An Accidental Discovery
Scalp Psoriasis is one of the most common forms of psoriasis. It is bad enough when your skin itches so bad you can hardly stand it. It is even worse when people misinterpret your scalp psoriasis. I have had friends inform me that I had really bad dandruff, which I thought was embarrassing enough. When I got a call from the school nurse that my daughter had lice an upon further inspection realized that she did not have lice, but flakes from her psoriasis I was beside myself. When I went looking for remedies for lice prior to inspecting my daughter I stumbled upon a treatment for lice. I figured we would do the treatment anyway since people in her class had also been sent home with lice. Surely they didn't all have scalp psoriasis. What we found was an effective, natural scalp psoriasis treatment in the form of a Tea Tree Oil and Olive Oil mixture.
We applied this home remedy to my daughters scalp, and left it in there covered with a plastic bag for about an hour. Since there was no lice to begin with I can't tell you if it was effective for that. However, a few days later I went to recheck my daughter, and I was excited to see that her psoriasis had gotten much better. We did one olive oil and tea tree oil scalp treatment and not much more than a week later her scalp psoriasis had cleared up.
Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil Scalp Psoriasis Treatment
Natural Scalp Psoriasis Treatment Supplies
Most households will have everything you need already. Scalp Psoriasis Treatment Supply List:
- Olive Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Measuring Cup
- Application Bottle (Any container with small opening, you can use an old hair care product container)
Something to Wrap Up Head After Application
- Plastic Wrap
- Shower Cap
- Plastic Bag
4 Steps to Making the Scalp Treatment
Applying the Scalp Psoriasis Treatment
Apply Olive Oil / Tea Tree Oil mixture directly to your scalp. If you have long or very thick hair it is best to part the hair every couple inches to expose the scalp as much as possible so the mixture is not wasted.
Pay Special Attention to any bad spots of psoriasis on your scalp.
Massage Mixture into Scalp Thoroughly
Wrapping Up Your Treatment
To help the treatment have it's full impact wrap your head in plastic. Not your face, we don't want any suffocation please. You can use things you already have around your house.
Wait About an Hour
Once you have had your treatment in for about an hour or so you can remove the plastic and wash your hair.
- If you experience some tingling that is normal.
- If you experience intense itching or burning Remove Wrap and Wash Immediately.
Your hair may be dried out due to the Tea Tree Oil. You will want to wash twice and apply a good conditioner to help keep your hair from being too dry.
Scalp Psoriasis Treatments are as varied as psoriasis itself. Not every treatment works for everyone. We hope that this treatment works well for you. Please let us know about your experience and if you have any natural scalp psoriasis treatments you feel work even better for you.
Natural Scalp Psoriasis Treatments Vs Traditional Treatments
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
CherylHughes on January 20, 2017:
I developed the condition suddenly, with no obvious cause! I read many of these columns and comments, tried cortisone cream and drops prescribed by the doctor which dried my hair out horribly….then started with apple cider vinegar, with some scepticism, also applied aloe vera directly onto the scalp (from the plant in my garden)….I applied them 3-4 times a day, when I could and used Selsun shampoo and tea tree oil, once, followed immediately after washing it out with an application of jojoba oil and then washed that out thoroughly. I continued, and still do once a week with the vinegar and aloe and whilst it took me 2 months to get clear, I've been clear now for about 6 months. WARNING: People with GLAUCOMA, tho' rare (yes, I'm a rare one!!!!) (about .1% of pop. I think it is) could be affected with increased pressure building up in the eye by using cortisone cream (1 drop was all I was using, at night!)…my pressure rose alarmingly, I noticed a rapid decline in my sight, and have had laser treatment.
Eddy on August 28, 2015:
Hi, I was wondering how often would you recommend using the treatment?
Once a week, every other week, once a month, etc.....
Nell on January 12, 2015:
I have had this condition for soiemtme now ..I have also realized that in the winter in the hair may take longer to grow, but during the summer time because your pores open with the heat, they do grow back. I have been using in inexpensive product which help, Suave, Deep Cleansing Shampoo, with the research I had done, it helps to keep your scalp as clean as possible. It does not cure it but it contains it. I recently found a product called Zincplex, anyone know about this?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on November 21, 2014:
Hah, I agree it does smell horrible. The smell indeed washes out pretty easily.
My daughter actually likes the smell. I'm still trying to figure out what's wrong with her.
Jen on November 16, 2014:
I got the tea tree oil and it has a STRONG horrible smell... does that come out easily after washing your hair? I was going to try it today, but i'm hesitant
Ashleigh on April 21, 2014:
I can't wait to try this on my boyfriend. He has a very bad case of psoriasis. It was mild when we were teens but it got extremely worse when he hit his mid 20's. We have been trying things for the past year and a half now. I have high hopes for this. Thank you very much for taking your time to share this with us. :) I'll repost to let you know if this works. :) Also.! This mixture is also very helpful with keloids.! :)
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 30, 2013:
Candice... I also use the plastic bags. My girls call themselves Bagheadians when we do a treatment.
