Two Recipes of the Tea Tree Oil Lice Treatment, Head Lice Center

Two Recipes of the Tea Tree Oil Lice Treatment

When you are looking for a treatment for head lice, there are many options available to you.

A lot of people want to apply a herbal head lice treatment, and aromatherapy and essential oils have become very popular over the past few years.

Let’s see why a tea tree oil lice treatment may be a good option to get rid of these pesky parasites.

Tea tree oil therapeutic properties

Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic that is very effective in fighting many conditions. Its major properties are antiseptic, disinfectant, bactericide, fungicide, and antiviral.

It can be used to fight mites, to fight an infection, or against parasites. It also facilitates healing, perspiration (“makes you sweat”), and supports the immune system.

Can tea tree oil be used for head lice removal?

Yes, tea tree oil can be used with more or less success to treat a variety of conditions such as the following: skin infections, acne, abscesses, fungal diseases of the skin, sores, sunburn, mouth ulcers, gingivitis, herpes, dog bites, insect bites, psoriasis, warts, and…head lice.

However, as far as head lice are concerned, you should always be careful when using tea tree oil. Essential oils are powerful, and they should always be used with caution.

Some studies have shown that tea tree oil can be effective against adult lice. However, there is not enough scientific evidence that would prove its effectiveness.

Moreover, pure tea tree oil can have many side-effects and should not be ingested nor applied pure to babies, young children and pregnant women.

It should also not be used on a daily basis. If you want to use tea tree oil, make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil such as olive oil. And also make sure you consult a professional who is knowledgeable about essential oils and their use.

How to use tea tree oil for treatment of head lice: 2 recipes

Basically you have 2 options for your tea tree oil lice treatment.

Recipe #1: Applying pure tea tree oil

1. Apply pure tea tree oil to the scalp of the infested person. You can apply pure tea tree oil directly on the skin, provided that you apply it to a very small area and do not apply it too often and over a long period of time.

2. Some important guidelines: Use 2 drops of pure tea tree oil maximum, and during three days maximum.

Like most essential oils, tea tree oil should not be used during the first 3 months of pregnancy or during breastfeeding, and it should also not be applied pure to babies and young children. You might in any case prefer to choose the second recipe .

Recipe #2: Diluting tea tree oil with another oil

  1. Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (also called melaleuca essential oil) to 60 milliliters of regular oil (vegetable or olive oil).
  2. Coat the hair very well with the mixture and leave on for about 3 hours.
  3. Then, comb the dead lice and the nits out with a nit comb dipped in warm water and vinegar. Rinse the comb each time you comb nits out.
  4. Then wash the hair with a regular shampoo to remove the oil. Check out our tips to combing out head lice.

Note: tea tree oil can actually be replaced by citronella oil, rosemary oil or lavender oil.

Bonus: Recipe #3: Tea tree oil and lavender oil with almond oil

1. Mix 25 drops of tea tree essential oil and 25 drops of lavender essential oil with 100 milliliters of almond oil.
2. Coat the hair (preferably wet) with half of this mixture, just before shampooing.
3. Comb the hair with a regular comb, and then put the other half of the mixture on the scalp.
4. Again, comb the hair section by section with a regular comb, from the scalp towards the end of the hair, beginning on the forehead and ending in the neck area.
5. Wrap the head in a tight shower cap or plastic wrap and leave it on for 2 to 3 hours.
6. Rinse, make two regular shampoos, and rinse again very well.
7. Comb the hair with a nit comb dipped in water and vinegar to comb dead lice and nits out.
8. Repeat this treatment 7 days after the first one.

Where can you buy tea tree essential oil?

You can usually buy tea tree oil it at a “all natural” store, or in Vitamin World or GNC stores.

You should make sure you do not buy an oil in a clear glass. Essential oils should be sold in dark amber or blue glass bottles, as light can cause the oil to spoil.

Also make sure to buy a high quality essential oil, because they are not created equal and cheaper oils are usually of inferior quality.


