Lemon to treat dandruff

Dandruff on your scalp is nothing but a fungal infection called malassezia yeasts. Dandruff can cause itchiness on the scalp, hair fall and visible white flakes on the head.

It is embarrassing when the flakes are visible all over your shoulders. There are many shampoos available in the market, but treating it naturally will be the better choice since this would not cause any damage to your hair.

  • It is anti-fungal by nature.
  • Removes dirt and dead skin cells.
  • Balances the PH levels on the scalp.
  • Reduces itchiness and dryness.

Follow the simple instructions in this recipe to prepare the mix using lemon and coconut oil to treat dandruff. Regular usage of this mix on the scalp not only cures and also prevents recurrence.

Research evidence(s)

Evidence 1

The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi. The acidic effect of the juice has high potential to inhibit fungal growth (Glinksy, 2009; Guess, et al., 2003)


Glinksy Vladislav and Avraham Raz, 2009. Modified citrus pectin antimetastatic properties: one bullet, multiple targets. Carbohydrates Research. 28; 344(14):1788-91.

Evidence 2

70-75% effective : The citric acid present within the Lemon juice is most effective in inhibiting Malassezia growth over a short period of time and has the medium stability. (Kumar, 2013)


Kumar, S., 2013. Analysis on the Natural Remedies to Cure Dandruff/Skin Disease-causing Fungus – Malassezia furfur., s.l.: Samanthi Publications.

Evidence 3

Citrus, especially lemon, may be effective against dandruff and other skin problems. It is high in vitamin C, and help to restore the pH balance of the skin. Drops of lemon can be added to an herbal shampoo which also leaves the hair silky and shiny. (Potluri, et al., 2013)


Potluri, A. et al., 2013. A Review On Herbs Used In Anti-Dandruff Shampoo And Its Evaluation Parameters. Indo American Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 

Lemon to treat dandruff – DIY

This remedy is very effective and is simple to follow at home.

  • 3 teaspoons Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice/extract (Use a fresh lemon)
  1. Keep your ingredients ready.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pan for 1 minute.
  3. Let it become warm. Check if it warm enough to apply on the scalp and pour it into a small bowl.
  4. Take a fresh lemon and slice it. Extract the juice by squeezing it and add it to the warm coconut oil.
  5. Mix the oil and lemon juice well.
  6. Use a cotton ball to apply the oil on the scalp. Gently apply and let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes.

Use a mild shampoo or herbal shampoo to wash it off your scalp. Do not use hot water to rinse your hair as it might cause dryness. This remedy can be followed twice a week.

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

3 replies on “Lemon to treat dandruff – DIY”

  • Bhuvana
    August 22, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Good one. I shall try ramya

  • Amit Shrivastav
    September 16, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Its a great website. Hats off to you and your team for uploading all such useful information.

  • Ramya Srinivasan
    September 17, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Thank you so much!

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