- When It Comes to Tea Tree Oil, Quality is Queen
- Organic Tea Tree Oil Works from Skin to Scalp
- Tea Tree Oil For Skin Blemishes and Inflammation
- Tea Tree Oil Can Help Promote Luxurious Locks and Soothe Itchy Scalps
- How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Hair and Scalp
- Introducing B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil
- Tackling Scalp Psoriasis – The All Natural Way
- Tips for removing psoriasis scales on the scalp
- All natural treatments for scalp psoriasis
- hat I have learned about scalp psoriasis & natural treatments
- How to identify and treat scalp psoriasis
- Psoriasis can lead to hair loss in African Americans if left untreated
- African Americans Often Get Misdiagnosed
- Psoriasis Can Cause Hair Loss
- What Works for Natural Black Hair?
- Beautiful Hair Is Possible With Scalp Psoriasis: Blogger Christine Patrice Shares Her Tips
- Scalp Psoriasis and Hair Care: OTC and Prescription Treatments
- A Natural Regimen for Christina Patrice and Scalp Psoriasis
- Is Tea Tree Oil Good For Psoriasis?
- How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 1. Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 2. Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 3. Tea Tree Oil And Almond Oil For Psoriasis
- 4. Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 5. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 6. Tea Tree Oil Shampoo For Psoriasis
- Precautions To Take
- Top 3 Essential Oils to Help Treat Psoriasis
- How do I use tea tree oil to treat psoriasis?
When It Comes to Tea Tree Oil, Quality is Queen
Tea tree oil comes from the Australian-native melaleuca alternifolia plant from which the illustrious Captain James Cook brewed a tea back in the 1770s. Cook dubbed this shrub-like tree the “tea tree,” which, as you can probably guess, is how the plant’s oil came to be known as tea tree oil. As it turns out, this natural antimicrobial was already being used by the Australian Aboriginal indigenous population to treat all kinds of issues — a fact that Cook soon discovered. Tea tree oil has had a long and storied past, which has led to many extensive studies of its natural antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties.
You probably already know that you can find tea tree oil in most health food stores, but many of these inexpensive products are extracted from traditionally grown (non-organic) tea tree plantations where the use of pesticides and other chemicals is widespread. These store-bought tea tree oils may even be sourced from genetically modified species of the tea tree and are often mixed with other oils and compounds. Unfortunately, these types of inferior, genetically altered and adulterated strains do not offer the same healing benefits as pure, organic tea tree oil. So, when you’re buying tea tree oil, it’s important to find the most potent and pure, highest-quality extract you can find.
Another important purchasing consideration is the method by which the tea tree oil is extracted. The highest quality tea tree oils are extracted via a steam distillation process: tea tree leaves are harvested, chopped and then placed in sealed stainless steel stills. Once inside, the leaves are steamed for many hours. As the oil mixes with the steam, it runs through a condenser and then into a special chamber that separates the oil from the water. This steam distillation process, while time-consuming, is the best way to extract tea tree oil of the highest quality.
Organic Tea Tree Oil Works from Skin to Scalp
Having a bottle of pure, organic, steam-distilled tea tree oil on hand means you have access to an array of healing benefits for both the skin and scalp. One small bottle is a virtual powerhouse of soothing, healing oil, but it’s always a good idea to do a patch test before putting any essential oil on your face, scalp or large areas of skin. And, as with all other essential oils, we recommend you always dilute tea tree oil with a carrier oil before use.
Here are steps for conducting a tea tree oil patch test:
- First, dampen a sterile cotton swab with water, then apply 1-2 drops of tea tree oil onto the swab.
- Apply the diluted tea tree oil to the inside of the arm.
- Leave the oil on for 24 hours
- If you notice any burning, redness or irritation over the course of the 24 hours, wash the area with mild soap and water.
- If you do not experience any kind of allergic reaction, you are safe to use diluted tea tree oil on the skin and scalp.
- Note: Never ingest this oil internally.