Thanks so much for your help! I was almost at my wits end with my 7 year old daughter’s problem with head lice. She has very thick, naturally curly hair and its also very long. She is very sensitive to anyone messing with it (like combing the nits out) and I really hate to put her through this again but it must be done. You have given me hope that maybe this time will be the last time we see the little critters. (At least until next school year) So I’m off to GNC for some tea tree oil. Wish me luck!

After dealing with these nasty things for months I found that 3 hours is NOT long enough for the oil treatment to kill the adults. Shower caps can be bought for $1, cover pillow with towel & leave over night. Wash hair with Tea Tree shampoo then put vinegar on for min of 30 min to kill & loosen eggs/nits. Use the metal comb to remove these then wash hair again. Make sure to wash bedding in Hot water. As an extra step flip the pillow nightly for a week since they can’t live off the host over 24 hours & use the vinegar daily for the next 4-5 days to loosen & remove any eggs or nits that were missed. DON’T ASSUME you’ve gotten them all, but the vinegar does dry out the exoskeleton of the nits & eggs so they don’t hatch or develop further. Good Luck !

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Some great info on here. Hate those nits!! My children get v frustrated when being wrked at on their head & make the job of getting rid of nits v difficult! But I’m keeping at it, must get rid of those horrible pests!

Tea tree oil has always worked for me. Both my girls have afro hair and as you can imagine it was a nightmare getting them out. I would mix 10 drops of tea tree oil and conditioner leave on and then comb out. It really was the only thing that worked and cheaper too.

Essential Oils for Head Lice

Essential Oils for Head Lice

Head lice are small insects that infest and lay their eggs also known as nits in your hair close to the scalp and those eggs hatch about every seven days. Now everyone wants to keep from having to shave their luscious locks and that is a possibility, not many people know this but you can use essential oils to deal with head lice and in most cases, it’s been more effective than any of the other store bought treatments. Here are some easy ways on how to deal with these critters with essential oils.

I have to pause here to ask you to double check the quality of the essential oils you purchase because they are not created equally. We use only dōTERRA products because I am confident with the purity (no fillers) and potency.

If you’d like more information on dōTERRA just fire me an email at [email protected] or head over to my page dōTERRA Essential Oils Page.



Essential Oil Spray

When it comes to the eggs of the lice they are often very hard to detect. Most people use the method of Wet Combing but before you go and spend hours trying to pry the eggs out of your hair it’d be best to kill them off first so that they will detach and be much easier to comb out.

One option is to make a mixture of 5-8 drops of doTERRA Melaleuca (tea tree) oil with water in a spray bottle. Melaleuca oil has properties such as antifungal and antimicrobial which are very effective against lice.

The same goes for oils such as lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, and lemon. Any of these oils will work for the spray, once you have your spray mixture with your choice of oil simply spray on 3 times a day (especially near the roots) for up to 2 days then you can do the Wet Combing and it’ll be much easier to comb the egg sacks attached to your hair.

Essential Oils Shampoo Mixture

Store bought lice shampoos are never guaranteed to work, not only that they are harsh on your hair. So why waste your money on them when you can mix together essential oils with your everyday shampoo and take care of your hair while you’re also taking care of the lice problem. Doing this can help kill the adult lice but it also will help with the eggs as well.

Not to mention some of the oils like rosemary oil can help ease the itchiness and irritation of the scalp caused by the lice. Just add 5-8 drops of pine, lavender, rosemary, lemon or doTERRA Melaleuca (tea tree) oil into your shampoo and use as regular, you can even add these to your conditioner. Doing this will also help kill and loosen the egg sacks from your hair so they’ll be easier to comb out. Make sure when you are washing your hair to scrub your scalp and around your roots.

