Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for the Hair

Tea tree oil is an essential oil derived from the leaves of a bushy plant scientifically known as Melaleuca Alternifolia which is native to Australia.  There are plenty of reasons why it has quickly become a popular ingredient in self-care products. 

Tea tree oil is a great alternative to conventional treatments thanks to its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties which help kill bacteria and fungus. Its healing benefits are useful to treat and soothe some common cutaneous conditions such as dry skin, itchiness, inflammation, and even some allergic reactions. Its antiseptic properties are also helpful to combat oily skin (a concentration between 10% - 40% of terpinene is enough).  

Read: 7 Common Causes for Scalp Itchiness

Tea Tree Oil Uses for Hair and Scalp

The anti-inflammatory properties in tea tree oil help relieve itchiness and discomfort as it soothes the skin and treats the infection. 

It can also treat dandruff. by removing any chemical residue and dead skin from the scalp. 

Use it to treat your hair as well, this essential oil is moisturizing and promotes hair growth. Adding it to your hair care routine is a great way to maintain your healthy hair. Look for hair products that contain tea tree oil as one of the main ingredients or create your own hair masks with a couple of drops of essential tea tree oil. 

How to Properly Use Tea Tree Oil

If it’s your first time trying the essential oil on your skin or scalp, do a test in a small area of your skin before applying it overall. 

Do not apply essential oils directly on the skin or scalp; it’s better to dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. Combine 2 drops with one teaspoon of carrier oil and make sure you are using a 100% natural tea tree oil that contains no other ingredients. Store your essential oils in dark, cool, dry conditions, and inside a dark container that seals properly. 

The Hair Routine has tea tree oil as one of the essential ingredients in the Balancing Bundle. Both the shampoo and the conditioner include tea tree oil to promote hair growth and overall hair and scalp health. 


"The oral history of Australian Aborigines also tells of healing lakes, which were lagoons into which M. alternifolia leaves had fallen and decayed over time." 


Carson CF, Hammer KA, Riley TV. Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) oil: a review of antimicrobial and other medicinal properties. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2006;19(1):50-62. doi:10.1128/CMR.19.1.50-62.2006