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 30, 2013:
valerie... you can use this treatment without warming it up. Warming it just helps soften the scales a little bit. I don't let it get too hot. I typically use the raw foods rule and don't let things get above 115 deg. Let me know how it works for you.
Candice on July 28, 2013:
Currently waiting for my hair to dry. I couldn't wait the full hour as my shower cap was leaking the oil, which was annoying. Next time I'll use the plastic bag approach as that has worked for hair products in the past for me. I'm super excited to see how this works. Also my analogy for the rotating products is that Psoriasis and seborric dermatitis is like the Borg. Even then over the counter shampoo stopped working altogether for me despite even years of not using them. Needless to say, luckily my work shirts are white.
valerie on July 26, 2013:
I heard heating olive oil up changes it's composition. Can you use this mixture without heating it?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 09, 2013:
I am not sure exactly. I use all that I make each time. It would seem to me that it would be good for a long time, as long as olive oil lasts in your pantry would be my best guess. As far as reheating the mixture, I think you could reheat it as long as you didn't let it get to the smoking point, which would be too hot anyway. I don't have personal experience with either question so it is just my best guess. Let me know if you discover anything different. Thank you for your question.
RBray on July 08, 2013:
How long does the mixture last after it is made? can it be reheated?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2013:
I am so glad this worked for you. Thank you for your comment.
susan on May 16, 2013:
Been suffering w similar scalp problem.tried Rx shampoos,etc.w no success.researched and came upon tea tree recipe.very grateful.I had this yrs ag,was told folliculitis.whatever,this works!
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2013:
Auburn483, I'm glad you had success with this treatment. Thank you for your comment also, it brings up one of the biggest challenges of dealing with psoriasis.
Psoriasis has the uncanny ability to adapt to any treatment you throw at it. I have to rotate the treatments I use, and this one is no exception.
You may want to try another treatment and come back to this one after a little while. You can check out my hub on baking soda and apple cider vinegar shampoo for another treatment option. I have been experimenting with a few new treatments I will report on them soon and hopefully give you a few more options.
Auburn483 on May 14, 2013:
Hi! I used this treatment and let me tell you it has changed my life!
I have done it about twice per week for about two months. I use 1/3 cup olive oil and about 20-25 drops tea tree oil. I leave it on for about an hour. It has eliminated itching and seems to have healed a portion.
In the last week or so though my head has been itching again and flaking again. Has this happened to you? Could my olive oil be too hot maybe? Thoughts?
Thanks for your help!
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on March 22, 2013:
I am glad you tried this remedy, I hope it works well for you. When your scalp itches badly you can use baking soda and water as a shampoo of sorts. It will help the itching, then rinsing with a diluted apple cider vinegar and water mix will neutralize the baking soda. Please let me know how it works out for you.
Krystle on March 21, 2013:
Hi, I just tired the olive oil/tea tree oil remedy today. I left the mixture on for an hour then washed it out. I noticed there was a lot of flakes in my hair...gross...but probably from the plaques that were hopefully sloughed off my scalp. Anyway, my scalp is still a bit itchy but I'm going to do this again in a couple days and continue until I hopefully see some improvement. My scalp psoriasis is pretty bad so not expecting a miracle overnight. I will check back in. thank you!!
sankalp on February 25, 2013:
Hope you are doing good ? I hope all is well at your new house now and settled. :) The remedy seems to be working. Well there has been definite change after application of the oils (olive and tea tree) ...it seems to be working. I also wanted you to take a look at this website http://www.genetichomoeopathy.org. Its regarding "HOMOEOPATHY", I heard its cures psoriasis but slowly. Will update you with more details and findings soon.
Takecare and God bless you
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2013:
Thank you sankalp. I really do hope it helps you. I will be adding some more treatments soon. The water at our new house is just terrible, so I have been experimenting with some different things. I hope to have some good results so I can share them here.
sankalp on February 16, 2013:
I have been suffering with scalp psoriasis for a while now. will definitely try this remedy and keep you posted. I really appreciate your findings and sharing. will help more people. Take care and God bless.
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on February 09, 2013:
Thank you Peter for your kind words. I agree with you on natural remedies. I hope more people try alternatives to pharmaceuticals.
I am happy to pass on what I learn.
Thank you, ICarrie
Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on February 09, 2013:
Thank you for a well written and informative article - natural remedies are often more effective and more gentle.
Voted up and interesting.
Kind regards Peter
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on January 27, 2013:
Poonam, I usually do this treatment a few times per month unless I am having a bad scalp psoriasis breakout. When it is bad I do it twice a week for a few weeks. I don't know if doing it more would help heal your scalp psoriasis faster. I don't do it more because the time involved, but if you have the time there shouldn't be any harm in doing it more often. Good Luck!
Poonam on January 26, 2013:
Thx I Carrie. Will be trying it and let you know my experience. just one question: How frequently we have to apply this: Daily or 2-3 times a week?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on January 25, 2013:
I am so glad it worked for you Arnab! :) Please do keep us updated on your results. I also have a hub on using baking soda as a shampoo and rinsing with apple cider vinegar. It too works really well for daily use. You can check it out here: https://remedygrove.com/remedies/Natural-Psoriasis...
