Use of Tea Tree Oil

I just wanted to talk a little bit about tea tree oil (melaleuca). I love the smell of tea tree oil and have been using this essential oil diluted in carriers such as Olive Oil and more recently Grape Seed Oil. Some of it’s benefits are said to be relief from dry scalp and scalp itch.

I have always had an issue with both dry scalp and scalp itch, and so recently I decided to try cutting back on a lot of my hair oils to see if there was a particular product that was causing this. So I stopped using tea tree oil for about 6 months, and noticed a decrease in the scalp itch. Sadly, this last cycle, I reintroduced tea tree oil back into my hair regimen and now the scalp itch is back with a vengeance.

I’m not sure why this is the case. But I’m thinking that it may be caused by one of 2 things: using too many drops of the highly concentrated tea tree oil, or an allergic reaction.

I am hoping that I am misusing the tea tree oil and am not actually allergic to it. I love the smell of the product, and I love to use it as a natural preservative for my homemade oils.

Let me know if you have any thoughts or solutions for this problem. *tear*