The 6 Best Home Remedies for Dry & Itchy Scalp

When your scalp itches, it quickly becomes this thing you can’t stop thinking about, and you can’t ignore it.

You may feel like the itch will never stop, but a quick relief – with the best home remedies for a dry and itchy scalp – is just a few minutes away from you.

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The 6 Best Homemade Dry & Itchy Scalp Remedies

Now that you have an idea about what causes your dry and itchy scalp, we can get down to business.

But first, stop scratching! It makes everything worse.

1. Raw Organic Honey

raw organic honey

Honey has been clinically proven (over a decade ago) to treat a dry and itchy scalp, more than most body care products and drugs.

In A peer-reviewed study, published in the European Journal of Medical Journal, the researchers studied the use of crude honey applied topically to 30 patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, face, and front of the chest.

The patients were instructed to apply diluted crude honey (90% honey diluted in warm water) every other day with gentle rubbing for 2-3 minutes.

After 3 hours, the honey was gently rinsed with warm water.

With raw organic honey, itching was relieved, and scaling disappeared within one week.

Skin lesions were healed and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss.

Honey is an excellent broad-spectrum antibacterial and antifungal.

It also has significant wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for the treatment of dry scalp, caused by fungi and/or bacteria.

2. Essential Oils for an Itchy Scalp

homemade scalp treatment with essential oils

All essential oils are anti-bacterial and/or anti-fungal.

Some of them were found to be especially effective in relieving a dry and itchy scalp, and pretty fast too.

Combo #1 

Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil & Coconut oil – mix a few drops of Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil into 1 tbsp. of raw organic coconut oil.

Massage your scalp with it and leave it on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse with room-temperature water.

itchy scalp remedy organic coconut oil

Tea tree oil, with its excellent anti-bacterial properties, is effective in treating itchy scalp caused by scalp acne, scalp rashes, scalp pimples, and scalp sores.

tea tree oil itchy scalp remedy

Coconut oil by itself is proven to be a natural moisturizer. It relieves dryness and associated itching.

Plus, it’s proven that the Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses, and Fungi.

Combo #2 

Neem oil, Tea Tree Oil, Rosemary Oil, and Lavender Oil – Mix a few drops of all oils into 2 tbsp coconut/olive oil and massage your scalp with it.

Rinse with room-temperature water after 20 minutes.

Note: Some people can get an allergic reaction to Tea Tree Oil, so test it first (on your arm, for example) to see that you are not allergic before you use it on your scalp.

 Best Organic Tea Tree Shampoos

The best natural shampoo to treat dry, flaky and itchy scalp
Avalon Organics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo view at iHerb

If you’re not likely to make your own essential oils treatment, I can recommend two all-natural dry scalp shampoos that contain these ingredients (and more) and are toxin-free.

My favorite all-natural shampoo for dry and itchy scalp is Avalon Organics scalp normalizing shampoo, which is fortified with tea tree, mint, eucalyptus, and chamomile and is PH balanced.

3. Baking Soda (Plus Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse)

Can baking soda help dry itchy scalp?

Baking soda is another effective and fast way to relieve scalp itching.

Mix 1 tbsp baking soda with some coconut/olive oil to make a paste and massage it onto your scalp.

Leave for at least 20 minutes and rinse.

Baking soda is especially effective for dry hair and itchy scalp caused by product build-up.

It will clean your scalp effectively without harsh chemicals and balance the PH of your scalp.

Also, baking soda is a proven anti-fungal.

To balance the scalp PH after the baking soda treatment, follow with an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse.

You can either use 2 tbsp of ACV diluted in a cup of water or get this supercharged ACV Rinse

Don’t worry, you won’t get “the vinegar stink” because the smell will disappear once your hair is dry.

4. Aloe Vera Gel

aloe vera dry scalp home treatment

You’ve probably guessed this one by yourself. Aloe Vera has had its place in the skin treatment hall of fame for decades.

Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer, which relieves dry skin and itching anywhere on your body.

Aloe Vera is like the hair care equivalent of a tall glass of water for a thirsty plant. It helps to moisturize and soothe dry, itchy scalps, leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

If you can’t get Aloe Leaves, get a 100% natural Aloe Vera gel.

dry scalp treatment with aloe vera gel

See the benefits of Aloe Vera on the face overnight!

