This is particularly helpful as a common fungus, Malassezia, is determined to be present when cultures of dandruff have been taken.
It feels soothing, reduces the itch, lifts the plaques off the scalp, helps to combat Malassezia and smells brilliant!
After a lot of digging, for many hours, I investigated the safety of lavender oil.
This is what I found.
Heather M A Cavanagh, states that "Lavender is traditionally regarded as a 'safe' oil and, although it was recently reported that lavender oil, and its major constituent linalyl acetate, are toxic to human skin cells in vitro, the relevance of this in vitro toxicity to dermatological application of Lavandula oils remains unclear. Despite the apparent safety of lavender oil as a topical agent, oral administration is not recommended".
Robert Tisserand states that "any toxicity to human skin cells in vitro, means the test substance has to be in direct contact with isolated cells in a petri dish. Without that direct contact, cell membrane damage will not take place at those low dilutions". He goes on to say "Any type of in vitro test is only suggestive of a possible effect. You can never assume that the same effect will take place in the living body."
I don't have any qualms using this, but then I am not planning on becoming pregnant.
Some pregnant women probably wouldn't even be aware of all the effects commercial products have on your body, let alone natural ones produced by mother nature.
I am not a doctor, herbologist, aromatherapist, so use your common sense, as I am sure you do, and conduct your own research & talk to your doctor.
DIY ORGANIC ANTI-ITCH SCALP SPRAY FOR DREADLOCKS
1x 500ml bottle
6-10 drops lavender essential oil*
10 minutes of your time
1] Ensure your bottle is clean
2] Add water to the bottle
3] Add lavender oil
4] Shake bottle thoroughly to disperse oil through the water
5] Part your dreads with your fingers to get to the dandruff
6] Mist your affected scalp
7] Do not rinse out
*Optional: you can add a few drops of teetree oil in the spray as well
Another post will be arriving soon on the properties of teatree oil and how it aids in dandruff relief.