milk Kefir. Milk kefir is a god sent food. It will cure most of the skin diseases when applied externally and taken internally. It has zero lactose, and the proteins are pre digested by bacteria and yeasts so any kinda of allergic reaction to it is impossible.
For skin diseases, you can see change even in 1 day. try original home made milk kefir. Hope this helps."
08/02/2012: Mollie from Los Angeles, Ca. Usa replies: "What has helped me with dandruff is after shampooing rinsing with about 1/4 cup of white vinegar and warm water. A few times a week.My eczema has been helped by scrubbing with soap (not too hard) but firm and rinsing with about 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water daily."
12/04/2011: Viviana from Aurora, Il: "Hello. I have been suffering from severe scalp itchiness for almost 3 years now. It seems that shampoos get my scalp dry and every time before I wash it (only once/week) I apply warm olive oil on my scalp and leave it for 5-10 minutes, and sometimes even longer. Recently, I am experiencing a more than usual itchiness, my scalp has red spots as if I have a mild sunburn, even though I am not exposed to the sun. Also, I have noticed tiny white flakes all over my scalp, this is a new symptom I did not have before. I tried the anti-dandruff shampoo only to find it made it worse! I am running out of options and do not know what to do. I read about using the apple cider vinegar and the hydrogen peroxide. I will try this today to see if this helps. Please let me know what can I do.!!!!"Replies
12/04/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "To Viviana from Aurora, Il. You have a fungal infection. Whether you want to refer to dandruff or candida or atlete's foot, they are all fungus with the ability to cause surface skin problems and then to withdraw inside to a different area of the body if you attack them. Organic virgin coconut oil is the best natural way to attack and with time, eliminate the problem.
My recommendation is that you apply a liberal amount of coconut oil to your scalp and massage well. Leave the oil on all night and wash out in the morning with a basic shampoo. You should see improvement within a few days. You can apply the oil to your skin as required for any dry or other irritating condition.
Coconut oil is antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial. It is also very good for both hair and skin.
To actually eliminate the fungus from your body you need to be ingesting at least 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day and work that up to 3 or 4 per day. The fungus will withdraw from skin and scalp but will return if you don't continue your program for at least a month beyond the elimination of visible symptoms."
12/04/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Viviana;
Me & another family member had these small bumps on the scalp, small sores, in the last year, that seem to come & go. Similar to what you describe. We found out that if we took some CASTOR OIL, put it on the tip of our finger, then apply it to the bump, or eruption, that the castor oil would cause it to go away within 10 to 24 hours time. It seems to work every time.
Castor oil is extremely anti-biotic. The oil of it is very healing to the skin. Therefore it is very good on cuts and wounds also. No infection and they heal very fast.
TYPE; extra virgin, cold pressed type. 1 pint costs about $7. A little goes a long way. Put some in a 2 oz. Dropper bottle, or a 1 oz squeeze bottle. You just use a couple of drops on the scalp sores.
You can also use it to oil your rifle with."
08/23/2011: Lorena from Chicago, Il, United States: "What do I to do stop having a dry scalp? This causes my hair falling."Replies
08/23/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "Lorena, for women in general that have hair loss, a dry scalp is only another symptom of the problem, not the real cause.
Sudden hair loss is usually caused by severe stress on some internal organs like the liver and thyroid. These organs are more concerned with fighting the perceived dangers of keeping you alive than to "waste" nutrient fuel on maintaining a healthy scalp and head of hair.
This severe stress can be chemotherapy, other prescribed heavy-duty medication for some other serious disease, or a basic thyroid health problem(usually underactive or hypothyroid).
You need to examine which of these applies and then proceed accordingly."
08/23/2011: Sue Ellen from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hair loss in adult women is usually caused by hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). Other symptoms include, being more sensitive to cold, constipation, depression, fatigue, feeling slowed down, heavy menstrual periods, joint and muscle aches, paleness, dry skin, brittle nails and unintentional weight gain.
