What is tea tree oil?

For years, people have been using tea tree oils in their hair and on their bodies. It has been proven as a very powerful source of natural healing and bodily care. When used in the right way, it can play a crucial role in helping you to feel physically healthy and strong. On top of that, it also plays a key role in helping us to combat things like skin infections and acne to combating various inflammatory issues. 

It’s a major source of healing for both body and for our hair. Let's take a look at how tea tree oil can help improve the condition of our hair and scalp.

Tea Tree Oil For Hair: Benefits

Tea tree oil hold a huge range of long-term benefits and positives for our hair especially. If you are looking for a way to use tea tree oil for hair, then you should take a look at this guide here. It will help you to work out which tea tree oil product would work best for you:

  • For one, tea tree oil has been shown to help combat the development of dandruff.
  • It can also help to prevent hair loss, though it might not stimulate hair growth.
  • Could help women with mild hirsutism
  • Tea tree oil can also kill off the build-up of negative chemicals and dead skin.
  • This helps to keep your hair healthy and well moisturised as well, reducing dryness.
  • Helps to clear the scalp of fungal and bacterial infections, helping natural growth.

Tea Tree Oil Side Effects

Like any other kind of essential oil product that you use on your body, you have to be aware of the issues that it could bring up. Though just about every modern tea tree oil product is safe to use on the skin, we recommend being vigilant in how you use it. Some of the side effects that you could have when using tea tree oil include:

  • Tea tree oil can cause skin irritation of the skin if applied too often or if undiluted. If you have sensitive skin especially you must be careful when using this essential oil. 
  • Diarrhea is a common side effect of regular tea tree usage, as well.
  • Some people can suffer from fainting, rashes, and other irritants.
  • Drowsiness and fatigue can be common if you use tea tree oil in excess.
  • Muscle tremors can also happen if you use tea tree oil on a regular basis.

If you have any of the above issues, we would recommend booking an appointment with your doctor. They can then look at your condition and work out what the right course of action is. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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