Tea tree oil for hair
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a very commonly used ingredient that has shown promising results in many scientific studies. The oil comes from the leaves of a tree that is found in the Southern areas of Australia. Today, you'll find tea tree oil in a variety of hair care products, as the herb has long been used as a folk remedy for dealing with various problems of the scalp skin. Some of the options available include oils that are applied to wet or dry hair, creams, sprays, shampoos and conditioners. These products tend to combine tea tree oil with other ingredients that offer additional benefits for the hair. You can also find pure tea tree essential oil in liquid form that can be applied directly to the scalp for use as a natural remedy. These products may need to be diluted with water before application, so be sure to read the labels on the packaging carefully.
Uses of Tea Tree Oil for the Hair
Western medical science has begun to study how tea tree oil can benefit the hair and scalp. The oil has the ability to fight fungal infections, leading some researchers to believe that it could help reduce dandruff. Dandruff is a condition in which scalp flakes develop partly due to the presence of a form of yeast on the scalp. Tea tree oil has also been shown to offer benefits for acne and is believed to work by helping to eliminate some of the bacteria that contribute to blemishes. For this reason, some people use tea tree oil products to address acne on the scalp. Another traditional folk remedy for the scalp that involves tea tree oil is the treatment of lice. Some natural practitioners recommend a blend of tea tree oil and lavender oil to deal with infestations. More research is needed to prove that tea tree oil is beneficial for any hair or scalp concern. Tea tree oil is generally considered safe for use on the skin. However, some people are allergic to the oil. It may not be safe for boys who have not reached puberty to use lavender and tea tree oil together. Be sure to check with your doctor before using tea tree oil as a natural remedy for any type of health condition.
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