Tea Tree Oil For Skin Blemishes and Inflammation
Spots, blemishes, zits, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, pimples — whatever your skin issue, we all have the same goal: to eradicate them! Reducing skin blemishes is one of the most well-documented tea tree oil uses. One clinical trial of 60 patients with mild to moderate inflamed lesions concluded that topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate blemishes. Another study of 124 blemish sufferers showed that 5% tea-tree oil had a significant effect in ameliorating patients’ blemishes by reducing the number of inflamed and non-inflamed lesions. Tea tree oil is the real deal.
Before we talk further about using tea tree oil for skin blemishes, let’s talk about what a blemish is: nothing more than a clogged, infected sebaceous (aka oil) gland. And, with 2,500 to 6,000 of these glands occupying each square inch of your face, the chance of a blemish popping up is pretty high. It stands to reason that unblocking and disinfecting the oil glands of your face can help treat existing blemishes and may even reduce the likelihood of future breakouts.
The truth is, when you use tea tree oil for your skin, blemishes don’t stand a chance. That’s because one of the ways in which tea tree oil benefits the skin and reduces blemishes and redness is by getting past the skin’s outer layer where it is able to unblock clogged sebaceous glands. Dirt, oil and pus are eradicated by this essential oil’s potent antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. All you need to do is apply a small amount of diluted tea tree oil for blemishes to give up and run for the hills. Use a sterile cotton swab to apply it wherever pimples most often appear (like your chin) and let it dry out those spots while cleaning your other pores as well.
Tea Tree Oil Can Help Promote Luxurious Locks and Soothe Itchy Scalps
Okay, so you’re surely convinced that tea tree oil for skin blemishes is legit. But now we’re going to blow your mind because tea tree oil benefits hair fullness as well. You read that right, tea tree oil’s ability to unclog and disinfect pores doesn’t end with your face. When applied to the scalp, this oil actually promotes hair fullness by helping to unclog hair follicles and nourish roots which helps your hair to reach its full potential.
Okay so maybe longer, flowing locks are not the only scalp concern on your radar. Perhaps you suffer with an embarrassing scalp itch that leads to flaking — directly onto the shoulders of that sophisticated black blazer you’re wearing (gulp!). Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for: Tea tree oil uses include soothing scalp irritation and mitigating scalp flaking. Tea tree oil deeply moisturizes the hair and scalp, greatly reducing dryness, flakiness and itchiness. In fact, a study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that a 5 percent tea tree oil mixture appears to be effective and well tolerated in the treatment for flaking. So you’re going to want to get this little miracle oil in your hands (and on your head) fast.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Hair and Scalp
So it’s no secret that tea tree oil benefits both hair and scalp… but what is the best way to apply this essential oil for maximum effect? The first method is to dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (as outlined earlier in this article) and massage into your scalp. You may rinse after 10-15 minutes, or, for a deeper treatment, leave on overnight and wash in the morning.
The second (and our preferred) method is to create your own tea tree oil shampoo. Simply pour a generous dollop of your favorite Briogeo shampoo into your hand, add 2-3 drops of pure, organic tea tree oil, then shampoo and rinse hair as usual. If you have significant scalp itching and flaking, we recommend doing a tea tree oil application two to three times per week. Once your scalp has calmed down, you can reduce to once a week.
Introducing B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil
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Our B. Well organic + Australian 100% tea tree oil is not only sustainably harvested, ethically sourced and cruelty-free, but is also non-GMO and, of course, 6-free: meaning no silicones, harsh sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial dyes and DEA. Order this essential oil today and receive 10% off your first order. Your skin and hair will thank you!
Tackling Scalp Psoriasis – The All Natural Way
One of my first memories of having psoriasis was getting my head shaved at 5 years old because the psoriasis was so thick in there.
Psoriasis flare-ups on the scalp can be really frustrating and it heightens your sense of self-consciousness because you can’t hide it like you can on your arms and legs. One of the first things you can do is take a deep breath and know everything’s going to be ok. Another is – don’t hide under a hat. I have tried hundreds of natural treatments over the years; some worked; some didn’t.
