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DIY Dry Scalp Remedy with Rosemary Oil

DIY dry scalp remedy - Dr. Axe

The dreaded dry scalp is a common feature among dandruff sufferers, and too often we turn to the drugstore shelves for some magic elixir to solve the scalp problem. But typically all these toxic shampoos do is cover our head with ineffective yet dangerous chemicals.

When it comes to getting rid of dandruff and dry scalp, it’s best to create your own remedies with powerful natural ingredients, such as this DIY dry scalp remedy with three key essential oils that help control the dandruff and dry scalp. In particular, I’m talking about cedarwood oil, rosemary oil and tea tree oil.

Cedarwood essential oil helps reduce dry or flaky scalp by stimulating the scalp and increasing circulation. Rosemary oil usage leads to an increase in microcirculation of the scalp, which promotes healing as well as even hair growth. Meanwhile, tea tree oil has over 300 studies that discuss its antimicrobial power, and it also has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin and remove dandruff.

It’s quite straightforward making this dry scalp remedy by blending these three oils in a glass container, then add a teaspoon of local raw honey and four ounces of solid carrier oil, like olive, almond or coconut oil.

This DIY dry scalp remedy makes two to three applications. You can double the recipe and store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.

DIY Dry Scalp Remedy with Rosemary Oil

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2–3 applications


  • 8 drops cedarwood oil
  • 8 drops rosemary oil
  • 6 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon local raw honey
  • 4 ounces olive oil, almond or coconut oil


  1. Blend ingredients well in a glass container.
  2. Massage into the scalp.
  3. Leave on for at least 20 minutes.
  4. For severe conditions, try leaving it on overnight.
  5. Shampoo well.

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  1. Anne on

    Hi Dr Axe Thanks for your advise on dry scalp remedies but please Dr Axe would you please send advise about DRY EYES
    I understand that once you suffer from dry eyes it’s for life xx
    Thanks Anne

    • Wanda Sue on

      I have used castor oil in my eyes and it is very effective. No irritation or side effects. Just very effective moisturizing.

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  3. Jessica van Lingen on

    hmmm i mixed two drops each of rosemary oil with tea tree oil into my shampoo and condition and my scalp and hair have never felt better:)


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