Ayurvedic herbs and SD/Eczema

Are any of you ladies that struggle with seborrheic dermatitis or eczema or other scalp issues having success with Ayurvedic herbs? What types of treatments do you use?
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Are any of you ladies that struggle with seborrheic dermatitis or eczema or other scalp issues having success with Ayurvedic herbs? What types of treatments do you use?
Originally Posted by CocoT
Yes. I get good results with using an ayurvedic oil infused with amla and bringraj (Auromere pre-shampoo conditioning oil, vitacost.com - thanks to shawnyblazes). I add amla oil to it right before I apply to scalp and hair. It has helped tremendously. Honestly, I thought I could not wear my hair out and natural because of my scalp issues, but this changed that. Also I have begun to do some tea rinses with burdock root in them, and sometimes drink the tea as well.
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Last edited by sagehen; 10-22-2010 at 01:06 PM.
Thanks. I'll add those to my list. My scalp is really affecting my length retention and that is not the bizness.

Although I've tried neem oil and I didn't find it too effective. And on top of that is STANK so that was a waste.
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Mind you, ayurvedic herbs are not meant to be used alone. The literature says they are best used in combination. For example, neem oil alone may not be what your scalp needs. I am vata dosha, so I know that my neem oil should be in a base of sesame oil to break the plaque of the eczema on my scalp. Even better to combine the sesame oil, neem and amla, which also has scalp-healing properties. the ingredients in the Auromere oil are:

Ingredients: Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil, Ginger Lily Oil, Khus Khus Oil, Nutgrass Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Neem, Brahmi (Indian Pennywort), Castor leaf, Bhringaraj (Eclipta Alba) and Tulsi (Holy Basil).

Khus Khus is widely used in the Carribean for scalp and skin issues, and as you see, neem, brahmi, bhringraj and tulsi are already infused in combination in this product.
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Last edited by sagehen; 10-22-2010 at 01:27 PM.
Oh ok. That makes sense. So I'll need to find out my dosha? Do you mind telling me where you went to find yours out? I know Afroveda has it on her site.

ETA: I found out my dosha from whatsyourdosha.com. I'm Pitta overall.
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Last edited by CocoT; 10-22-2010 at 01:47 PM.
OK, finding out your dosha is helpful to tell you what kind of oil is good for your skin and scalp. Sesame oil might be heavy for you. Try coconut and/or safflower oil (NOT the refined kind for frying - HAIN Pure Foods makes a non-refined safflower oil. About $7 per 32 oz and it's in a clear container with a blue label - you can get on the ground) and sweet almond oil. Make those the oils you massage your scalp with at least every other day, and include some JBCO or infuse some of the ayurvedic herbs mentioned above for scalp healing. You can still use the Auromere pre-poo condish since you are going to wash it out anyway, so the sesame oil won't weigh you down.

You could make yourself a mixture of safflower, sweet almond, coconut oil or a combo of those, and add it to your ayurvedic herb paste when you apply to skin.

I found my dosha on the same site you went to and confirmed it on another ayurveic site I cannot remember now.
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Just found this in a search and wondered how your progress was using the oils.
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I've used coconut oil and this Ayurvedic oil by Lavida Given by Nature as hot oil treatments and they were ok. I haven't had the chance to get any raw Ayurvedic herbs though. So far I think the best improvement I've seen with my scalp has been washing it regularly and keeping my hair and scalp covered from the cold dry air. Unfortunately the shampoo I really like has been discontinued so once it's gone I'll be SOL . I'm looking for some replacements though..

I also find it easier to moisturize my scalp with spritzes, particularly my Oyin Juices and Berries. That's been helping. But I'm going to be trying Emu oil with MSM soon so I'll probably include those oils I mentioned earlier in the mix.
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I've used coconut oil and this Ayurvedic oil by Lavida Given by Nature as hot oil treatments and they were ok. I haven't had the chance to get any raw Ayurvedic herbs though. So far I think the best improvement I've seen with my scalp has been washing it regularly and keeping my hair and scalp covered from the cold dry air. Unfortunately the shampoo I really like has been discontinued so once it's gone I'll be SOL . I'm looking for some replacements though..

I also find it easier to moisturize my scalp with spritzes, particularly my Oyin Juices and Berries. That's been helping. But I'm going to be trying Emu oil with MSM soon so I'll probably include those oils I mentioned earlier in the mix.
Originally Posted by CocoT
Thanks! I dread being tied to a prescription shampoo for the rest of my life
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What prescribed shampoo do you use?

I've yet to try a prescribed shampoo but I've tried the Neutrogena shampoo's and one by Jason that's specifically meant for SD. After a while they lose their effectiveness for me. I used the Neutrogena tar shampoo a month or so ago and my scalp was on fire after using it. And on top of all that it was drying to my hair.
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What prescribed shampoo do you use?

