Monday, 25 November 2013

Oil it up - Tea Tree Oil

This popular oil has been used for everything from clearing up skin issues to cleaning bathrooms. But what exactly is it, and why has it been called "a medicine cabinet in a bottle"?

Tea tree oil is a steam distilled oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant (Narrow-leaved Tea-tree), native to Australia and has a camphor-like smell. It is known to fight bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It also stimulates the immune system.

A dab of this potent essential oil can be used to treat acne or stubborn pimples, apply some to your cuts and burns to help with the healing process, a few drops in your bath can help you fight cold and flu symptoms, add it to your vaporizer for aromatherapy, to treat sinusitis and chest congestions. Awesome right?! But what does this have to do with hair? I'm glad you asked.

For starters, added to your shampoo, this oil can help treat headlice. Not suffering from headlice? How about dandruff or dry scalp? This oil can be used to treat that too. A great product to have in the winter time when we're in a constant battle with dry hair and scalp. Hair loss an issue? Treat it with tea tree oil. Product build-up but no clarifying shampoo? Add a few drops to your shampoo to wash away build-up from your hair, leaving it super clean.

How to Use

  • Add to shampoo
  • Add to oil blend for scalp massages
  • Add to deep conditioners and pre-poo treatments

*Note - Notice all bullet points start with "Add to..." This is a powerful essential oil , as such it should always be used with a carrier oil or other product. Never use on its own for hair and scalp issues. However for skin issues such as acne, a dab can be used on the spot to treat it. Use sparingly.

Are you a lover of tea tree oil? How do you use it?



  1. Yes I love tea tree oil! I bought it initially to help with my nose piercing healing and had a lot left over. From then on I started to add it to shampoos and to my castor oil to apply to my scalp. I love the soothing feeling it has as well as it's healing capabilities.

    1. Yep, this is the most used essential oil at my home. I use it for my hair, skin, baths, and for cleaning. I love it. By the way, did it help your piercing heal? How long did it take?


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