Tips for removing psoriasis scales on the scalp
Scalp psoriasis can be really itchy and sweating only irritates it. Sometimes when flares are bad, it will creep down onto your neck, forehead and even ears. When an outbreak occurs the best thing to do is to remove the thick scales gently from your scalp and surrounding area. This allows the treatment to penetrate the skin and moisturize the affected area. The main key when removing the scales is to keep the surface area moist. You need your scalp to be hydrated with moisture to effectively remove the scales and begin treatment.
When removing the thick scales from your scalp you have a few options. You can opt for a non-natural approach that uses products that contain active ingredients that will break down the skin flakes. There are so many products on the market these days. However, there have been many natural treatments that help do the same thing but without the chemicals. I would like to introduce some natural options that I have tried over the years with much success and I know other people with psoriasis who have tried this too.
All natural treatments for scalp psoriasis
Why try a “no chemical” approach? Mainly because certain hair types can’t withstand the harshness of acid-laden shampoos and tars. The more you use them, the less effective they become. Natural treatments and remedies won’t cause hair to break or become damaged and they seem to have long-term benefits. You can always play around with natural treatments and see which combination works best for your scalp.
Vitamin E, Aloe and Essential oil
I am now using vitamin E, aloe, and essential oil. You combine (depending on the number of scales) 1-2 teaspoons of vitamin E and 1-2 teaspoons of natural aloe vera and then mix in your favorite essential oil (preferably one good for psoriasis) like lavender, geranium, frankincense or rose. You can use avocado oil or almond oil in place of vitamin E oil but you most definitely need an oil to lock in the moisture.
Tea Tree oil is effective against psoriasis when purchased in 100% pure concentration. Don’t be fooled by products that use menthol to replicate the natural smell of tea tree. While tea tree is great for treating and preventing infection and clearing the scalp, it may need to be used in combination with another treatment to remove scales. Coconut oil is a natural antiseptic and is a great moisturizer for the skin.
Henna is one of those amazing natural ingredients that many psoriasis sufferers don’t know about or haven’t tried. You should combine the henna, water and coconut oil to create a hair and scalp mask that will sit on your scalp for 1-4 hours depending on how bad your flare is. Rinse it out and repeat it when necessary. You’ll notice a big difference once you start to use it.
Banana peels have been surprisingly effective when treating a psoriasis outbreak. You take the inside of the banana peel and rub it on the affected area. Repeat this course of action 3-4 times in one day. Continue for 2-3 days in a row and see how your skin looks after trying this remedy.
hat I have learned about scalp psoriasis & natural treatments
- Stress is one of the main causes of outbreaks, less stress will definitely help in reducing flares and the severity of flares.
- Stay away from dandruff shampoos, my experience is that they would irritate my scalp and psoriasis. They cause more itching and flakes.
- Drink plenty of water. This may sound repetitive but you simply must stay hydrated when you have psoriasis.
- Keep your scalp hydrated with oils like vitamin E, coconut or avocado oil.
- Watch what you eat and make sure you’re eating healthy oils in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to keeping your skin and scalp healthy.
I hope you’ll give the natural scalp treatments for psoriasis a try. Combine remedies and find a customized solution that works best for you. My scalp has been free from psoriasis for over 10 years now!
How to identify and treat scalp psoriasis
While scalp psoriasis shares many of the same symptoms as psoriasis on other parts of the body, the presence of head hair can make it more challenging to treat.
For example, it is more difficult to apply topical medications directly to the skin on the scalp.
Historically, lotions could make a person’s hair feel greasy and unpleasant. However, modern treatment products use different methods of application, as people are more likely to adhere to medications that do not have unpleasant side effects. These products include sprays, gels, and foams.
The best way to manage scalp psoriasis is to apply medication according to the instructions of a healthcare professional.
