Tea Tree for Head Lice


Looking for a natural cure for head lice?

Does Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil Kill Lice and Nits?

Tea tree oil is a powerful weapon used to kill head lice without any harmful side effects. Tea tree oil comes from the plant melaleuca alternifolia of Australia. The oil is created by steaming this plant which contains anti-fungal and antiseptic properties used to treat head lice effectively.

  • Tea tree oil contains natural insecticides, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties, and terpinen, a natural bacteria-fighting ingredient, all of which prevent and kill lice effectively.

  • Tea tree oil coats the hair and scalp, contains agents that will kill head lice and its eggs, and soothes and heals the irritated scalp affected by lice.

Lice eggs are called Nits. Nits often survive chemical shampoos and harsh treatments. The hair and scalp is already irritated; the additional chemicals needed increase the risk for hair and scalp damage. Tea tree oil is naturally safe and healthier to hair and scalp. These processes provide relief from itching, irritation, and head lice.

Note: Make sure to test the tea tree oil on your skin for sensitivity or allergies. Dilute the oil with water if necessary.

How Do You Use Tea Tree Oil for Lice.

Method – 1: (Tea Tree Oil)

  1. Sprinkle a few drops of tea tree oil on the affected scalp and hair before going to sleep.

  2. Leave overnight with a towel on the pillow to kill the lice and eggs.

  3. The next morning, comb your hair to remove the dead lice.

  4. Wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner containing tea tree oil.

  5. Repeat regularly as needed.

  6. Note: Tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner is great for repelling and killing lice. See Method 5 on how to make your own.

Method – 2: (Tea Tree Oil with Coconut Oil and Natural Shampoo)

  1. Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil, 1 ounce of natural shampoo, and 3 tablespoons of either coconut or olive oil.

  2. Apply the solution to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Cover your hair with either a towel or plastic shower cap for 30 minutes.

  4. Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and rinse with warm water.

  5. Repeat regularly as needed.

Method – 3: (Tea Tree Oil with Lavender Oil)

This process acts as a repellent.

  1. Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil and ½ teaspoon of lavender oil.

  2. Apply the solution to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Repeat regularly as needed.

Method – 4: (Tea Tree Oil with Olive Oil)

Olive oil contains insecticide properties that loosen the lice and helps remove it easily.

  1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil and 2 – 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

  2. Apply the solution to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Leave for 30 – 60 minutes and rinse with water.

  4. Rinse your hair again with vinegar to further prevent lice.

  5. Comb your hair to remove the dead lice.

  6. Repeat regularly as needed.

Method – 5: (Tea Tree Oil Shampoo)

  1. Mix a teaspoon of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of rather rosemary or eucalyptus oil. (Or simply use tea tree oil on its own.)

  2. Pour this solution into your normal shampoo and/or conditioner and mix well.

  3. Use regularly as needed.

  4. Note: Avoid eucalyptus oil in your mouth or eyes as it causes irritation and pain.

Method – 6: (Tea Tree Oil with Olive Oil or Vodka)

  1. Mix 2 ounces of either vodka or olive oil with 20 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil.

  2. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Leave for 10 – 12 hours and wash hair.

  4. Repeat regularly as needed.

Method – 7: (Tea Tree Oil with Alcohol)

  1. Mix 15 – 20 drops of tea tree oil and 2 ounces of alcohol in an empty spray bottle.

  2. Spray the solution into to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Leave for 12 hours and wash hair.

  4. Repeat regularly as needed.

Method – 8: (Tea Tree Oil Spray)

  1. Mix 10 – 15 drops of tea tree oil and 2 cups of water in an empty spray bottle.

  2. Spray the solution on any lice-affected area including hair, furniture, clothing, stuffed animals, and toys.

  3. Repeat regularly as needed.

How Do You Use Tea Tree Oil for Nits.

Process – 1:

  1. Mix 10 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil into the amount of shampoo you normally use to wash your hair.

  2. Apply the shampoo to the affected scalp and hair.

  3. Leave for 7 – 10 minutes and rinse with water.

  4. Repeat the process again.

  5. Mix 5 drops of tea tree oil into the amount of conditioner you normally use.

  6. Apply the conditioner to the affected scalp and hair.

  7. Leave for 5 minutes and rinse with water.

  8. Comb your hair to remove the dead lice.

  9. Repeat a week later or as needed.

Process – 2:

  1. Apply shampoo, conditioner, or other products containing tea tree oil to the affected hair and scalp before going to sleep.

  2. Leave overnight with your head wrapped in a towel.

  3. Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and wash with warm water the next morning.

  4. Repeat regularly as needed.

Tips:

  • As lice are easily spread, remember everyone in your house will need treatment.

  • Make sure family members do not share combs, pillows, or clothes to prevent the lice from spreading.

  • Don’t leave anything in your hair or scalp for more than instructed as this may cause scalp damage.

  • Make sure to test the tea tree oil on your skin for sensitivity or allergies. Dilute the oil with water if necessary.

  • It is not recommended to ingest tea tree oil as it is toxic in nature and can cause side effects like drowsiness, confusion, diarrhea, and coma.

  • Tea tree oil should not be used by pregnant or breast feeding women.

  • To kill lice, collect toys, stuffed animals, clothes etc. in tightly-sealed garbage bags. This smothers and kills the lice. Collect anything you use such as cotton balls in tightly–sealed bags and throw them away.

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