Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

If you’re on the hunt for an organic shampoo and conditioner that refreshes and helps keep your scalp healthy, then you may want to consider a tea tree oil shampoo.

But before you try it, it’s always best to get some background information about it to make sure that it is right for you. Tea tree oil comes from a tree that originated in Australia, the Melaleuca alternifolia. Traditionally, the natives of the area used the leaves of the tree for medicinal purposes, such as for sickness and treating wounds.

Later, through research, it was found that the oil had anti-bacterial properties. As a result, the sale of tea tree oil was started. Popularity increased decades later and businesses started mass-producing the oil. It can also be extracted from the Melaleuca dissitiflora and Melaleuca linariifolia.

Effects On People

It must be noted that tea tree oil has been classified as poisonous when swallowed. So don’t eat it! And of course it would be good to keep it away from children. There have been other rare side effects that have occurred in some people using tea tree oil, so do more research if you want to make certain it is something you should use.

Tea tree oil may be helpful with viral, bacterial, and fungal conditions. This is for topical use only. It has also been used to fight acne and mouth sores. This is most likely due to its antiseptic properties. It has been shown to be effective in fighting dandruff. Of course, one of the main causes of dandruff is fungus.

So tea tree oil has definitely shown that it can be beneficial to those who use it, especially to the skin. And that may be the most important part of this post. Hair are just specialized skin cells, basically. Of course, after they have grown outside the scalp, they are already dead. It’s funny how people value dead cells so much when they are hair. So if you have something that, in general, is good for the skin then it may also be good for hair as well. That is because the follicles grow right underneath the exterior of the skin.

Having a healthy scalp should contribute to having stronger hair. Hair is more apt to grow in a healthy environment than one that is either too dry, or too oily, which can lead to fungus growth. In studies, tea tree oil shampoo has had positive results in correcting conditions like bad dandruff. It may be good to try if you are looking for something new to help the health of your scalp or just mixing up shampoos, which is good to do. Remember though, try to find something that is as natural as possible. Stay away from sulfates and parabens, as they may be harmful to the skin.

 

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Organic Shampoo Brands

Another reason for why you should try organic shampoo and conditioner is that there are many different brands and kinds to choose from. In the past, it was all about how many more  non-organic shampoo choices you had than organic. There just weren't really enought organic choices, and they were hard to find. However, there is no longer an advantage like that anymore. So what are some of the many brands to choose from? Below is a list of some of the popular(and maybe not as popular) organic shampoo brands. Clicking on any of the names will take you to where you may purchase them if you so choose to.

Aubrey Organics

Avalon Organics

Burt's Bees

Giovanni

Lily of the Desert

Organix

It's good to remember that even though you use organic shampoo brands, it doesn't necessarily mean that you won't be allergic or react to some of the ingredients in the shampoo. Many of these products use extra ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils. So always make sure you check the ingredients before purchasing any organic shampoo and conditioner you have not tried before. Also, it's been encouraged to rotate the shampoo you use after each bottle. This allows for your shampoo to continue being effective in treating your scalp and hair. It would be good to try another organic shampoo or even another brand once in a while. Hopefully this list will help with choosing the shampoo that is right for you. Maybe you'll even find one that will become your new favorite.

Organic Dandruff Shampoo

Organic shampoo can keep your hair clean and healthy. But what if you have dandruff? Are organic shampoos and conditioners able to help treat dandruff like conventional shampoos can? The answer is a definite yes. And much of the time they do a better job. Why is that? It is because of the the ingredients used in organic shampoo versus conventional shampoo. Conventional shampoos use harsh detergents and chemicals to clean your scalp and hair. These cause irritation of the scalp in many people. This can dry out the scalp and even cause it to become inflamed or flake. So a non-organic shampoo may even be a cause for your dandruff! A scalp in a bad condition like this does not allow for hair to grow to its fullest and healthiest. Therefore, if you are using conventional dandruff shampoo, then you might consider using organic dandruff shampoo instead. Here are some examples of organic dandruff shampoo:

John Masters Organics Zinc & Sage Shampoo with Conditioner

Hyssop Organic Brown Rice Anti Dandruff Shampoo 18.3fl.oz/520ml

JASON Natural Cosmetics Dandruff Relief Shampoo, Rosemary, Neem & Tea Tree, 12 Ounces

So if you have a dandruff condition and you have not tried organic dandruff shampoo, then you may find it beneficial to do so. Who knows? Your current shampoo or conditioner may be the cause of dandruff. Organic shampoo and conditioner is always the best choice because of pure ingredients.

