Natural Remedies for Scalp Infections

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Posted by Faithy (Worcester, Ma) on 09/21/2011

I cannot believe this works! I stopped after work to pick up the ingredients - put it on my head last night, did not rinse out and the itching stopped, I didn't scratch at all. I had at least 12 red spots on my head from scratching the scabs and at least two raised welts, welts are gone, scalp is dry, a little red but nothing like before - repeated in shower this morning, and rinsed out - no itching at all! I did order the teatree oil with lavender on amazon - they do have a combo, for around $7.00. I am going to use this overnight when I receive. Thank you so much TED!!!! You literally saved my life. I have short dark hair, and this was becoming a problem as I could not stop scratching. Thank you so much! Question, how long should I use the mixture, as I have some scabs left?

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Posted by Vincent (Seattle, Wa.) on 11/03/2010

Please help... I don't understand... You say "1 part" Apple Cider & Vinegar. "1 part" Hydrogen Peroxide. With "10 parts" water. What are "parts" ? Could you or anyone explan to me what are "parts"? Thank You"

Replied by Kent
(Lyndonville, Vermont)

Parts - think about it as equal portions. 1 tablespoon is a part. So the 1 part, 1 part, 10 parts would look like 1 tablespoon of ACV, 1 tablespoon of hydrogren peroxide and 10 tablespoons of water. Bigger jug? 1/4 cup is a part. So the 1 part, 1 part, 10 parts would look like 1/4 cup of ACV, 1/4 cup of hydrogren peroxide and 10 quarter cups (or 2 1/2 cups) of water.

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Posted by Diane (Ottumwa, Ia ) on 08/10/2010

Here is what worked for my itchy scabs on my scalp, Colloidal Silver. I made a 20% concentration. It knocked one of the scabs out in three days. The other scab near my neckline did not respond to Colloidal Silver, but has responded to a modification of Ted's Remedy. I took about 8oz. Of Ted's Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Water Mixture and added about a teaspoon of Epsom salts and a teaspoon of Borax to it to make a heavily saturated solution. I applied it numerous times per day with a cotton ball. It's gradually getting smaller and in about two more days should be gone. I can't tell you all the stuff I tried that did not work, the list would be too long. I figured the Borax would be good if it was a mite, the epsom salts, vinegar and peroxide would be good if it was bacterial or fungal in nature. I tried every anti-fungal and every anti-bacterial in the natural world and every over-the-counter remedy I could think of. By the way, Vicks is a nightmare to get out of your hair and should never be tried. Hope this helps someone. I agree with the posters who say this is from a cat or kitten. Never had any skin/scalp infections until we took in a cat.

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Posted by Sara (Georgetown, De) on 01/20/2010

Well my story started out last summer when I brought a stray kitten into our home... little did I know what I just got myself into! The kitten had ringworm and we didn't know it until it was too late. My daughter eventually ended up getting it on her scalp. Two prescriptions later it still wasn't better! The ACV solution has made a huge difference. Its been a month (I treat her head every single night)and all the small spots are gone and the two large spots she has are 75% healed!! I also, in the evening, rub a cut garlic clove on the spots.

Follow the ACV treatment and dont stop until it is gone! I'd also recommend treating for 2-3 weeks after to make 100% sure.... you dont want it coming back.

Im so thankful I came across this website!

Replied by Diane
(Montgomery, Alabama)

Double YEA...I have had itchy scalp with welts and inner ear canal itch for over a year. Found this site yesterday and feel really blessed. I did the Apple Cider Vineger and peroxide water (1,1,10). I washed my hair in the mixture this morning at 6am. It is 2pm now and I have not itched all, scalp or ears. I bought oils today to start the OP tonight. Thanks so much!

Replied by William

Seborrheic dermatitis!!!! I have read most of the posts here! Most of what has been described here sounds like.....seborrheic dermatitis! First! There is no cure as of yet! All you can do is keep flare-ups down! I think, I got mine from a dog or cat! Baking soda and ACV or white vinegar works to keep it at bay! Hair loss will grow back in time! Hope this helps!

