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Natural herbal supplements
Natural herbal supplements have a long history of use and also have popular claimed health benefits. The popularity of natural herbs is ever-increasing, not only with their inclusion in various cosmetic products, but also in their different forms of intake. Natural herbs are processed and are available in various forms of supplements like powders, capsules or liquid herbal remedies.

These natural herbal supplements are gentler on the body, and usually have few negligible side effects. They enhance the natural healing mechanisms of the body which in turn fights various harmful factors that come in contact with the body. But sometimes natural herbal supplements are overrated as miracle solutions. The natural herbs certainly have useful benefits and when they are processed in various forms they are safe provided they are taken up properly and in adequate amounts as scheduled by a physician.

Other than treating various health problems, natural herbal supplements stimulate healthy hair growth and heal various hair problems. For women, natural herbal nutrition is one the best cures for premenstrual syndrome. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of symptoms related to the menstrual cycle. The common symptoms are related to both physical and emotional aspects like breast swelling, fatigue, trouble with sleeping, upset stomach, bloating, constipation or diarrhea. In addition, premenstrual syndrome can also promote an increase in hair shedding.

Apart from treating premenstrual syndrome or other causes of hair loss, natural herbs are a useful treatment for dandruff. Dandruff is a major problem, yet little is known about its mechanism and subsequent symptoms that leads to its manifestation.

The suggested causes of dandruff
The causes of dandruff are associated with increased flaking and scaling of the scalp.

Dandruff is also associated with a significant decrease of ceramides, fatty acid and cholesterol, and the overall complement of fatty acids. Since the epidermal water barrier is impaired due to lipid loss, dandruff sufferers become more prone to the adverse effects of microbial, fungal toxins and environmental pollutants which are the main causes of dandruff.

The effects of dandruff
Dandruff in itself is not a serious hair disease that may result in complete baldness, but it can be the cause of social embarrassment as it causes serious itching in the scalp. Apart from dandruff, there are other hair fiber defects that can occur and make the hair surface dull.

Natural Herbal Supplements for Dandruff
Natural herbs can play a major role in dandruff treatment and its prevention if taken according to a strict schedule, they are in fact found to be superior to some medicated shampoos.

The common natural herbs that help to combat with dandruff are:
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • Walnut
Sage rosemary and thyme in dandruff treatment

Sage (Salvia offcinalis) is an age-old herb useful for dandruff treatment. An extract of sage when massaged into the scalp can control dandruff and hair loss if the papilla that is present in the hair follicle is dormant but not destroyed.

Rosemary is claimed to be a useful conditioner that helps in removing the greasiness present in hair. Rosemary extracts when formulated as rinse and tonic give volume and shine to hair. Fresh or dried extracts of rosemary and sage can be used as a daily rinse for dandruff treatment.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is also claimed to cure dandruff. Thyme extracts when blended with oil and massaged in a scalp prevents hair loss. Rinses that are formulated with rosemary and thyme extracts promote natural health of the hair.

Garlic in dandruff treatment

Garlic (Allium sativum) when formulated in lotion and massaged in the scalp helps to control dandruff. Garlic is popular since ancestral times for its many useful properties. It is well-known for antiseptic, tonic, antioxidant, antibacterial and anti fungal effects.

Garlic after being formulated with lotion, or blended with some other component, can be applied on the skin of the scalp. Direct application of garlic may cause blisters and a burning sensation in some people. It may also cause contact dermatitis and allergic reactions.

Walnut as a dandruff remedy

Walnut (Juglans regia) is frequently used in eczema, acne, hair loss, scalp itching, peeling and dandruff. The leaves of walnut are used in conventional medicine for external applications. Other than dandruff, it is used as an adjunctive emollient and itch-relieving treatment in skin disorders.

It is also a protective agent used in healing cracks, abrasions, frostbite, chaps and insect bites. It helps to treat sun burns and nappy rashes. Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) refers to the bark which is largely used for treating dandruff and other scalp problems.

So if you suffer from dandruff or just want to keep hair healthy and strong, it is recommended to use natural herbs which are sure to benefit you in the long run if not right at the moment of usage. Also, use the soothing essential oils which will relieve your scalp from other hair problems.

References:
Talal Aburjai, Feda M. Natsheh, “Plants Used in Cosmetics”, (2003), Phytother. Res. 17, 987–1000
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