Background: Dandruff is a common scalp disorder affecting almost half of the pubertal population of any ethnicity in both the genders, but more prevalent in the male population between the age group of 20-60 year. Still there is no review has been done systematically on traditional medicinal plants used to treat dandruff. This review was aimed to provide an overview of traditional medicinal plants used to treat dandruff.
Literature Review: During reviewing different databases were used such as Google Scholar, Research Gate and PubMed were searched for published studies on traditional medicinal plants used to treat dandruff in Ethiopia without restriction in the year of publication or methodology. During searching terms were used like “dandruff”, “traditional medicinal plants” and “Ethiopia”. Most papers not figure out medicinal plants used in treatment of dandruff were rejected and excluded.
Results: The searching were produced a total of 150 papers. But, Small papers were suitable for review by included medicinal plants used to treat dandruff and other was not. Based on this a total of thirty nine traditional medicinal plants were reviewed used to treat dandruff. Leaves (56.4%) were the most cited mode of preparation followed by roots (10.26%). In the habit, herbs (41.02%) were mostly cited. Preparations of the remedies were by crushing, pounding and rubbing of fresh materials. The prepared remedy was applied dermal.
Conclusion: In the present review, a total of thirty nine traditional medicinal plants have been identified and recorded for their use in treatment of dandruff in Ethiopia. Herbs and tree found majority of the plants while the commonly used plant part was leaf. Therefore, these medicinal plants are required further study and extraction in detail to treat dandruff in the future.