According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, the initial treatment of scalp psoriasis will typically involve shampoos and other topical treatments.
If a person’s psoriasis does not respond to these treatments or they have moderate-to-severe psoriasis elsewhere on their body, the doctor may also prescribe systemic or biologic medications. These drugs target the underlying cause of a person’s psoriasis rather than just providing symptom relief.
Many people use coal-tar shampoo to treat scalp psoriasis. However, researchers do not know how effective this is because they have not yet conducted any double-blind studies. One article reported that coal-tar treatments for psoriasis were not significantly more effective than a placebo.
According to research, the most effective treatment options for scalp psoriasis include topical corticosteroids, clobetasol propionate shampoo, and vitamin-D derivatives.
Applying corticosteroids directly to the scalp is the treatment that doctors most commonly prescribe for scalp psoriasis. It is usually highly effective.
The medication is available in many different forms, including creams, ointments, gels, foams, sprays, and shampoos.
Clobetasol propionate shampoo
Shampoo medications are more convenient than other topical medications. However, research has only shown some psoriasis shampoos to be effective.
The active drug in clobetasol propionate is a corticosteroid, which is highly effective in the management of psoriasis symptoms.
Shampoo with a 0.05-percent concentration of clobetasol propionate is an effective treatment for many people. In a small-scale randomized control trial, 85 percent of people with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis of the scalp found that they were free or almost free of symptoms after 4 weeks of using a clobetasol propionate spray twice a day. In comparison, only 13 percent of people in the control group had these results.
Clobetasol propionate shampoo may also reduce the likelihood of scalp psoriasis relapsing, and it is suitable to use in combination with some other medications.
Lotions containing vitamin-D derivatives may also be effective as a treatment for scalp psoriasis.
Some people may achieve the best results from using a combination treatment of corticosteroids and vitamin-D medications. It is best to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of treatment.
3. Don’t aggravate the psoriasis:
- Stop relaxing your hair. Healthy hair has a pH of 4.0 to 5.5 (acidic) whilst relaxers are very alkaline with pH values ranging from 12 to 14. This difference in pH will create disharmony.
- Don’t use hair dyes. They’re also alkaline
- Don’t use any products that use petroleum / petrolatum / mineral oils. These oils are heavy and are much more likely to block your skin. The scalp needs to breathe. Importantly, note that although I speak against mineral oils, I have seen a TV doctor recommend it and I have seen at least one natural haired girl state that Sulfur 8 which contains mineral oil works for her. Shea butters that haven’t been mixed with these cheap oils are a good option.
- Consider using organic unrefined jojoba as your preferred oil. Jojoba is the only oil whose structure is similar to that of sebum, the oil produced by the scalp’s own sebaceous glands. Jojoba is also a weak acid and as such will complement your scalp’s own acidity
- Drink lots of water, at least, eight 250ml glasses a day. The moisture content of scalp is controlled from the inside. According to The Science of Black Hair (page 28), if the moisture content of the scalp falls below 10% and the scalp’s natural flaking process is disrupted, dandruff and other scaly scalp irritation issues result
- Don’t use blow dryers and hot combs, they will only dry your hair further
- Don’t use commercial shampoos including the anti-dandruff variety
Unique issues you may face with natural hair
1. If you’re being “forced” to go natural because of the scalp psoriasis you’ll also have to learn how to manage your new hair. In addition to nenonatural.com there are many other online tutorials by USA hair bloggers, UK hair bloggers and beyond.
2. Combing flakes out will be harder because of the curls so you’ll need more patience than someone with, say, type 1 hair, especially if your hair is long.
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Psoriasis can lead to hair loss in African Americans if left untreated
By Mike Marenick
Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease that doesn’t discriminate. If affects people of all ages, races and genders. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body including the scalp. There are only a few active ingredients that are recognized by the FDA for the treatment of psoriasis that can be used in topical skin and hair care products. When choosing the right product(s) for your scalp psoriasis it important to remember that African Americans may require different products more suited for their their skin and hair.
