Lavender and Tea Tree Oils May Help Reduce Unwanted Hair Growth

Pretty Lavender Plant. From //Rutger via Flickr

Pretty Lavender Plant. From //Rutger via Flickr

I was doing my usual research on my epic quest to find some kind of universal treatment for hirsutism.

It seems like everything works for some but not others. Laser hair was effective for me but for many others, desired results were lacking.

Electrolysis worked for me with certain hairs, but not others.

Waxing makes some ladies hair grow softer and lighter. Mine seems to return dark as hell and thick.

But this article posted on the U.S. National Library of Medicine details something I never heard of in my 18 years of suffering from idiopathic hirsutism.

Two groups women each had 12 participants. All suffered from mild idiopathic hirsutism.

One group sprayed a solution containing lavender and tea tree oil in it. The other sprayed on a placebo.

After 3 months, test administrators found no change in hormonal levels.

But they did find “statistically significant” decrease in hirsutism with the group who used lavender and tea tree oil.

I think this is wonderful news, especially with having both oils sitting in my home within immediate reach!

The study was conducted from folks at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Italy.

Now I have heard of lavender being useful in relaxing some androgenic conditions, specifically hair loss. Additionally, I have seen it listed as an ingredient on some herbal treatments that claim to reduce hirsutism.

Roots Herbal is an ayurvedic website that sells herbs and such for various conditions, including hirsutism. Here is a mix of herbs to treat hirsutism on their website (so they say.)

But the study at Polytechnic University of Marche was the first time I actually heard of lavender working against something like hirsutism.

I have never heard of tea tree oil helping with hirsutism until I read the article.

I immediately mix a solution of lavender essential oil in a bottle of tea tree. I shook it softly, took a cotton ball, dropped some of the solution on the ball and rubbed it around my facial hair.

It did not burn but the tea tree oil does have a pretty strong smell to it that dies off after several minutes.

Obviously, some time will tell if it truly is a treatment options for women like me with idiopathic hirsutism.

Wish me luck! If you give it a try (or have tried it) let me know of your results!

Here is a link to the Polytechnic University of Marche’s study again.




    • Its early too for me but I think the study was done for several weeks…12 weeks I remember reading.

        • I think so! But I also use it in conjunction with Eflora/Vaniqa too. More so, it’s a great antiseptic for my facial skin.

          • you can do that. I would dilute it in water though. Essential oil like lavender may irritate some skin.

  1. Very informative Mo. Not something I struggle with, but you are providing valuable information for your niche. It looks like you are doing a lot of much-needed research in order to inform and empower your readers.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. I don’t struggle with this at this time but you never know what the future may bring. I may need this at some point in time. :-)

  3. You have a great resource here Mo. Really like your writing style too. Informative yet personal. Keep us posted on your results.

    • I think my hair has slowed! But I also take Spiro in addition to tea tree and lavender oil.

  4. I have an important question which wasn’t adressed in this article or study, that is – where these women’s hirsu-hair epilated or removed before they applied the oils? Because I actually went out to buy Lavendel/Tea tree just for reading this article and I wanna know if I need to epilate everything before applying. What have you done and what have you other readers done?

    • I cannot speak for the women in the article obviously or even my readers, but I remove the hair like normally. I typically tweeze hairs that are bothering me or use an epilator. Then apply the oils. Or you could simply massage the oils in your skin routinely and remove the hair routinely as you usually would.

    • Not really. :( I don’t think it’s affective for coarser hairs. For thinner hairs, you may experience more success. It does at least smell lovely!

  5. I have thin hair and have looked for a while for an Essential Oil to help w/ my thin hair. Lavender is one that keeps popping up to use for thin hair! Now my question is… if Lavender is helping to grow hair on my scalp HOW is it stopping hair from growing on my face? I have actually been using Lavender Essential Oil on my face along w/ base oils and other Essential Oils to help fight wrinkles! I really hope I don’t end up with a wrinkle free hairy face!!! Blessings! <3

    • The scientific study I reviewed testing lavender and tea tree for hirsutism did not say “how” exactly, but simply that it could reduce the appearance of mild hirsutism. I tried it myself and I actually did notice mild slower growth on my face. However, I mostly use it as a DIY perfume!


  7. The only reason I found this site was because I was using only tea tree oil on my chin to remove a wart and I noticed my dark chin hair started going away. I was curious if I stumbled upon something or was it known already that tea tree oil stopped facial hair growth so I researched it on the internet.

  8. Does this work? I’m on the verge of being a total recluse because of my facial hair!

    • I noticed mild reduction in my facial hair after using it for several weeks. I think it’s more effective for women (or men) with milder cases of hirsutism.

  9. Does lavender and tea tree oils also work for the coarse stomach hairs in women?

  10. I noticed that you mentioned above in a reply to someone that you should dilute with water before applying. You should NEVER dilute essential oils with water. Oil and water do not mix and this can cause irritation among other things. If you are using an oil from somewhere like GNC, which I do not recommend, you are more likely to show signs of skin irritation. A pure therapeutic oil is the key here and would not require dilution. YoungLiving is what I use and even though I have very sensitive skin, the oils do not bother me.

