From the article: Use Tea Tree Oil to Foil Head Lice
Ew! Ew! Ew! Head lice! It's a nightmare to find them on your kid's head, all the more so if your child has special needs that make pesticide shampoos and relentless nit-picking problematic. I've had luck with smothering treatments and tea tree oil. How have you conquered the critters? Share your best lice-wrangling strategies here. Share Your Lice Advice
tea tree to the rescue of headlice
- I love tea tree oil and its benefits especially the head lice kind. After 8 years of battling head lice with my step daughter and its inevitable spread to my other children including a curly haired 3 year old. I bought Tea Tree Oil at our local health food store, I figured if it can kill athletes foot and ring worm then head lice didnt stand a chance! after paying $16.99 for 2 ozs (pretty hefty I know but this stuff I swear is liquid Gold) I got it home mixed 6 drops of it with 2 ozs of olive oil( as a carrier to help spread it through the hair) i rub it through my daughters hair, (after a week long battle of her coming home after school every day with lice even after using RID, NIXX and the like) I wrapped her hair in a plastic grocery bag, and waited 30 minutes. I brought her to the kitchen sink and began to rinse her hair with the vegetable sprayer and watched the head lice bugs just "jump" out of her hair, eggs,nits and all. VOILA!! I even add to detangler spray as a preventative!!
- —Guest starkravenangelgirl
- I put oil in my hair and let it set in a shower cap for 12 hours slept in it and woke up combed it out and washed out it made a big impact and difference
- —Guest Guest lol
- Mayonnaise! Believe me, this works. Apply regular mayonnaise to her head and rub it in I mean a lot of Mayo! Next, cover her hair with a garbage bag or shower cap and wait! The little suckers will drop like flies. Next wash her hair and use a comb to get rid of the leftover ones! Use mayo each day for the next few days to keep from being reinfested. Wash EVERYTHING in your house!!! Put her toys in a garbage bag and seal them up tight for two weeks Do the same with any other items that you can't wash. Wash and dry all clothes, bedding, curtains, etc. Clean your carpet and the interior of your car! Good Luck!
- —Guest pAtInrwGHTYqInq
Tea Tree Oil
- My daughter picked up head lice from school two years ago - and I read about tea tree oil mixed with shampoo. I also picked up one of those "electric" lice combs that zaps the live bugs....so we started with that - found 3 or 4 live bugs. Also used a nit comb and picked out all of the eggs we saw. Then used the tea tree/shampoo mix every day. Never saw another nit or egg on her after that. She uses it still to this day and has never gotten lice again - one small bottle from Walmart has lasted her over 2 years. My son just picked up headlice from school and we immediately did the exact same thing with the electric comb and started mixing his shampoo with the oil. Never saw another bug or egg after the first application and its been two weeks. Now he will use it every day as a preventative.
- —Guest Michelle
Coconut oil and Tea tree oil
- I want to repost an unknown woman's advice, it really works! I bought some organic coconut oil, warmed it up and added tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and lavender oil. I greased up my daughter's hair, tied it up and put them to bed with a towel over their pillows. I put the oil in my dreads(it took alot for my dreads) put my hair in my huge wool tam and went to bed. In the morning I used Dawn dish soap and water as hot as we all could stand it. It took two washes to get it out of our hair. I used a lice comb and dipped it in hot water with tea tree oil after every time I combed. Lots of DEAD bugs. I never found a live bug after using the oil. We did this every two days for a week and a half and the lice are gone!! With the boys I only combed their hair with the oil and hot water and we ALL use Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree soap now. Their bugs are gone!Our hair is super conditioned too! The oil also loosens the "glue" and the eggs washed out of my dreads:)
- —Guest ZAY
Nix does not nix
- A friend does nit patrol at her kids school and is finding the olive oil method works. Lice are becoming immune to Nix and no longer works.
- —Guest Julie
- My family had never had lice ... and then we had it and nobody could identify it! Alright, that means we had it from June to August -- mom and daughter and granny and auntie. Three houses. All of my daughter's friends had already had it multiple times. I did my research and went for the Listerine treatment. We all poured enough Listerine into our hair by capfuls to get the scalp and hair fully coated. Wrapped our heads in Cling Wrap for 2 hours to build up some heat, with a towel around our necks for dripping. This worked. Of course, I had to identify why we had it for so long and nobody could identify it ... we use oil-based products for curl defining and frizz reduction. Olive Oil and Coconut Oil dissolve the exoskeleton of the nits.
mayo works for sure
- I put a pair of underwear on my child's head before the shower cap. It makes the elastic more comfortable and it's more fun. Mayo works best as it sort of melts over night and "reaches" any part of the hair I may have missed
- —Guest sharyn
How I Prevent Lice from Coming Back
- Wash bedding every day and check my girls' hair every night before bed. i also inform their teacher to send notes home that other kids may have been in contact and my girls' friends' mothers. Wash and wash in hot water every day and check whole household's head.
- —Guest jessica
Mayo Mayo Mayo
- Just treated my girls.with it first time this school year. I'm gonna buy tea treatment oil tomorrow for prevention
- —Guest Timika pamom
Tea Tree Shampoo
- I've been reccommending Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo for years to keep lice at bay. It is reasonably affordable (more shampoo for the same price as the treatments) and you can find it at any chain salon.
- —Guest blustorm17
Tea Tree Oil
- I was dreading treating my daughters hair because it is very long, down to her butt!! This stuff works great!! You can see the lice fall out of their hair when you use this stuff. Afterwards I washed her hair with a lemon based Dish Soap and then followed with regular shampoo and conditioner. Then while it was wet I comb thru her hair with a nit comb and they came right out...I think the tea tree oil broke down the glue that was holding the eggs to her hair. They were so microscopic too...I didnt even leave it on over night I had it on for about two hours with a shower cap on.
- —Guest MomOf2and2
Trying to get rid of the lice
- I cannot figure out how it came into my house but here it is. I have been trying to get rid of the lice for over three weeks!! My older two children don`t have it just my toddler and myself. We used Nix (what crap) and it didn`t do a thing. I spoke with a pharmacist who told me that she believes the lice have become immune to it. So am going to try Resultz. I bought tea tree oil and added to my other two kids` shampoo. So far so good. I`m just getting tired of washing everything and vacuuming every day especially as I am not seeing any results. I`m going to try the vinegar and water on my hair as well. I just want these little buggers to go AWAY!! Wish me luck!! Oh and just want to add that due to the new rules Nix and all other lice treatments are behind the counter and you need to ask for them. The first pharmacist I spoke with embarassed me so bad with his loud questions and accusations that I wanted to sink into the floor. Bear in mind this is my first time dealing.
- —Guest Cyndi
Lice what a headache
- In order to rid my girls from lice picked up at school I used olive oil with about 20 drops of tea tree oil. Left it on overnight under a shower cap and comb like a mad woman until comb comes out clean of eggs n dead bugs. I have since added tea tree oil in our shampoo n cond will work like a charm. We have been able to keep the kids free of lice even when school has had a problem going around.
- —Guest Pa mom of 4 girls
Head lice for years!
- Hi , I had head lice all the time as a kid , my mom used to put olive oil on my hair overnight then wash my hair in the morning and comb and comb in the shower to get all the big bugs out then she dryed my hair and combed it with a metal comb over a white sheet with my head down to get the lice out ! Omg! Tons and tons of lice used to fall off my hair she would comb till there were no lice falling and the last step is to nitpick my hair and remove nits manually for hours till I'm nit free! That will usually take 5 days of nitpicking! That's the best way of getting rid of Lice.
- —Guest Sarah
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