Inflammation is the leading cause of hypothyroidism (radiation exposure is second). Going on an anti-inflammatory diet and taking virgin coconut oil will be very helpful. If your thyroid gland is damaged enough, however, you may need to replace the hormone."
08/29/2010: Freakzilla154l from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa: "Seb Derm or oily skin/white hard balls that come out of hair follicle
Hello, I've had this for few years now. Sometimes my skin will be clear and smooth and others will be oily and dry at the same time with my follicles being bumpy or clogged. Also, I have white balls build up and come out of my follicles. I'm taking B5, vit d and ACV along with my UC meds (lialda and canasa). Any advice or what this is? Is it really Seb Derm? Thanks"Replies
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 03/02/2011: Nicolem from Vancouver, Bc Canada replies: "I have had mild dandruff for about 15 years, I never paid much attention to it. Some shampoos helped a bit, but lately I became really annoyed with it. I have always eaten a generally considered healthy diet. Last year I became vegetarian, eliminated milk products, just had eggs once in a while, but the dandruff did not go.
Last week I decided to try wheat/grain free diet (no bread, cereal, pasta, etc), with lots of raw fresh fruits & salads, and now my scalp is almost clean, no itching.. Maybe you should give it a try as well and go grain free for a while.
Note: in first few days I was experiencing some detox symptoms - drowsy, very thirsty, etc.."
03/10/2010: Mike from San Mateo, Ca, Usa: "I was diagnosed w/ Seborrheic Dermatitis over 10 years now. I think I finally found a cure!
Age: 36. Male. Had Acne Vulgaris as a teenager. Took Tetracycline (anti-bacterial) from 18 to 24. I believe this killed off all my good bacteria which caused a chronic SD infection. I subscribe to the theory that there are bacteria which feed on the SD yeast.
I've tried everything ... topical ACV was the winner for a long time, but the SD would always come back. I had been juice fasting for a whole month, had a colonic and the practitioner recommended fermented foods. I came across a posting that prescribed eating lots of sauerkraut for SD. Something in the fermentation that is balancing my system. My skin has totally cleared up! I pray this is permanent. I'm of Germanic descent, so maybe my gut just loves the sauerkraut."
03/14/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Mike, funny you talk about sauerkraut. I am not Germanic either but after having lived in Holland for many years I got to like sauerkraut quite a lot. Now I live in the Alsace I started craving sauerkraut. My husband doesn't like it so I add it to the dishes for myself. Nice to know that it can have a good effect on your health... I knew that it has a lot of good stuff in it. No idea why all of a sudden I crave it every day though. Maybe something my body is missing....."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 04/10/2010: Mike from San Mateo, Ca, Usa replies: "Unfortunately the Sauerkraut didn't work permanently. Just had a huge flare-up yesterday. My plan of attack is to go back on a juice fast and possibly a week long water fast and colon/liver cleanse. Luckily, topical ACV still works for me and is my last line of defense at the moment."
Sulpher 8 Medicated
[YEA] 12/16/2007: Lynne from Dayton, Ohio: "I wrote earlier this year about Apple Cider Vinegar on my scalp, it is very helpful. One thing that I wanted to share with readers also that I hope will help is a product that is sold in the African American hair care section of many grocery stores. The product is called Sulpher 8 Medicated. It is a balm that really helps the dry skin around my hairline. It has a cooling effect like menthol. It does have a slight odor but it is not over powering.It has brought me a great amount of relief."
Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 05/04/2007: Ana from Vancouver, Canada: "I was diagnosed with SD some 3 years ago and was prescribed Nizoral shampoo by my dermatologist who said that my condition will go away "just don't know when"! I also suffered with constipation, bloating and flatulance after every meal but never mad a conection with the two problems. Then I started reading about Yeast Overgrowth and did the saliva test which was positive for candida. I took one therapy (2 weeks) of a product called CandiGone by Renew Life, started taking probiotics in pill form, cut sugar and carbs in my diet, started drinking kefir and eating lots of yougurt enriched with probiotics. The results - I just did the saliva test and there are no more nasty little legs in it. I will slowly start to introduce carbs and sugar back into my diet, although in very small amounts since I don't crave it anymore. For my scalp I did the following: I would mix 15 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of lavander oil, 4-5 drops of grape seed extract in my organic jojoba shampoo and apply that to my scalp. I would leave it on for 15 min and then rins out. I repeated that every night for the first week and then switched to every second day. I don't have anymore lesions in my hairline, the itching is almost all gone now. I've been doing this for three weeks now and I'm really happy with the results. I hope my story will help other pople suffering from candida and seborrheic dermatitis. PS. Great site! keep up the good work."
Tea Tree Oil and Salicylic Acid
[YEA] 03/15/2007: Chris from Chicago, Illinois: "The only thing that helped me with my Seborrheic Dermatitis is tea tree oil and the Scalpicin with salicylic acid, but then started using Rite Aid Brand of Scalpicin which I had better results. I don't have that many flakes, but the itching is unbearable. What's funny is when I tried the tea tree oil by itself it did not do much. And when I tried the salicylic acid by itself I only receive temporary relief. But when I alternated the tea tree oil and the salicylic acid every other day I received tremendous results. What I do is one night I put on Scalpicin and leave it in all night and take a shower in the morning, and the next night I apply the tea tree oil. I had a really bad case, so I put on a lot (almost half the bottle per application). The tea tree oil has a strong odor that could smell up the house, just to warn you. Also note that there are two Scalpicin's. One contains hydrocortisone and one contains salicylic acid. So if you try my method make sure you get the right one. For me, the hydrocortisone only temporary relieved my itching. I would by the Rite Aid brand or the CVS brand that says Scalp Relief of Scalp Itch and Dandruff Relief, as I received good results with these. Again I tried almost all of the products on the market, also Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon Juice, and this is the only thing that has helped me. Another thing to note is your itching might occur on the day after the night you used the tea tree oil, but it will go away the next day when you take a shower the day after you put on the salicylic acid. I used to have a rough scalp and this has truly helping my scalp return back to normal."Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Salicylic acid is a power chemical that causes skin peeling or possibly scalp damages in some cases depending on the concentration but it does kill certain fungus causing the condition. Dermatologist used the salicylic acid, likely in higher concentrations to remove scarring tissue too. I however prefer a milder solution if given a chance such as using acetyl salicylic acid, which is actually a plain aspirin dissolved in water and apply to the scalp, plus some epsom salt for example and alternate that with tea tree oil. I would probably also try a saturated borax in 1% hydrogen peroxide that was not considered also, since borax seems to be most effective against the fungus, without damaging the scalp."
07/30/2010: Denise from Milwaukee, Wi: "I saw a post that mentioned that Ted posted in 2006 about 6 causes of seborrheic dermatitis. I don't see posts going that far back. Can anyone help?"
EC: Hi Denise,
Whew, now that took some serious searching! Check out this Q&A: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/seborrheic_dermatitis_questions.html#Question_397
..."Usually the cause is often fungus, followed closely by nutrition imbalance, immune problems, nano-insects, and sometimes sometimes hormonal imbalances or allergies."
[YEA] 04/02/2009: Richard from London, England: "Hi, I'm a 38 yr old male with fair skin. For the last 12 years I have suffered with skin problems on my face, specifically on my nose and cheeks, sometimes on my forhead.
I remember travelling to work one day on the tube and feeling incredibly hot on my face, when I got to work I had what I can only describe as rashes in these areas. I did nothing (typical man!) for some weeks until I started to not only have these rashes but also severe scaling on the sides of my nose, almost scab like. I went to see my GP who said it was a type of sweat rash and perscribed daktacort cream. This story has probably been told a thousand times on here - the treatment worked initially, but if I stopped using it the rash would appear, then it started to appear even when I did use it, so I started using it all the time - my skin became completely addicted to the stuff. After 4 or five years of use my skin in these area looked pigmented, I developed capillaries all over my nose and the skin was constantly greasy, even within minutes of using a mild cleanser.I had also developed an itchy/flaky scalp (which I'd had as a teenager but had cleared up and been fine for years just using Head & Shoulders).
