How To Make Your Own Tea Tree Shampoo

October 17, 2014

Tea Tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is a concentrated oil from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia; a tree native to Australia. It was introduced to the Western world by Captain James Cook in 1732. Since then it has been used as an antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and as an analgesic for sore muscles. It is still one of the most popular essential oils today. As well as its many medicinal benefits, Tea Tree oil also has a number of benefits for your hair including:

1. Tea Tree Oil Eliminates Dandruff

This condition is often caused by a dry scalp. Because Tea Tree oil moisturizes the scalp and hair, it helps you control dandruff.

2. Tea Tree Oil Helps To Strengthen Hair

Natural Tea Tree oil shampoo will ensure that your hair follicles do not get clogged with harsh chemicals that that can make your hair dry and brittle.

3. Tea Tree Oil Is An Effective Treatment For Head Lice

For a natural head lice treatment, mix 2 ounces of Sweet Almond oil with 15 drops of Tea Tree oil. Rub gently into the scalp and hair and leave on overnight. Rinse off the next morning and comb hair with a lice comb. Repeat daily until the lice are gone.

Why Make Your Own Tea Tree Shampoo?

The main reason to take the time to make your own Tea Tree oil shampoo is because you can be sure it contains only natural ingredients. Most store-bought shampoos contain harsh and sometimes toxic chemicals that can be harmful for your hair and skin. For example:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: this agent gives your shampoo its foaming effects but can be harsh on your hair. 
  • Polysorbates: this agent is used to bind oil and water; the problem is that it leaves behind a residue on the skin which can disrupt your natural pH.
  • Amodimethicone: this polymer seals in moisture and makes your hair feel smooth after conditioning. However, it can prevent the scalp from breathing, resulting in a thinning of your hair.
  • DEA (diethanolamine): this foaming agent is a known carcinogen and can also result in skin and eye irritation.

As well as protecting your scalp and hair from harsh chemicals, when you make your own shampoo, you can create a balanced blend that will suit your own particular hair type. 

Tea Tree Shampoo Recipes

For each recipe, combine the ingredients in a jar, screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until they are thoroughly mixed. Store in a cool place, preferably in a dark glass container.

For Dry/Damaged Hair

For Oily Hair

  • 15 drops of Basil oil
  • 25 drops of Tea Tree oil
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil
  • ¼ cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup liquid castile soap (unscented)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil

For Fine Hair

Always shake the shampoo you’ve created well before using. Although it may not create the foamy lather that you are used to with store-bought shampoos, you can rest assured that your homemade shampoo is not only keeping your hair clean and healthy, it is also protecting you from the harmful chemicals found in many manufactured personal hygiene products.


*This information is provided as a courtesy to our customers. Please exercise proper safety when working with essential oils and use them at your own risk. For those new to essential oils, we recommend consulting a certified aromatherapist for individual guidelines as we do not know what conditions, medications and allergies you may have and want to be certain our customers are safe.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Megan! It is not necessary, but this product will not condition your hair.

    On February 26, 2017

  • Megan Holt says...

    So is it necessary to make a conditioner with this as well? Or just the shampoo?

    On February 26, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Hélène! That is correct, between 140-220 drops depending on the recipe you’re using.

    On February 08, 2017

  • Hélène says...

    There are btwn 35-55 drops of EOs in each little more than 1/2c shampoo recipe. So a 2c (16oz) bottle of this shampoo would have btwn 140-220 drops of EOs??

    On February 03, 2017

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Lida! From what we read here- essential oils have the potential to effect henna hair dye.

    On November 21, 2016

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