DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo with Honey & Tea Tree Oil

DIY itchy scalp shampoo - Dr. Axe

Itchy scalp is annoying and embarrassing! But what causes it? There are a number of things that cause a dry, itchy scalp, such as fungal infections like eczema or psoriasis, dandruff, unclean hair, your diet and even your shampoo. While typically there is no need for major concern, you should keep an eye on it if the problem seems to worsen. Regardless, using the right ingredients on your hair can make a big difference.

Have you heard of a honey wash? That is where this amazing DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo comes to the rescue! This shampoo not only provides relief from that annoying itchy scalp, but it offers soft, silky, shiny and frizz-free locks, too — making it the best shampoo for dry scalp and also for dandruff. (You can also dry this homemade anti-dandruff shampoo. Experiment to find out what itchy scalp treatment works best for you.


Homemade Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Honey jar and dipper on wooden backgroundLet’s make this DIY itchy scalp shampoo. In a bowl, combine the honey and apple cider vinegar. If you are using raw honey, it may need to be heated to help it dissolve. (Gentle heating will help the coconut oil — added later — blend well, too.) Place both, the honey and apple cider vinegar, in a small pan and heat on low while stirring.

Honey has natural antibacterial properties and can moisturize your scalp and hair at the same time. Honey contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and acts as a humectant, which means it attracts moisture. This, in addition to the natural healing properties it provides, makes it the perfect ingredient.

You also can’t go wrong with apple cider vinegar. It’s jam-packed with powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help to prevent and kill any fungal virus that may be causing itchy scalp. Additionally, apple cider vinegar helps balance pH levels of the scalp, which will not only help eliminate dry itchy scalp, but can eliminate oily hair, too! Keep in mind that it may take a few washes to reach that “balance,” especially when trying new ingredients, so be patient. It’s a process since everyone’s hair is different.

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Now add the apple cider vinegar and aloe vera gel. The aloe vera plant is a great ingredient for this shampoo because it contains anti-inflammatory properties while providing moisturizing. Of course, we know coconut oil is great for the hair, but what does it do for an itchy scalp? Coconut oil also helps moisturize while providing amazing antibacterial agents that will have stave off fungal growth that can develop with an itchy scalp. While you only want to use a little bit in your DIY itchy scalp shampoo to avoid an oily appearance, it’s the perfect ingredient to help combat that itchy scalp and even dandruff. Once all of these ingredients are dissolved, transfer to a bowl.

Next up is the castile soap and water. Castile soap is a great way to add a little suds without the harshness found in most off-the-shelf shampoos. The ingredients are pure and gentle, so it’s safe for kids, too. It is important to use purified or distilled water because it can cause mold growth otherwise. I even suggest keeping the shampoo in the fridge, if possible, to help prevent bacterial growth since we do not add any preservatives. 

essential-oils-tea-tree-oilOk, now add your essential oils and blend well. I absolutely love tea tree oil because it’s so versatile. It comes with its very own natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, all of which help treat an itchy scalp. Fortunately, it’s also gentle enough to use every day too.

Did you know that rosemary oil can help thicken your hair and even prevent baldness? So in addition to increasing blood flow of the scalp to promote healing, you can get the benefits of thicker, fuller locks! 

Now that you have combined all ingredients, pour it into your bottle and screw on the cap. Give it a good shake and you are ready to use your new DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo!

Apply just as you would regular shampoo, keeping in mind that you will not have a sudsy result that you are used to having. Please know that is a good thing, since those suds strip your hair of its oils and natural pH balance. Wash your hair and then rinse well. For many, due to the amazing ingredients, you will not need conditioner. However, for those that do, try my homemade conditioner or my homemade hair detangler.

DIY Itchy Scalp Shampoo with Honey & Tea Tree Oil

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: About 6 ounces

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 ounces aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Castile soap
  • 3 tablespoons filtered or purified water
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • BPA-free plastic dispenser bottle

Directions:

  1. Start by combining the honey, apple cider vinegar. If your honey is firm, you may need to heat it on the stove until melted.
  2. Add the aloe vera and coconut oil. Blend well.
  3. Once dissolved, transfer to a mixing bowl.
  4. Add the castile soap and water. Blend again.
  5. Now add the essential oils. Blend well.
  6. Pour into your BPA-free bottle, place the cap on tightly and give it a good shake.
  7. Apply onto wet hair and gently massage into the scalp.
  8. Rinse well.

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22 Comments

  1. Jang Gumilang on

    Hi Dr Axe , thank you for sharing all the usage of YL EO . It is so educational .thank you once again for sharing

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  2. Jackie on

    I just had a question. I was reading somewhere else that mixing apple cider vinegar and castile oil soap to make a shampoo disrupts the ph balance of the scalp?

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  3. Susan on

    Needed this recipe! The only thing is, coconut oil makes my scalp itch, in fact any thing made with coconut makes my scalp itch. Can I substitute grapeseed or jojoba oil in this recipe?

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  4. Joan on

    Humm, was going to ask a question myself but after seeing all the unanswered questions above, think this may be a pitch for the book not so much for info ………

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  5. Hilda on

    I made this recipe today and used the shampoo. I rinsed and rinsed my hair, but it never had that squeaky clean feel that I normally feel after shampooing my hair even though I rinsed it much longer than I normally do. As I dried my hair, it became obvious that my hair was coated, oily and unclean looking and feeling. My hair looked and felt much cleaner before I used the shampoo. I checked carefully to make sure I followed the recipe exactly, and I did. Is it possibly that it is the coconut oil that wouldn’t wash out and left my hair oily and dirty?

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  6. Hilda on

    I made this recipe today and used the shampoo. I rinsed and rinsed my hair, but it never had that squeaky clean feel that I normally feel after shampooing my hair even though I rinsed it much longer than I normally do. As I dried my hair, it became obvious that my hair was coated, oily and unclean looking and feeling. My hair looked and felt much cleaner before I used the shampoo. I checked carefully to make sure I followed the recipe exactly, and I did. Is it possibly that it is the coconut oil that wouldn’t wash out and left my hair oily and dirty?

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  7. Marilyn on

    I am allergic to vinegar. It causes me to itch and I break out in little hives. What can I use instead of vinegar? Can you please help me?

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    • Maggie Whalen on

      Hi! You could try an egg or some raw kefir or yogurt. Your hair loves the protein and the good bacteria help balance and nourish the scalp

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  8. Dorothy on

    Did anyone use and like this? Please comment to help as none of the questions were ever answered. Before I try this on my teenager I’d like to know positive or negative(I saw some neg.)results from users THANKS

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  9. Louise Ingebrethsen on

    Dr Axe, why haven’t you answered any of the questions here ??? I want to try this remedy, but so far no-one has posted any good results.

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  10. Sarah Woolley on

    Is this recipe suposed to smell terrible? It takes your breath away! Vinigar….rosemary …teatree…it’s like pouring custard on top of you roast beef!
    Also…i’ve followed the recipe to the last detail…why is it so runny? ?

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  11. sukhjeet on

    hi Dr. Axe i made this shampoo following the same ingredients and the quantity except the rosemary oil…..i washed my hair and there is no itching after that….but the big issue is it looks as if i have applied so much of oil in my hair …my hair are thin and wavy….what should be done to make hair look little less oily.

    thanks

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