Essential Oils for Head Lice

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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 or head over to my page Getting Started with 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!

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