I went to see a dematologist a couple of years ago because I was at my wits end. He said that I had Seb Derm, got me off the daktacort but pescribed me protopic, which has kept, to a large extent the inflammation under control, but did nothing for the itching or pigmentation (why would it?) and the condition of my skin gradually deterioted.Washing the face with anti dadruff shampoos was a disaster, the skin would become 'angry' and very dry - I tried everything and anything to no avail
Last year (on another site) I came across the suggestion of AVC for use on the scalp to clear Seb Derm. It worked. After washing with a mild baby shampoo I let the hair dry and then sprayed on undiluted AVC and left. I did this for a week and the problem completely cleared. I now use it for 'maintenance' just once or twice a week. So I thought, well, if it works on my scalp why not try it on my face? Unfortunately I didn't have the same response. my skin actually became red in these areas over a period of time, I developed spots on my forehead and small boils along my cheek bones. After 6 weeks I stopped using the AVC on my face and resigned myself to lifelong use of protopic, skin irritation and embarssment. For the last 3 years, unless there's been no avoiding it I have completely avoided social interaction outside of work and had completely reached rock bottom.I stopped exercising because it just irritated the condition even more. My confidence was shot to pieces.
I came across this website last week. Apart from the skin in the centre of my face, I had also developed marks on my cheeks(which after another visit to my GP I was advised was eczema. I wasn't looking after myself, I just didn't care anymore. I've become the biggest sceptic on earth, but I read Ted's postings with interest regarding the use of baking soda (both internally and extrnally).
So here's what Ive done......For the last seven days I have been wasing my face with a mild solution of baking soda (two teaspoons in a litre of water). I have then applied a mixture of tea tree oil and lavender to my nose and cheeks, then an hour of so later covered with aloe vera. I have taken twice a day a half teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of AVC in a glass of water.In addition I have taken (once a day) magnesium, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil and selenium. I have also had no alcohol, fried or sweet foods. I did use to eat alot of fruit (and I mean alot), but have also had no fruit, but plenty of vegetables.
The result? My skin has completely cleared and I mean completely. What I didn't mention was that I have spent nearly 2000 on laser treatment to clear the capillaries to little effect, those that were treated soon came back. Within two days of this treatment the capillaries had gone, had all the itching. My energy levels are also up (no doubt partly psychological). I don't know if changes to diet can have an effect in such a short space of time but I do know that my condition is linked to food and drink and how I feel, but had simply lost the will to try and put all the pieces together.
I am sorry that this is such a long post, but I wanted to let people know my story in case there are others in the same position or about to go down the same route with cortisone use. Please, please dont! I could write about the medical treatment that I have had, but I am trying to look forward and not back - anyway, the failings of western medicine have been written about more eloquently on here by other people). Everyone is different and what has worked for me may not be right for others, but I hope this helps someone.
I am holding my breath at the moment to see if this is going to work long term but right know I feel like I have got my life back and am having to pinch myself. Most importantly I wanted from the bottom of my heart to thank everyone else on here who have posted about Seb Derm with their advice, but especially to Ted - words canot express how grateful I am."
EC: Thank you for the extensive feedback! We will forward your post to Ted.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment for Dandruff
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar -1 part
- Hydrogen Peroxide -1 part
- Water - 10 parts
Combine 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide with 10 parts water. Use like a shampoo and rinse after the mixture has set for a few minutes. This treatment should clear up your dandruff condition in 2-3 days.
[NAY] 03/28/2013: Abc from Jakarta, Indonesia: "Hi BILL, I am having severe scalp psoriasis with seborrheic dermatitis for the last 6 years. I came across this website and I have tried all the below TED remedies for 4 weeks but I am not seeing much sign of improvement.