African Americans Often Get Misdiagnosed
Having darker skin color can hide some of the tell tail signs of psoriasis. Redness of the skin is one the most identifiable symptoms in early detection of scalp psoriasis. In people with darker complexions the skin will often get darker in color instead of turning red. This is known as hyper-pigmentation. As the psoriasis begins to heal the opposite effect happens and the skin may lose pigmentation and turn lighter or even white. This is known as hypo-pigmentation. The different appearance of scalp psoriasis in people of color can often lead to a misdiagnoses. There are other symptoms of psoriasis that are common to all skin types. These include scaling, dandruff and the build up of dead skin cells known as plaque build up. If you have are having scalp problems it is important to get a clear diagnoses from a doctor that is familiar with the symptoms of psoriasis specifically in people of color. Just because you have one of the typical psoriasis symptoms does not necessarily mean you have the disease. You could simply be suffering from dry scalp and dandruff problems. Or you could have seborrheic dermatitis. An accurate diagnosis can make finding a treatment solution much easier.
Psoriasis Can Cause Hair Loss
Natural black hair can dry out more quickly and become brittle. The shampoos used to treat psoriasis require that they be used every day. The continued use of these products can lead to temporary or even permanent hair loss. The active ingredients found in these medicated shampoos often include salicylic acid and coal tar. Both of these ingredients accelerate the removal of dead skin cells which is exactly what is needed to treat the psoriasis. But they can also cause the scalp and hair to become very dry. In addition, it is very important to avoid excessive scratching. It may seem like a good idea to scratch the scaling to more quickly remove the build up of dead skin cells. However, the scratching could possibly damage the hair and you instead of only scales coming out you may see clumps of hair. Hair loss from psoriasis is usually only temporary during the time of a flare up. After the condition begins to heal the hair will typically return to normal.
What Works for Natural Black Hair?
Having darker skin and different hair texture will require a psoriasis treatment that includes several products. There is no way you can avoid using a psoriasis shampoo. These shampoos are formulated specifically to treat scalp psoriasis and other symptoms such as scaly build up, flaking and dandruff. To be effective they must be used properly which means shampooing in and leaving it on the scalp for several minutes. You cannot simply wash the shampoo in and out like you would with a normal daily shampoo. Also, many people will say to avoid shampoos with sulfates. Sulfates should be a non-issue if you are buying a quality psoriasis shampoo that also contains conditioning agents. In addition to a scalp psoriasis shampoo, you should look to include a scalp oil and topical cream as part of your treatment. Scalp oils are often made from a blend of several different natural oils. They are effective at conditioning and moisturizing the scalp and can accelerate the removal of plaque cell build up. For natural black hair these oils can give your hair a healthy looking shine. If you are not going to shampoo daily then you should use a topical cream between shampoos. In addition to the common active ingredients a good topical cream will also include several nourishing ingredients. These may include various vitamins, minerals and protein that the scalp needs to heal and be healthy again. Often these nutrients will come from essential oils, herbal extracts or even food based ingredients such as eggs. An egg actually contains every nutrient necessary for life and when formulated correctly can provide significant nourishment to the scalp.
For people with darker complexions and natural black hair it is important to treat your scalp psoriasis with a series of products and not only a psoriasis shampoo. By incorporating a shampoo, scalp oil and topical cream into your daily routine you will see much faster improvement in your scalp psoriasis condition.
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The sudden appearance of scales and flaky skin over most of the body would devastate just about any high school sophomore — and that’s how it was for Christine Patrice.
“I looked like something was wrong with me,” said Patrice, who took to wearing long pants and sweatshirts even on 90-degree days. What really got to her though was her scalp. “It used to flake terribly,” she said. “I would peel it out of my hair — it grossed me out.”
