amla and hibiscus for itchy scalp

Amla & Hibiscus Cured My Itchies!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to share this post. Forget all the rigamarole of making sure it’s got enough words or that it’s search engine optimized. I’m getting right to it!

I’ve been suffering for YEARS with having an itchy scalp right after washing my hair.

First, I thought my itchy scalp was caused by the products I was using. So, I got rid of all the chemicals. Still itching.

Then, I figured it may be my water. Maybe there was lead or too many minerals or something. So, I got a good shower filter. Nothing changed.

Finally, I just chalked it up to having an itchy scalp being my issue. I’d have to learn to deal with it. It only lasts for about 24 hours after washing. Then, when my scalp “normalizes” it will stop.

Well, I shared my little problem on Youtube and received a ton of advice (none of which I actually implemented…I know. I suck. Actually, some things I did in the past but didn’t really revisit because they didn’t work for me).

Here’s some of the advice:

  • Add a few drops of tea tree oil to shampoo
  • Massage scalp with water and then concentrate shampoo/cleanser on hair. (I do this all the time)
  • Pre-poo with the Aloe Vera plant (this actually caused more itching)
  • Aloe vera gel and warm distilled water. Mix it up and put it on the scalp
  • Essential oils (nothing specific)
  • Try rhassoul clay, honey, rose water
  • Try witch hazel
  • Make a DIY shampoo w/ shikaki/neem/acv with essential oils

Side bar…..

Why I never thought about praying on the issue I don’t know. After all, God said to cast all our cares on Him for He cares for us.

In my mind I guess, it was a small care. That’s ridiculous thinking because God is concerned with the big and the small cares of our life. I digress.

Now for the cure…

I was watching this video by Curly Proverbz (my go to gal for all things herbal) where she shared a recipe for Amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry) & Hibiscus Elixir.

Check it out before you continue:

I realized after watching the video that I have all the ingredients she mentioned, except for the hibiscus flowers. I do have hibiscus powder though, so I subbed with that.

CP mentions in the video that optionally you can add the powder at the end. For me, it was in lieu of the dried hibiscus.

Anywho, I tweaked the recipe to be a smaller batch as well as made a couple of ingredient changes (in bold):

Mix in a large jar and keep somewhere warm

2 tablespoons Amla
2 tablespoons Hibiscus powder
1/2 dropper of vitamin e oil
1/4 cup of Coconut oil
1/4 cup Olive oil
1/2 tablespoon Almond oil
2 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops lavender essential
1 heaping spoons of cocoa butter

*Can add a tablespoon to conditioner or use to seal hair

I used this hair elixir to massage my scalp and seal my hair. I then proceeded to twist my hair. I didn’t think anything of it other than my twists felt very moisturized and shiny.

Juicy moisturized twists plumping up after rope twisting!

It wasn’t until my hair had fully dried that I realized my scalp was not itching! I mean seriously. This is a big deal.

Not one single itch. My scalp was calm. This is life changing.

The fact that I stumbled on this all natural remedy by “accident” I think was actually a gift from God.

You see.. I saw this video when it was first published, nearly a month ago. I put it in the back of my mind but something (or rather someone…thank you Lord) led me to pull out my herbs and DIY my wash day this past weekend. I’m so glad I did.

Benefits of Amla

Amla powder can be purchased here.

Now that I experienced Amla in such a wonderful way, I had to look up the benefits. Here’s what I found:

With incredible healing properties, amla promotes a healthy scalp. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties help with dandruff and other scalp conditions. In addition, the cooling effect of amla helps to relieve redness, irritation, and itchiness, and help with the healing of skin

Source: Hair Buddha,

Potential hair and scalp benefits of amla oil include:

– strengthen the scalp and hair
– reduce premature pigment loss from hair, or greying
– stimulate hair growth
– reduce hair loss
– prevent or treat dandruff and dry scalp
– prevent or treat parasitic hair and scalp infections, like lice infections
– prevent or treat fungal and bacterial hair and scalp infections
– improve overall appearance of hair

Source: Medical News Today

Benefits of Hibiscus

hibiscus powder
Can be purchased here.

Then, I looked up the benefits of hibiscus because it works hand in hand with the Amla in this recipe.


– Strengthens your hair

– Promotes hair growth

– Treats dry, itchy scalp

– Thicker hair

– Makes hair bouncier

– Combat hair loss

The Indian Spot

What about the oils?

Now, you may think the oils were the actual cure for my itchy scalp. Here’s why I don’t think so…

I’ve been using natural oils for years. I used the very oils in the recipe in my hair & scalp in different combinations and still no relief from the itchies. Perhaps it was the combination of the oils WITH those specific herbs.

Regardless of which ingredient is the biggest help, they obviously all work together and I’m so happy to have this new DIY mixture at my disposal. No more itchy scalp yay!

Now, that I’m aware of the potential other benefits I’ll be keeping an eye out to see if my hair experienced any of the others. Stay tuned.

Have you every tried Amla, Hibiscus or Amla & Hibiscus in your hair?

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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