Tea tree oil is native to the northeastern coast of Australia and has been used for centuries by the indigenous people for its medicinal properties. The oil is distilled from the leaves of the tea tree and has proven to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and healing properties. For this reason, tea tree oil has a long history of treating sickness, being used as a cleanser and antiseptic, and curing infection.
Eventually, tea tree oil made its way west and has since been incorporated into medical and cosmetic treatments for an array of hair and scalp issues ranging from dandruff to acne. Because tea tree oil is a multi-purpose healer, it should be a staple in every family’s natural medicine cabinet.
In particular, an especially effective treatment is using tea tree oil for hair. The oil can be mixed with shampoo, applied directly to the scalp, or diluted in another oil for a more mild treatment. Tea tree oil has been used to treat scalp conditions from dandruff to lice to hair loss and is the perfect natural alternative to the chemically derived products on the market. The following treatments can be made at home or if you’re pressed for time, they can be purchased as well.
As a dandruff treatment:
The scalp condition, dandruff, is usually the result of a yeast called pityrosporum ovale and tea tree oil acts as an anti-fungal to rid the scalp of the yeast and eliminate the signs and symptoms of dandruff. To use tea tree oil as a dandruff treatment it should be diluted so that it doesn’t irritate your scalp more than necessary.
A good mixture for this treatment is:
1. 1 teaspoon tea tree oil
2. 9 teaspoons almond oil (or some mild alternative)
3. Massage the mixture onto your scalp and then wash off with a tea tree oil shampoo (either mixed on your own or purchased)
In addition to treating dandruff, tea tree oil is also safe to use on infants’ heads to treat cradle cap. Again, the tea tree oil must be diluted, but then it can be gently massaged onto the child’s head and then rinsed off after 10 minutes.
To treat head lice:
You can use your own shampoo with tea tree oil added to it for this treatment or you can purchase a tea tree oil shampoo that has the same properties.
1. Wash hair with the tea tree oil shampoo or add 4 or 5 drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo.
2. Comb through wet hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove eggs and nits.
3. Wash any towels you use in tea tree oil to kill any stray lice.
4. Repeat this process every day until you find no more nits in the comb.
To keep hair moisturized:
When the pores on your scalp become blocked by hair care products (including shampoos and conditioners) your oil-producing sebaceous glands become blocked as well. Tea tree oil treatments can remove dirt, oil, dandruff, bacteria, etc. in order to unblock your pores and free up your sebaceous glands to secrete the necessary oil to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
To make this treatment:
1. Use one teaspoon tea tree oil
2. 9 teaspoons olive or almond oil
3. Massage the mixture into your scalp
4. Shampoo and condition as usual
This is the perfect treatment for those who suffer from dry and damaged hair and who would like to restore moisture and shine.
Tea tree oil treatments are great ways to help heal scalp conditions without worrying about the chemical formulas found in most commercial scalp treatments. These tea tree oil for hair treatments can be mixed easily at home or purchased at most natural food locations. Whether you’re looking for a natural cure for dandruff or would simply like to restore the health and shine to your hair, tea tree oil is the answer to your hair and scalp needs.