Tea Tree Oil for Lice: Prevention vs. Treatment Last modified: August 18, 2017 Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, has played a crucial role in fighting head lice over the years and is often cited as a great home remedy.
In this process we will use different essential oils for head lice such as sesame oil, neem oil, eucalyptus oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil. All these oils have the properties of killing the head lice, loosening the nits and reducing the itchiness.
After performing a patch test, apply few drops of tea tree oil on the patient’s scalp, and let it sit overnight. The following morning, the hair can be combed through to remove the dead lice.
Use tea tree oil in a travel spray bottle to spray on hair and scalp prior to and following exposure to lice. Apply tea tree oil to the scalp just prior to bedtime and leave it in overnight. In the morning comb out dead lice and nits.
Use of tea tree oil not only kills the lice but also kills the eggs that have been laid in the shafts of the hair. The strong smell of tea tree oil prevents re-infestation of head lice as well. A scientific study has proved that a product containing 10% tea tree oil and 1% lavender oil killed 96.7% of the head lice.
Combination of tea tree oil along with other oils like lavender is capable of killing lice eggs and thereby reducing their number. Even though many shampoos and hair conditioners have tea tree oil as an active ingredient, still they are not found to be effective enough to kill off lice.
Have you ever tried tea tree oil? In addition to lice prevention, it’s apparently a fantastic acne treatment, nail fungus treatment, antiseptic, and psoriasis treatment.
The best way to repel head lice is to mix lavender oil, tea tree oil, and carrier oil (my favorite is olive oil for deep nourishment) with 3% ~ 5% ratio. Also, do not use essential oil alone (always mix with carrier oil), it can increase the sensitivity of your skin.
Tea tree oil shampoo to prevent head lice You can either buy one of these ready-made shampoos or you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular soft shampoo. Tea tree oil contains terpenoids, which have antiseptic and antifungal properties, and have thus the property to kill adult head lice and nymphs.
Tea tree oil, a natural therapy touted to treat and prevent lice, is an essential oil obtained from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, or Australian tea tree plant.
Treatment with essential oil helps may cut down on combing time. Which Oils to Use. There are around half a dozen essential oils which have proved effective against lice. These are, cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, tea tree, geranium, spike lavender, rosemary and thyme. The most effective are judged to be tea tree and eucalyptus.
Some say these essential oils work to prevent lice because they mask the human scent that lice are attracted to. Essential oils are also rich in what are called monoterpenes, chemical compounds with various several beneficial characteristics including, in the case of tea tree oil, insecticidal properties. In fact, the two main constituents of tea tree oil, 1,8-cineole and terpinen-4-ol, have demonstrated anticholinesterase activity.
Tea tree oil and peppermint appeared to be most useful for repelling lice. Tea tree oil and lavender were also found to prevent some feeding by lice on treated skin.
Tea tree oil for head lice may be somewhat effective, and at the same time it may not be advisable. Let me explain. Let's address the two separate issues – treating existing head lice with tea tree oil, and trying to prevent head lice using tea tree oil.