Dandruff is not just annoying but can be somewhat embarrassing too, and getting rid of the white flakes and itchy scalp can be a real pain. Most standard dandruff shampoos contain harsh chemicals, so if you are looking for a natural treatment, adding tea tree oil to your shampoo may be the answer. Tea tree oil is renowned for its anti-fungal properties and is not only useful in maintaining a healthy scalp, but also as treatment for a variety of skin conditions. Tea tree oil may not work for everyone, but it may be worth a try before trying out/ or returning to other treatments. Here’s a bit about tea tree oil and some tips on how to get rid of dandruff naturally:
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is an extract from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant native to Australia and has been used as a topical treatment by the Aborigines for centuries. Tea tree oil can not be sourced from food, it is only a topical treatment and should never be taken by mouth. Tea tree oil is very concentrated and has a strong smell, and a few drops is often enough to make a difference. Tea tree oil is very versatile and common uses include treatment of acne, toenail fungus and athlete’s foot. According to WedMD there’s no established dose of how much to apply, however the following guidelines of how much tea tree oil to add to shampoo is worth taking note of.
How to get rid of Dandruff using Tea Tree Oil
They easiest way to combat dandruff is to add tea tree oil to shampoo. Simply use your standard natural shampoo and add 10 drops of tea tree oil to 250 ml shampoo. This creates approx a 2% solution. You may increase it to 5%, but it’s advisable to take precaution as some people may experience an allergic reaction or possible skin irritation.
Mix shampoo and tea tree oil together and start using it on a daily basis for a few days or a week until you see a noticeable change. To prevent dandruff you may also add a few drops to your everyday natural shampoo and use it on a daily basis. This will help maintain a clean scalp and prevent dandruff from returning.
Livestrong | WebMD
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