Civilisations have used plant extracts for several years for their medicinal properties. They are often used as an alternative for allopathic medicine. Tea tree oil comes under these; derived from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, it is an essential oil that has been used for ages but has recently become popular.
Tea tree oil for hair helps with ailments such as cradle cap, acne, contact dermatitis, etc. The oil is also used for getting rid of head lice and dandruff; and provides the user with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal benefits. The tea tree oil also helps keep the hair clean, healthy, prevents hair loss and free of dandruff.
Promotes hair growth and Prevents hair loss:
Researchers say that hair loss occurs due to reduced circulation of blood. Tea tree oil elevates the circulation of blood, which helps get rid of toxins.
Tea tree oil also makes your hair strong, clean and healthy. The improved scalp health makes the follicles more receptive to nutrition, and the unclogged pores help promote unhindered hair growth.
Tea tree oil also has antifungal properties and protects your head against fungi that cause dandruff. Excess dandruff causes extreme itching, which can harm the scalp and can lead to inflammation in the hair follicles, causing hair loss.
Helps Prevent Lice:
Hair lice are caused by unhealthy scalps and transfer from one scalp to another. They suck blood from your scalp, resulting in inflammation and itchiness. Tea tree oil is an insecticide as it has elements like 1,8-cineole and terpinene-4-ol that kill hair lice. And it also provides relaxation from the discomfort caused.
How To Use:
Deals With Dry Scalp:
Add the tea tree oil for hair to your shampoo ( 8-10 drops of oil in 250 ml of shampoo). Massage the mixture onto your scalp and let it sit for at least 3 minutes before rinsing it off. You can also use shampoos that contain tea tree oil and are effective against dandruff and keep your head and hair healthy and moisturised.
For an itchy scalp
Add 8-10 drops of tea tree oil with 1-2 tablespoons of unrefined coconut oil, mix well; then apply this on your head and massage it in. Let it sit for some time, and then shampoo as normal.
Another option is if you want, you can also add a tablespoon of olive oil and three drops of both tea tree oil and peppermint oil to warm water. Massage this mix onto your scalp after shampooing, allow it to sit for 30 minutes, and wash it off with shampoo.
For the overnight treatment, create a mixture of carrier oils such as almond oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil (for every 250 ml of the mixture add in 10-15 drops of tea tree oil). Mix this well and massage evenly on your scalp. do this for several minutes and let the mixture stay overnight. Wash it off with shampoo as per usual in the morning.
Tea tree oil is an extremely effective way to get rid of dandruff, prevent hair loss and get luscious and healthy hair. Before use, test it on your skin in case of a reaction. If you have an allergic reaction, see a doctor immediately.
If there are no reactions, start using tea tree oil every day.