How to use tea tree oil for dandruff

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Dandruff! It’s one of those things that is more of a bother than a danger. There are a lot of mass-produced shampoos, conditioners and over-the-counter treatments to help get rid of it, but you should know that a great dandruff home treatment can be whipped up right in your kitchen using tea tree oil and a handful of other ingredients! I used to have dandruff back when I had dreads and tea tree oil has worked for both of us!

Essential oils - no matter what you're using them for, quality matters! Here's what you should know.

What Causes Dandruff?

Contrary to popular belief, dandruff is not always the result of a dry scalp. Dandruff can come and go, or it can remain for years as a chronic condition. Dandruff is a skin condition that occurs when new skin cells are produced rapidly, causing the old ones to die and flake away from the scalp. Dandruff can be caused by irritated skin, a chemical imbalance, a compromised immune system or a zinc or B vitamins deficiency. Dandruff is often the result of inflammatory skin conditions like Seborrheic dermatitis or eczema. The good news is that it can usually be remedied.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia. Melaleuca, a plant native to Australia. Crushed leaves are used for their medicinal properties to treat cuts, scrapes and burns. Tea tree leaves contain natural antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. The healing effects of the oil in the Melaleuca leaf is what is ultimately used to help people control and eventually get rid of their dandruff.

Tea tree oil is very potent. A few drops will usually meet medicinal requirements, especially when it comes to applying tea tree oil to your skin. There are several ways you can go about using tea tree oil to eliminate dandruff.

  • Create your own tea tree oil shampoo. Add about 15 drops of tea tree oil to a full-sized bottle of mild, unscented shampoo and wash with it daily for a month. This mixture of tea tree oil and regularly cleaning your hair and scalp will help to remedy dandruff, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Dab a little tea tree oil on your scalp. Using a cotton swab, dab a bit of tea tree oil directly onto the scalp in the affected areas. Doing this regularly will reduce the amount of dandruff present in the targeted areas.
  • Give yourself a warm oil treatment. Mix 8 drops of tea tree oil with 2 oz. of a non-clogging carrier oil such as jojoba, grape seed, extra virgin olive, almond or mineral oil. Warm the mixture, apply it to your scalp and allow it to remain overnight. Rinse hair in the morning and repeat the process once a week until the dandruff has been cured.

Give tea tree oil a try if you want to get rid of dandruff for good with something that is all natural.


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  1. Sarah @ Natures Nurture

    Great post! I actually need this right now for hubby and can’t stand buying the commercial dandruff shampoos. I knew tea tree oil was good for dandruff, but wasn’t sure exactly how to use it. Thanks for the tips!

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