Most people know that Tea Tree oil is a natural healing agent and antiseptic for cuts and scrapes but it has many more benefits that just that. This natural cure, Tea Tree oil is extracted from a tree called Melaleuca alternifolia which is found in South Wales, Australia. Natives make an herbal tea using the leaves of the tree and this is where the name came from.
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Tea Tree oil is particularly effective against fungus, bacteria and viruses and can help with many ailments from sore throats to acne to toenail fungus. The uses of this oil are vast but please note it’s not for human consumption.
This wonder oil has great uses for hair and scalp issues that many of us are suffering from including myself. There are several shampoos with tea tree oil in them to for regular cleansing as well as fighting dandruff. I no longer use shampoo and have embraced the Curly Girl Method. Here are just a few of the amazing benefits this essential oil brings to your ailing hair.
Dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis plagues many people and this embarrassing problem can be easily fixed by just a few drops of this anti-fungal essential oil.
Simply pour some shampoo or cowash conditioner in the palm of your hand and add 4 or 5 drops of the oil. Begin shampooing and leave on your head for about five minutes to allow the oil to penetrate and work. Rinse and repeat if necessary.
Before I started the curly girl method, I used this successfully whenever my dandruff problem would rear it’s ugly head (which was once or twice a year). The smell will not linger and this is much better than using those dandruff shampoos that are chocked full with chemicals.
Not just for helping with dandruff is an excellent reason for using it on your scalp; Tea tree oil is also used against head lice and cradle cap. Several studies have shown this oil to help with killing lice in the nymph and adult stages, as well as reducing the number of lice eggs that hatch. This may be great as an addition to a traditional lice treatment to ensure they are gone.
This oil is amazing but it won’t directly give you longer and thicker hair but instead will encourage hair growth by helping to unclog hair follicles and nourish the roots. This will allow for the best environment for healthy hair growth. Massaging the oil in your scalp on a regular basis can be very effective against many scalp issues along with helping with product and environmental build-up our hair is subject to.
Check out this super-charged hair mask using the power of tea tree oil to help stimulate blood flow in your hair and encourage healthy hair growth.
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This oil is great for cleansing the hair without damaging it and being a natural oil only makes it a better choice. As you can see, there are several benefits of tea tree oil for natural hair. What could it do for you?