Tea tree shampoo contains oil from the Tea tree. It’s been used for many years, coming popular first among Australian Aboriginal population.
It is otherwise known as melaleuca oil, from the leaves of the melaleuca alternifolia, native to Australia.
It was used first as an anti septic and for medicinal purposes, for example in treating the common cold and other viruses.
From about 1920 if became widely used by the cosmetics industry, in shampoos tinctures and skin products.
Tea tree oil is known for its germ killing properties and it has a pleasant minty smell and can be pale yellow to clear in color.
It is of course a completely natural product. Tea tree shampoos are known to have a range of benefits and below are five reasons why you should consider replacing your regular hair care range for a Tea tree shampoo.
You may have, like many people, dandruff, a dry scalp, or perhaps another scalp condition. Tea tree shampoo is very effective in eradicating and treating dandruff due to its anti-fungal properties and it has been used for this purpose by parents for generations.
As well as this, it is a natural moisturizer, which moisturizes your scalp and also clears blockages in your pores to make your scalp healthier.
Research has shown that it can be more effective in treating skin and scalp conditions than chemical based, much more expensive shampoos.
To control head lice
Most children have head lice at some point in their lives and tea tree shampoo can also be used for treating this common but socially embarrassing occurrence.
This is because it actually repels the lice, forcing them out of your hair and off your head, though it should be combined with treatments such as wet combing.
The use of Tea tree shampoo to treat head lice even has academic backing, with Parasitology Research and BMC Dermatology both citing research that suggests that treating head lice with Tea tree oil can actually be more effective than shampoo with chemical active ingredients.
This will be reassuring to parents who do not want to use chemical treatments to treat their child’s head lice, but would rather use a natural remedy.
To leave your hair smelling and feeling fresh
Perhaps the most obvious reasons for using tea tree shampoo is the fact that it smells wonderful, leaving your scalp and hair smelling fresh and also leaving a cooling tingle, which is particularly good for those who have skin conditions which are perhaps itchy.
It has anti-viral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties
Tea tree oil has been used for generations for its anti-viral and medicinal properties. If you have an itchy scalp, Tea tree shampoo can be used to treat this. This is because an itchy scalp is usually the result of fungus, bacteria or a skin condition.
For example, if you have psoriasis, which can be itchy and very irritating, you can use Tea tree shampoo to calm and treat your condition. Likewise, your skin may have small nicks and cuts as a result of either a skin condition or day to day problems. Tea tree shampoo can be used as a natural soother and will prevent any possible infections.
Tea tree oil induces hair growth and prevent hair failing out
Most people, particularly men of a certain age, fear losing their hair, and for a large percentage of people this becomes a reality. However, there are natural products that can put your mind at rest. Research shows that tea tree oil can actually prevent and treat hair loss.
This is because it can be used to unclog hair follicles and nourish the roots of your hair, which can allow your hair to grow again. Likewise, Tea tree oil can actually prevent your hair from falling out in the first place through replenishing the nutrients in the hair that you do you have, keeping it lustrous and shiny.
Though we mentioned male pattern baldness previously, Tea tree shampoo has also been shown to be effective as part of a woman’s hair care regime.
A study conducted in 2002 by the American Academy of Dermatology showed that those who used a 5% concentration of Tea tree shampoo had more moisturized hair, were less itchy, their scalp was less flaky and their hair was generally more lustrous. This was true of both male and female participants in the study.
As you can see, tea tree shampoo has many benefits for your hair and scalp, from being great smelling to its real medicinal benefits and even it’s supposed ability to fight or prevent baldness.
It is a completely natural product, without any chemical nasties, and some see it as a miracle treatment. It is used in salons and in homes across the world for these reasons.