This may be TMI, but during the winter I often struggle with my scalp getting dry and itchy. I’ve used apple cider vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle in the past, but this winter I’ll be adding tea tree oil to my home remedy as well! Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil both work to relieve dry scalp by reducing inflammation and cleansing away build up, which can dry out your scalp. Getting rid of build up also helps make your hair a lot softer and shinier, so definitely a win-win!
Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil was created when the founders wanted to incorporate essential oils into their lives but were tired of inconsistent quality from the leading brands. As a result, their tea tree oil is 100% undiluted, and without impurities. The bottle also comes with a free eBook that includes over 50 uses for tea tree oil, ranging from skin and hair care to first aid remedies. As the tea tree oil is very concentrated, it is not recommended using it without diluting with a carrier such as water or other oils.
I created my own recipe, and used:
4 parts water
1 part tea tree oil
1 part apple cider vinegar
I added the ingredients to a mini spray bottle, and sprayed mostly on my roots and scalp, about five minutes before hopping in the shower. I then shampooed and conditioned as normal. Both the apple cider vinegar and the tea tree oil are very strong smelling, but I promise you can’t smell anything once your hair dries. After using, my scalp felt less dry and itchy, and my hair was shinier. I’m definitely planning to start using this recipe every few weeks this winter!
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