Coconut oil has several beneficial functions. Over years, it has been known as one of the best natural hair treatment. Many people apply coconut oil onto their scalp and hair to boost its growth. Coconut oil is believed to be able to give darker hair color. It is also believed to nourish hair scalp sufficiently. One of coconut oil functions is its ability to cure scalp psoriasis.
Psoriasis can be really annoying. This scalp problem is accompanied by itches and sometimes, pains. You will experience excessive hair fall when you are experiencing scalp psoriasis. There are several medications that can be used to get rid of this problem, and coconut oil is one of those.
What to prepare
Before applying coconut oil to your affected scalp, you need to prepare these things:
- Two tablespoon virgin coconut oil or organic coconut oil
- Peppermint oil
- Tea tree oil
You need to ensure you are using organic coconut oil to maximize the effect. Non-organic coconut oil might cause unexpected side effects because of the different content with the organic one.
How to use coconut oil for scalp psoriasis
Coconut oil by itself is a healing agent. It consists of anti-inflammation which will decrease your pain level and itchiness. With psoriasis, coconut oil works as a natural moisturizing agent to get rid of the dry scales. Less dry scales will lessen the possibility of scalp psoriasis.
There are several ways to use coconut oil to get rid of scalp psoriasis. Those are:
- Take 2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil after eating twice a day. Inside the body, coconut oil functions as a natural antibiotic combating strange bacteria or virus entering the body. A certain substance in coconut oil called the lauric acidis an antimicrobial substance which can fight the cause of psoriasis naturally.
- Apply adequate coconut oil onto the affected areas directly. This will act as your replacement to the dead skin cellswhich leads to psoriasis. You need to make sure that you are using virgin coconut oil which has not be mixed with any chemical substances, since these substances might decrease the coconut oil function on your psoriasis. Apply the oil twice a day after a bath. Make sure you are applying it onto dry scalp. Hence, you need to dry your hair first after hair wash to make sure the coconut oil application does not make it worse, instead.
- Mix all the prepared ingredients. You will need only a little amount of tea tree oil. Few drops is enough, since using too much will be too harsh on your scalp. Tea tree oil is beneficial for reducing skin inflammation, while peppermint oil will be the soothing agent. This mixture is suggested to be applied only once a day, since it contains ingredients that will hurt your scalp instead of healing it while applied excessively. Apply the mixture onto the affected areas after rinsing your body thoroughly in a shower. To use the mixture, you need to heat the two tablespoon virgin coconut oil in a pan. Add three drops of tea tree oil and five drops of peppermint oil. Stir for five minutes. Let the mixture cool and keep in the fridge overnight. Apply onto the affected area and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Rinsing with warm water will give relieving effect and is good for psoriasis removal. Use medicated shampoo along with this home remedy in order to get maximized effect. If you prefer to cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the applied mixture overnight, this is totally fine. You will only have to make sure that you rinse everything thoroughly to prevent the mixture worsening the scalp dryness.
Is there any side effects from the mixture?
Virgin coconut oil which is organic is highly recommended for this treatment. Do not use another kind of coconut oil as it might be too harsh on the scalp. Make sure you only add sufficient drops of other ingredients such as tea tree and peppermint oil. You also need to limit the application frequency, as excessive application might turn into worse psoriasis, instead of healing it. After waiting for some moments after every application, make sure your rinse the mixture thoroughly. Missing this step will result in drier scalp which might turn into another psoriasis. As long as you fulfill all these requirements, the mixture should not cause any unwanted side effects. However, the healing effects and strength might be various, depending on your skin type, ingredients quality, application frequency, and intensity of the psoriasis. This coconut-tea tree-peppermint oil mixture can be applied not only onto your scalp, but also other affected body part.