In the 12 years since her diagnosis, the now 28-year-old beauty blogger has read everything she could find on scalp psoriasis and hair care and, largely through experimentation, has learned a few tricks not only to help her scaly skin (UV treatments worked best in high school), but also her flaky scalp. Patrice has moved well past the stigma of beauticians refusing to style her hair for fear they might “catch” the autoimmune disorder, finding her own tips for beautiful hair with scalp psoriasis.
Indeed, David Pariser, MD, a dermatology professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School and former president of the American Academy of Dermatology, said he’s known of children forced out of swimming pools out of similar ignorance. “It can be a tremendous source of social embarrassment,” he said.
Scalp Psoriasis and Hair Care: OTC and Prescription Treatments
While psoriasis can affect the entire body, it often shows up on the scalp, which can include the area behind the ears, the back of the neck, and even the forehead and other areas of the face. Scalp psoriasis symptoms include dry or brittle hair, tremendous itching, and dandruff-like flakes falling on your clothes.
If scalp psoriasis and its accompanying inflammation are severe enough, you might experience hair loss, although with proper treatment, the hair should grow back. “It doesn’t destroy the roots,” Dr. Pariser explained.
Scalp psoriasis management often starts with over-the-counter shampoos. Alison Ehrlich, MD, a professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and director of the George Washington Psoriasis Clinic in Washington, D.C., recommended shampoos with key ingredients — ketoconazole, which reduces yeast organisms that can further inflame the scalp; salicylic acid to help slough off scales; and tar to help reduce the inflammation, which ultimately will reduce the number of scales.
Prescription treatments, including topical steroids, vitamin D derivatives, and tar preparations, are available as oils, gels, foams, lotions, and sprays, Dr. Ehrlich said.
A Natural Regimen for Christina Patrice and Scalp Psoriasis
Patrice prefers natural treatments to using steroids because of potential side effects, including redness and thinning of the skin, although Pariser said these concerns apply more to the face and other areas where the skin is already relatively thin.
Largely through experimentation, Patrice recommends these tips for beautiful hair with scalp psoriasis:
Try henna. Though henna is a hair-coloring product and not a psoriasis treatment, Patrice found her scalp virtually scale-free after just one treatment. “It boggled my mind,” she said. Initially she used it just to condition her hair, but she now applies it monthly to manage her psoriasis. In fact, she would use it more often, she said, except that applications are labor-intensive, and the henna has to stay on the hair for several hours or even overnight. She mixes the henna with coconut oil to soften the scales and create a sweet-smelling conditioner. Any 100 percent henna treatment will do, she said.
Cleanse with a natural shampoo. Patrice strongly recommends using Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo on the blog Black Girl Long Hair: “The black soap and plantain enzymes definitely provide relief in terms of reducing itching and inflammation, much like coal tar. The willow bark extract has the same exfoliating effect as salicylic acid, and the tea tree oil provides that necessary anti-bacterial/anti-fungal layer of protection.” She uses the shampoo, sometimes with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purifying Mask conditioner, two to three days a week. The products rinse out well, she said, and can be used on all hair types.
Rotate products. After a while, psoriasis will “adapt” to a certain product, Patrice noted on her blog. So, she rotates even her most effective products, sometimes washing with just a sweet-smelling conditioner for a month before going back to Shea Moisture.
Avoid sulfates. Though Patrice acknowledges that shampoos that contain coal tar and salicylic acid can help reduce psoriasis scales, she said these products all also contain sulfates, which can dry the hair and lead to breakage. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner are both sulfate-free, as are the WEN products, which Patrice also recommended.
Try tea tree oil. While all-natural, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal tea tree oil does not relieve the psoriasis itself, it can help keep the scalp from infection that results from frequent scratching. Patrice recommends tea tree oil in 100 percent concentration, mixed with coconut oil and applied directly to the scalp.
Though Patrice has accepted that her scalp may never be flake free, she’s learned enough about scalp psoriasis management to allow her to wear her long, curly hair however she pleases. Most important, she said, is educating yourself about the various products: “I always read the ingredients.”
