Tea Tree oil or melaleuca oil is one of those must haves in the medicine cabinet. It hails from Australia where the Aborigines have used it for centuries to treat cuts, burns and wounds. It is one of the most useful oils for first-aid and for the hair and scalp.
Tea Tree Oil Benefits
One of the great strengths of Tea tree oil is its antiseptic properties. It is also antimicrobial, meaning that it can be used for fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Tea tree is a great cleanser and because it is strong, can be used sparingly to good effect.
Tea Tree Oil for Scalp
Although tea tree oil is often used for skin complaints, it has also been found to promote hair growth. When massaged into the scalp, the oil helps to clean out the hair follicles, unplugging them and increasing the circulation. This ensures that the hair is nourished from the root, encouraging the growth of healthy hair.
It helps to clear out product buildup from shampoos, conditioners and dyes Tea tree treats bacterial infections, lice, cradle cap, irritation, allergic reactions and dryness – all things that hamper hair growth. It is particularly useful for remedying dandruff.
Tea Tree Oil for Dandruff
Tea tree eliminates the bacteria that cause the overproduction of skin cells on the scalp which produces the annoying white flakes characterizing dandruff.
Tea Tree Oil mix for Hair
Mix a few drops of tea tree into a tablespoon of carrier oil like jojoba, coconut or olive oil. Massage the mixture into the scalp and leave for about 15 minutes, then shampoo as normal.
How to use Tea Tree Oil in Shampoo:
If you prefer, you can make your own tea tree shampoo by adding 2-3 drops to a small amount of natural shampoo. Wash your hair as usual but make sure you thoroughly massage the scalp area before rinsing.