Every Day Use

These oils can also be used daily without being sprayed onto your hair or mixed with shampoos and conditioners. You can apply 1-2 drops on your fingers and rub the oils through the roots of your hair, dab some oil behind your ears and even apply a couple drops into your hat(s) and rub it around to kill and lice that may have gotten onto them. Another great thing you can do is diffuse these oils (tea tree or rosemary would be the best choices for this) in your house to kind of “quarantine” your house and completely rid of them.

Head lice can be embarrassing for anyone and very irritating because it is a relentless itch on your head. Then there’s the worry of spreading it to others and possibly having to shave off your beautiful hair. It’s all just a big mess when lice get involved but there is a natural and very effective way to treat them so you can go back to your normal day to day life.

Do you know of any other ways to treat head lice with essential oils? Have you tried any of these yourself? Tell me in the comments!

Top 5 Essential Oils For Lice Prevention and Removal

When we were children, our mothers used to spend endless hours to get rid of head lice and nits from our hair.

It is quite an embarrassing issue to have lice and nits on your hair. Many think that these parasites on the head are a result of dirt and dust on your hair. And for this reason, you are condemned to be a dirty person.

Fortunately, there are now several over-the-counter medications, shampoos and proven natural remedies that work great for eliminating louse and nits.

In this article, we shall exclusively discuss how to use essential oils for lice prevention and elimination.

What is Head Lice?

Head lice (pediculus humanus) are tiny parasites found on the scalp and hair of humans.

Head lice are highly evolved parasitic insects in existence since the beginning of mankind.

They feed on the blood they suck from the scalp of your head. Their movements on the scalp can cause irritation.


Lice bites cause a mild allergic reaction and itchy red bumps, or sores that are visible on the scalp, neck and behind ears.

Luckily, they are not dangerous and do not cause any infections. They spread from one person to another via direct physical contact or via shared hair accessories or personal items.

Essential Oils

Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid. It contains natural chemical compounds which have a volatile aroma.

Essential oil is extracted from the seeds, stems, flowers, barks or roots of a plant.

Each of the essential oils has varied natural healing properties like anti-microbial agents and several other therapeutic properties.

Some of the chemical compounds and aroma of certain essential oils are excellent insects and parasite deterrents.

These oils are fully natural and safe to use. However, some may cause mild irritation or harm to your body due to their wrong usage.

How Do Essential Oils Work for Head Lice Prevention?

Human head lice are highly evolved, and they cannot survive for more than 2 days without human blood. They are attracted to the odor and warmth of the human body.

The strong aroma of some of the essential oils is repelling for the lice.

A few essential oils, like tea tree oil, have powerful chemical properties that produce an insecticidal effect on the head lice.

Using essential oils on hair and scalp can eliminate both lice and dandruff. Some of them are also beneficial for hair growth and prevention of hair fall. According to a research report published in the Journal of Medical Entomology, “scientists tested a number of essential oils against head lice (one study included 54 different essential oils) and found many of them effective. Eucalyptus globulus, Marjoram Origanum majorana, pennyroyal Mentha pulegium, and rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis essential oils were more effective than phenothrin and pyrethrum (active ingredients in over-the-counter lice treatments).

Warning: There is no verified scientific evidence that supports the claim that essential oils can prevent lice infestation. Only a few pieces of research suggest the possible effectiveness of essential oils in for lice removal.

Best Essential Oils for Head Lice Prevention and Removal

It is true that no proven scientific evidence available to back the efficacy of essential oils treatment for lice removal. However, EOs are in use since 100s of years for treating dandruff and head lice infestation.

There is about half a dozen essential oil which have shown remarkable potential in lice removal and prevention. Tea tree oil seems to be the best bet in vanquishing nits, lice, and dandruff from your scalp and hair.

Best essential oils for treating head lice infection are:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Peppermint oil

Besides these top 5 essential oils, you can also try Geranium oil and thyme oil as substitute oils for the Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender oils.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree oil is the most popular oil for dealing with the prevention and elimination of head lice.

