We often get so obsessed with taking care of the skin on our body and face that sometimes we overlook the skin on our head, or at least I do. The same treatments and skincare regimen I have for my face is basically non-existent for my scalp, or at least it used to be. My scalp has always been sensitive, but it has become extremely sensitive since being on prednisone and cellcept. I also know that Lupus affects your hair and scalp. My scalp is now more prone to getting sores and it is very tender since my diagnosis. I used to not be able to go 48-hours after washing my hair without it becoming very itchy and irritated and me scratching it to the point of it bleeding and forming scabs. I couldn’t go a week without having to use alcohol soaked cotton swabs on my scalp to help ease the itching and treat the scabs and sores. This was a very painful process and only gave me short-term relief. So instead of taking some sort of medication or using an expensive scalp treatment that may or may not work, I decided to look up natural remedies that could help resolve my problem. I started to use a combination of what is becoming my every remedy solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential oils. I have already written posts about the many benefits of ACV and how essential oils have become an integral part of my care plan for a lot of the side-effects caused by lupus. But I wanted to talk about one essential oil that has been very instrumental in helping to heal my scalp. (I will post what my washday routine is below.) With the combination of the ACV rinse I leave on my scalp before I shampoo and the essential oils I put on it with a carrier oil after my four hour process is over, yes you read that right FOUR HOURS! Have pity on me. I won’t complain I prayed for all of this hair. I digress, I can now go over a week without it getting itchy and irritated and my sores are clearing up. I thought I would share the knowledge about melaleuca and if you are interested in how to get some for yourself CLICK HERE or send me a message. Here’s to healing and healthy scalps!
Melaleuca/Tea Tree Oil Information:
Melaleuca or as it is better known as tea tree oil, melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. The Aborigines of Australia used the leaves of the Melaleuca tree for centuries. They would crush the leaves and inhale the oil to promote feelings of clear breathing and apply the leaves directly to the skin for a cooling effect. Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. Taken internally, Melaleuca promotes healthy immune function*, and Melaleuca can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats. Melaleuca is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin and diffusing Melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.
Some Common Primary Uses of Melaleuca/Tea Tree Oil Include:
- Athlete’s Foot
- Bacterial Infections
- Fungal Infections
- Stimulates Immune System
- Staff Infection… Just to name a few.
*I would advise that you dilute this oil before using it topically or internally.
**Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas
My Scalp Treatment/Wash Day Routine:
Depending on the texture of your hair you may have to alter this. I have curly to kinky hair texture and it is very fine but very thick.
- I start out by parting my hair into five sections and applying a two-part water one part Bragg’s ACV mixture to my scalp. I cover it with a shower cap for about 15-20 min.
- Remove shower cap and rinse and shower each section separately then apply co-wash or conditioner to each section then twist back up.
- After each section has been washed and conditioned thoroughly wash out co-wash/conditioner with warm water.
- Lightly dry hair and generously apply a deep conditioner/castor oil mix and let sit for one hour. Cover with heated conditioning cap.
- Rinse out deep conditioner then dry hair and style as usual.
- When hair is dry apply a carrier oil (I use this one) with 4 drops of melaleuca and 3 drops peppermint and geranium for every 8 ounces directly to the scalp and massage scalp.