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How to Add Tea Tree Oil to Shampoo

Tea tree oil comes from the Melaleuca tree, a tree found in Australia. This oil has both antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is good for a variety of skin and scalp conditions. Tea tree oil relieves itchy rashes due to dandruff or seborrhoea, while healing the scalp. While you can purchase tea tree oil shampoos and hair care products, you can also make your own tea tree shampoo to treat a range of hair and scalp issues from dandruff to lice.

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  1. Open an 236ml bottle of shampoo. Use your favourite shampoo or a mild, tears-free baby shampoo if you'll be using your tea tree oil shampoo on children.

  2. Fill the eye dropper one-third of the way with tea tree oil concentrate. This will probably be more than is needed but will make it easier to squeeze the oil from the dropper.

  3. Hold the oil-filled eye dropper over the open bottle of shampoo. Squeeze out four drops of tea tree oil into the shampoo bottle. Squirt the remaining tea tree oil back into the oil container.

  4. Replace the lid on the shampoo bottle and shake up the shampoo and tea tree oil to mix. Shake the bottle before each use, as the oil may separate from the shampoo. Use the shampoo as you normally would.

  5. Tip

    Rub tea tree oil cream or ointment directly onto dry scalp or scalp irritations. You can also use tea tree oil cream or ointment on cuts, burns, skin infections or bug bites


    Tea tree oil concentrate is very strong and shouldn't be applied directly to the skin or scalp as it can cause irritation.

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Things You'll Need

  • 236ml. bottle shampoo
  • Eye dropper
  • Tea tree oil concentrate

About the Author

Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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