The strong odor and pro-pesticide (repellent) properties in this oil are great for keeping lice at bay. Two chemicals, 1,8-cineole and terpinen-4-ol, contained in this oil produce a repellent effect that chokes and eliminates lice.

Either you can use diluted tea tree oil or over-the-counter lice treatment products that contain tea tree oil.

Wet the teeth of your nit comb with a few drops of tea tree oil and use it for applying the oil on scalp and hair.

Alternatively, you can add 5 drops of tea tree oil to the shampoo you are going to use for shampooing.

Do not apply tea tree oil on the scalp without diluting it with coconut, olive or almond oil.

Eucalyptus Oil

According to a 2008 study, the Eucalyptus oil possesses a broad spectrum of biological activity including fungicidal, acaricidal, nematicidal insecticidal/insect repellent, and herbicidal. Many cultivators of organic vegetables and fruits are using Eucalyptus oil against insects, fungi, bacteria, weeds, mites, and nematodes.

The strong aroma and insecticidal effect of eucalyptus oil work great for eliminating and preventing head lice.

It is not recommended for children below the age of six because of the high content of 1,8-cineole contained in this oil.

You can mix 7 drops of eucalyptus oil to an ounce of water and spray this mixture on the scalp hair. Repeat the treatment thrice a week till the lice disappear.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is in use for hundreds of years as a bug repellent for both pets and humans.

Many of the natural mosquito and insect repellents have this oil as a major ingredient in them. A combination of lavender and citronella oil used as a mist pray can keep away rodents, insects, and parasites.

The strong aroma of this oil is highly repelling for the bugs and head lice.

To get rid of the head lice you can apply this oil on scalp and hair. Using this oil in shampoos and conditioners can also prevent the infestation of lice.

Rosemary Oil

This oil is an active ingredient in many of the natural and commercial insecticides.

According to a research report published by the Pharmaceutical Biology Journal, Rosemary essential oil has insecticidal properties. The combination of several chemical constituents in this oil creates mild toxicity that helps to eliminate head lice.

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a natural repellent for mice, spiders, mosquitoes, bugs, and lice.

The strong scent of this oil works to drive away from the lice. Lice are fond of the smell of the human body, but peppermint oil can mask the smell of the human body.

Generally, Peppermint oil does not cause any allergic reactions for most people. Applying peppermint oil (diluted with a carrier oil) on scalp and hair may help remove lice and nymph.

Ways to Use Essential Oils for Head Lice

Essential oils contain powerful chemical concentrates which may cause skin irritation to some of the users. Therefore, it is important to dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil before you apply it on the skin and scalp.

Here are some of the best ways you can make use of the essential oils for lice treatment.

  • Take a few drops of the essential oil and add it to an ounce of coconut oil or any hair oil; apply this mixture on scalp and hair.
  • Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the shampoo you are going to use for the day.
  • Dilute the essential oil with water and spray this mixture on hair and scalp.
  • Apply a thin layer of essential oil on your hair and cover the hair and head with a shower cap and leave it overnight.
  • Prepare essential oil recipes or blends containing two are more essential oils and carrier oil for lice treatment.
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Note: It is important to do the essential oil treatments thrice a week till the lice and nits from hair are fully removed.

After Care

The following steps are recommended to prevent the recurring incidence of head lice infestation:

  • Check the whole family members’ heads (especially of school-going children) once a week and if you spot any louse do the needful to eliminate it immediately.
  • Shampoo your hair once a week with essential oils diluted in your shampoo.
  • Don’t use other’s items that touch the head like combs or towels.
  • Instruct your children to avoid activities that lead to head-to-head contact with other children in the school.
  • Keep your belongings, especially upper body clothing, away from shared cupboards and coat closets.

Warnings and Safety Measures in Using Essential Oils for Treating Head Lice

In the US, essential oils are rated as ‘Natural” and not regulated by the FDA.

No proven scientific research recommends the use and effectiveness of essential oil for lice removal.

Many of the essential oils, like tea tree oil and peppermint oil, contain powerful natural ingredients that may cause skin irritation to some.