    If this is not an option for you, you should use a carrier oil to apply such as coconut, jojoba, olive, almond, or avocado. All of these oils have various properties and your skin type will determine what is the best carrier for you.

    • I’ve been doing it the way I described for years and have yet to experience irritation. I guess it just depends on your personal preference. Most people do not know much about essential oils and I have no problem admitting I don’t either. I simply went along with what I’ve read in medical study. If there is a more effective way to use essential oils, by all means, go for it. But my method hasn’t caused me problems. Thanks for the comment!

  11. The oils have an anti androgen effect , which is how it reduces hair growth. I use lavender and have only been using it a couple weeks immediately afterward I shave my facial hair and have seen a dramatic difference in the rate of growth. Now when I wake in the morning, I have about the same amount of hair as I previously would about 13 hours into my day. It also seems lighter.

    I apply immediately after shaving and drying my face before anything else. I wait about ten minutes or so then apply my moisturizer and cosmetics. Works amazing. Going to mix up a mixture of the two now and see if there is much difference.

  12. Hey — will totally make be adding tea tree (also called Melaleuca) and Lavender to borage oil (high in GLAs, reducing androgens) and will be using daily. Thanks so much for the post.

    Just a note — please don’t go buying random oils off the shelf or online –there are MANY different kinds of qualities of essential oils and methods for extraction. I regularly teach on doTERRA essential oils and they are the highest quality you can get. I hear horror stories all the time of using oils like lavender or melaleuca on the skin and resulting in burning or irritation. Not with doTERRA, not with real, pure oils. Just a warning!

    Thanks again.

    • I’ve never experienced issues with irritation on my skin and I have yet to have a reader tell me of such an experience. Understand I am only following the direction of the medical studies I’ve seen about lavender. And frankly, the more quality essential oils are the ones that are entirely too expensive. I probably would not recommend my readers purchase those (because I wouldn’t), particularly if they are not experiencing issues with irritation.

      Thanks for the tip.

    • Hi Kelly. I’m new to doTerra and wanted to know if doTerra carries borage oil? TIA

  13. So when I found this webpage, it was because I wanted to do research to see if my use of tea tree oil was making my arm hair thinner and lighter. Here’s why I searched that: I have eczema, and only have outbreaks in the summer – wrists, tops of feet, underarms, and occasionally around my eye. Regular deodorant seems to make it worse, so I researched how to make it. I came up with a basic recipe that I tweak a little with every new batch. Basically, it’s coconut oil, bentonite clay, tea tree & lavender oils. Not only does that work as a deodorant, but I found that the mixture, along with cornstarch, is actually somewhat effective in battling the eczema. But then I noticed that the hair on my arms has lightened enough that I’m not so self conscious about it anymore! Awesome side effect!

  14. Hi all I came across this blog due to my challenge with excessive hair. I was advised by my Doctor that my problem is caused by insulin resistance which make my hair follicles sensitive to androgen activities. I tried laser but that increased my hair growth. Waxing gave me ingrown hairs because my hairs are course. I hope to try this remedy and see if it works. Many thanks Rene for this blog. Very helpful

    • Glad I could help! Sorry laser hair removal did not work for you. It was very successful for me. Perhaps the technicians were not trained properly. Either way, I hope the lavender and tea tree provides some relief!

  15. I don’t kw m having hirutism or not but m having pcod. So I can use tea tree oil and lavender oil for hair removal as m having thin hair on my face n on some part of chin having thick hair. N m having doubt for mixure of tea tree n lavender oil it should be tea tree essential oil n lavender essential oil ?? Essential oil should be daluted with some other oil before applying??

    • In reading the study, it simply says they used tea tree oil and lavender oil in an oil solution. So, I’m going to assume they did dilute the oils before using on subjects. It does not specify if it was essential oil or not. I CHOSE to use essential oil on myself but the study does not say. I’m sure you can use this mix anywhere on the face.

  16. Which kind of tea tree n lavender oil should be use ?? Essential ??? As in the bottle of soulflower tea tree essential has written that it should be diluted before using. So will you plz let me kw essential both (mixture of tea tree n lavender )oil should be directly apply to chin hair

  17. Shall we apply this mixure of tea tree n lavender oil for upperlips hair removal??

  18. Lavender is an essential oil that adapts to your needs. It has many uses, including balancing adrenals (likely culprit in unwanted hair growth). As for which oils to use, I only recommend Young Living oils. Essential oils are not regulated by the FDA, and many sources use low quality or diluted product. Young Living has been around for a long time, gets an A* from BBB, and has a seed to seal promise. You can even track an oil by its number to the exact field it came from. I highly recommend essential oils for many things, but I would never recommend anything but Young Living. Hope you all find health and happiness!

  19. Also, you should never dilute essential oils with water. You need to use organic coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil. However, I don’t personally recommend coconut oil for the face.

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