Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree essential oil is distilled from an Australian tree known as Melaleuca alternifolia. It is antiseptic, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Before you begin using any essential oil, try a small drop on the back of the hand to rule out potential allergic reactions.
- Acne: Dilute tea tree oil with water to create a 5% solution. Apply to acne blemishes daily. Works similarly to benzoyl peroxide but without the drying effects.
- Dandruff: Add 1 to 2 drops of pure tea tree essential oil to shampoo. Lather for about 5 minutes. Rinse and follow with conditioner, if desired.
- Lice: Add to shampoo to create a 1% solution. Can work as well or better than chemical preparations in less than an hour. May take multiple treatments due to the short life cycle of lice.