How to Use Tea Tree Oil to Treat Lice?

Q:
How to use tea tree oil to treat lice?

A:
Some studies have shown that it can actually 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.

Here are some tips about how to use tea tree oil:

  • Add 10 drops of tea tree essential oil (also called melaleuca essential oil) to 60 milliliters of regular oil (vegetable or olive oil).
  • Coat the hair very well with the mixture and leave on for about 3 hours.
  • 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.
  • Then wash the hair with a regular shampoo to remove the oil.

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

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.