Can You Use Tea to Cure Dandruff?

by Caryn Anderson ; Updated July 18, 2017

Rinse with strong green tea to help get rid of flakes.

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Reclaim your right to wear black without checking your shoulders for flakes. Several natural methods are available for treating itchy, embarrassing dandruff including using tea. Although tea treatments cannot cure the problem, they are widely reputed to alleviate annoying symptoms. Another option is to treat your scalp with tea tree oil, which may be the cure you’re looking for.

Treating Dandruff With Tea

Rinse your hair with strong-brewed, antioxidant-packed green tea, which helps exfoliate the scalp to get rid of flakes. Alternatively, steep 3 teaspoons of rosemary for every 1 cup of boiled water in a saucepan or a cup and let it steep for at least 10 minutes. Massage the treatment into your scalp every time you shampoo to reduce dandruff flakes.

Tea Tree Oil Dandruff Remedy

Tea tree oil, which is an essential oil with antiseptic properties, can conquer dandruff naturally by penetrating the outer layers of your scalp. It disinfects deeply while unblocking hair follicles. Whether you choose to buy shampoo with tea tree oil or add a few drops to your favorite shampoo, tea tree oil is an effective treatment. However, it won't cure dandruff if an underlying condition such as psoriasis causes the problem.

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About the Author

Caryn Anderson combines extensive behind-the-scenes writing experience with her passion for all things food, fashion, garden and travel. Bitten by the travel bug at the age of 15 after a trip to Europe, Anderson fostered her love of style and fashion while living in New York City and earning her degree at New York University.