(Olathe, Ks)

Its not SD. Some to most have demodex. It all falls within the symptoms categories

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Posted by msdavis74 (Los Angeles, CA) on 07/01/2009


I am so happy with this site and all the valuable information, but I have tried this remedy and I think I must be doing something wrong. When I first tried the solution with 1part acv, 1part peroxide and 10 parts water it initially worked, but I think my scalp got used to it and it no longer works. I also follow it with regular shampoo and conditioner and the tea tree and lavender mixture. Maybe I need to do it for an extended period of time, but the last time I tried it, I did it 3 nights straigt.

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Posted by Anthony (Beaumont, Texas) on 03/01/2009

Hey Ted, I started having scalp problems when I was 15 years old. I had nasty pustules on my head, thinning hair along with a itchy and flaky beard when I hit 18 years old. The doctors didnt help much. Seems like pills are their answers to everything. Anyways, I am 26 now and I read your post several months back. I tried the ACV & H202 with the tea tree oil and lavendar and my hair hasn't looked this good since it started falling out. My scalp is fine and I see hair growning on my scalp in places that use to be really thin. Now it seems like it has been at a stand still and sometimes it looks just a tad bit worst. I am thinking it must be something that I am eating, something extra that I need to take or both. Do you have any suggestions for me? My scalp looks 60 percent better and I need something to help it get over the hump. By the way, sometimes the skin on the side of my nose gets dry and cracky. That's when I notice my hair getting thin again. Maybe the two are linked. Please help! Thanks!

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Posted by Sara (Carson City, NV) on 11/06/2008

It works! I have been using the two scalp remedies and I just noticed today all these tiny growing hairs all over my head. Thanks Ted!

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Posted by Benny (Anchorage, Alaska) on 09/14/2008

I have had chronic scalp infections for around 25 years. My symptoms are very painful green puss filled pimples when it gets really bad, and primarily in the back part of my scalp. I didn't do anything for it when I was a teen, because my parents wouldn't pay for any medical treatments for it. As an adult I have regularly gone to the doctor for this problem and they always prescribe anti-biotics and some anti fungle cream. The anti-biotics worked for only a short time before I would get the condition back. The anti fungal cream didn't seem to do anything but make me feel more uncomfortable. I took antibiotics around three months ago and was doing great until now. The infection came back with a vengence. My priority this morning was to try Ted's approach and shop for the supplies: ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Epsom Salt, costing me just a few bucks. The directions for mixing Ted does give, as 1 part ACV, 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, and 10 parts water. I made a solution of 1/2 cup Epsom salt and 1 quart water to clean and soften my scalp first. I also bought a turkey baster to apply the soltion to my scalp while in the tub, with the back of my head dipped in a plastic bag to hold the solution on my head. I kept the salt solution on as long as I could, then rinsed it off. Then I did the same with the ACV, Hydrogen Peroxide solution, but only for a couple minutes. It did not hurt or feel bad puting it on. Actually it was soothing. I must say that after this first try, my scalp really felt better, and most of the pain went away and became more tolerable, as the swelling went down. I did have my wife apply triple antibiotic ointment on the sores after I dried my hair. I also would like to say I did find a natural shampoo and conditioner (under ten bucks each)that includes both tea tree and lavender oil in it. The brand name is Desert Essence. It was located in the health food section of a regular grocery store. I will try using these to see if they do the trick. So far after the first try I feel better. Wish me luck. I hope this will prove to work as well as save money and trips to the Doctor.

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Posted by Lisa (Upper Marlboro, Maryland) on 10/04/2007

Thank You so much. My 4 year old daughter (AA) developed folliculitus and all of the doctors treatments were worthless. She started loosing hair on the top of her head and pustules were all over. She also complained of her scalp hurting. I did a google search and found this site. Even after the first ACV & H202 tx I noticed improvement. I followed up with Tea Tree and Lav. oils nightly and once a week for two weeks I repeated the ACV & H202. She has no more pustules, they have all dried out. Plus she has no more pain. Her scalp looks 95% better. I am just waiting for a small patch of crust to fall off and a small patch of hair to grow back. I will continue the TT and Lav for a couple more weeks to make sure the infection completely gone. Thank god I found this site and that she has thick hair to hide the small patch.

