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Peroxide and Borax for Itchy Scalp

Posted by D on 03/13/2008

Hi Ted, my scalp has been itching and burning for about a year now. I have some hair thinning because of this. I was wondering if I could use a borax mix or something to help combat the problem. I want to give up on commercial shampoos all together. Is there a borax and peroxide mix that you can recommend to get rid of the itching and burning. Also what is the difference between 1% and 3% H202. Which is stronger and which should I use. Thanks so much for all of your time and help.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

A borax solution such as one tablespoons in one half or one liter of water could be used as a' mild shampoo. The solution can be stronger to kill the fungus and inflammation by adding 1/2 tablespoon of on sodium carbonate. Fungus are killed better if the solution is alkaline. However, in event the borax you add hydrogen peroxide, a strong remedy it will be 1%, never 3%. A 1% percent used for a long period of time will cause the hair to become orange. Therefore it is best that a borax is mixed with a milder hydrogen peroxide solution of 0.5% instead of 1%. As to what is the differences between a 3% hydrogen peroxide and a 1% hydrogen peroxide, quite simply there is three times more hydrogen peroxide than a 1% solution. Usually it is sold either in 35% or 3% before we actually use it in greater dilution around 0.5 to 1% and this means I must dilute with more water, or otherwise if the solution is too strong, it will cause irritation. The key is to reduce the concentration where it is biologically friendly rather than harmful to the skin or hair. C1= beginning concentration of H2O2 in decimal points Amt1 = beginning amount of water in cc C2 = ending concentration of H2O2 in decimal points Y = The amount of water you should add in milliliters [(C1 x Amt1)/C2] - Amt1 = Y So if you have a 500 cc of 3% H2O2 and wanted to make a 1% H2O2, how much water would you add? [(.03 x 500 cc)/.01] - 500 cc = 1000 cc of water That means you add two parts of water to the 3% H2O2 to make a 1% H2O2, or in simple language 2 bottles of 500 cc of water to a 1 bottle 3% H2O2 solution to make a 1% H2O2 solution. However, I prefer a 0.5% concentration. so how much water would I add with 3% H2O2 as a beginning concentration? [(.03 x 500 cc)/.005] - 500 cc = 2500 cc So this means I would add 5 bottles of water to a 1 bottle 3% H2O2 to make a 0.5% H2O2 concentration to be mixed with a saturated solution of borax to help with my scalp condition for example, or at least used as a weaker shampoo. In the long run, I might take some supplements to help reduce inflammation such as zinc gluconate 50 mg taken perhaps once or twice a week, some selenium 200 or 300 mcg everyday, some vitamin B complex taken about three times a week to help reduce the inflammation. Also a peppermint oil, about 2 drops x 3 times a day acts as like a hydrocortisone to help reduce inflammation too.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

It should be noted that long term alkalizing reduces long term inflammation such as 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water taken twice or three times a day help.

Another natural remedy may also help such as 2 tablespoons of lemon juice plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day also reduces inflammation of the scalp too.


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