1. Applied borax on my scalp and then rinse with diluted with ACV.
2. Took extra virgin coconut oil, borax with water
3. Alkalized body using ACV and baking soda.
4. Cut down all yeast diet.
The itching has been subsized to some extent but the flaking hasn't gone at all. Big clumps of skin is still coming out along with my hair. Should I continue the above treatment further or switch to different treatment? Please advice. I have really lost all patitience and I don't know what else should I do. Nothing is working for me. Neither medicated shampoo nor natural remedies. If I apply tea tree oil my scalp become more scaly and more flaking happens.
PLEASE PLEASE HELP BILL with my issue!!!!"Replies
03/28/2013: Ella from Chicago, Il replies: "Hello, the best treatment for psoriasis is grapefruit seed extract. You should put un diluted extract on your scalp for a few hours, then wash your hair as usually( don't allow GSE to get to your eyes). You should also drink GSE according directions on the bottle( always in a full glass of water or juice). GSE is very bitter and strong. Do it as long as you have symptoms of psoriasis."
03/28/2013: Ejules from Woodbridge, Va, Us replies: "I'm not Bill, but suggest you try oil of oregano in a carrier oil, such as olive, sesame, coconut, etc. Don't use OofO straight."
03/28/2013: Barbara from Yerington, Nevada replies: "I cured mine with a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and beer. Put it on like shampoo. The itching instantly stopped. I had been going to the DR. And it only got worse. Worth a try!!"
03/29/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi Abc, Best ever remedy for psoriasis is your own urine, just put it on, leave a while & then rinse, costs nothing & works."
03/29/2013: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Abc... Whenever I use borax topically, I dissolve a few teaspoons in water with some hydrogen peroxide(a capful) and I put it in a simple garden sprayer. Sometimes I also add a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate as well. Then I just spray my whole body including my head with it. I usually do this after I have my shower at night and smply let this dry on my body before I go to bed. Then I just go to bed. Next morning I wash off the borax etc.
Just rinsing off the borax straight away after application will not allow enough time for the borax/hydrogen peroxide to kill the fungal/bacterial problems which may well be deeper under the skin.
You can also use the following essential oils(diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil) during the day: Lavender oil, Sweet Orange oil, Pine Oil, Tea Tree Oil. Use 5 to 10 drops in a teaspoon of coconut oil is the way I do it-- just rub it into the scalp and leave it on.
Indonesia is quite a wet country -- it has high rainfall. Fungus and mold love these wet, humid conditions so human fungal problems can also therefore easily arise and abound because of mold or fungal infestations in the house or at your place of work. So your problems might have arisen for these reasons and if this is the case then either you must remove the fungus or mold from the walls/roof of your house(or move house) and/or remove the fungus from your place of work. The reason I say this is because your scalp problems may have arisen due to fungal/mold spores settling and infecting your skin and body from the fungus in your house or place of work.
I live in the Philippines and, in the wet season later in the year, I have noticed that Filipinos do not like going out into the rain. They believe that the wet season brings sickness like leptosporosis, malaria, dengue as well as fungal problems. Mosquitos are also a big problem in the wet season. My small shaded terrace was a haven for these mosquitos and I was always being bitten all the time which worried me. In order to deter these mosquitos from biting me, I bought a small Rose Geranium plant in a pot -- this is what some Filipino friends told me to do. That one small plant changed everything -- no more mosquitos anyhere near my garden or terrace. Unfortunately, the rose geranium plant died because it could not survive the lowland hot season (it's more of a mountain plant in the Philippines). So I bought Rose Geranium essential oil and mix drops of this with drops of essential pine oil and coconut oil(carrier oil) to keep the mosquitos off me. No mosquito ever bites me now when I go outside."
03/29/2013: Abc from Jakarta, Indonesia replies: "Thanks a ton Bill for replying back!!
