A head lice infestation is extremely common among school-aged children and can be
excruciatingly difficult to treat. Commercial lice shampoos and treatments are laden with an
assortment of toxic chemicals that not only kill lice, but have the potential to cause harm if
you leave them on too long, use them too often, or use them on a child who is too young or
with sensitive skin. Eucalyptus oil is a fantastic and effective alternative.
Eucalyptus oil (eucalyptus radiata), when extracted and distilled from the evergreen
eucalyptus tree, holds astringent properties and a powerful scent that assists in the
elimination of head lice.
Eucalyptus oil both assists in suffocation of lice and numbing them sufficiently to make
them easier to comb out.
To create a lice shampoo with eucalyptus oil, mix 3-4 tablespoons of regular shampoo
with 2-3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil and 1-2 teaspoons of eucalyptus oil. Apply and
massage into wet hair, and cover with a tight shower cap. Let sit for 1-2 hours or overnight
and then rinse.
After shampooing, rinse hair with vinegar, followed by the warmest water possible. Comb
through with a comb and repeat the process as necessary.
You can also dilute 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water for an effective hair spray while using a
lice comb. Follow up with the homemade lice shampoo. Repeat as necessary.
As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with
your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very
empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own
discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.