They should not be applied on the scalp and skin without diluting them with carrier oil or water. Some of the best carrier oils for hair are olive, coconut, almond and castor oil.

A few of the essential oils in a pure form containing a toxic, irritant or cutaneous burning properties. For this reason, avoid using undiluted essential oils for children below the age of six and pregnant women.

It is safe to use essential oils for head lice treatment by adding a few drops of essential oils to a dollop of conditioner or shampoo. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oils to the hair-oil you are going to apply on hair.

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Head Lice Prevention with Essential Oils

When the kids are back to school, so are head lice…this is still a condition dreaded by many parents, as it is a source of anxiety, shame, and stress.

Head lice prevention is essential, because if you manage to avoid that your kids catch these parasites, this will be better for everyone in the family. It will also save you time, stress, and money.

We often only talk about head lice treatment, but preventing head lice infestations is possible, at least to some extent.

There are several ways to prevent head lice. One is to use a proven, safe lice repellent. Another may is to use natural essential oils. But there are some do’s and don’t s if you decide to go this route, as we are going to see right now.

Why can essential oils work for head lice prevention?

Head lice are attracted to us because of our distinctive human smell. Essential oils are very fragrant and their strong flavors hide our human smell and keeps lice away. Essential oils may act as insect repellents, and this is why they can help preventing head lice.

Warning : Of course, as many other head lice prevention solutions and head lice treatments, there is no scientific evidence that essential oils prevent lice.

Research on tea tree oil is quite recent and though several studies have shown the effectiveness of tea tree oil or other essential oils for lice removal, more research is needed and you should be careful when using such oils, as we’ll see below.

Which essential oils can you use for prevention of head lice?

    Tea tree oil for prevention of head lice: this oil, also known as melaleuca oil, has antiseptic properties and has been traditionally used in many countries as a repellent against head lice.

Just put 3 to 5 drops of essential oil on a nit comb and comb the hair, or put a few drops behind the ears or in the neck area. However, tea tree oil does have side-effects and should not be used in its pure form on babies, young children and pregnant women, and should not be applied on a daily basis.

You can also use a commercial tea tree shampoo, but make sure it contains about 5 drops pure essential oil per ounce of shampoo. The same precaution measures apply.

Some people find the oil irritating when used pure so this is a good idea to dilute it with a carrier oil such as olive oil, almond, sesame or coconut oil. You can still use it straight on insect bites but make sure you make a test on your skin first.

  • Eucalyptus essential oil : the main component of this oil is eucalyptol, a key ingredient in many antiseptic mouth washes. A study has been published in Phytotherapy Research and has shown that eucalyptus has effects on insects. It works as an insect repellent on head lice. However and unlike tea tree essential oil, it is recommended not to use it with children younger than 5.

You can also use the following oil for head lice prevention: lavender essential oil also has a strong flavor that will repel lice. Rosemary essential oil also has antiseptic properties. Peppermint oil has a strong flavor that would hide the human smell and keep lice away. You should avoid contact with eyes and sensitive skin areas.

Safety and use of essential oils for head lice prevention

Many essential oils are very powerful and although natural they can be harmful for us. Most of them should not be applied pure (straight or undiluted) but should be diluted instead. You can dilute pure essential oils with a carrier oil, such as olive, coconut, almond, sesame oils. The best thing to do is read directions of each oil carefully and always apply and use with great care.

Some studies have shown that ingredients in plant oils such as rosemary oil, citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and lemon grass oil may work to repel lice, which means they can help prevent an infestation.

However, these essential oils are products that are classified as “natural”, which means that they aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. They haven’t been tested to FDA standards and there aren’t any official recommendations or guidelines as to how we should use them to prevent lice.

Of course, instructions for using essential oils are not regulated, either. That’s why it’s often unclear how to use them safely. You should know that some of these oils may irritate the skin, be flammable, and be toxic. Always be careful when using them with children.

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