Scalp issues miracle worker – Rosemary!

Hi All,

I have been reading a lot if posts about dandruff/flakes/dry and itchy scalp/ Seborrheic dermatitis and even hearing IRL from friends and family. I decided to make this post so it could help others too.

Backstory: I was diagnosed with Seborrheic dermatitis 4-5 years ago and it was BAD! I tried everything – prescription strength shampoo, drugstore shampoo, natural remedies like ACV, lemon juice etc, monistat anti-fungal cream, 8-9 kinds of oils, washing hair daily, washing hair weekly, shampoo bars etc. You get get the idea. 90% of these remedies did nothing, the other 10% worked but either left my hair as dry as a straw or stopped working after a few weeks.

I was utterly desperate and mentioned my problem to my massage therapist in Jan 2018. I have TMJ and get medical massage for head/neck/jaw area and I was super embarrassed to go to my therapist and have her rub her hands all over my nasty scalp. I told her about my problem and requested that she use gloves. She then mentioned that she studied Rosemary in her natural healing class and people swore by it.

Being desperate, I tried it as instructed by her and voila! It worked! Instructions below.

  1. Buy dried rosemary (online or whole foods).
  2. Bring 3 cups of filtered water to a boil.
  3. Add 2-3 tsp rosemary, preferably in a teabag/stainless steel tea ball thingy and reduce to the heat to a simmer.
  4. Simmer the tea/rinse for 20-30 min.
  5. Turn off the stove and let the rosemary steep, covered, for a few hours (optional for max efficacy).
  6. Remove the rosemary and transfer the liquid to a spray bottle for easy application. Please use an amber/dark blue glass bottle (cheap on Amazon) to safely store the volatile oils/compounds in the rinse.

How to use: Use it all the time until you get rid of the flakes.

  1. I use as a pre-wash treatment – spray all over scalp and hair liberally. It should saturate the scalp especially. I wait 30-60 min or even overnight depending oh how well I plan my day.
  2. I also use it as a post-wash rinse – pour the rinse all over the hair in the shower post-wash as the final step. Rinse with water.
  3. I also use it as leave-in – spray the scalp liberally and lightly on the hair after you get out of the shower on damp hair.
  4. I use as needed on dry hair if I feel itchy. Simply spray on scalp and leave in.

FYI – I double the recipe and store in the fridge with a couple spoons of vodka in the rinse as a mild preservative. It usually keeps for 2 weeks.

I have been doing this for a year and my scalp is so healthy and flake-free. I did a very intensive daily treatment for 2 weeks to get my scalp under control and now I am at maintenance – usually a weekly application. The other great thing is the side-effects have been all positive – less frizz, skin looks fab because I usually also spritz my face with it.

I bought a large 1 LB bag of organic Rosemary from Mountain Rose Herbs a year ago (no affiliation) and I still have a ton left. I am thrilled. This solution is so cheap, easy and safe.

Variations: After telling everyone about this, my friends and family have reported back with their own recipes and all of them have worked well. See below:

  1. Using fresh rosemary also works great. My friend lives in a warm climate and grows rosemary all year round in her yard.
  2. Not simmering or steeping – my cousin lives in a dorm at college and doesn’t have a stove to do this. She simply microwaves water in large mug, adds the rosemary and tosses the tea bag 10-15 min later. She doesn’t transfer it to a bottle either, she just dumps the entire mug on her head in the shower.
  3. The quantity is very forgiving – some use less/more. Still works.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone. Buy a small packet and try it. As mentioned above, I got a proper diagnosis for SD from a dermatologist, who funnily enough, laughed at this cure when I asked her before trying. Oh well, just happy it worked for me.


​Thank you to /u/mrsprosecutor for this contribution.

Guide To Determining Hair Type

Andre Walker system

The Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most widely used system to classify hair. The system was created by the hairstylist of Oprah Winfrey, Andre Walker. According to this system there are four types of hair: straight, wavy, curly, kinky.

  • Type 1 is straight hair, which reflects the most sheen and also the most resilient hair of all of the hair types. It is hard to damage and immensely difficult to curl this hair texture. Because the sebum easily spreads from the scalp to the ends without curls or kinks to interrupt its path, it is the most oily hair texture of all.
  • Type 2 is wavy hair, whose texture and sheen ranges somewhere between straight and curly hair. Wavy hair is also more likely to become frizzy than straight hair. While type A waves can easily alternate between straight and curly styles, type B and C Wavy hair is resistant to styling.
  • Type 3 is curly hair known to have an S-shape. The curl pattern may resemble a lowercase “s”, uppercase “S”, or sometimes an uppercase “Z” or lowercase “z”. This hair type is usually voluminous, “climate dependent (humidity = frizz), and damage-prone. Lack of proper care causes less defined curls.
  • Type 4 is kinky hair, which features a tightly coiled curl pattern (or no discernible curl pattern at all) that is often fragile with a very high density. This type of hair shrinks when wet and because it has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types it is more susceptible to damage.
Type 1: Straight
1aStraight (Fine/Thin) Hair tends to be very soft, thin, shiny, oily, poor at holding curls, difficult to damage.
1bStraight (Medium)Hair characterized by volume and body.
1cStraight (Coarse)Hair tends to be bone-straight, coarse, difficult to curl.
Type 2: Wavy
2aWavy (Fine/Thin)Hair has definite “S” pattern, can easily be straightened or curled, usually receptive to a variety of styles.
2bWavy (Medium)Can tend to be frizzy and a little resistant to styling.
2cWavy (Coarse)Fairly coarse, frizzy or very frizzy with thicker waves, often more resistant to styling.
Type 3: Curly
3aCurly (Loose)Presents a definite “S” pattern, tends to combine thickness, volume, and/or frizziness.
3bCurly (Tight)Presents a definite “S” pattern, curls ranging from spirals to spiral-shaped corkscrew
Type 4: Kinky
4aKinky (Soft)Hair tends to be very wiry and fragile, tightly coiled and can feature curly patterning.
4bKinky (Wiry)As 4a but with less defined pattern of curls, looks more like a “Z” with sharp angles