How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis Kushneet Kukreja Hyderabd040-395603080 July 30, 2019
Psoriasis can be very difficult to treat. The thick, white, and silvery patches just refuse to vanish, irrespective of how many lotions and creams you apply. Worry not, this fairly common skin condition can be rather easily treated with tea tree essential oil.
A number of factors trigger psoriasis, and treating the root causes can produce satisfactory results. Factors like zinc deficiency and low vitamin D levels are often the culprits, and the application of zinc creams and topical ointments can help only to an extent. You also need to make some lifestyle and dietary changes. However, several individuals have benefitted from applying the natural oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant – tea tree oil. Using this oil has been found to be beneficial for people suffering from psoriasis.
Would you like to know more about how to use tea tree oil for psoriasis? Continue reading!
Is Tea Tree Oil Good For Psoriasis?
Psoriasis can affect people of all age groups, men and women alike (1).
So the question now is – is tea tree oil good for psoriasis? Derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, which is native to Australia, tea tree oil has proven medicinal benefits for treating skin disorders (2). It has been used for centuries by Australian tribes in the treatment of skin ailments and conditions. However, it is only used topically.
- This oil acts against different types of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and even protozoans and kills them efficiently. The multidirectional antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil make it a simple yet effective solution for treating psoriasis.
- It also possesses healing and anti-inflammatory properties that speed up the recovery of the affected area. Itching, redness, and swelling are greatly reduced by using this oil.
- Tea tree oil also helps to remove the scales and the accumulated dead skin cells (3, 4).
Tea tree oil can be used in more than one way to deal with psoriasis patches and get rid of them. Mentioned below are the multiple ways to use this potent oil.
How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- Tea Tree Oil
- Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil And, Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil And Almond Oil
- Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil
- Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Tea Tree Oil Treatment Methods For Psoriasis
1. Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
You Will Need
A few drops of tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
- Clean the affected area and pat it dry.
- Apply tea tree oil directly and massage the area gently so that the oil is absorbed.
- Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This
Repeat this every night.
Why This Works
The antimicrobial compounds in tea tree oil will get rid of the infection causing the psoriasis patches to aggravate. Its healing properties will renew the damaged skin cells. This remedy is best used for psoriasis on the nails.
Tea tree oil is strong in its concentrated and pure form and may cause skin irritation. Opt for a remedy containing a diluted version of this oil if you have sensitive skin.
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2. Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil, And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 1 oz. virgin coconut oil
- 5 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- Pour all the oils into a bottle and shake well.
- Use a few drops of this blend on the affected area and massage gently.
- Keep it on for 2-3 hours at least.
Reapply 1-2 times daily.
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids that moisturize the dry and flaky skin at the affected site (5). It is also antimicrobial in nature because of its lauric acid content (6). Lavender oil soothes the irritated and itchy skin at the psoriasis patches (7). You can use this remedy for psoriasis on larger surface areas such as the legs, the elbows, or the back.
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3. Tea Tree Oil And Almond Oil For Psoriasis
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 5-6 drops tea tree oil
- Dilute the essential oil in the carrier oil and apply the oil mixture on the affected area.
- Leave it on for as long as possible, preferably overnight.
Apply this once or twice every day.
To avoid the risk of skin itching and irritation, tea tree oil is diluted with a carrier oil in this method. Almond oil is very hydrating and nourishing for the skin. The dryness, itching sensation, and the redness will soon be gone by using almond oil along with tea tree oil (8). This remedy is safe to use for psoriasis on the face.
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4. Vinegar And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons water
- 4-5 drops tea tree oil
- Cotton ball
- Mix the vinegar, essential oil, and water.
- Apply this solution on the affected area using the cotton ball.
- Let it dry for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off.
Do this twice a day.
The acids present in ACV help to exfoliate the patches and reduce the thickness of the scales (9). Both psoriasis and eczema patients can benefit from this remedy.