Replied by Ted

Lisa: Happy to hear of the news. A longer term remedy of acv baking soda alkalizing to raise the body's immune system, some weekly magnesium (magnesium citrate) and zinc (zinc gluconate) supplements and perhaps if possible a molybdenum (sodium molybdate) should prevent the condition from coming back again.

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Posted by Tasha (Petersburg, VA) on 05/29/2007

I just wanted to let you all know i been having a scalp problem for over 8months was directed to your site by a friend Tryied the Apple cider and perioxide and my scalp is already feeling better I am also using the T-tree oil... My doctor gave me a shampoo & cream that didnt help.. I have lost all my hair on the top of my head in several patches, it would itcy and be dry and hurt to the point I couldnt touch my head. After one wash with the solution it felt 99% better.. I hope my hair will grow back as well.. Thanks a bunch 4 this site

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Posted by David (Orange County, CA) on 02/21/2007

I discovered this sit because i had a scalp infection and wanted to find out how i could cure it. i started to take the acv and baking soda internally that ted suggests. i felt really good and it seemed to help a lot. i put some acv on my head as well and i don't know if i worked. i also tried the peroxide on my head but i hasn't really done much either.i had read that eucalyptus oil is really good, so i realized that vic's vapor rub has eucalyptus oil in it so i put some on my head and it had the greatest effect than anything i tried.i can say that i went to the nutritional store to buy the tea tree oil that ted suggested, but unfortunately for me i listened to the homeopathic doctor there and didn't buy it. instead i bought the pills he suggested and the ointment that contained alison, i guess it's an extract from garlic, which is also suppose to clean your blood. that didn't seem to help at all so i started rubbing on the vic's again. i am going to buy the tea tea tree oil and maybe eucalyptus oil. i also have to mention, that i had blood work done there at the health food store and my blood was really clean. he said that he never gets to see such healthy blood and was very impressed! i had been taking the acv and baking soda for at least a month though, so i guess it really worked. i use to have a little bite of lower back pain and that even went away. i want to give a special thanks to tedd, your a gentle man and a scholar. well thanks to everyone as well, who have taken the time to try to help others by contributing to this site. god bless all of you and your families!

p.s. i forgot to note that the infection seemed to be fungus and discovered it because my hair was falling out. i decided to just go ahead and shave my head and discovered i had the read fungus/ringworm on different parts of my head .the acv and vic's vapor rub really helped and i started to regrow my hair and it's not falling out anymore. it even seems to be growing thicker on the area's that were growing thin. thanks!

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Posted by Tasha (IL) on 11/09/2006

I'm late writing my feedback, but it may benefit someone especially for African American children.

On June 3, 2006, after my son's haircut, I noticed my son had a small, round, white patch in the middle of his scalp. Curious, I took note of this on my calendar to keep a close eye on it.

As the weeks go by, the patch had spread to at least 3 or 4 more patches with hair loss. Not completely bald patches. I immediately confirmed this HAD to be ringworm in the scalp.

How could this happen when I keep the kids scalp and body clean with bathings? My kids like to play in the dirt outside and very well could have transferred hand to scalp during play. I don't know for sure...just a guess. By June 30th, I began Ted's recommedation of ACV (with the Mother) and Hydrogen Peroxide Shampoo along with the Tea Tree Oil and Lavender mixture.

I followed his recipe exactly. I would give my son (3years old) his bath and "shampoo" or saturate his hair with the ACV & Peroxide. Let it sit on his hair and scalp while I bathe him. After rinsing the soap off his body, I would rinse out the ACV & Peroxide from his hair.

My mixture: 4 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 1 drop of Lavender Oil diluted in 1 tablespoon of Sweet Almond Oil. I used the Sweet Almond Oil because it absorbs and carries the essential oils well.

