February 18, 2017

Ginger Tea Rinse to Treat Dandruff and Flaky Scalp

It's officially winter! In case being in the middle of February wasn't a good reminder, if you're anything like me then your flaky scalp has pretty much done the trick.

The air outside is frightful...ly dry. It's really dry, and quite brisk. For someone who has trouble maintaining a consistent moisturizing/hydration regimen for their hair, Winter is one of the last things you want to add to your list of concerns *raises both hands in surrender*. The cold, dry air can take the occasional dry scalp problem into "OMG I just washed my hair last week and now when I scratch my scalp there's asbestos falling out. WAHHH😭" territory.

It's for this exact reason that I'll be sharing this DIY remedy for dry flaky scalp that can easily be incorporated into your wash routine for the rest of the season.

This Ginger Tea rinse is great for combating flaky scalp and dandruff due to the natural properties of ginger:
+ Ginger has natural anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties. This helps with inflammation or bacterial concerns at the scalp.
+ Ginger naturally stimulates blood flow to the scalp, which encourages and aids in hair growth. You will definitely feel this tingle when you use any at home DIY ginger remedies. Along with the previous benefit, you may want to try incorporating ginger into your hair care routine for a few weeks if you've experienced dandruff-related hair loss.
+ Properties of ginger may help to strengthen hair from the roots, therefore improving not just scalp health but hair health as well.

There are a number of remedies that exist on the internet which instruct you to blend your ginger, extract the juice from the fiber, mix the ginger juice and a carrier oil (like olive oil), apply the mixture to the scalp, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before washing it out (some with/without shampoo).

I decided to prepare my ginger differently (as a tea) for a number of reasons:
+ I love ginger tea, so while I am focused on my hair, best believe I am also making some of this tea for drinking. As I mentioned before Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory so it not only boosts the immune system (bye bye colds and flus) but can also help with digestion issues.
+ Have you ever had a shot of straight ginger juice and felt the searing burn as it traipsed down your oesophagus? There is a spicy heat/kick to ginger that I imagine could be quite irritating or unbearable for someone with a sensitive scalp. I suspect this is why in the other remedies it is recommended that you wash out the ginger juice and oil.
+ But this also made me wonder whether the benefits of the ginger were being washed away when you wash out as suggested.

When I took all this into consideration, I figured a tea rinse would be a better solution for a sensitive scalp, and it could be used at the end of one's wash routine and not washed out. The other benefit to a diluted remedy like this rinse, is the ability to customize it by adding other herbs, spices and essential oils good for the scalp, and control the intensity of "heat".

In the accompanying video you'll see that I include dried rosemary leaves to my ginger brew as it steeps in the pot. Rosemary is another natural ingredient with anti-bacterial and stimulant properties. I also included essential oils of tea tree, peppermint, cinnamon and lemon, along with a pre-mixed EO that included sage oil. Please do not feel limited to using the oils that I use. Use whatever you prefer, like to use on your hair, or have in your stash. I'd definitely recommend tea tree and peppermint as staple EO's. However may also include herbs like mint leaves, basil leaves, cinnamon (stick) in your tea brew, and EO's like lavender, orange, sandalwood, bergamot, rose, for their added benefits and heavenly smells.

The most important thing to remember is to make sure your brew has COOLED COMPLETELY before you bottle it or use it on your hair and scalp. The next most important ting to remember - DO NOT DRINK THIS RINSE AFTER YOU'VE ADDED ESSENTIAL OILS.

PROTIP 1: For added minty freshness to your hair rinse, you can refrigerate the brew to cool it even further. There are also times, mainly in the warmer months,  that I'll add approx. two tablespoons of ACV to this rinse to help close up the follicles and add shine to my hair.
PROTIP 2: Use any left over rinse as a scalp refresher by placing in spray bottle and spraying scalp throughout the week. Must refrigerate!
PROTIP 3: DO NOT DRINK THIS RINSE ONCE ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE BEEN ADDED. Label your bottle clearly if refrigerating.
PROTIP 4: 24 OZ - 32 OZ Bottle should get the job done.
PROTIP 5: You can take the route of extracting juice from the ginger however, instead of mixing the juice with oil, add some of it to water for a diluted mixture (ginger rinse). This is at your own discretion. I Have not tried this so I cannot speak to the intensity of the "heat" from this method. But it should be faster prep.