Paraben Free Shampoo

Paraben Free Shampoo

Parabens are chemicals used much of the time as preservatives. They are primarily used because of their ability to kill bacteria and fungus. Also, they do not cost much, either. Therefore, they are widely used in shampoos today.

However, they are becoming more and more controversial. They have been found in very low concentrations in breast cancer tumors. They also display the ability to weakly mimic estrogen, which is known to play a role in breast cancer development. At present, though, there has not been an established link between cancer and parabens.

Also, on a lesser note, parabens can cause skin irritation, contact dermatitis, and rosacea in people that have paraben allergies.

So in conclusion, there has not been an established link between the use of parabens and the growth of cancer or other diseases. However, there is a possibility of such a risk, which has been shown in scientific studies. It would be prudent to stay away from products that use these parabens, especially if there is a possible link to cancer.

Of course, true organic shampoo and conditioner don't contain parabens. However, make sure to check the ingredients. Some shampoo labels may say they are organic, but may only contain certain organic ingredients. 

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Phthalate Free Shampoo

Phthalate Free Shampoo

Pthalates/phthalate esters are esters of phthalic acid. They are used in many different products, from glues to electronics. In fact, they are even used in the detergents that make up many of the shampoos on store shelves today. Unfortunately, because of health concerns, they are being used less and less in products.

Studies have shown that exposing high doses of pthtalates to rodents, caused hormone changes and birth defects. In humans, it has been known to cause endocrine production. This may be linked to changes in the reproductive system of newborn babies, or it may even be linked to obesity.

In rodent studies, large amounts of phthalates fed to rodents have damaged their liver and testes, though humans have been shown resistant to this. However, certain phthalates have been listed as possible carcinogens. Allergies in children have also been linked to certain phthalates. And the list goes on.

So, studies show possible correlations between phthalate intake and many ill reactions. It'd be best to stay away from something that may cause such adverse affects. Though health of your hair is not as important as overall health of your body, it should be noted that if your general health is being compromised by something, then in turn, your the health of your hair will be compromised as well.

Organic shampoo and conditioner are free of such synthetic materials as these. Just another reason to go organic.

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Sulfate Free Shampoo

Sulfate Free Shampoo

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used in many hygiene products, including shampoo.  It's very affective in removing oils and residue. Therefore, it is used in most shampoos.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is non carcinogenic and does not cause adverse effects in people. However, it has been shown to cause skin irritation with prolonged use. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate may worsen skin problems in people with sensitive skin.  It's been shown to irritate the face with prolonged exposure.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate is used as an inexpensive foaming agent.  It is considered safe at the levels used in cosmetic products. But it is known to be a skin irritant like other detergents such as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

Some products containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate have been found to contain low levels of a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane. The FDA encourages manufacturers to remove this carcinogen, however, the law does not require it to be removed.

So Sodium Lauryl/ Laureth Sulfate, do not cause adverse health effects. However, they have been known to cause skin irritation. With this knowledge, you can then decide if you would rather use sulfate free shampoo. When it comes to the health of your hair, especially since hair and your scalp are very sensitive, it may be best to steer clear of any chemicals that may cause problems for them; even if you may not have sensitive skin. Precaution is the best protection.

Organic shampoo and conditioner will not contain these sulfates since they are synthetic. So if you are worried about harsh chemicals like these, organic is definitely the way to go.  
 

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Why Organic Shampoo?

There are many reasons why using organic shampoo and conditioner are beneficial. These include a healthier scalp and healthier looking and feeling hair. Not to mention, the fact that many of the ingredients in popular shampoos aren't the greatest for your body. In these posts you will find some things to think about if you're deciding on whether or not to use organic shampoo or conditioner.

When deciding if you should go the organic route, keep these things in mind. Organic shampoos will not be harsh on your hair and scalp. This is not because there are special ingredients in them that are made to be gentle on you. It is because organic and natural ingredients are usually less irritating than synthetic detergents and chemicals. Since this is the case, your scalp will probably be in a better condition with organic products than with non-organic products. This should allow your hair to grow more healthy and stronger because the healthy environment of your scalp is what hair thrives on.

It would be very nice if organic hair products like shampoo and conditioner were miracle hair growers. Unfortunately, they are not. However, they may allow for better hair growth. If you are serious about the good health of your hair, then you want as much help as you can have in protecting it and keeping it healthy. Organic shampoo and conditioner can definitely help.