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Hair and Skincare Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca Alternifolia. It is commonly known as the narrow-leaved paperbark and narrow-leaved tea tree.

It's a tall flowering shrub or tree of the Myrtaceae family that is native to Australia. The long, narrow leaves of the tea tree possess prominent oil glands from which tea tree oils are extracted. 

According to  Ever Green, aborigines of Australia were the first to use the leaves as medicine, crushing them and applying them to skin infections and bug bites. Other uses involved chewing or boiling the leaves and inhalation of the steam to relieve headaches or respiratory ailments.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that research was done regarding tea tree oil’s medicinal effects. A study into the oil’s antiseptic effects revealed that it was 11 times more potent than the medical gold standard antiseptic currently in use (Carson, et al. 2006).

Among the numerous uses of tea tree oil is to keep the health of your skin, hair, and nails. In addition to its scientifically validated properties, tea tree oil is affordable and safe when used according to instructions. While research and reviews suggest that tea tree oils really have health benefits, the FDA doesn’t monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. It’s vital to talk with a healthcare professional before you begin using essential oils and be sure to research the quality of a brand’s products. Always do a patch test before trying a new essential oil.

Haircare Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

A small amount of diluted tea tree oil, When applied to the hair shaft will help prevent the buildup of impurities and dead skin cells—keeping your hair healthy and moisturized, thus helping it grow at its normal rate while preventing it from falling out.

According to  Healthline, “dandruff is caused by an accumulation of scaly, dry skin on your scalp. If left untreated, the dead skin buildup could ultimately hinder hair growth. A shampoo containing tea tree oil can provide both antifungal and antibacterial benefits. This means it will get rid of what’s causing the dead skin on your scalp.”

In a  study conducted by Satchell, et a. 2022, researchers investigated the effectiveness of using a shampoo containing 5 percent tea tree oil on 126 participants. The study ran for four weeks. Results showed that even 5 percent of tea tree oil in the product caused a 41 percent improvement in dandruff. The participants also said the shampoo improved the itchiness and greasiness of their scalps, and they had no adverse effects.

Additionally, according to Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist, owner of product development firm  Grace Kingdom Beauty, and founder of lip care brand Fan Love Beauty, tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, which means it can also relieve other itchy conditions of the scalp, such as seborrheic dermatitis. It has potent antioxidants, which can help alleviate the redness, itching, and pain that can accompany conditions of the scalp.

While according to  Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at Cornell, tea tree oil can also contribute to new hair growth. A healthy scalp is essential to new hair growth. Tea tree oil's relationship with hair growth is not a direct one, but improving overall scalp health can foster a healthy environment for the hair to grow.  Morgan Rabach, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of LM Medical, adds that there is some evidence that it may help improve scalp health and reduce dandruff, which does, in turn, allow hair to be its healthiest.

Tea tree oil may benefit anyone who has dandruff or other scalp issues. It is suitable and safe for all hair types and textures, but it can be irritating, so people with sensitive skin should exercise extreme caution when using it.


SUMMARY: Tea Tree Oil helps prevent the buildup of impurities and dead skin cells in the scalp, keeps hair healthy and moisturized, helps prevent hair loss and dandruff, soothes and relieves itchiness, prevents greasiness of the scalp, stimulates hair growth, and helps improve overall hair and scalp health.

Skincare Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a well-known remedy. It treats a wide range of conditions and provides numerous skin benefits. The vast majority of people can use and handle it well. According to  Everyday Health, “tea tree oil is available as a pure essential oil. It may also be used in personal-care products, particularly those that aim to prevent or reduce acne, including cleansers, toners, body washes, gels, lotions, and other treatments. But a word of warning: Never ingest tea tree oil, because it's poisonous if swallowed, according to the  National Capital Poison Center, Tea tree oil should be applied topically, never swallowed. 

