Tea Tree Oil for Head Lice
Treat (and Prevent) Head Lice: The Natural Way
Kick your shoes off, grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, and let's talk about head lice....
Comfy yet? Good.
Has your child ever come home with head lice? If so, you'll love the inexpensive, natural remedy I'm about to share with you.
Head lice is more than a nuiscance, it's disgusting to think creepy-crawly little critters have taken up residence on yours or your child's head. I'm sure you've tried the various shampoos that are available and it gets kind of expensive too, doesn't it?
I'm here to tell you there's a better way. No, it's not expensive. Nope, it's not hard either. There aren't a lot of hard to follow instructions. You won't have to buy a long list of different ingredients. Are you dying of suspense yet? Ok, ok, I'm going to tell you.
If you were paying attention to the title, you'll know I'm talking about Tea Tree Oil. Essential oils are amazing for every day household uses, or for natural remedies such as this one, for preventing and removing head lice.
Here's a Neat Fact:
Because of its constituents (referred to as terpenoids), Tea Tree Oil is both an antiseptic and has antifungal properties.
Here's what you'll need, and the directions follow.
- 1 teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
- 4 tablespoons of Olive oil (or Coconut oil)
- Mix ingredients together.
- Rub into scalp.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes, working to kill lice.
- For best results, use nit comb once the 15 minutes is up (before washing hair).
Tea Tree Oil has a cooling effect, so you may experience a tingling sensation similar to menthol, but not nearly as intense.
You can also kill lice living in your clothes, sheets, and blankets by adding 12+ drops of Tea Tree Oil into the washer, along with your detergent.
To follow-up: Repeat these steps within 7-11 days to prevent re-infestation.
For future head lice prevention add:
- 12 drops Tea Tree Oil to shampoo you normally use
- or 12 drops to ¼ pint water and put in a spray bottle. Mist hair each morning with this solution. Lice do not like this, so hair is kept free of unwanted guests.
Note: You'll end up with leftover Tea Tree Oil as well as Olive or Coconut Oil. You can save it for future head lice battles (which you shouldn't have if you use the preventative recipe), or you could always experiment with other remedies!
Other thoughts: I'm not a medical professional. I've seen this remedy work, but it may or may not work for everyone. As always, make sure you aren't allergic to Tea Tree Essential Oil, Olive Oil, or Coconut Oil. Also, check with your health care professional before trying something new.
Have you tried Tea Tree Essential Oil as a head lice remedy? Did it work for you? Would you try it for the first time? If you've already tried it, would you use it again? I look forward to reading your your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.
Here's to itch-free, lice-free, healthy days!
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