5. Foods for Dry & Itchy Scalp

One of the more obvious causes of chronic dandruff and/or dry scalp is vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Try to eat more of the following foods, to increase your intake of zinc, Vitamin A, B vitamins, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids:

  • Eggs, sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya (Vitamin A).
  • Whole grains, dark leafy vegetables (B Vitamins)
  • Wild Salmon, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds (Essential Fatty Acids)
  • Nuts, seafood (radiation & heavy-metal free), spinach, pumpkin seeds (Zinc).

6. Hair Brushing

wooden comb for itchy scalp
pureGLO Wood Hair Comb view on Amazon

Brushing your hair at least once a day is highly important.


Only with the right kind of comb.

A wooden comb is known to help you treat scalp itches and hair loss as it improves blood circulation to your scalp and the static created is minimal. Preferably go for a wide-toothed wooden comb.

How to Treat Scalp Eczema Naturally

Through my experience, the fastest way to heal scalp eczema naturally is:

  1. Coconut oil – a thin layer of coconut oil applied to the affected area helps relieve eczema itching and pain.
  2. Magnesium oil – for me, rubbing some Magnesium oil on the scalp can help heal eczema flares much quicker.
  3. Probiotics – a high-quality probiotics supplement seems to make a great difference in skin health, and most of us do not consume enough of these helpful bacteria in our diet.

What Causes Dry and Itchy Scalp?What causes dry and itchy scalp?

Neither home remedies nor harsh medication can prevent your scalp from becoming dry, flaky, and itchy again – if you don’t eliminate the root cause. Agreed?

Some of the most common causes of dry scalp are:

1. Seborrheic dermatitis (or seborrhea): this common skin condition causes redness, itching, and flaking, anywhere on your body.

When it affects the scalp, it’s called dandruff.

Conventional doctors will tell you that the reason for it is unknown, but with some common sense, you’ll quickly realize that your food and lifestyle choices have everything to do with it.

2. A yeast-like fungus (Malassezia) – Malassezia happily lives on the scalps of most adults, but for some, it causes irritation and the over-growth of skin cells.

The extra skin dies and falls off, making them appear white and flaky.

Again, modern medicine suggests the cause is unknown, but I’ve done some research and discovered it has everything to do with the PH of your scalp.

Problems with fungi (and bacteria) are likely caused by your scalp being too alkali.

This happens when you use hair products that remove the acidic sebum protecting your scalp against fungi and bacteria.

3. Scalp psoriasis – Psoriasis can cause dandruff-like itching and flaking.

Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that triggers too many skin cells to grow anywhere on your body, including your scalp.

4. Eczema – though more common in babies and children, Eczema can affect adults too.

The cause is “unknown”, but again – diet changes and eliminating food allergies and sensitivities can completely eradicate eczema.

(Btw, both eczema and scalp psoriasis are highly affected by your stress levels.)

5. Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis)some of us can be sensitive to poison-filled industrial hair products (go figure).

Harsh chemicals in most hair products,  (SLS, parabens) can cause an allergic reaction.

The minute your skin is not exposed to them anymore – poof – bye-bye itchy scalp.

Hair products may not be the only culprit.

For example:

I have a friend who discovered that her dry scalp was caused by her Tempurpedic pillow.

She changed her pillow and her problem disappeared in 2 days.

6. Poor Diet – vitamins and minerals deficiency can cause all of the above, and your scalp and hair are usually the first to show the tell-tale signs of a poor diet.

If your diet lacks foods high in zinc, B vitamins, or certain types of fats, you may be more likely to have dandruff.

7. Lifestyle Habits – repeated chemical hair treatments like permanent color, relaxers, and keratin treatments can sap your scalp of moisture.

Another cause can be a daily blow-drying habit, especially with excessive heat.

Bonus Tips: Prevent Dry and Itchy Scalp 

1. Avoid any kind of industrial hair products. The internet is exploding with simple and fabulous homemade versions of all hair products.

For example, here’s how to make an all-natural hair spray at home from

2. Avoid synthetic hair dyes. Fortunately, more than a few natural ways to color your hair exist. Some of them are the coffee dye, the henna dye, and the chamomile hair brightening method.

3. Examine everything that comes in contact with your hair and scalp. Your dry scalp may be caused by your pillow, your pillowcase or anything that touches your hair.

4. If you suffer from eczema, try an elimination diet to figure out your food sensitivities or eliminate them.

This concludes my top recommendation for dry and itchy scalp relief.

Remember, topical solutions, while effective, are not enough. If you suffer from chronic dandruff / dry and itchy scalp, make sure to find the root cause and treat it accordingly.