Tea Tree’s anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin. While helping reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling. An article published by  Healthline mentioned that tree oil reduces inflamed skin due to skin sensitivity to nickel. Its reference study used pure tea tree oil on the skin but it’s usually advised that you dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil before applying it to the skin. Meanwhile, the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil make it an effective wound healer.

According to a  2013 study, “tea tree oil helps to heal wounds caused by bacteria. Nine of the 10 people who used tea tree oil in addition to conventional treatment showed a decrease in healing time compared to conventional treatment alone.” Tea tree oil is also one of the most popular choices for treating acne as it possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps calm redness, swelling, and inflammation while helping prevent and reduce acne scars, thus giving you smooth, clear, and healthy skin.

Tea tree oil also helps prevent insect bites. Infused with antiparasitic properties, tea tree oil not only repels mosquito and other bug bites, but the anti-inflammatory and healing properties help calm and soothe freshly bitten skin. Additionally, this potent essential oil also helps with athlete's foot. According to  Mayo Clinic, “a tea tree oil cream, applied twice daily for one month, has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms of athlete's foot.

Meanwhile, according to  Medical News Today, “fungal infections are a common cause of nail abnormalities. They can be difficult to cure. One study compared the effects of a cream comprising both 5 percent tea tree oil and 2 percent butenafine hydrochloride (a synthetic antifungal) with a placebo. After 16 weeks, the nail fungus was cured in  80 percent of people. None of the cases in the placebo group was cured. Another study showed tea tree oil is effective in eliminating nail fungus in the laboratory. However, this research does not definitely show that the tea tree oil component of the cream is responsible for the improvements experienced, so  further research is needed.”


SUMMARY: Tea Tree Oil alleviates and relieves painful and irritated skin, helps reduce redness, itchiness, swelling, and inflammation, treats and manages acne, helps prevent insect bites, calms and soothes freshly bitten skin, and helps fight against nail fungus. 

Derma-Nu’s  Tea Tree - Infused Skincare Products

Natural Solutions for a Wide Range of Skin Conditions

1. Tea Tree and Mint Anti-Fungal Therapeutic Soap

Smell fresh, feel invigorated & achieve healthy skin naturally! Whether you are working up a sweat in the gym, at work, or simply going about your day, having an active lifestyle can contribute to unwanted odors and bacteria causing irritations on your skin, feet, and nails. Derma Nu’s Anti-Fungal Therapeutic Soap will help combat those pesky germs! Infused with a custom blend of cooling and soothing essential oils and active fungus-fighting ingredients including tea tree oil, this antifungal soap & body wash will help you achieve healthy skin while smelling fresh!  #1 Natural Body Wash recommended by athletes!

Key Benefits

  • Helps wash away fungi and bacteria that cause skin irritations
  • Helps with athlete's foot, jock itch, toenail and nail fungus, and  more
  • Soothes dry, itchy skin while helping eliminate body odor
  • With a therapeutic scent suitable for men and  women
  • Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

How To Use:

Derma-Nu Antifungal Soap can be used on the feet and body. Apply to hands, sponge, or cloth, moisten with water and wash. Rinse off and follow with any of our moisturizing creams.

2. Tea Tree & Mint Therapeutic Foot Oil

No more itchy, dry skin and turn stinky feet into clean, fresh feet! After a long day on your feet, kick back, put your feet up & massage them with  Derma-Nu’s Therapeutic Foot Oil for a reparative & refreshing treatment. Infused with a premium blend of skin-loving botanicals & essential oils, including Tea Tree Oil, this Therapeutic Foot Oil provides nutrient-enriched relief from foot odor, foot & toe fungus, athlete’s foot, itchy, dry skin, skin irritation  & other skin conditions commonly associated with active lifestyles. By naturally eliminating the fungus & bacteria that commonly cause foot & toe problems, this responsibly sourced Foot Oil will turn stinky feet into clean, fresh feet! Free of harmful chemicals, artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. Made in the USA.

