Essential Oils For Dandruff

Dandruff is embarrassing. That is honestly the crux of the annoying, flaky problem you can’t seem to get rid of.

No matter how much expensive dandruff shampoo you pour on your head, it seems that it’s always snowing up there.

There is not much you can do to hide it, so the only solution is to figure out how to get rid of it in creative ways.

The first step is to understand what could be causing your dandruff.


What Causes Dandruff?

The Mayo Clinic website offers a list of causes that could be affecting your scalp, such as irritated, oily skin, not shampooing often enough, a yeastlike fungus, dry skin, and sensitivity to hair care products. (1)

Realistically, there may be one or more causes to your dandruff problems, so it may be hard to pinpoint the exact cause. First, try eliminating harsh hair care products from your daily routine to see if that clears anything up. If not, then essential oils may be your remedy!

Here 6 essential oils that could help you eliminate dandruff, and restore your hair to its natural health while providing other health benefits to your body and mind. 

Essential Oils For Dandruff

Eucalyptus globulus Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily gathered from Australian eucalyptus trees, so perhaps it is appropriate that it is most widely used to promote relaxation!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical  
Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
Rosmarinus Officinalis Being amongst the most aromatic essential oils on the market, Rosemary is a constant participant in almost all sorts of aromatherapy sessions. It also brings a lot of other benefits. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
DoTerra Patchouli Essential Oil
Pogostemon cablin Patchouli oil is widely used to boost feelings of happiness and promote restful sleep, as well as to rejuvenate the skin and mind.* Uses: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
Juniperus Virginiana (Cedrus Doedara/Atlantica/Cedrus Libani) Renowned for its woody, warm scent and rather rich hue, cedarwood essential oil comes packed with a range of different advantages. It’s one of the most commonly sold products on the oil market. Applications: Aromatic Topical  
Anthemis Nobilis With a range of different uses, Roman Chamomile comes packed with advantages. Derived from the beautiful daisy-like flower, it is amongst the mostly demanded products. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  


1. Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential OilEucalyptus has a light smell, similar to a mix of citrus and menthol.

This essential oil promotes the stimulation of blood circulation in the scalp, so no wonder this essential oil is perfect for ridding hair of unwanted dandruff.

Add Eucalyptus 9-10 drops of Eucalyptus to your shampoo bottle, and massage into scalp with your fingertips.


2. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilLavender oil gives off a beautiful and richly floral scent and is typically inhaled to calm the nervous system and ease tension headaches.

According to Julia Lawless in her book, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (2013), lavender includes anti-inflammatory properties for eczema, a dry skin disorder. Because dandruff is often caused by dry skin problems and/or inflammation from itching the scalp, lavender is a perfect candidate.

Simply add this essential oil to your daily shampoo, massage into scalp, and rinse. Or you could add 6-12 to 1 ounce of carrier oil, such as olive or jojoba oil, and administer to the scalp, then shampoo your hair and rinse out.


3. Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential OilRosemary carries an earthy and woody scent, akin to the smell of a pine tree in the woods. It is most commonly used for cooking and aromatherapy purposes.

Through research done by Kac Young for her essential oils book published in 2017, Rosemary carries properties that are proven to enhance memory, calm the body and mind, and as a remedy for thinning hair and dandruff.

To best way to use Rosemary for dandruff is to, first, shampoo your hair like normal. Then, right before you get out of the shower, apply a mixture of oil and a few drops of Rosemary oil to your scalp.

Leave this mixture on the scalp as you continue on throughout your day.


4. Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential OilEarthy and uplifting in its aroma, Patchouli is often used as a fragrance in soaps and candles, but its aromatherapy and topical remedies are the real God-send.

This oil is “potent antidepressant, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory,” based on an article written by Leigh Winters called, An Aromatherapist’s Guide To Treating Dandruff and works wonders on dandruff without over drying the scalp.

The best way to treat your scalp is to wash your hair as normal, dilute 4 drops of essential oil in a carrier oil, and massage into scalp. Let this mixture sit overnight, and wash it out in the morning.


5. Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential OilCedarwood oil has been employed for centuries by ancient civilizations to treat a variety of ailments.

Its earthy, piney aroma, with a note of uplifting citrus, is reminiscent of the scent of a Christmas tree.

The healing properties of cedarwood include antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, and has been used for ailments from eczema to menstrual problems, according to Robin Marri Miller, health writer and author for the health website, Up Nature.

Cedarwood is wonderful for treating dandruff problems as well since it targets flaky dry skin and inflammation due to scratching the head.

Mix cedarwood essential oil with a carrier oil and leave on scalp for 20 minutes, or overnight, then rinse out the next morning.


6. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential OilChamomile is most known for causing sleepy feelings when drinking the tea of this plant, but Chamomile is also an ancient source for in skin care regimen for fighting blemishes and sores, locking in moisture, and provides hair with a natural sheen.

Since dandruff might be a result of skin that is prone to dryness, then Chamomile will work wonders on the scalp.

Drop a few drops of this oil onto your scalp as you are shampooing, massage into the head, and rinse like normal. Enjoy the light, floral scent that Roman Chamomile gives off through your hair.


Remedy Recipe For Dandruff

Though using one type of essential oil may do the job well, why not blend multiple dandruff fighting essential oils for the ultimate hair massage? Here is a recipe that will heal your scalp, while calming your body and mind.


8 oz water

3 oz Liquid Castille Soap

1-2 TBSP dried organic herbs of choice

20-60 drops essential oil (Choose a mixture of the essential oils listed above)

1/4 tsp organic Jojoba or Olive oil



Boil the water and add the herbs. Steep for 4 hours, or until the water is completely cooled. Strain the herbs from the water, reserve water, and throw away herbs. Add the Castille soap, essential oils, and carrier oil of your choice. Mix well. Store shampoo in a pump bottle and use daily to restore your hairs natural health and rid your scalp of dandruff. (One thing to note about this herbal shampoo is it will feel different than using normal shampoo because it doesn’t lather up.)


Thoughts On Using Essential Oils

The art of aromatherapy is astounding and seemingly magical. Essential oils come with a countless amount of benefits for the body and mind. Something to consider when using any kind of essential oil is that it is just targeting one problem going on in your body, but most likely you are benefiting many systems of the body all at once.

One way to ensure you achieve maximum benefits (aside from your main ailment) is to inhale the essential oil as you massage the oil into your body, or while leaving it to sit.

Bringing the oil in through your nose and mouth allows the healing oils to jump into your bloodstream and travel to the areas of the body that the oil is meant to assist.

The best places to apply essential oils are in places where steam can carry the oil to your nose and mouth easily, like a shower, a hot bath, or a steam room.

Your body will absorb the oils much easier if your pores are wide open from the steam, and the essential oils are floating around you in the steam filled room.

Though essential oils are helpful most all the time, there are times when overuse of essential oils is easy to achieve. It is important to use only the recommended amount of drops per remedial recipe, to avoid toxicity.

You wouldn’t want to overeat to make yourself sick, would you? In the same way, you would not want to use a too much essential oil on the body either.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. In one small bottle of essential oil, there are many, many pounds of distilled plants inside. That is why it is recommended on most bottles that you dilute the oil with a carrier oil before applying to your skin. Olive, jojoba, or coconut oil are great as carrier oils.

Dropping the oils into shampoo is also another safe dilution alternative, especially when dealing with dandruff. If you don’t dilute the oil, then you risk burning your skin. This could result in a reaction or redness of the skin or the scalp.

Essential oils are a gift from the earth. Seven oils do not begin to touch on the plethora of oils that are out there fro you to use, but it is a great place to start if you are feeling overwhelmed by the choices to treat dandruff. Start simple and use what works the best for you.

Feel free to mix and match the essential oils from this list to create your own remedies for dandruff. Pair the scents that you think would blend well together, and share your recipes with others in distress!

Remember that the fight for beautiful, dandruff free hair may take some time. Just be patient, enjoy the many benefits of essential oils as they grace your nose with their scent, and enjoy the results of healthy, shining hair. You will never want to go back to your regular dandruff shampoo again.