The weather here in the midwest can be so finicky. One day it’s warm, then it’s freezing (like today)…brrrr. But the reality is, those warmer days are getting fewer and fewer and pretty soon there will be snow on the ground.
Whether I like it or not, winter is here. With it comes rosy cheeks and dry, chapped skin. It’s pretty easy to find recipes for dry skin. There are so many amazing body butter and body salve recipes right here on Scratch Mommy (and Jess’s Body Butters are UhMaaaZing).
But what about nourishing your scalp?
Unfortunately, the skin on your scalp can suffer much like the rest of your body during the colder months. All the sudden your scalp is dry, flaky, itchy, and driving your crazy! So what can you do about it?
Learn how to do a dry scalp treatment at home!
You might be tempted to grab that bottle of (toxic) shampoo off of the store shelf that promises to fix all of your problems. But these shampoos have a lot of yucky ingredients with some nasty side effects.
Deep treating your dry scalp with a moisturizing mask several times a week can do wonders this time of year. All you need is a few ingredients to rub into your scalp, leave on for a bit, and then wash out. This is great to do before you take a shower.
So what do you need to do a deep moisturizing and nourishing dry scalp treatment?
1. Essential Oils
There are quite a few essential oils that are great for loving your scalp during the winter, including:
- Tea Tree – There are about a gazillion recipes here on Scratch Mommy that use Tea Tree (it’s a staple oil to keep around).
- Rosemary – “Best known for its aid in memory and hair loss. It is also considered a symbol of love, and the sprigs have been traditionally used in wedding ceremonies.”1
- Lemon – Interesting tid-bit, “It takes over 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of expressed oil!”2
- Cedarwood – A favorite oil of Scratch Mommy founder, Jess, cedarwood essential oil is steam distilled from wood and has a gorgeous Earthy scent.
- Lavender – Another staple oil to keep around, you’ll find lavender in many DIY recipes on Scratch Mommy.
- Peppermint – You can see why this is also a great oil to have on hand, “Analgesic, antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, cordial, digestive, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor, vermifuge”3
- Geranium – Geranium is a powerful wound healer, with heavy, sweet, floral aromas.
- Patchouli – Patchouli is more than just a scent for hippies (…this is what Scratch Mommy founder, Jess, wears everyday). It has antiseptic, astringent, and fungicide properties…the perfect addition for a dry scalp treatment!
2. Carrier Oil
You will need to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil. Some good choices would be coconut oil, jojoba oil, borage oil, or evening primrose oil.
**You have got to check out this highly informative post on Scratch Mommy that explains various carrier oils and how to choose the perfect one.
After using this nourishing mask, wash it out with a natural shampoo, if possible. This PH Balanced Shampoo Recipe is a great option.
- 1 Tbsp carrier oil (learn how to pick the best carrier oil for you)
- 8 drops of essential oils
- 2 drops rosemary
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops tea tree
- 2 drops cedarwood
- 4 drops lemon
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops peppermint
- 4 drops tea tree
- 2 drops lavender
- 1 drop geranium
- 1 drop patchouli
- Gently mix your carrier oil and essential oils.
- Massage enough mixture into scalp to cover.
- Leave on for at least 15 minutes.
- Wash out with a gentle shampoo.
Whenever you are trying new essential oils, it is best to do a patch test first. Just mix one drop of the essential oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil and place a drop on the inside of your elbow or arm. Watch for 24 hours to ensure there is no reaction.
The dilution ratios given for the recipes here are recommended for healthy adults.
Peppermint and rosemary essential oils should be avoided in small children.
For children over 2 consider this simple blend:
- 1 Tbsp Carrier Oil
- 1 drop Tea Tree
- 1 drop Geranium