I've yet to try a prescribed shampoo but I've tried the Neutrogena shampoo's and one by Jason that's specifically meant for SD. After a while they lose their effectiveness for me. I used the Neutrogena tar shampoo a month or so ago and my scalp was on fire after using it. And on top of all that it was drying to my hair.
Originally Posted by CocoT
Its called Ciclopirox (2% steroids). Once I use it, my scalp clears up but on day 4.5 it starts coming back. Life shouldnt be this way lol. I tried the Neutrogena, Nizoral, Jasons, Scalpicin, and Head & Shoulder...no dice. Drying, tight scalp and still flakes.
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I am a kapha but I don't know which herbs I should use for my SD. Any ideas?
I took my dosha quiz here Chopra Dosha Quiz

I'm a vata.

Have you tried the Ayurvedic soap from Chagrin Valley? I just ordered mine and still waiting for it to come in the mail, should get here by Tuesday next week. I want to use it in my hair and on my face to try and clear these dry patches up and help the sores on my scalp.

I've tried the oil at theindianstore.com and they were ok. I use them in my henna treatments and I deep condition with the coconut ones from time to time. They are mixed but I still add my own oils too.
I took my dosha quiz here Chopra Dosha Quiz

I'm a vata.

Have you tried the Ayurvedic soap from Chagrin Valley? I just ordered mine and still waiting for it to come in the mail, should get here by Tuesday next week. I want to use it in my hair and on my face to try and clear these dry patches up and help the sores on my scalp.

I've tried the oil at theindianstore.com and they were ok. I use them in my henna treatments and I deep condition with the coconut ones from time to time. They are mixed but I still add my own oils too.
Originally Posted by makeupvixen
@makeupvixen:
I am vata too. I like to massage oils infused with the herbs into my scalp. I am having a rough time right now, so I am using sesame oil (to break up the plaque) and coconut oil together infused with neem and amla. It's holding it at bay. I have been reading up on the benefits of tulsi (holy basil) and plan to incorporate this more. I am currently using Auromere's Tulsi-Neem Soap bar to shampoo my scalp and it is soothing and leaves my hair feeling fine too. After it dries I am using the oil on my scalp nightly. I know you don't want to hear this, but I used to LOVE AfroVeda's Shikaikai Growth Elixir every other night on my scalp (but you know how that is).

This weekend I am mixing a paste of amla, neem and tulsi with sesame oil and maybe tea tree oil and applying to my scalp. It is time to knock down this issue.

I find it interesting, and strangely comforting that this thread is getting more and more traffic of late. I am not the only one struggling with this currently, I see.
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Last edited by sagehen; 12-23-2010 at 04:00 PM.
I am a kapha but I don't know which herbs I should use for my SD. Any ideas?
Originally Posted by naturalnewbie
Olive oil, sweet almond oil, sunflower seed oil (not the refined kind). I have a lot of luck with sunflower seed oil in winter, but only as a pre- shampoo thing or on rough skin on my body.

ETA: you said HERBS...the herbs which assist with scalp eruptions are the same...tulsi, neem, brahmi, shikaikai (use this in conjuction with another herb, and in the smaller proportion - it can be drying to the hair since it is a natural cleanser)
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Last edited by sagehen; 12-23-2010 at 12:32 PM.
I took my dosha quiz here Chopra Dosha Quiz

I'm a vata.

Have you tried the Ayurvedic soap from Chagrin Valley? I just ordered mine and still waiting for it to come in the mail, should get here by Tuesday next week. I want to use it in my hair and on my face to try and clear these dry patches up and help the sores on my scalp.

I've tried the oil at theindianstore.com and they were ok. I use them in my henna treatments and I deep condition with the coconut ones from time to time. They are mixed but I still add my own oils too.
Originally Posted by makeupvixen
@makeupvixen:
I am vata too. I like to massage oils infused with the herbs into my scalp. I am having a rough time right now, so I am using sesame oil (to break up the plaque) and coconut oil together infused with neem and amla. It's holding it at bay. I have been reading up on the benefits of tulsi (holy basil) and plan to incorporate this more. I am currently using Auromere's Tulsi-Neem Soap bar to shampoo my scalp and it is soothing and leaves my hair feeling fine too. After it dries I am using the oil on my scalp nightly. I know you don't want to hear this, but I used to LOVE AfroVeda's Shikaikai Growth Elixir every other night on my scalp (but you know how that is).

This weekend I am mixing a paster of amla, neem and tulsi with sesame oil and maybe tea tree oil and applying to my scalp. It is time to knock down this issue.

I find it interesting, and strangely comforting that this thread is getting more and more traffic of late. I am not the only one struggling with this currently, I see.
Originally Posted by sagehen
Me too. Your posts have been very helpful to this issue.

Ever since I took out my yarn braids my scalp has been flaring up. Today I washed my hair with Anita Grant's babassu amla poo bar and so far my scalp is doing better. Before I deep condition I'm gonna get under the steamer with the last of my LaVida Ayurvedic oil mixed with karanja and coconut oil on my scalp. It's still pretty tight though and I can't massage it right now because it's too sore.
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I took my dosha quiz here Chopra Dosha Quiz

I'm a vata.

