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Top 5 Best Essential Oils for Dandruff and Itchy scalp


Dandruff is one of the most common skin conditions that affect the scalp. Experts say that one out of every five people suffers from dandruff. Although it isn't a severe condition, it can certainly be challenging to treat. But there are so many options on the internet that you are bound to get confused.  So you try every possible shampoo and other hair products without experiencing actual results. Besides, many people use the wrong techniques and end up aggravating the condition. Honestly, been there, done that. 

Fortunately, essential oils are a simpler solution that shows faster results than many other treatments out there. Most people wonder if applying oil on their itchy, flaky scalp is a good idea. The correct answer is yes, it is. Of course, you have to make sure to dilute it properly and use the right products. Let’s get to it! 

Table of Contents:

  • Why Do You Have Dandruff?
  • How Can You Use Essential Oils for Dandruff and Itchy Scalp?
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Bergamot Oil
  • Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Essential Oils for Dandruff and Itchy Scalp

Why Do You Have Dandruff?

Dandruff is a hair condition that results in an itchy, flaky scalp. There can be many underlying reasons for it. One of the most common causes is the presence of the Malassezia yeast on the scalp. Other internal and environmental factors include excessive sebum production, lower immune response, genetic factors, stress, and nutrition. 

However, you sometimes may have an itchy scalp but no sign of dandruff. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AAD), the reasons for an itchy scalp other than dandruff include a reaction to a hair product, hair lice, hives, scabies, scalp ringworm, scalp psoriasis, etc. 

How Can You Use Essential Oils for Dandruff and Itchy Scalp?

Essential oils represent one of the best natural solutions to treat dandruff and itchy scalp for long-term results. Here is what you can use: 

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass Oil

study was performed to determine the effects of different concentrations of lemongrass oil hair tonics on dandruff. It was found that the hair tonic containing 10% lemongrass oil was most effective and reduced dandruff considerably in a week. 

To use WOW lemongrass oil, add two to three drops of this oil to your regular hair oil and massage it onto your scalp for a few minutes. It is good to do this about twice a week. For excessive dandruff, you might want to use it more frequently.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil

WOW Tea Tree essential oil has a plethora of beneficial properties – it gently cleanses, it is antifungal and anti-inflammatory, making it one of the most used essential oils for dandruff and itchy scalp.

A study was performed to assess the effect of different concentrations of tea tree oil in shampoo on dandruff. It was concluded that shampoo containing 5% tea tree oil significantly impacted the reduction of dandruff.

You can use this powerful anti-dandruff oil it by mixing four to five drops of it with coconut oil and massage it on your scalp. Leave it on for an hour or overnight to see a considerable reduction in dandruff within the first few uses. 

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and decongesting properties. It contains active compounds such as carnosic acid, oleanolic acid & bornyl acetate. These compounds help in reducing inflammation and soothing the scalp. It also stimulates blood circulation and the immune system, which helps promote healthy hair growth.

On regular use, rosemary oil reduces dandruff, itchy scalp, excess sebum production and product buildup. A study was conducted in 2017 to determine the efficacy of different essential oils on various dermatological diseases. It was found that rosemary oil was highly effective in treating dandruff. 

How to use the best essential oils to get rid of dandruff? You can simply mix a few drops of essential oil with a carrier oil and use the blend to gently massage your scalp. You should start seeing the results in just a few weeks. 

Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making it one of the best essential oils that can help promote hair and scalp health. Due to the presence of terpenic compounds, lavender oil is beneficial for treating dandruff and hair growth-related issues. It was found from a study performed in rats that lavender oil helps enhance the growth of healthy hair. 

Mix WOW lavender oil with jojoba oil and massage it on your scalp. You can wrap your hair in a towel and leave it overnight for maximum benefits. 

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot Oil

In some cases, dandruff and itchy scalp result from excess product and dirt accumulation on the scalp. This clogs the pores and causes itchiness and a flaky scalp. It is likely to happen if you use many hair care and styling products. For these cases, WOW bergamot essential oil can be very beneficial. It helps clear the product accumulation and has antibacterial effects.

You can add four to five drops of Bergamot oil to your shampoo. Massage it well on your scalp and rinse it off with water. 

Tips to Keep in Mind When Using Essential Oils for Dandruff and Itchy Scalp

Regardless of which essential oil you choose, make sure to never use any essential oil undiluted directly on your scalp. Always blend them with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. 

You might need to use essential oils more frequently depending on the severity of the dandruff and your hair type. For instance, if you have excessive dandruff, you should use essential oils at least three times a week. Once you start seeing significant results, you can cut down the frequency to only twice a week. 


Depending on your requirements, you can choose one or more of the above-mentioned essential oils and see which ones work best for you. Whether you are looking for solutions to get rid of dandruff or other skin or scalp conditions, WOW essential oils are a must-try natural solution. You can explore a wide variety of single and blended essential oils for anti-dandruff hair care on our website.  

Sangya Shaily

Sangya Shaily is a content writer from Mumbai, India. She loves writing lifestyle, beauty, fashion, and health & wellness-related content, among other things. In her leisure time, she loves to indulge in reading classic literature and spend time with her family.

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