5 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

5 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for your personal and household needs | Find out how to use this toxic-free, tea tree essential oil to remedy itchy, dry scalp, treat acne, banish bad breath and freshen laundry. Plus a recipe for dandruff treatment that has worked for me!
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5 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for your personal and household needs | Find out how to use this toxic-free, tea tree essential oil to remedy itchy, dry scalp, treat acne, banish bad breath and freshen laundry. Plus a recipe for dandruff treatment that has worked for me!

As summer 2015 gave way to fall/winter, I started to notice that my hair itched more than normal. As a pharmacist, I have counseled and dispensed countless tubes of lice shampoo so I started to worry that maybe one of these patients had somehow transferred lice to me.

 

After inspecting my hair, I noticed I had dry itchy scalp. Whew, what a relief (or so I thought)! I made a quick trip to the pharmacy and bought a bottle of selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue). The thick blue product felt good on my scalp but the effect was short-lived (only 24 hours). Still a little paranoid, I scheduled a medical appointment. I got a prescription for ketoconazole but got no relief. The OTC Selsun Blue actually worked better than the prescription ketoconazole.

 

 

So I turned my attention to natural remedies. I tried lemon juice and it worked but I felt like my head was on fire. I decided to do more research because I loathed the burning effect of lemon juice. I read many positive reviews about tea tree oil that I decided to try it. I bought a small bottle of this essential oil and put it to the test. I mixed a few drops of the product with my shampoo and massaged it into my hair.

5 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for your personal and household needs | Find out how to use this toxic-free, tea tree essential oil to remedy itchy, dry scalp, treat acne, banish bad breath and freshen laundry. Plus a recipe for dandruff treatment that has worked for me!

I waited a few minutes, washed it off and followed the same process two more times. Then, I applied a few more drops to my ORS olive oil and massaged it into my towel-dried hair then I blow dried my hair. For the first time, something worked! Now, I use tea tree oil about 2-3 times a month. The only downsides are the strong fragrance and the price for a tiny little bottle [but hey it costs less than a doctor’s visit].

 

Tip: “For dandruff, psoriasis, or a dry, itchy scalp, mix one part tea tree oil with 10 parts olive oil. Apply to affected area and leave on for about 5 minutes before rinsing.”

 

Here are 5 benefits of tea tree oil:

  1. Sunburn – Because of its non-irritating component, tea tree oil works really well in soothing sunburn. Luckily I do not have to worry about sunburn.
  2. Toothpaste – With its antiseptic properties, it is a no-brainer that tea tree oil can be found as a toothpaste. And it cures bad breath too!
  3. Acne – This should probably be number one on the list. For mild to moderate acne, 5% tea tree oil is just as effective as 5% benzoyl peroxide (popularly used in acne creams) and has fewer side effects.
  4. Antiseptic – Tea tree oil contains some antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has been shown to cure some topical infections.
  5. Freshens laundry – Remember the strong fragrance I talked about earlier? In a diluted concentration, tea tree oil freshens and disinfects laundry.

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Meghan
    May 3, 2017 at 6:53 am

    I used to use that Selsium Blue stuff myself. It only left my hair extremely greasy too. I hated it. I gotta try this tea tree stuff!!!

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    April Kitchens
    May 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Tea Tree oil is like a wonder oil! I use it in my shampoo for this itchy scalp of mine, I also like it for skin issues.

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      Louisa
      May 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

      I do enjoy using it in my shampoo as well 🙂

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    jessica
    May 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    i absolutely love tea oil but haven’t ever used to soothe a sunburn, thanks for the tip!

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    Ashley
    May 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I use tea tree oil all of the time! I actually find the smell of it relaxing!

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    Cori
    May 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    I am a huge fan of all essential oils! Tea tree is one that I use almost every day – it works for everything!

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      Louisa
      May 1, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      It literally does!

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    Julia
    May 1, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’ve always wondered of the benefits of tea tree oil! I only ever use it for acne (diluted) so it’s great to know there are so many other ways to use it!!

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    Sarah Althouse
    May 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

    I use tea tree all the time and had no idea it was good for sunburn.

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    Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    May 1, 2017 at 7:06 am

    I like to use tea tree oil in my skincare, but I didn’t know it helps soothe a sunburn. I try to avoid sunburns, but every once in awhile I don’t apply enough sunscreen or I don’t touch up enough. This is definitely something to keep in mind for when I get them!

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    Candy
    May 1, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Tea tree oil is a oil I always keep on hand

  • Reply
    Ellen
    May 1, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Ketoconazole didn’t work for me either. I love using tea tree oil, especially for acne. It also helps keep lice at bay too.

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    Theresa
    May 1, 2017 at 4:24 am

    This is perfect! I just bought a little bottle of tea tree oil and needed some more ways on how to use it!
    Thank you for sharing 🙂
    Love from Austria,
    Theresa | http://www.primetimechaos.com

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    IN & OUT
    February 28, 2016 at 7:01 am

    nice review

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    MITCH
    February 27, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Couldn't agree more with you about benefits of tea tree! I have been using tea tree water for my face and loving its result 🙂

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    Oh Dear Bumblebees

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      Louisa
      March 1, 2016 at 1:10 am

      So true! I just started using it at night after taking off my makeup. Seems really nice. It stings though!

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