Tea tree oil, which we have heard more about in recent years, has begun to support treatments especially for skin health. Tea tree oil, which we read about in the ingredients of many cosmetic products, can tea tree oil be used for dandruff? Can you apply tea tree oil to your hair and is it good? The answer to the question is in the details of our news.
Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of a plant called Melaleuca alternifolia, native to New South Wales, Australia. Tea tree oil, which has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, is widely used for both skin and hair health. Tea tree oil does not directly promote hair growth, but it facilitates growth by keeping the scalp healthy. One of the biggest reasons why this oil helps is by unclogging pores and fighting dandruff. While it cleans dirt and dead skin cells from the hair follicles, it also removes excess oil (sebum).
- The moisturizing and antifungal properties of tea tree oil may be effective in relieving some causes of dandruff.
IS TEA TREE OIL GOOD FOR DANDRUFF?
Tea tree oil may help reduce itching, oiliness, and lesions sometimes associated with dandruff. A 2006 study found using a shampoo containing 5 percent tea tree oil with positive results. One existing study found that tea tree oil shampoo provided a 78 percent reduction in microbial growth.
One study showed that shampoo containing 5 percent tea tree oil was effective in reducing dandruff caused by the yeast Pityrosporum ovale (malassezia). Study participants used either tea tree oil shampoo or a placebo for one month. There was a 41% decrease in the severity of dandruff in those who used tea tree oil shampoo.
SO HOW TO USE TEA TREE OIL FOR DANDRUFF?
There are a few ways you can try using tea tree oil to treat dandruff. You can use a shampoo containing tea tree oil. You can add 10 drops of tea tree oil to the shampoo you always use, shake it, then massage your scalp with the shampoo and rinse thoroughly. You can prepare your own shampoo by adding olive oil, coconut milk, vitamin E oil, purified water and baking soda to 5 drops of tea tree oil.