The old saying is “It’s not a shame to get them; it’s a shame to keep them.” As true as that may be, most parents agree that that they do not want their kids to come home from school or daycare with head lice. Tea tree oil is an all-natural essential oil and lice repellent. Lice do not like it and will not cling onto your child’s hair if it used.
What if my child already has head lice?
If your child has head lice you should go to your local drug store and purchase a lice treatment kit. The it will contain a lice comb, and lice treatment. The treatment will be in shampoo form. Wash your child’s hair thoroughly with the lice treatment then use the lice comb to remove lice, nits, and eggs. After your child has been treated for head lice you can then begin using tea tree oil to keep your child head lice free.
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree oil is considered an essential oil. It is taken from the leaves of Melaleuca Alternifolia plant through steam distillation. This plant is native to Australia and has been used by Australian natives for many medicinal reasons. Tea tree oil can deter head lice, treat athletes foot, kill bacteria, treat acne, and even kill fungus. (tea_tree_oil_health_benefits)
Where do I get tea tree oil?
You can purchase tea tree oil in online from sites that sell essential oils. Tea tree oil can also be found at organic stores. Many pharmacies also carry it as it is becoming more and more popular for use in the United States. Tea tree oil can be bought as an essential oil, or you can purchase tea tree oil shampoo which is specifically meant to repel head lice.
How do I use tea tree oil to repel head lice?
If you choose to purchase pure tea tree oil it can be added to your favorite shampoo. Simply add one to two drops of the oil into the shampoo bottle per ounce of shampoo and shake well. Each and every time your child uses the shampoo they will automatically be applying the lice repellent. Lice will not cling to your child’s hair because of the tee tree oil. (diy-tea-tree-oil-shampoo-lice-prevention)
Is there anything else that I should know?
Actually there is. Tea tree oil can be a skin irritant. If you add too much tea tree oil to your shampoo it can cause redness and burning. Only add just a one to two drops per ounce of shampoo. It’s also important for you to make sure that your child does not get it in their eyes or swallow it. (tea-tree-oil-side-effects)
Is there anything else that I can or should do to keep my child head lice free?
Check your child’s hair weekly for any signs of head lice, nits, or eggs. Even if you are using tea tree oil it’s still a good idea to check. You can put little girls hair up in a braid or pony tail each day when they go to school or daycare. Lice are more likely to be able to cling to hair that is down.