The Benefits of Tea Tree Oil For Treating Psoriasis

Tea Tree oil is a natural essential oil that contains very potent anti-bacterial properties. It can therefore can be very helpful and very effective in controlling psoriasis outbreaks and reducing the severity of  existing psoriasis lesions. Tea tree oil tends to makes psoriasis less irritable for those who have it.


Tea Tree Oil has been called A “Medicine Kit” in a Bottle. Its healing properties have been recognized worldwide for a wide variety of external and internal complaints. Regular use can keep even the most difficult cases of psoriasis under excellent control.

What is tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant that grows naturally only in Australia.

The medicinal benefits of tea tree oil are impressive. Native Australians used tea tree oil for hundreds of years to fight infections and skin problems, including psoriasis. In the present day, its healing benefits are known around the world.

Tea tree oil contains constituents called terpenoids, which have been found to have antiseptic and antifungal activity. The compound terpinen-4-ol is the most abundant and is thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil’s antimicrobial activity.

How to use Tea tree oil for psoriasis

1. Use on the skin

The best results, for many psoriasis sufferers, come from the pure essential tea tree oil, which is massaged into the skin.

Tea tree oil works as an anesthetic, calming the affected area while moistening the skin.

Tea tree oil is quickly absorbed by the skin where it creates an inhospitable environment for bacteria or fungi. It will help diminish the pain, reduce the itching, stimulate the healing process and, in the same time, lowering the chance of scarring.

Suggested use: Mix one spoon of tea tree oil with 6 parts of almond oil or lavender and massage into the skin with a cotton ball.

Note: Tea tree essential oil should never be used solely against the skin, as this may cause skin irritation, Tea tree essential oil must be added to water or diluted in carrier (pressed) oil. The blend can then be used for massage. Mix one part pure essential Tea tree oil with ten parts of quality cold-pressed oil, such as almond, sesame seed, apricot kernel, carrot, avocado etc. Apply oil to affected area using a cotton swab.

In addition, the carrier oils act as a barrier to the skin, sealing and locking in the essential oils and preventing them from evaporating into the air. For this reason the thicker the oil the better sealant it will be.

A convenient way to receive the benefits of Tee tree oil is by using a Tee tree lotion product.

tea-tree-lotion A highly recommended Tea Tree Lotion product is Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Moisturizing Lotion.

Nature’s Gate Tea Tree Moisturizing Lotion contains herbal extracts to naturally help calm, soothe and comfort dry, irritated psoriatic skin with naturally soothing botanicals.

Suggested use: massage the Tea Tree Lotion several times per day into the affected psoriasis areas.

2. Mix with your bath water

Many patients have reported that mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with their bath water has done wonders for their psoriasis lesions.  Add 10 drops of essential oil to your bath water and soak for fifteen minutes.

tea-tree-soap 3. Use Tea tree soap

Regular bath soaps can be too harsh on irritated skin; they are also inadequate when it comes to handling skin ailments. Psoriasis tea tree soap, on the other hand, is made especially to soothe itchy skin while controlling the effects of the psoriasis.

Two highly recommended Tea tree soap products are:

1. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Body Bar Soap and 2. Dr. Bronners  liquid Tea tree soap.

4. Use on the scalp

Many psoriasis patients have found that tea tree oil works wonders on their scalp psoriasis.

Tree Oil is naturally antifungal and can clear up your scalp even better than many medicated scalp psoriasis products.


As mentioned in a previous article, many natural healing experts believe that Candida-yeast infection is one of the primary causes of psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis is caused by yeasts that live on the scalp, Pityrosporum ovale, and a fungus called trichoplyton spp also contributes to scalp psoriasis.

A recent study looked at patients with scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (psoriasis capillitii). Yeasts were found in half of the tongue cultures and in 1/8 th of the scalp scales. Nearly three quarters of the patients had massive yeast colonization in their stool specimens!  Further proof that Candida is one of the psoriasis causes.

While there are many anti-fungal and bacterial soaps and shampoos on the market, tea tree oil offers a natural alternative. A recent study indicates that a pharmaceutical grade of a tea tree oil in low concentrations helps to eliminate bacteria and fungus from the scalp.

Suggested use: Massage the tea tree oil carrier oil mixture directly on the affected areas of the scalp. Let it sit 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse.

A great way to receive the benefits of tea tree oil on the scalp is by using a good quality tee tree oil shampoo.

Four highly recommended Tea tree shampoo products are:

1. Avalon Organics-tea tree mint treatment shampoo.

This powerful treatment shampoo is fortified with a vitalizing elixir of tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary to clean and treat the scalp, as well as to help protect against dry, itchy or flaky scalp. Stimulating botanicals activate healthy circulation, regulate oil production and maximize softness and shine. An excellent treatment for clean, healthy scalp and hair.

2. Tea Tree Oil Therapy Shampoo produced by Jason Natural Cosmetics Inc.

This soothing, botanical shampoo gently and effectively eliminates excessive dead cells and dandruff to gradually normalize the scalp. Australian Tea Tree Oil, known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties, is combined with Alpha and Beta Hydro Acids to purify and fortify hair follicles. Tea tree oil has been effective in fighting such skin disorders as eczema, psoriasis, toenail/fingernail fungus, athlete’s foot, ringworm, dry/cracked skin, acne, dandruff and much more.

3. Desert Essence Daily Replenishing Tea Tree Shampoo with Organic Tea Tree Oil.

This natural shampoo works to maintain the health and appearance of your scalp with Organic Tea Tree Oil, a pure, natural essential oil used for centuries as a restorative and as an antiseptic.

Powerful yet gentle, Tea Tree Oil cleanses without stripping your hair’s natural emollients and restores the natural moisture balance of your scalp. The soothing benefits of Lavender and Rosemary improve scalp circulation and rich Babassu Oil adds a noticeable sparkling glow to your hair.

Desert Essence Tea Tree formulas are the first formulas in America to contain standardized quality Australian Tea Tree Oil, noted for its soothing and protective properties. It is a non-greasy essential oil that supports the health of your hair.

4. Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo.

Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Special Shampoo was touted in a recent National Psoriasis Foundation newsletter in the “It Works For Me” section. The person using it had achieved a total clearing of scalp lesions in about a year.

Suggested Use:

Massage a small amount into wet hair and scalp. Lather, rinse thoroughly with cool water and follow with Desert Essence Daily Replenishing Tea Tree Conditioner. Do not use on color-treated hair.

5. Use a good quality Tea tree conditioner to compliment the Tea tree shampoo product

A highly recommended Tea tree conditioner product is Jason Natural Tea Tree Scalp Normalizing Conditioner.

This rich, all natural botanical formula blended specifically to re-condition dry, brittle hair, and soothe a flaky, irritated scalp. Certified Organic Australian Tea Tree Oil known for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, controls itchiness while Jojoba Oil lubricates scalp and hair.

Directions: Wash hair and scalp with Jason’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. Rinse well; squeeze excess water out of hair. Massage into hair and scalp. Leave on at least 3-4 min. Rinse. For damaged hair or deep-conditioning; leave on 15-20 min.



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  1. Ishon 07 Jul 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I agree, Tea Tree Oil products do help with itchy, scaly skin condition. Dry skin is moisturized with a combination of Tea Tree Oil (25%) and Jason Natural Vitamin e oil (75%) mixed together. I have used it myself, got it at,

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