5 Benefits of Tea Tree Oil
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UPDATED APRIL 2017
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Antiseptic – Tea tree oil contains some antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and has been shown to cure some topical infections.
- 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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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!!!
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.
I do enjoy using it in my shampoo as well 🙂
I use tea tree oil all of the time! I actually find the smell of it relaxing!
Haha me too!
i absolutely love tea oil but haven’t ever used to soothe a sunburn, thanks for the tip!
I am a huge fan of all essential oils! Tea tree is one that I use almost every day – it works for everything!
It literally does!
I use tea tree all the time and had no idea it was good for sunburn.
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!!
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!
Tea tree oil is a oil I always keep on hand
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 🙂
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Ketoconazole didn’t work for me either. I love using tea tree oil, especially for acne. It also helps keep lice at bay too.
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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So true! I just started using it at night after taking off my makeup. Seems really nice. It stings though!