5 natural remedies to relieve sensitive scalp

Before trying a homemade recipe or any other natural remety to relieve irritation, it's advisable to consult with your dermatologist first.
5 natural remedies to relieve sensitive scalp

Last update: 26 March, 2021

Having a sensitive scalp is something one has to learn to live with. Therefore, it’s essential to follow a dermatologist’s recommendation and maintain them over time in order to avoid further discomfort.

In some cases, there are factors that can cause dryness and irritation, such as changes in temperature, for example. In those cases, you might consider using certain home remedies to find some relief.

Sensitive scalp remedies

Here are some of the home remedies that, according to popular wisdom, can help relieve discomfort when you have a sensitive scalp.

1. Calendula or marigold tea

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 a flower that’s widely used in folk medicine. It’s generally prepared as a plaster for soothing minor irritations. However, it’s also possible to take advantage of this flower in other ways.


  • 3 tablespoons of marigold flowers (30 g).
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml).


  • Add the flowers to a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the liquid and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  • When it cools, filter it and place it in a spray bottle.

How to apply

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

2. Oat water

oat milk for soothing scalp

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

Preparing it at home is very simple. You only need a little water and a few flakes of oats.


  • 3 cups of oats (300 g).
  • 4 cups of water (1 liter).


  • Place the oatmeal in a glass container with the water (preferably warm).
  • Let it sit overnight.
  • Strain it the next morning and store it in a bottle for use.
  • If you wish, you can use the leftover oatmeal to make a face mask with some honey.

How to apply

  • After you’ve washed your hair as usual, apply the oatmeal water.

3. Green tea

green tea for scalp issues

Green tea is commonly used as a tonic to soothe irritated scalp. Additionally, it’s believed to help reduce inflammation if this problem occurs, and it also improves circulation, which contributes to capillary oxygenation.


  • 1 tablespoon of green tea (15 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)


  • Pour the tablespoon of green tea into a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the liquid and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Filter with a colander and put in a spray bottle.

How to apply

  • Spray the green tea on your scalp before going to bed.
  • Let sit overnight without rinsing.

4. Aloe vera and honey

The combination of aloe vera with honey is a moisturizing and regenerating treatment. It helps to reduce 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.


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


  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and process until you have a well-mixed liquid.

How to apply

  • Apply the treatment throughout your scalp and let sit for 40 minutes.
  • Rinse with cold water and use daily to alleviate symptoms.

5. Chamomile infusion

chamomile tea for hair

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

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


  • 2 tablespoons of chamomile flowers (30 g).
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml).


  • Add the chamomile flowers to a cup of boiling water and cover the liquid.
  • Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes until it’s cool enough for application.
  • Filter with a colander and put it in a spray bottle to facilitate its use.

How to apply

  • Spray the infusion all over your scalp.
  • Let it sit without rinsing.

Don’t stop consulting with the dermatologist

If you feel itching and other discomforts on your head, specifically your scalp, be sure to consult a dermatologist before applying any remedy. A professional will know how to guide you according to the needs of your skin type and other important aspects.

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