What is Tea Tree Oil?
This essential oil is derived by steam distillation of leaves and wood of a plant called ‘Melaleuca Alternifolia’ native to Australia. The oil contains over 98 active compounds that are antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
With so many benefits of tea tree oil, it seems we aren’t getting enough of it and are exploring innovative ways to make it a part of our lifestyle practices. Making them an ingredient in our shampoos is one such way to care for our tresses because who has got the time to oil them now!
Best Tea Tree Shampoo
When it comes to choosing the best meal for yourself, would you rather make one at home or prefer a takeaway? Which one do you think is healthy? Which one might have any supposed allergens? Which one would you trust for having prepared with organic ingredients? Considering all the answers to the aforesaid questions, which turns out to be the best option for you? Anyone who knows the reality of restaurant-made food will choose the home-cooked one over it any day.
The same holds for our shampoo. We simply can’t put chemicals on our heads and expect our tresses to be beautiful and healthy. Hair needs love and care. And the best shampoo will be the one made with both of them and some tea-tree oil for fixing all our hair troubles.
Ingredients required for your Tea Tree Shampoo
Tea Tree Oil- This is the star ingredient of our shampoo and an indispensable part of it. It will solve all our hair problems like itching, dry scalp, fungal or bacterial infection, dandruff, fine hair, or lice. The real and organic oil is a clear substance and has a mint-like or camphor-like smell.
Raw Honey- Honey is a natural humectant and adds moisture to the dull and lifeless hair. Additionally, it also carries certain antibacterial properties and is known to be quite effective in killing all the bacteria on the scalp. If possible, use raw honey as all its natural properties are intact.
Apple Cider Vinegar- Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV carries anti-inflammatory properties. It balances the pH level of the scalp as it has more alkaline nutrients. It is best if used unfiltered and untreated.
Aloe Vera- Aloe Vera has been known for its moisturizing properties and will add moisture and volume to your hair.
Filtered Water- Purified or Filtered water to give the shampoo a liquid base. It is important to use water in its purified form as it will discourage the growth of molds and will also be chlorine-free and will be devoid of other salts that are harsh for the hair.
Castile Soap- As the shampoo needs a cleaning agent which shouldn’t be harsh like market-made shampoos, castile soap as a cleanser is the best option as it is safe not only for adults but also for kids.
Steps to make Best Tea-Tree Shampoo at home
- Take a saucepan and heat 1 tablespoon honey. Raw honey has lumps and needs to be dissolved properly to make a shampoo of uniform consistency. To mix all the ingredients with it, honey needs to be smooth and flowy. Keep the flame at the lowest.
- Add 2 tablespoons of ACV and 4 ounces of Aloe Vera gel in the pan. Keep stirring to dissolve all of them.
- Add 1 teaspoon of Castile Soap to the mixture and 3 tablespoons of distilled or purified water.
- Add 10 drops of the tea-tree essential oil
- Stir till all the ingredients are mixed properly and put it off the flame.
- Keep it aside to let it cool.
- Pour the mixture in a BPA-free plastic dispenser bottle for ease of use.
- Refrigerate the shampoo bottle as it might perish outside quickly due to zero preservatives added in it.
Best Tea-Tree Shampoo for major hair problems
The best thing about making your shampoo from scratch is that you can make it address a specific problem that needs an urgent solution. And you can do this with our basic tea tree shampoo too. Let’s eradicate the most common of them from their very roots.
Dandruff has topped the list of major hair problems in the world and is bothering the majority of the population due to pollution and lifestyle changes these days. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective solutions when it comes to relieving itchy scalp and greasiness. As per research published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 5 percent of tea tree oil in any hair care product decreased dandruff by 41 percent. So, make sure to bring the oil’s concentration to 5 percent while making the shampoo if your major concern is dandruff.
Lice are the major problem in children as they toss and turn in the mud while playing. To kill lice, add 1 tablespoon of Olive oil while making the shampoo in the saucepan. Olive oil suffocates the lice and meanwhile reduces the number of already hatching eggs. Be patient as it will take a few washes to get a lice-free head.
For Fine Hair
We all want a head full of hair. So, if thick manes are what you are aiming for, add 10 drops of Rosemary essential oil while making the shampoo in the saucepan. Rosemary oil solves the problem of fine hair and even baldness by increasing blood circulation to the scalp area.
For healthy and shiny hair
If general hair care is your aim and you want to keep your hair healthy and shiny in the long term, add 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk while preparing your shampoo. Vitamin E oil will make our hair grow and keep them healthy and coconut milk will add a sheen to them and make them soft and frizz-free.
All the shampoos these days have failed to stand by their tall claims which have made us all turn to nature. Of late, tea-tree shampoos have become a rage due to their ability to give what they said. You can always choose a market-made tea tree shampoo if you are unable to make one at home. But don’t forget to go for a paraben-free and sulfate-free one. It will have certain preservatives added though. It is undoubtedly choosing the best from various options. But nothing like making an unbeatable version of it.
The biggest gift mankind has ever received is the abundant treasures of nature. And when everything fails to help a child, he always runs to his mother. Mother Nature has always nurtured us when western science and medicine simply can’t. Naturopathy has been there for us since the world existed, relieving our health-related issues. So bringing it to use in addressing our hair-related problems comes with no surprise as this treasure trove has all the magic wands in it. Tea tree oil is one such wand that solves our major hair problems magically.