Key Benefits

  • Provides nutrient-enriched relief from foot and toe problems
  • Menthol provides soothing icy relief for tired feet
  • Soothes and nourishes dry, itchy skin
  • Protects feet against fungus and bacteria
  • Helps prevent foot and toe odor

How To Use:

For use on your feet or body. Pour a small amount onto your fingertips or palm and apply evenly to desired areas. As an additional treatment, first, wash with Derma-Nu Foot & Body Soap or use Derma-Nu Therapeutic Foot Soak.

3. Tea Tree & Mint Therapeutic Lotion

Nutrient-enriched relief from all skin-related discomforts! Having itchy, irritated, or dry skin can be quite the pain. Here at Derma-Nu, we make our  Tea Tree & Mint Therapeutic Lotion to help return skin to its natural glory. Infused with natural ingredients & enriched with nature’s best essential oils, including eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint & coconut, you can now soothe & hydrate your skin naturally. This Therapeutic Lotion is your natural defense against skin issues & irritations commonly associated with an active lifestyle. Formulated with odor-killing botanicals, this daily moisturizer will make stinky feet & body odor a thing of the past! Free of harmful chemicals, artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. Responsibly sourced & 100% made in the USA.

Key Benefits 

  • Provides nutrient-enriched relief from daily skin-related discomforts
  • Helps eliminate and prevent foot and body odor
  • Helps eliminate fungus and bacteria that cause skin conditions
  • Helps with athlete's foot, toe fungus, body acne, dermatitis, etc.
  • Helps moisturize the skin to keep it soft, smooth and hydrated 

How to Use:

Can be used all over your body. Dispense a small amount onto your fingertips or palm, and apply evenly to desired areas. As an additional treatment, first, wash with Derma-nu Therapeutic Soap, and use our Therapeutic Oil for direct spot treatment.


4. Tea Tree & Mint Therapeutic Aloe Vera Gel

    Achieve moisturized, hydrated &  healthy skin & hair with  Therapeutic Aloe Vera Gel! Infused with nature’s finest therapeutic herbs & essential oils, including Tea Tree, Willow Bark, Peppermint, Witch Hazel, Eucalyptus & Oregano, this Pure Organic Therapeutic Aloe Vera Gel will help you achieve healthy & moisturized hair & skin. Derma-Nu’s Aloe Vera Gel provides nutrient-enriched relief from a wide array of skin conditions, including sunburn, itchiness, inflammation, rashes, bug bites & more. It also helps you achieve a dandruff-free scalp.  You will love its thick consistency, quick-absorbing properties & cooling & hydrating effects on your face, hair & body. Free of harmful chemicals, artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, or preservatives. Responsibly sourced & 100% made in the USA.

    Key Benefits:

    • Soothes & relieves sunburns, itchiness, inflammation, and more
    • Nourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes face, body, and hair
    • Strengthens hair strands while helping prevent dandruff
    • Helps promote hair growth while deeply cleansing oily hair
    • Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin

    How to Use:

    Can be used all over your body. Dispense a small amount onto your fingertips or palm, and apply evenly to desired areas. As an additional treatment, first, wash with Derma-nu Therapeutic Soap, and use our Therapeutic Oil for direct spot treatment.

    Derma-Nu’s Takeaways

    Derma-Nuis a line of organic and natural skincare products, formulated with the most medically advanced and clinically proven ingredients available. An effective merging of active natural & organic plant and flower extracts works together to repair and beautify the skin.

    Each of our skin treatments has the maximum percentage possible of active ingredients, potent plants, organic ingredients, and 100% natural essential oils, this guarantees potency, purity, efficacy, and profound results. Whether you are looking to restore firmness, heal sun damage, increase hydration, minimize wrinkles, smooth texture, nourish, increase skin brightness, even out skin tone or just maintain beautiful, healthy skin,  Derma-nu Skin Care products are for you.



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