Tea Tree Oil Lice

A Guide to Using Tea Tree Oil for Lice

Tea tree oil for lice treatment is a popular and natural home remedy. Store bought solutions are effective, but they can be very costly, especially for a family that needs to treat more than one person. Some people worry that tea tree oil may not be as effective at killing head lice, but studies have shown that store bought formulas kill on average between 50 to 100 percent, while a mild formula of tea tree oil killed about 85 percent of the lice. Tea tree oil can be just as effective and is a fraction of the cost at around five dollars a bottle. Not only is tea tree oil a cheaper solution for treating head lice, but it is also readily available wherever vitamins are sold.

Let’s face it—we all know that head lice doesn’t have a preference when it comes to finding a host. While many mistakenly believe that head lice is only attracted to persons with less than stellar hygiene, the truth is that head lice will take any host they can find their way onto. This means that everyone is susceptible to their wrath! Regardless of this fact, purchasing a head lice solution from the store can be a little embarrassing. Purchasing tea tree oil for lice treatment is no different than purchasing shampoo or vitamins, therefore this form of head lice treatment is much less embarrassing.

How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Lice

Tea tree oil is used for many health purposes because it has both anti bacterial and anti fungal properties, and lice just can’t stand this oil! Granted, it does have a fairly strong odor which is totally unique. It can be compared to eucalyptus or mint, but a bit stronger in power. There are several different ways that you can use tea tree oil to treat head lice. The first way is to combine one teaspoon of tea tree oil with four tablespoons of olive oil. Mix these ingredients together until they are well blended. Pour it into your hands and rub it generously into the scalp. Let the concoction sit on the scalp for about fifteen minutes. Use a nit comb to remove as many of the eggs as possible. These are usually found attached to individual strands of hair. Rinse the oil from the scalp and hair and use your normal shampoo. This mixture will not kill the eggs (which is the same for most store bought lice treatments), so repeat this process in another week to kill off any of the lice which may have hatched from eggs.

Another method you can try is to create a tea tree oil shampoo mixture. This is great for both kids and adults as it is a little more mellow than the olive oil mixture. Try adding about three drops of tea tree oil for every four ounces of shampoo you have. Apply the shampoo to the hair and scalp. Massage well into the scalp and allow the shampoo to sit for about twenty minutes. Tea tree oil can be a little harsh for some, especially those who have sensitive skin. If the scalp feels irritated, rinse the shampoo away and try a weaker concentration, such as two drops of tea tree oil per every five ounces of shampoo. Bear in mind that tea tree oil does have a cooling effect, which is not to be confused with irritation. Repeat this method again in seven days until the lice are completely gone.

Preventative Measures

To eradicate lice from linens and clothing, try adding about twelve drops of tea tree oil to the wash cycle along with your regular laundry detergent. If you want to treat furniture, carpeting, and other areas which cannot be laundered, put twelve drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle with a quarter of a pint of water. Shake well and spray onto objects and into the air. This will deter the lice from entering the area. This can treatment can be applied regularly to ensure that you do not experience a re-infestation of the area.