Check the recipe below:

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Ginger Tea Rinse for Dandruff and Flaky Scalp
This is a recipe by LaNomRah for a ginger tea scalp and hair rinse to treat dandruff and flaky scalp.
  • 3 pieces of ginger at least 1 inch long x 1 inch thick Fresh Ginger Root
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dried rosemary leaves (or other herb e.g. mint leaves)
  • 10 drops Tea tree essential oil
  • 4 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark oil (optional)
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 24 oz minimum Filtered or Distilled water
  • Measuring cup
  • Strainer
  • 24 oz - 32 oz bottle
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Pot
Fill the bottle you plan to use to store your mixture with filtered or distilled water. Make sure the bottle is clean if reusing a bottle that contained something else. If you are planning to put aside tea for drinking purposes, fill the cup you plan to drink from with water and add it to the pot. If you want 3 cups of tea, fill your cup 3 times. Alternatively you may note the number of ounces the bottle holds and use a measuring cup accordingly. 1 cup = 8 ounces.
Pour water into pot. Turn flame to medium heat to bring water to a bubbling or low boil.
While water is coming to a boil. Prep your tea ingredients.
If ginger root is organic, or you wish to leave the skin on your non-organic ginger, first clean ginger with a mixture of vinegar and water. Scrub and wash ginger thoroughly to make sure any dirt is removed. If removing skin, peel ginger. Cut ginger against the grain. Measure out your dried herbs. If you are adding herbs or spices in addition to rosemary, use your discretion as to the amount. (Suggestions: Mint leaves, cinnamon stick, basil).
Once the water has plenty visible bubbles, add ginger and rosemary or herbs of choice to the pot.
Once the water reaches a rolling boil let it go for 15 mins.
After 15 mins of boiling, turn the flame down to low setting and let the tea steep for another 5-15 minutes depending on how strong you want the tea to be. Turn the stove off. At this time if you'd like to take a hot cup of tea, use a heat safe cup or ladle to take some out and strain into mug for drinking.
Once the tea has cooled completely to room temperature, use a funnel and strainer to carefully pour tea directly into bottle. If you do not have a funnel, strain tea into a measuring cup or container with a spout for easy pouring into bottle. Excess unbottled tea may be refrigerated or reheated for drinking later.
Add essential oils of choice to the bottle intended for hair rinse. Remember that with minty oils like peppermint, rosemary or eucalyptus that quantities should be smaller to prevent excessive minty sensation which could be unbearable if too many of these oils are added. Other oil suggestions: lavender, orange, bergamot, sandalwood, bergamot, rose. Close bottle and shake thoroughly.
Use immediately or store in refrigerator for no longer than 7 days before use. After shampoo and conditioner routine, pour the rinse onto the scalp. Pause in between pouring to massage the rinse into the scalp. After each pour gently massage the scalp. Make sure that mixture covers entire head and hair. Be through and make sure to take time massaging the entire scalp between 7-10 minutes at least.
Do this until all your rinse is gone or until you start to feel the tingle from your rinse.
Repeat this rinse as part of your wash routine as often as you see fit or necessary.
PROTIP 1: Use any left over rinse as a scalp refresher by placing in spray bottle and spraying scalp throughout the week. Must refrigerate!
PROTIP 2: DO NOT DRINK THIS RINSE ONCE ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE BEEN ADDED. Label your bottle clearly if refrigerating.
PROTIP 3: 24 OZ - 32 OZ Bottle should get the job done.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 use


Mrs. O said...

Should the pot be cover with a lid when boiling the ginger tea or not?

Why can’t tap water be used instead of filtered or distilled water?

Vivian said...

Use ginger tea bag for my locs rinse,do I need to rinse out?

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