Have you tried the Ayurvedic soap from Chagrin Valley? I just ordered mine and still waiting for it to come in the mail, should get here by Tuesday next week. I want to use it in my hair and on my face to try and clear these dry patches up and help the sores on my scalp.

I've tried the oil at theindianstore.com and they were ok. I use them in my henna treatments and I deep condition with the coconut ones from time to time. They are mixed but I still add my own oils too.
Originally Posted by makeupvixen
@makeupvixen:
I am vata too. I like to massage oils infused with the herbs into my scalp. I am having a rough time right now, so I am using sesame oil (to break up the plaque) and coconut oil together infused with neem and amla. It's holding it at bay. I have been reading up on the benefits of tulsi (holy basil) and plan to incorporate this more. I am currently using Auromere's Tulsi-Neem Soap bar to shampoo my scalp and it is soothing and leaves my hair feeling fine too. After it dries I am using the oil on my scalp nightly. I know you don't want to hear this, but I used to LOVE AfroVeda's Shikaikai Growth Elixir every other night on my scalp (but you know how that is).

This weekend I am mixing a paste of amla, neem and tulsi with sesame oil and maybe tea tree oil and applying to my scalp. It is time to knock down this issue.

I find it interesting, and strangely comforting that this thread is getting more and more traffic of late. I am not the only one struggling with this currently, I see.
Originally Posted by sagehen

See you just had to mention that company, LOL.

When I first found that stupid company I was looking for Ayruvedic mixes that I didn't have to mix at home. I found that money hungry woman Mala, and I found hairVeda. I'm a butter gal so I started investing my money on the butter and trying out everything I could find with Ayurvedic stuff in it. I was getting oils from theindianfoodstore.com too.

Now that I'm done with Mala and her lies I don't really have a butter that has the herbs in it that I want. So right now I have a base product I ordered called Shea Aloe Butter and I mix in the oils that I already have to make my own version of Mala's mess. But I also do a ph Balance strip test on it as well to make sure it's ok for my hair. Oh and I did test some of the crap I have left from AfroVeda and those suckers are at a 7 and 8 on the ph balance scale. After researching KimmayTube I know that's a big No No.

Dang do i sound bitter, LOL. Oh well.

Right now I am fighting a hair crisis and inner battle. A few hours ago I hacked up my hair out of frustration. It is just butchered beyond belief. Oh well, it's just hair, not like anyone checking on my hair like I am.

So I'm waiting for my Ayurvedic Poo Bars to come in. I wanted to try some from different companies. Next I need to find a conditioner with those herbs and oils in it. Then I think I can come up with something that's not going to leave sores in my head. And I need to find a good one to do the scalp massage with too. Does the product junkie disease ever end? LOL

I would do a video but this castor oil broke me out last night and I got bumps around my eyebrow and it's so swollen.
I used to have a bad scalp, and do have eczema. Once I gave up wheat, my scalp healed and no more problems. I also stopped getting really bad eczema flare-ups, now just a few spots here and there. I am not allergic to wheat, but I do have an intolerance to it, so if I eat some, my scalp/skin will instantly itch, along with other problems.

You could stop eating wheat for 2 weeks to see if your scalp improves. Dairy could also be a culprit.
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I used to have a bad scalp, and do have eczema. Once I gave up wheat, my scalp healed and no more problems. I also stopped getting really bad eczema flare-ups, now just a few spots here and there. I am not allergic to wheat, but I do have an intolerance to it, so if I eat some, my scalp/skin will instantly itch, along with other problems.

You could stop eating wheat for 2 weeks to see if your scalp improves. Dairy could also be a culprit.
Originally Posted by Zinnia
Ya know I've read something about this. Yeast and sugar, in particular, are said to exacerbate eczema, SD, psorasis and other skin/ scalp issues. I don't know if I could give up that stuff cold turkey. I'd have to seriously plan my diet because rice, wheat bread, CANDY ( ) and etc are significant components of my diet. This may be worth trying though.
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Oh yes, it is difficult and takes planning...and yes, too much sugar will also bother my skin. I cook all of my meals...but there are so many good alternatives now available. I keep it simple.

You could wean yourself gradually, and take one day at a time. Make homemade soups in bulk, find a good gluten free cereal and use coconut, almond or rice milk on it. My favorite is So Delicious Vanilla Coconut milk. Have mostly veggies, a bit of brown rice (my favorite is California Style Basmati) and a protein for dinner.

I forgot to mention soy...it can also cause a lot of problems for some people. I also avoid soy.

Oh...have you tried probiotics or fish, cod liver or krill oil? Probiotics have been very helpful for me, along with vitamin B-12. I don't take a lot of supplements, but these two are my mainstays. I need to resume my cod liver oil.
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