Thank you so much for your feedback.
Arnab on January 24, 2013:
ICarrie, i tried your suggestion and got some positive results. I have a very mild scalp psoriasis which was under control till i applied coal tar based shampoo and salicyclic acid based ointments. But as soon as i stopped applying them, it would again come back. Hence i decided to try the home remedy you suggested. Till now i see that there is a reduction in itching and my scalp is clean. There is no flaking at all. I shall keep applying olive oil + tea tree oil for a month and share my experience. Thanks again for sharing this wonderful remedy :)
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on January 21, 2013:
Thank you Arnab. I would say somewhere between 10 and 15 drops. You don't want to use much more than that. Tea Tree oil can really dry out your skin or burn if you use too much. Hope it works well for you.
Arnab on January 19, 2013:
Thanks a lot for sharing such detailed step-by-step instructions. I have bought extra virgin olive oil and got Tea Tree oil. I had one question though - For 1 cup of Olive oil, how many drops of tea tree oil is sufficient?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on January 07, 2013:
Thank you for the question. You can use any you want really. I typically use what is on sale. As for virgin and extra virgin, I usually use extra virgin, but I don't think it makes any difference. If you find one works better than another please come back and let me know.
Good luck, if your anything like me your psoriasis is bad this time of year. Hopefully this will help you.
Anshita on January 07, 2013:
which olive oil i can use for scalp psoriasis?
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on September 28, 2012:
Thank you handmadebyheng. A baking soda & vinegar rinse may also really help you. The recipe is included in another hub I wrote. This scalp treatment has helped me tremendously! If you have bleeding or very sensitive patches of psoriasis on your scalp I would recommend waiting a few days before trying this treatment. The vinegar may burn these areas a little. This tea tree and olive oil is more gentle but I have had success with both.
Folic Acid is great for the skin! If you want to up your intake of folic acid you could eat more spinach, kale, cabbage and collard greens. Or you could try a B-Complex supplement if you haven't already. I do wish you the best of luck and please let me know how this treatment works for you.
handmadebybheng from Cubao , Quezon City on September 28, 2012:
For 3 years i have plagued by scalp psoriasis and occasional bouts of guttate psoriasis in my back. These psoriasis cleared up when I got pregnant, so reading through conradofontannilla's comment, it must have been folic acid that helped me get through then. right now, my scalp psoriasis is back with a vengeance, so I'm trying to search for solutions that does not have steroids. thank you for sharing this. I hope this one works for me :)
conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 27, 2012:
You are welcome, ICarrie. My wife has a relative, girl toddler who has psoriasis in her skin that are itchy. Poor girl, she can't appreciate yet long-term medication like rubbing ointment or leaf extracts. It gives me the cringes to imagine the itchiness and discomfort! Sometimes she gets infected with opportunistic bacteria attacking scratches on the skin.
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 27, 2012:
Thank you for your great comment conradofontanilla. These are all great facts for anyone suffering from psoriasis. The best treatment for psoriasis is without a doubt a lifestyle change. The remedy I talked about in this hub is a topical remedy for relief of an outbreak. The best way to prevent outbreaks from occurring in the first place is to adapt your lifestyle. The information you gave us in your comment is a great baseline for what people need to do to make the changes. I hope to add some hubs about such changes in the near future. Thank you again for taking the time to add such informative content.
conradofontanilla from Philippines on July 27, 2012:
Psoriasis is listed as a free radical disease, not one that is caused by germs or fungus. Olive oil has calciium elonolate as active ingredient that can remedy 130 disorders, according to Dr. Morton Walker, MD in his book "Olive Leaf Extract." It is also considered as an antioxidant. Free radicals make skin cells multiply faster than they can be shed off. Pollution, stress, diet, smoking, alcohol, use of penicillin and other drugs contribute to psoriasis. A person with psoriasis produces new skin 10 times faster than s/he sheds off old skin. Topical application of vitamin D also helps. Controlled exposure to the sun gives relief. Avoid mustard pepper, curry or any aromatic spice. Salmon, sardines, mackerel herring are good for psoriasis. Supplements of folic acid and iron may help (Kamen, B. Ph.D. How to reverse psoriasis. Let's Live magazine. January 1995:32-35).
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 06, 2012:
Thank you itsvssudheesh. I'm glad you found it informative.
itsvssudheesh from kochi,kerala, india on July 06, 2012:
Great hub. It was very informative.
Christin Sander from Midwest on July 05, 2012:
you're very welcome, great first hub. I love tea tree oil it's so useful for so many applications. I'll pass your hub along and share it :) welcome to HP.
Carrie Jones (author) from Georgia on July 05, 2012:
Thank you ChristinS. We have a few people with psoriasis in this house so I will be adding more in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to be my first comment on my first hub.
Christin Sander from Midwest on July 05, 2012:
A very informative hub with great illustrations - voted up and useful. Thanks for the info.