Tea Tree Oil: Using tea tree oil for lice March 14 2014

Days Island 100% Pure Tea Tree OilA head lice infestation is extremely common among school-aged children and can be frustrating 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 has delicate and sensitive skin. Early symptoms of lice include itching behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. Interestingly enough, lice cannot be spread from humans to pets, though they are highly “contagious” from human to human contact, as well as via contact with hats, pillows, and clothing.


Tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is often recommended as a natural head lice treatment because of the oil's natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.Tea tree oil also has disinfectant properties, as well as a powerful germicidal effect that helps to kill the lice and paralyze them so they may be combed out easier.


How to treat head lice with tea tree oil:


To create a lice shampoo with tea tree oil, mix 3-4 tablespoons of regular shampoo with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and 1-2 teaspoons of tea tree 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 or vodka for an effective hair spray while using a lice comb. Follow up with the homemade lice shampoo. Repeat as necessary.


You can easily reapply the alcohol and tea tree spray frequently as a way to help prevent re-infestations.


This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. 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.



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