5 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sensitive Scalp

Consult a dermatologist before trying a homemade tonic or any other natural remedy to relieve a sensitive scalp.
5 Natural Remedies to Soothe a Sensitive Scalp
Karla Henríquez

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Karla Henríquez.

Last update: 14 July, 2022

You have to learn to live with a sensitive scalp but there are ways to soothe it. All you have to do is consult a  dermatologist and follow their advice to avoid further discomfort.

Furthermore, certain factors such as changes in temperature lead to dryness and irritation and you might want to consider using certain home remedies to find some relief.

Remedies to soothe a sensitive scalp

Here are some of the home remedies that, according to popular wisdom, can help soothe a sensitive scalp.

1. Marigold infusion

marigold tea

According to popular belief, washing your hair with calendula tea can help relieve irritation, itching, and other associated discomfort. Especially in cases of allergies.

Calendula is widely used in traditional medicine. People usually make a poultice with it and use it for minor irritations. However, there are other ways to use it.


  • 1 c. of water (250 ml).
  • 3 tbsp. of marigold flowers (30 g).


  • Firstly, add the flowers to a cup of boiling water
  • Then, cover the liquid and let it sit for 20 minutes
  • When it cools down, filter it and place it in a spray bottle

How to apply

  • Separate your hair into various sections and spray the infusion all over it
  • Finally, let it absorb without rinsing and repeat twice a day

2. Oat solution

oat milk for soothing scalp

This solution can help relieve irritation and some associated discomfort. Not only on the skin but also on the scalp.

It’s easy to make it at home, all you need is water and oatmeal.



  • Firstly, place the oatmeal in a glass container with the water (warm, preferably)
  • Let it steep overnight
  • Then, strain it the next morning and store it in a bottle for later use
  • Also, you can mix the leftover oatmeal with some honey and apply it as a face mask

How to apply

  • Finally, after you’ve washed your hair as usual, apply the oatmeal solution

3. Green tea can help you soothe a sensitive scalp

green tea for scalp issues

Green tea is commonly used as a tonic to soothe an irritated scalp. Additionally, some believe it helps reduce the inflammation that comes with this problem and also improves circulation, which contributes to capillary oxygenation.


  • 1 tbsp. of green tea (15 g)
  • 1 c. of water (250 ml)


  • Firstly, pour the green tea into a cup of boiling water
  • Then, cover the liquid and let sit for 20 minutes
  • Strain it and pour it into a spray bottle

How to apply

  • Spray the green tea on your scalp before going to bed
  • Finally, let sit overnight

4. Aloe vera and honey

According to popular belief, the combination of aloe vera and honey is a moisturizing and regenerating treatment. It helps reduce the redness and inflammation caused by the scalp’s sensitivity to certain chemical products.

Its application as a mask prevents the formation of dryness and flakes and helps to keep your hair follicles clean and disinfected.


  • 2 tbsp. of honey (50 g).
  • 5 tbsp. of aloe vera gel (75 g).
  • 2 tbsp. of rose water (30 ml).


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process to a homogeneous mixture

How to apply

  • Apply the treatment throughout your scalp and let sit for 40 minutes
  • Then, rinse with cold water and use daily to soothe your scalp

5. Chamomile infusion to soothe a sensitive scalp

Chamomile can soothe a sensitive scalp.

A tonic with chamomile infusion reduces irritation in the hair follicles and stops the redness and itching in a sensitive scalp.

At the same time, it helps control sebum production and prevents the appearance of dandruff.


  • 1 c. of water (250 ml.)
  • 2 tbsp. of chamomile flowers (30 g.)


  • Firstly, add the chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and cover the liquid
  • Then, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes until it’s cool enough for application
  • Finally, filter with a colander and pour it in a spray bottle to facilitate its use

How to apply

  • Spray the infusion all over your scalp
  • Let it dry

Be sure to consult a dermatologist

Consult this kind of specialist before applying any remedy if you experience itching and other discomforts on your scalp. This is because they’ll know how to guide you according to your skin type and other individual aspects.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.