One of the most unwelcome visitors during the winter season can be the itchy dandruff flakes that infest our scalp. From completely natural to store-bought medicines, there are multiple remedies for the condition out there in the market, and each seems to work to varying degrees depending on the severity of the individual’s condition. 

Ginger, also known as adrak, is a common spice in South Asian, particularly Indian, households. Ginger is well-known for being an excellent cure for a variety of health issues in addition to being a popular food ingredient. Because it contains antioxidants, it is effective in combating inflammation in the body. This is why ginger can boost immunity while also enhancing skin quality. Ginger, on the other hand, could be a great beauty ingredient as well. Did you know that ginger can also be used to treat scalp infections and dandruff?

Because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, ginger juice can be used in face and hair masks to treat skin and scalp infections. Ginger juice can help your scalp regain its health and may even aid with itchy scalp and dandruff. It's an age-old therapy for dandruff, so if you're tired of spending money on hair products, give this natural remedy a try. Some people even use ginger juice to prevent hair loss, as dandruff is a common cause of hair loss. Here are 5 Ginger based remedies that you can try out to banish stubborn and itchy flakes from your scalp.

1. Ginger juice/ extract:

A potent ingredient with great antifungal and antiseptic properties, using the ginger extract by itself can be extremely beneficial to get rid of stubborn dandruff. Additionally, the juice provides various other benefits, such as improving the pH level and improving blood circulation of the scalp. The juice can also be mixed with other actives such as lemon juice, to increase the antifungal benefits. 

2. A ginger-based Shampoo/Cleanser:

For those who think applying ginger juice on the scalp might be an overkill, a ginger-based shampoo might be the next best bet. Enriched with the goodness and the typical properties of ginger, the shampoo would not only get rid of the dandruff flakes, but also cleanses the hair of any other dirt and makes the tresses healthy.

3. Ginger juice-infused oil:

Hair oils have always been a tested and proven substance to increase hair health, and is extremely versatile; in the sense that it can be used as a carrier oil for various other ingredients, such as essential oils. Similarly, a ginger-infused oil can help keep dandruff at bay for the longer haul. 

It is as simple as heating some ginger extract along with coconut oil. The oil can be preserved for many days, and using it regularly can ward off dandruff for good. 

4. A ginger-based hair rinse:

We have all heard of, and definitely tested out the immensely popular apple cider vinegar, and rice water hair rinses. But what would be even more effective for dandruff problems, is combining the benefits of apple cider vinegar and rice water with ginger, for an effective scalp rinse, cleansing out all the dandruff from the hair while restoring hair health and shine. 

5. Hair mask:

Hair masks are meant to induce moisture and reduce the effects of pollution and heat damage on the hair. Mixing other active ingredients such as ginger extract can help multiply the effects majorly, such as by combating dandruff. A mask such as this combines dual benefits in one, thereby providing maximum nourishment for the hair from the inside out!

The potent ingredient that Ginger is, one only has to treat their scalp once or twice a week with any of the aforementioned remedies to heal a dandruff-infested, itchy scalp. But if the condition persists, it is probably an indication of severe bacterial infection, and it is best to visit a medical practitioner and consult the condition.