When I use Borax, I keep it for around 20 min and then wash it off with ACV. However, like you have suggested I will try to apply it overnight and then will wash it of next day in the morning so that it remains on the scalp for more time. Will keep you posted with my results.
You have mentioned that you also add few drops of hydrogen peroxide with borax and keep it overnight. Is it safe to do that? I came across one article in this forum where somebody has mentioned that keeping hydrogen peroxide overnight has lead to serious hairfall.
Also, I don't have great success with the oil application remedy (mixing tea tree oil or other oil with carrier oil). It's not like I am sensitive towards oil but I have seen from past 6 years (From the time I have the scalp problems) that whenever I have applied oil it created lots of problem for me. Itching, scaling and hair fall has increased to many fold. Not sure why that happens. Is it due to some kind of allergy or deficiency?"
03/30/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I'm not Bill but I have some recommendations for you. Massage coconut oil into your scalp. Also, rinse your scalp with a cup of white vinegar under the shower. Also consider tea tree oil and neem oil as topical treatment (add to a carrier oil), you'd be surprised what's in those bumps sometimes. I'd alternate these, doing one of these daily."
04/22/2013: Abc from Jakarta, Indonesia replies: "Thanks Bill and everybody for their valuble comments.
Dear Bill - As suggested, I tried applying borax overnight then washing the hair in the morning using ACV H202 (1%) combination for almost 20 days. I have seen that my itching has been reduced but my scaling has increased and it's not getting cleared from my scalp. Also hair fall hasn't been stopped. I also tried to applied the tea tree oil lavendar oil along with coconut oil on my scalp. My flakes have become more sticky and greasy and it doesn't loosen up and come out easily during washing. I have to pick them manually which causes more hair loss.
I don't know why application of oil makes me more uncomfortable though these oils are antifungal in nature. Also, borax is giving me a relief in my itching but is not clearing up my greasy flakes.
One thing that helped me a bit is my new medical shampoo that I apply twice in a week (having Ciclopirox (1%), Zinc Pyrithione (ZPTO) (1%)). This lifts up my greasy scales and reduce flaking to some extent on the day of the application but the symptoms comes back next day.
Please let me know what should I do know. Should I continue using this medical shampoo for my scaling and flakes since application of borax and oil application isn't helping me out ? Please advice
If you have any other remedy for my problem please do suggest. Thanks again for your help in advance."
04/23/2013: Bill from San Fernando, Phillipines replies: "Hi Abc... A greasy scalp and greasy skin may indicate a lack of Zinc in your diet. To remedy this you should supplement zinc gluconate on a daily basis to get rid of the scalp greasiness. Zinc also improves the immune system to help fight pathogens in your body.
When I had systemic candida, which is a fungal infection inside the body, I also had psoriasis as well as eczma and other skin problems. To me, psoriasis could well be a symptom which indicates a fungal infection from mold or candida deeper inside your body - an infection in your intestines and in the blood. And when I eventually got rid of my internal fungal candida problems -- all my skin problems just disappeared.
So if you are unable to cure your scalp problems with just topical skin or scalp remedies then this strongly suggests to me that your infection -- a candida or mold fungal infection -- must be a systemic one inside your body and in your blood. That may be why the topical remedies aren't working.
The specific protocols needed to get rid of candida or mold from the intestines and from the blood are shown at this link: Fungal Infection Treatment"
04/23/2013: Leah from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "Hello, I just came across your post so I don't know if you have tried dietary changes yet? I have a feeling you would benefit from a liver detox, since I've read skin conditions indicate liver problems. There are many to choose from on this site. You may also like to try an alkalizing diet. Have you seen the documentaries "fat, sick and nearly dead" (very funny) or "the gerstein miracle". Both outline the benefits of raw vegetable juicing for skin or other more serious ailments."
04/24/2013: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West, South Africa replies: "Hi ABC, best solution to your problem that I know of is to put urine on your head, leave for a while then wash it. All else has failed so try it."