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5. Aloe Vera And Tea Tree Oil For Psoriasis
- 1 cup aloe vera gel
- 10-12 drops tea tree oil
- 10 ml jojoba oil (optional)
- 10 ml vitamin E oil (optional)
- Mix the tea tree oil and aloe gel and
- Apply some of this mixture on the psoriasis patches.
- Massage for a minute or two and leave it on.
- Rinse after half an hour.
- Store the remaining tea tree oil infused aloe gel in an airtight container.
Apply this twice a day.
Aloe vera contains hydrating nutrients along with anti-inflammatory compounds. The scales reduce as the skin starts to heal, and the itching reduces to a great extent because of the magnesium lactate present in aloe vera (10).
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6. Tea Tree Oil Shampoo For Psoriasis
- Mild shampoo
- Tea tree oil
- Add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo and shake well.
- Rinse your hair and scalp as usual with this.
Tea tree oil based shampoos are also commercially available and can be used instead of infusing a regular shampoo with tea tree oil.
Use this regularly to rinse your hair.
When the psoriasis is on the head, it can be even more troublesome. Tea tree oil based shampoos work really well in treating scalp psoriasis. The shampoo will do its job of cleansing your scalp and hair, while the tea tree oil will work its antiseptic effect on your psoriasis.
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Precautions To Take
Undiluted tea tree oil is quite strong. If you are using it to treat psoriasis, you need to proceed with caution. To be on the safe side, apply it with a cotton ball on a small area of your skin. If there is no itching or burning sensation, you can apply it to the parts affected with psoriasis.
In case you are allergic to plants like cloves or eucalyptus, there are chances of tea tree oil leading to allergic reactions in your body. These allergic reactions can be either mild or serious, and they can include rashes, congestion, light-headedness, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is best to take medical advice before using tea tree oil in such situations.
However, the side effects of tea tree oil are shadowed by its efficacy in treating the symptoms of psoriasis. Use the above remedies in combination with your dermatologist recommended treatment, and see results in no time.
Well, this was all about tea tree oil and psoriasis. Try this miraculous oil or suggest it to someone you know who suffers from psoriasis, and you will be surprised with how well it works. Have you ever used tea tree oil for psoriasis? Tell us how this post has helped you. Do comment in the box provided below.
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How do I use tea tree oil to treat psoriasis?
You can use tea tree oil to treat psoriasis, but its effectiveness really depends on what is causing your psoriasis in the first place. If it is caused by diet or stress, for instance, then tea tree oil might only be somewhat effective in treating it and you will need to go to the root cause of the problem to clear it up. Also, because psoriasis is technically an inflammatory disease of the skin, I would actually recommend gentler, more soothing oils to start with, such as a good-quality lavender (Edens Garden is a great company that has several varieties of lavender, and their Greek lavender might be the best choice for a skin condition due to its unique chemical composition in comparison to other lavender species).
Now, as to how you would actually go about using these oils, the most important thing to remember is that a little bit of any of them goes a long way. After all, one drop of essential oil can contain the essence of tens or even hundreds of plants, depending on the oil. So, it is very important to dilute the oils down to an appropriate level so that you don’t cause your body to react badly and sensitize to whichever oil you’re using. Generally speaking, for a skin condition like psoriasis, on an otherwise healthy adult, a dilution in the range of 2.5%-5% is appropriate.
What does this mean in actual numbers? If you were making a blend of essential oils (say combining lavender, tea tree, and one other healing oil for your psoriasis), then you would want no more than 15 drops of essential oils total in one fluid ounce of a vegetable carrier oil (such as jojoba, avocado, sweet almond, etc.). This would yield a 2.5% dilution. If you wanted the 5% dilution, then you would up the amount to 30 drops total per fluid ounce. This may seem like a tiny amount of essential oils compared to the amount of carrier, but again, even a tiny amount of these potent oils goes a long way, and there is no need to waste the oils and compromise your body by putting too concentrated of a solution on your skin. I hope this answer was helpful and encourages you to dig more into the world of essential oils and find a solution that works for you.