One of the most popular of essential oils, the Australian Tea Tree Oil
has many benefits and uses.
The oil is is extracted from Melaleuca alternifolia
of the Myrtaceae family.
It should never be taken internally.
Here are some ways to use Tea Tree Oil for your hair
1. Deep clean
Use tea tree oil as a massage oil on the scalp. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil such as almond, olive or coconut oil
in its liquid form, and massage it into your scalp. Wrap your hair up in a towel and leave for some 10 minutes to soak up the full benefits of the oils before rinsing it out.
Apply the oil 2 to 3 times per week to start and then move to once a week.
2. Use warm oil to nourish the hair
For an extra-deep application, blend a few drops of tea tree oil to a carrier oil like almond, jojoba, olive
or coconut oil, and then warm it up on the stove. You want it to be warm but not hot. Once it reaches the right temperature, and you have double checked, massage into your scalp and then quickly wrap your hair in a towel to hold the heat in. Wait 30 minutes before rinsing it out. The heat helps to open up hair follicles.
3. Add Tea tree oil to your shampoo
Add about 10 drops to some 9 ounces of shampoo. Then wash your hair in the normal way while allowing the shampoo and tea tree oil blend to sit in the hair for 5 minutes before rinsing well.
4. Tea tree oil hair mask
Coconut and tea tree oil solution:
- Combine 10 drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of organic, unrefined coconut oil in a small bowl.
- Mix well until the coconut oil becomes liquid, blending both the oils together.
- Massage the mixture into your scalp while avoiding the hair and keeping to just the scalp.
- Leave for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight.
- Rinse well before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
Tea Tree Oil safety
While the oil is considered safe for topical application, it should be diluted first with a carrier oil. You can always test for sensitivity first by performing a skin patch test.