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Beating Dandruff with Tea Tree: Melaleuca for Health and Beauty

Beating Dandruff With Tea Tree: Melaleuca For Health And Beauty

I totally understand why Tea Tree has been called a panacea herb. I’ve used it for everything from household cleaning solutions to curing infections and driving off flus and colds to clearing the air and setting sacred space. Just this week I added a drop of Tea Tree essential oil to the bit of red salve I was putting on my neck and face to help my swollen glands fight off the infection that hit me on Sunday. Not a week goes by in my household without Tea Tree somehow making an appearance.

Where Tea Tree has most surprised me has been in the realm of beauty. I mean, I know tea tree has some pretty powerful healing properties and all, but beauty?

As it turns out, tea tree is good at fighting dandruff, especially the kind that comes from excess systemic candida. Some time ago, my man had been complaining about his dandruff. It had gotten worse after a few stressful months. I’d only just learned that systemic candida can cause a variety of seemingly disparate reaction, including dry and flakey skin, digestive upset, excessive emotional uproar, and a bunch of others. Tea Tree, with its antifungal properties, is one of the recommended topical herbs for bring surface candida back into balance.

“Maybe I should try one of those dandruff shampoos,” my man said.

“Just wait,” I told him. I must confess a certain rather strong and perhaps verging on irrational distrust of both our health and beauty industries; I wasn’t ready to let some conglomerate into my shower unless it was absolutely necessary. “Let me do a little more research. I think I have an herbal with shampoo recipes.”

Sure enough, one of my books did have a recipe for a hair and scalp rinse and suggestions on herbs for dandruff. I modified the recipe to use just essential oils because I knew my man wouldn’t go for using an extra rinse so easily, and I added Tea Tree on the hunch that my man was suffering primarily from candida unbalance.

The next day, I handed him the bottle of scalp tonic. “Put two or three drops on your palms, and massage them into your scalp once a day,” I told him with all the clinical doctoral confidence I could muster so I sounded like I knew what I was doing.

“Okay,” he said. The upswing in his voice told me he was skeptical, but he’d give it at least three days to make a difference.

It’s been two years now that he’s used my scalp tonic, and he’s brought the bottle back for several refills. Dandruff no longer plagues him even when life gets crazy, and Tea Tree has managed to fill a space in my beauty line-up for all eternity.


Read more about Tea Tree in Tea Tree: Liquid First Aid (The Practical Herbalist’s Herbal Folio Book 2)

 or search The Practical Herbalist on Tea Tree to learn more.

Candace Hunter

Candace Hunter is a self-taught herbalist and artist who never, ever practices on guinea pigs in part because her family and friends are generally up to the job. She is co-author of The Practical Herbalist's Herbal Folio series and author of Herbalism for the Zombie Apocalypse. She edits The Practical Herbalist website and Practical Herbalist Press publications. She has also recently entered into the field of podcasting with reckless abandon. Listen to her on Real Herbalism Radio today, see her work at, or find her on Facebook at Candace Hunter Creations.

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