After drying him off, I immediately applied the Tea Tree Oil and Lavender mixture to his ENTIRE scalp (he had a low hair cut...much easier). I did make sure his hair and scalp was coated. I applied a Doo Rag (a scarf with 2 tails) and wrapped his head up. The tails help secure the base of the Doo Rag on his head. He wore the Doo Rag and Oil Mixture over night. I did not wash it out in the morning nor did I reapply the oil mixture during the day.

I applied this oil mixture every night at bath time for 6 weeks. However, I did not apply the ACV & Hydrogen Peroxide shampoo everyday. For some reason, after the second day, my son would literally scream "murder" at the sight of the ACV & Peroxide. I would calmly refer to it as water but he did not want that "water" near him. I can't confirm if it burned his scalp or not. So, I have no clue as to if it burns. Oh, and I made sure not to get it in his eyes. Therefore, I shampooed with regular shampoo and followed with the oil mixture.

At the end of the 6 weeks, his hair had grown back in with no more white patches or hair loss. It is has been several months now and everything is still clear.

BTW, my son knew something wasn't right because the other children did not have to wear the Doo Rag. Try to be comforting and reassuring during this difficult time with small children. The Doo Rag sort of acts as a protective measure from spreading (to the family) so you don't want the child to take it off due to embarrassment or shame. The child can wear it during the day if he/she is a stay at home child like mine. Our family made him feel comfortable about the Doo Rag. We took pictures of him with his "shades" on and just had fun his first night. This way, you don't have to fight or have an unhappy child every night for 6 weeks. BTW, I saw an oil recipe on a different website that is identical to Ted's except the lady recommed using the oil mixture 3x's a day. For those who work during the day or if the child is in school, this may not seem ideal although I believe it would work. Nevertheless, Ted's overnight treatment was less work and with proven results.

I hope this helps someone.

Replied by Pinky Bee
(Fremantle , Western Australia)

I need help...... My scalp is sooooo dry, flaky, itchy as hell and sometimes sore. I have used coconut oil (extra virgin) for a week now and it seems to be getting itchier and flakier, one side of my head was worse than the other..... But now they are nearly the same!! I have very thin hair and in some parts (the front and sides) it's not growing back :(. I just want my thick hair back..... I think about it all the time, because it's itchy all the time...... I think I have a fungus and just spread it because I'm always itching..... HELP!!! Please???

Replied by Francisca
(Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France)

Someone posted a remedy for problems with the scalp here a few days ago. I am thinking of trying. Here is what I copied and saved in my remedies file:

  • I had the itching scalp, substantial thinning and some dandruff several years ago, and cleared it all up in two treatments. I used about 1/8 teaspoon of Tea Tree Oil and a few drops of lavender oil in 3 Tablespoons of sweet almond oil (you could use any carrier oil, I think). I parted my hair and poured it on my scalp all over and left it there for an hour, massaging it around with my fingertips some, before I showered it out. Whatever was wrong is gone, I have no itch and my hair came back thick

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    Posted by Leo (Olathe, Ks) on 02/20/2016

    Hello everyone.

    From nearly all of the posts I see, it seems like most of you have demodex or hair mites. They thrive on oily skin and scalp. They live inside your hair follicle, hence your hair falling out. Also change your diets, this is a sign of a weak immune system. Eat organics and take organic vitamins to boost immune system. Best thing to do is see a dermatologist and ask for a natural treatment. If they don't help then YouTube and google are your best friends to finding a cure.

    God be with you all.



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    Posted by Namaw (Bama) on 10/27/2016

    I, too, get eruptions on my scalp. I think it's fungus. I've been using turpentine on it. I usually dip a q tip into the turp and apply it to the spots but, sometimes, I can feel a spot coming on and then I smear it around. I had a fungus on my neck as a child (looked like I had a dirty neck) and it eventually went away on its own (my mom wouldn't apply the cream and I was only like 8 yrs old). Anyway, I see great results from the turp after several days of doing this. I put it on when I first get up and then, an hour or so later, take my shower and shampoo.


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    Posted by Louwrence (Rustenburg, North West, South Africa) on 10/18/2012

    To treat scalp infection problem I will soak it with urine which will quickly solve your problem. It works.

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