Come back and tell me how these remedies worked for you, I’m itching to know!:)

To your health and happiness,


20 thoughts on “The 6 Best Home Remedies for Dry & Itchy Scalp”

  1. I have an insanely itchy scalp. I thought from hair dye but it’s a hundred times worse. No flakes or bumps. I also have been diagnosed with Grover’s disease for rash all over my body. But scalp itching started way before that. Only much worse now. I’m not having hair dyed now or maybe never again. I’ll be gray!! I’m 70 and look 60 as a blond. But I’m ready to throw my ego out. I’m at a loss.

  2. Can I use these therapies together i.e. ùse honey then an apple cider rinse? (

  3. Hi, my husband has been suffering from this for years! We have tried essential oils and Indian head massages which help for a couple of days but no long-term fix… Will try the honey and perhaps the aloe vera gel… and see whether they help! Thanks 🙂

  4. Can you recommend an organic shampoo that doesn’t contain tea tree oil? I have searched the web, but it only brings up tea tree oil options. I have thick, straight hair & have always had a dry scalp. I air-dry my hair-always & I don’t use any styling products. The back of my scalp, by my hairline, itches the day after I shampoo my hair. The last salon I went to recommended their tea-tree oil shampoo that was very expensive(Paul Mitchell?). After one use, my itchy scalp was much worse.
    I had recently found an all-natural sulfate-free shampoo that worked wonderfully, but I can’t find it in stores anymore and now have forgotten the brand. I think it had rosemary in it. Help?

  5. I was just diagnosed with eczema and the top of my scalp near my forehead was getting dry and flaky patches. It looked like dandruff and it was super embarrassing. I searched right away on google for relief and purchased foderma serum. I started to use it on my scalp and also on my back (where my eczema was the worst) it started to clear up within a week. I like this serum because it’s natural, no steroids or cortisones. It’s not greasy or oily, it’s mostly water with skin-improving ingredients. I’m going to be dealing with eczema for the rest of my life and I will be purchasing more foderma serum for the future.

  6. I made the all natural itchy scalp shampoo and my hair looks really greasy. Did I use too much?

  7. My daughter has eczema. Foderma serum is the only serum that works for her! I think you’ve just got to find what works for you. I’ve heard I need to try foderma and that and I have, my daughters skin flares from almost everything except this!

  8. I have been using a 3 step hair product that is working for less hair loss and slight regrowth; however the last 2 months my scalp and hair is extremely dry. I have been using coconut and tea tree oil. Retail store employees are clueless. The manufacturer says to go to the retail store for info. Thank you for your info

  9. I researched every shampoo to help my wife that has dandruff and a very itchy scalp. We tried a bunch of them to counteract this – and the best one we found is the Made from Earth Tea & Protein Shampoo.

    She has just used this Made From Earth shampoo for the last 2 weeks, and I testify that it is working wonders. She feels the ‘healing’ and tingling of the Tea Tree Oil. All I can say is thank you Made from Earth for helping my wife. It was making her so unhappy not being able to solve her itchy scalp – and I am so grateful she does not have to feel insecure anymore.

  10. You need to use a shampoo that does not have chemicals and has only SOOTHING ingredients. I tried a lot of them – finding one without chemicals is hard. Aloe Vera is soothing…coconut oil is soothing…these are the ingredients you should be looking for in a shampoo. For the last month, I have been using the Somaluxe Shampoo (purchased online at Lady Soma), and it has been great cause it’s super moisturizing…and doesn’t have any chemicals that aggravate my eczema.

  11. i have psoriasis on my scalp for 30 years want to try the honey treatment wow will let u know tnx sooo much

  12. I’ve been diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and I’ve found that going gluten-free has helped tremendously. While I’d love to use some of these options, I have super curly hair and it’s hard to manage on a good day, let alone adding honey to it or trying to get a paste onto my scalp. Any tips/tricks you suggest? I love my long curls, but holy hell, they’re unmanageable some days.

  13. Hi Deborah:)

    Thanks for your kind words…I’m starting to look forward to your comments every week, I think I’m getting addicted!:)

    I love your blog too and I’ve just followed just about every one of your social media profiles…keep and touch and thanks for dropping by!


  14. Hi Meital,
    There is nothing worse than that annoying urge to scratch my itchy scalp. I am always on the lookout for good natural remedies for my dry and itchy scalp. There are so many harmful ingredients in most commercial hair and scalp care products that for me homemade and natural are the best way to go. As always, I’m enjoying reading many of your other healthy blog posts as well. I’m just pinning, tweeting, and sharing! Thank you so much for sharing these healthy natural remedies with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!
    All the best, Deb

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